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

7:00-7:10pm: Welcome

7:10-8:10pm: Elevator Pitch Competition | View Program

Zada Anderson, "Non-invasive Physiological Sensing of Rats with High-level Spinal Cord Injuries" - College of Engineering
Ethan Edwards, "Efficacy of Activated Carbon Pitcher Filters in Elevated Benzene Removal" - College of Engineering
Connor Hage, "Communicating Engineering Through Toy Reviews" - College of Engineering
Hanson-Lee Harjono, "Microlattice Structure Shielding Against Hypervelocity Impacts" - College of Engineering
Marina Mehling, "Let's Make Plants Fat" - College of Agriculture and College of Engineering
Ana Pascual-Garringos, "Low-cost User-friendly Biosensors for Bovine Respiratory Disease" - College of Agriculture
Josh Randall, "Urban Plant Physiology" - College of Agriculture
Steven Rogers, "Comparing Seed Distribution of Micro-Mobility Modes" - College of Engineering
Nikolai Saporoschetz, Theo Ginting, & Brian Cain, "A Dynamic Ticket Pricing Model for Professional Sports Teams" - Krannert School of Management
Echo Yan, "Mapping Postcolonial Literature" - College of Health & Human Sciences & Purdue University Libraries & School of Information Studies

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.


Submit Your YouTube Link
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