In honor of the International Year of Glass, The American Ceramic Society's (ACerS) Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) are holding a glass demonstration competition to showcase the beautiful complexity of glass science and glass art. The top three awardees will each receive a cash prize, plaque, conference registration, and recognition at GOMD 2022.

The Glorious Glass Demo competition involves creating a short 3 to 5 minute video showing the general public something interesting and fun about glass science and/or glass art. While the idea for the demonstration must center around glass science or glass art, in what way that it accomplishes this is up to you!


Some examples of scientific concepts that could addressed:

  • glass characterization
  • glass formation
  • glass behavior
  • glass transitions
  • glass experimental work
  • glass computational work
  • glass melting, etc.

In addition to the video, you will be asked to also submit a 1-page report explaining the science behind your demonstration to professionals in the field of science and glass art.

2022 Awardees

First place
Charles Bellows
Alfred University
Strengthened Glass

Second place
Geovana Santana
Federal University of Sao Carlos
Glass transition unveiled: a short video

Third place
Elizabeth Tsekrekas
Alfred University
Is Red Glass Magic?


Cash prize, plaque, conference registration, and recognition at GOMD 2022

1st place: $500

2nd place: $250

3rd place: $100

In addition, each of the top three awardees will receive an International Year of Glass plaque of recognition, reimbursement of the conference registration fee, and each will be recognized at the GOMD 2022 conference banquet to be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Who is eligible to participate

All students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate (MS and PhD) studies during the academic year of 2021-2022. ACerS membership and GOMD 2022 registration are not required.

How to enter

  1. Submit your 3 to 5 minute video explaining at least 1 scientific concept related to a glass synthesis, structure, property, or performance characteristic of your choice. The audience for the video is the general public, and 6-12 grade students.
  2. In addition to your video, submit a 1-page technical report (pdf document) explaining the science behind your demonstration. The audience for the report is professionals in the field of glass science and glass art.
  3. Complete and submit photo/video release and right to use form(s) for each individual included in the video.

As developing glass scientists and artists, discussing your trade to the general public vs. your fellow professionals requires diverse communication skills. So, your audience for the video will be the general public and 6-12 grade students, while the audience for your report will be fellow professionals. Be sure to address your lexicon and explanation to reflect the diverse audiences as noted for each portion of your submission.

Review the guidelines, submit your videos, complete the release forms, and submit your reports below.

The deadline for submissions has now passed. Participants will be notified of awardees chosen on or before May 20, 2022.

2022 Glass and Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting (GOMD 2022)

All competition participants are invited to attend GOMD 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on May 22-26, 2022.

GOMD 2022 will be the US-based celebration of the International Year of Glass (IYoG). We invite you to join us in honoring the competition participants at an award ceremony on the evening of Tuesday, May 24, 2022, and attend a diverse set of symposia all centered around highlighting the interesting and fun behavior of glass materials.

Register for the GOMD 2022 conference today!


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