The crystals will be judged in three categories:
- Best Overall Crystal – 1st prize ($200), 2nd prize ($100), 3rd prize ($50)
- Best Quality Crystal – 1st prize ($200)
- Best Teacher’s Crystal – 1st prize ($100)
- Best crystal-inspired art (details on the “Crystal art judging” tab) – 1st prize ($100), 2nd prize ($50) and 3rd prize ($50).
Students win cash awards for their school and will receive books and individual certificates as personal prizes.
All participants will be invited to a reception at University of Wisconsin-Madison and to receive prizes on May 22, 2015. There will be an award ceremony with a special lecture “The World of Crystallography on Postage Stamps” by Prof. Dan Rabinovich (University of North Carolina in Charlotte) for the audience and departmental tours.
In addition, the best crystals will become part of a permanent display at the Molecular Structure Laboratory at UW-Madison.
The crystal growing period is from March 1 to May 1, 2015. The judging will take place in May, 2015 by a panel of judges.