A video exploring how Washington State University cryogenics research is helping advance a wide array of cutting-edge technologies earned a WSU undergraduate a prestigious award from the Science Coalition.

Lillie Xi Max Williams, who graduated last week with a double degree in digital technologies and culture and strategic communication, took first place in the undergraduate category of the Science Coalition’s Fund It Forward Student Video Challenge. The award came with a $1,000 prize.

The challenge is a contest for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in one of the more than 50 research universities that make up the non-profit Science Coalition.

Participants were asked to create a video to tell the story of why science matters and remind members of U.S. Congress that now is the time to invest in research for the future of our nation. The winning videos can be viewed on the coalition’s website.

“I want to congratulate Lillie and her colleagues in the HYPER Lab for placing first in the undergraduate Fund It Forward Student Video Challenge run by The Science Coalition,” said Kirk Schulz, President of Washington State University (WSU). “WSU’s world class research can change the world, but being able to communicate the importance of this work will help Congress and others understand the benefit of the investment in science. Cougar nation is proud of the work of our students and students around the country. Go Cougs!”