Purdue Undergrad Research Pitch Competition

Coming Spring 2020!

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What Giant Leaps are undergraduate researchers completing at Purdue? The Undergraduate Research Pitch Competition will highlight undergraduate researchers' projects while promoting concise and effective storytelling during this Purdue 150th Anniversary event.

Timeline of Events

Deadline to Submit YouTube Public Recordings of Research Pitch

OUR Creates Official Social Media Posts for Public Participation to Determine Top 10

Top 10 Finalists Announced

Live Pitch Competition

Who can enter?

The pitch competition is open to any currently enrolled Purdue undergraduate involved in research or creative endeavor in any major and discipline. Your work can be an independent project or a working with a research mentor.

How do I enter?

  • Upload your three-minute research pitch to YouTube
  • Although the live event allows one PowerPoint slide, your YouTube recording does not need to include the slide.
  • Send the link to your research pitch via the provided Qualtrics form with additional information to create the social media post

Be in the Top 10

  • Share officially created OUR social media posts on Facebook and Twitter and encourage additional engagement
  • Engagement with the official posts (likes, shares, and retweets, but not views) will determine 50% of the score
  • Judges will assess the submitted pitches and the scores from the committee will determine the other 50% of the score
    • Think about your hook, your story, the quality, and if your talk can be understood by a general, educated audience.

Live Undergraduate Research Pitch Competition

  • Participants are allowed one PowerPoint slide during their talk.
  • A panel of judges will evaluate the top ten three-minute pitches determined earlier through social media engagement and previous judges.
  • The top three presenters and an audience favorite will be announced during the reception.


  • 1st Place: $300
  • 2nd Place: $200
  • 3rd Place: $100
  • Audience Favorite: $100
    • Audience Favorite will be determined by those in attendance selecting their favorite presentation with an online survey tool at the competition and can be awarded to one of the top 3 winners, if chosen.

What is a "research pitch"?

A research pitch is a (very) short story describing your research project in a way that describes your work to an audience, usually a general audience. A research pitch is similar to an "elevator pitch," but focuses on your research project and experience instead of yourself to employers or graduate programs.