PixelPlex Bi-Anual STEM Scholarship Spring-Summer 2022 Winner Announced

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Another round of PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship has ended successfully. The contest managed to attract lots of awesome essays on various topics and we are ready to present Christal Dita as the winner.

We recognized Christal Dita’s essay “Publish or Perish: The Woe of Every Scientist in Academic Research and Augmented Reality as a Potential Remedy” as the Scholarship’s winner. Christal managed to look at the AR technology from a new perspective and described how AR can help eliminate several major pain points of the academic researchers’ community.

Being a zoology and biotechnology student at North Carolina State University, she provides insightful remarks about the vicious circle of research-publication, biased peer reviews and laboratory safety issues. In her essay, Dita shows how these problems can be handled with implementation of AR and we find her thoughts to be solid and unconventional.

This is what Christal says about her essay:

“I chose to address how augmented reality can be used to improve the laboratory setting and peer review process in response to the “publish or perish” crisis in academic research. This crisis is characterized by the growing amount of spurious research as scientists are pressured to publish frequently while journals choose only the most “novel” results for publication.”

We are truly impressed by Christal’s essay and send our heartiest congratulations to the winner!

Meanwhile, the next Scholarship round has already started — so don’t miss your chance to share your thoughts on the most innovative technologies and become the next winner.

About the Scholarship

PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship aims to support and motivate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as economics and business. Applicants are to submit essays touching upon the topics of blockchain, metaverse, IoT, and AR/VR, and describing the ways these technologies can help with solving existing problems.

We’ve been holding the Scholarship since 2019 and have received hundreds of engaging essays. The best essay is determined based on the requirements compliance and the originality and depth of the thoughts conveyed. The winner is then granted $2,000 that would help with managing education-related expenses.

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