Students must be registered in a Master’s or PhD program, be in good standing, and have made substantial progress on their research and analysis.

Presentations must be based on the primary research the student has conducted in his/her graduate program.

Students who have already defended their thesis but have not yet graduated are eligible.

Students in course-based programs, visiting students, exchange students, and students on leave are not eligible.

Students must present in person, agree to be photographed and video-taped, and allow the recordings to be made public.


A single static Power Point slide is permitted. No slide transitions or animations are permitted. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the presentation.

No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or video files) are permitted.

No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, laser pointers) are permitted.

Presentations are to be spoken word (no poems, no rap, no songs).

Presentations are limited to three minutes and speakers who exceed three minutes are disqualified.

Presentations are considered to have started when a speaker starts the presentation through movement or speech.

The decision of the judging panel is final.