Purdue Undergrad Research Pitch Competition
March 10, 2020
7-9pm | RAWLS 1086
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 event celebrating undergraduate research. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and Insomnia cookies while voting for your favorite pitch.
Schedule of Events
7:10-8:10pm: Elevator Pitch Competition | View Program
8:10-8:20pm: Judges Deliberate and Audience Favorite is Selected
8:20-8:30pm: Top Three Pitches and Audience Favorite are Announced
8:20-9:00pm: Reception and Mingling with Presenters
- 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.
Who can enter?
The pitch competition is open to any currently enrolled Purdue University - West Lafayette undergraduate involved in research or creative endeavor in any major and discipline. Your work can be an independent project or one working with a research mentor.
How do I enter?
- Upload your three-minute research pitch to YouTube - for privacy, you can upload it and "unlist" the video so only those with the link can access it.
- The live event allows one PowerPoint slide, but your YouTube recording does not need to include the slide.
- Send the link to your research pitch via a Qualtrics form with additional information to create the social media post.
Live Undergraduate Research Pitch Competition
- Participants are allowed one static 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.
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.
- "Want to be a great storyteller? First, break these habits"
- Learn to condense your research story into a Three Minute Thesis
- Avoid "Death by PowerPoint"
- Prepare your own "TEDx Talk"
- Watch other undergraduate research pitch competition videos
- Get Started
- Search Opportunities
- Online Course Series
- OUR Scholars
- What Current Undergraduate Researchers Are Saying
- Research Roundtable
- Undergrad Research Pitch Competition
- Get Published
- Market Your Research Experience
- Schedule an Appointment
- Undergraduate Research Society of Purdue