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LIghtning talk Competition

Open to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, the Lightning Talk competition provides an excellent opportunity to present your research or community engagement project to a panel of experienced judges, peers, faculty and guests. Cash prizes will be awarded to top presenters. Read more about the Lightning Talk Competition.

We also encourage you to participate in the Poster Session and reception. It's a great opportunity to celebrate your research accomplishments, network with our industry partners, and enjoy refreshments. Read more about the Poster Session.

Lightning Talk Presentation and Poster Guidelines

  • Lightning Talk Presentations should not exceed 90-seconds. This format requires that students communicate the significance of their research or community engagement project confidently and concisely using only one PowerPoint slide.
  • All Lightning Talk and Poster Session participants are required to submit an abstract (up to 250 words) on-line prior to the deadline. Faculty approval of your abstracts is required for you to participate in the Lightning Talk competition and/or the Poster Session. (The abstract submission serves as the lead author/presenter's registration. If it is a team registration, all other members of the team should register using the online event registration form).
  • Abstracts are due by midnight on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Please note that due to limited space, abstracts are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once reaching maximum capacity, we are not able to accept abstracts regardless of the deadline date and time. For more detailed information regarding abstract process and guidelines, please visit Abstract Guidelines.
  • Upon faculty approval of your abstract, you will receive instructions on how to upload your poster. Posters are due by midnight on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
  • All Lightning Talk participants and all Poster Session participants are required to submit a poster (as a PPT slide):
  • If you are a Lightning Talk presenter, the poster will be projected onto a screen (as a PPT slide) during your 90-second presentation. As a courtesy, the poster will also be printed, even if you do not intend to participate in the poster session.
  • Each poster will be printed free of charge provided that the poster is submitted by the deadline. There is a limit of one copy per presenter/presentation team.
  • Detailed poster guidelines, including templates and samples, can be found on the Guidelines webpage.
  • Group presentations are welcome; however, the group should identify one lead speaker to present the research/community engagement project.

Judging Criteria

Criteria were conceived in order to fairly evaluate Lightning Talk presenters and the poster. Each presenter, including those at an early stage in his or her project, is intended to have an equal opportunity to achieve the highest score in each category. While the greatest emphasis will be placed on the student's 90-second Lightning Talk presentation, the judging rubric includes the following categories:

  • Presenter's Oral Presentation (weighed most heavily)
  • Poster Organization
  • Poster Content
  • Poster Appearance / Clarity

Please visit the Presenter & Judging Guidelines webpage for more information, including the judging rubric.