- Make sure you are enrolled in Spring 2018, plan to enroll in Fall 2018, and have a
Candidate Plan of Study on file with the Graduate School
- Complete the online application form by Wednesday, March 14th
- Provide a 500-word abstract and list the name of your Major Professor or Graduate
- Inform your Major Professor or Graduate Program Coordinator you've applied to compete
- we'll request a separate letter of recommendation
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or
'movement' of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
- Presentations are to commence from the stage.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation
through movement or speech.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to
the research question being addressed while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including
conclusions and outcomes?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated
in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did
they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
- Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain
a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?