Millennium Cafe Pitch Competition

Join us on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Details of the Competition

Graduate Students will be pitch their research in 2 minutes or less! 

In the spirit of the Millennium Café, the 3rd Annual Pitch Competition sponsored by PPG is an opportunity to pitch your research in 2 minutes or less using no more than four 8.5” x 11” printed slides.  Graduate Students will briefly convey their research to a curious and technically diverse audience in hopes of taking home PRIZE MONEY and developing new COLLABORATIONS.

Evaluation Criteria

    Big Picture - Did the presenter tell you why their research is important?
    Clarity - Did the presenter condense the important points into a complete, meaningful message?
    Structure - Did the presenter create the message in logical and well supported fashion?
    Audience - Did the presenter consider the interest of the audience when delivering the message?
    Passion - Was it presented with energy, enthusiasm, eye contact, good body language, etc..
    Pace - Did the presenter stay within the allotted time?

Free training will be available prior to the competition - Space is limited, so you must sign up!

May 9, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Telling the Story"
- Susan Russell, PhD, College of Arts and Architecture

Everything and everyone has a story, and learning how to communicate stories can help you deliver information to anyone. In this two hour session, you will not only learn how to tell a story, you will experience how storytelling turns information into an experience.

May 23, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Strategies to Engage Non-Technical Audiences on Technical Research Topics"
Andy Gustafson, Smeal College of Business

The amount of information that surrounds everybody, every day, is the highest it has ever been in the world’s history.   Skilled scientists and engineers must be equipped with not only technical expertise, but also with communication skills that can get others interested in their areas of research.  This could mean the difference between—success or failure--in launching a new business, gaining a grant, or garnering support from the community at large regarding why your work matters.

Register TODAY!