Purdue Undergrad Research Pitch Competition


March 24, 2021
Live: Fowler Auditorium in Stewart Center
Virtual: Link will be included here closer to the event


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.

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.

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 video submission can be as many slides or include whatever you would like.
    • Here is an example research pitch that is prepared for selection: https://youtu.be/kgGMrThEhCM.
  • The live event allows one PowerPoint slide, but your initial YouTube recording can be anything.
  • Send the link of your research pitch via this Qualtrics form by Feb. 28 at 11:59pm to create the social media post.

How am I selected?

  • The video submission along with the information provided in the Qualtrics form will create social media posts on the Undergraduate Research Society of Purdue's pages. Likes, shares, and retweets from March 2 - 9, 2021 will contribute 50% of your score.
  • A panel of judges will rate your video submission and will contribute 50% of your score.
  • The top 10 submissions will be announced by March 10, 2021.

Live Undergraduate Research Pitch Competition

  • Presenters and audience members may present in-person in Fowler Hall or participate virtually.
  • 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 at the end of the event.

Are there awards?

  • Awards are determined based on how much money can be raised through corporate and departmental giving to the competition. Awards will be distributed through the Division of Financial Aid.
  • Currently: 1st place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100, & Audience favorite - $100


Funded by SOGA

2020 Event Information

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2020 Awards

  • 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.
Submit Your Pitch Video by 2/28
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