the projects judged?
The intent of the BrainDance Awards is to encourage students to complete projects related to severe mental
illness. The projects will be judged by expert clinicians and researchers in the
field. Projects on any theme related to severe mental illness will be considered
for an award. While we are interested in projects related to the stigma
of mental illness, submissions that do not deal directly with stigma, but show a
high quality of work may receive high ratings.
Projects submitted to the art
competition will be judged based on their ability to demonstrate the studentís
technical artistic ability and the studentís empathy with persons who have
Projects submitted to the academic
competition will be judged based on originality, accuracy of information,
scientific/academic rigor and relevance to the issue of fighting stigma, as
Fighting stigma Ė such projects will get higher scores if
they address the issue of the stigma of mental illness or it is clear from the
submission that the applicant developed a more realistic appreciation of people
with severe mental illness. If a student chooses to submit a project that
does not relate to stigma, they will be rated only on scientific/academic
rigor, originality and accuracy. No points will be subtracted because they do
not deal with the topic of stigma.
Scientific/Academic Rigor - projects will get higher scores
if sound scientific methods are used and data are presented. If data are not
presented and analyzed, projects will receive higher scores If multiple sources
of information and used and cited.
Originality - projects will get higher scores if there is
evidence of original thinking
Accuracy - submissions will receive higher scores if the
projects are factually accurate