Carleton student wins the Nobel Prize… of dance

Over the past month, graduate students around the world have been heeding the call of Science Magazine to “dance their Ph.D.”

Graduate students sent in videos of choreographed dance scenes describing their theses, and on Wednesday, a winner was announced: Maureen McKeague of Carleton University, for her thesis/dance, “Selection DNA Aptamer for Homocysteine Using Systemic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment.”

The dance, a jaunty jig number, was set to a medley of songs including Heart’s “Alone,” Kim Wilde’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and Men Withou Hats’ classic hit, “The Safety Dance.” McKeague won $1,000 for her efforts.

You can check out McKeague’s dance plus the runners up and finalists at Science Magazine’s website here.

And for the record, while McKeague’s routine was good, it’s no match for the greatest science song and dance of all time.