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5-Minute Fast Track Research Competition

 

1 Slide. 5 Minutes. Outstanding research! Cheer on UK undergraduate research students as they share their trailblazing research and compete for cash prizes in the 5-Minute Fast Track Competition. Who will advance to the finals?

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The Office of Undergraduate Research will host its 3rd annual 5-Minute Fast Track research presentation competition this fall. The 5-Minute Fast Track is an academic competition that cultivates students’ presentation and research communication skills, and challenges them to describe their research within five minutes. This is a terrific opportunity for UK’s undergraduate students to learn these critical communication skills and represent the diversity of scholarly work at UK.

 

PRIZES

  • WIN (first place) will receive $750

  • PLACE (second place) will receive $500

  • SHOW (third place) will receive $250 

 

Watch the Final Championship Round LIVE on YouTube

Watch the Final Championship Round LIVE on Facebook 

 

5 Minute Fast Track Winners 2020

 

 

Competition Details

The competition will include TWO preliminary rounds on Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 14, 2020 with the Top 10 students from the preliminary rounds advancing to the Final Championship competition on Tuesday, October 20.

Undergraduate student competitors will present their research in five minutes, using only one static slide, in front of a panel of five judges and virtual audience. The goal of this competition is to improve students’ abilities to communicate their undergraduate research effectively to a general audience while creating a compelling story about their scholarly work.

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Preliminary Round #1  4PM - 6PM; Zoom (registration required) live student presentations with Q&A from judges

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Preliminary Round #2  4PM - 6PM; Zoom (registration required) live student presentations with Q&A from judges

**** TOP 10 student finalists from the Preliminary Rounds advance to the Final Round****  Students will be notified via email after the 2nd Preliminary Round is completed. 

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Final Championship Round; 5PM - 7PM in Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema. Top 10 finalists will present live in front of the panel of judges. All physical distancing and safety protocol guidelines will be  followed. No audience will be allowed. However, the event will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube. We are monitoring the public health situation and will transition the Final Round to a virtual Zoom event, if necessary.

 

Eligibility

 

  • University of Kentucky undergraduates who have completed two full terms of faculty-mentored research or creative activity in any major are eligible to compete.

  • Participants must have a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior enrollment status

  • Participants MUST BE available to participate in the preliminary rounds AND the Championship Final Round

 

Important Dates

  • September 5, 2020 - Registration Opens 

  • September 23, 2020 - 5-Minute Fast Track Student Presentation Workshop; 6pm; Zoom

    • Learn from 2019 5-Minute Fast Track winner, Frannie Salisbury, and OUR ambassadors about creating a powerful 5-minute lightning talk and designing an engaging and informative competition slide.

  • October 4, 2020 - Registration Deadline

  • October 10, 2020 - Final competition slide must be emailed to UGResearch@uky.edu by 11:59PM

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Preliminary Round #1  4PM - 6PM; Zoom (registration required) live student presentations with Q&A from judges

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Preliminary Round #2  4PM - 6PM; Zoom (registration required) live student presentations with Q&A from judges

**** TOP 10 student finalists from the Preliminary Rounds advance to the Final Round****

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Final Championship Round; 5PM - 7PM in Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema. Top 10 finalists will present live in front of the panel of judges. All physical distancing and safety protocol guidelines will be  followed. No audience will be allowed. However, the event will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube. We are monitoring the public health situation and will transition the Final Round to a virtual Zoom event, if necessary.

 

Registration

NOTE: There are only 40 student registrations available. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. So, mark your calendars now for September 5, 2020 at 12:00am (registration opens).  Confirmations will be sent to the students who successfully register for the competition.

 

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

 

Online registration will require the following:

  • Topic Summary (300 words maximum) - this summary is only for registration purposes and is not considered for judging

  • Presentation Title

  • Faculty Mentor Information

 

Judging Criteria

RULES

  1. Only 1 single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or "movement" of any description. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  2. No additional electronic media, sound, or video files are permitted
  3. No additional props - costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment - are permitted
  4. Presentations are limited to 5 minutes maximum. Competitors exceeding 5 minutes will be disqualified.
  5. Presentations are to be spoken word - no poems, rap, or songs
  6. Presentations are to commence from the front of the WT Young Auditorium
  7. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech
  8. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final. The Top 5 presenters from each preliminary round will advance to the final championship round

COMPREHENSION

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?

 

ENGAGEMENT & COMMUNICATION STYLE

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Was the research topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate for a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Virtual Symposium & Zoom Recordings

Symposium by ForagerOne is a virtual forum to curate and share research and creative projects with the UK community as well as facilitate discussion. In the process, it builds a central repository of work for your organization.

Includes:

  • Welcome Page
  • Student Presentations
  • Live Sessions Info and Links to Zoom Recordings

 

View 5-Minute Fast Track Research Competition Virtual Symposium

 

 

Register for 5-Minute Fast Track

Share your trailblazing research in five minutes using only one static slide and compete for cash prizes!

Registration Opens Sept. 5th

Student Presentation Workshop

Learn from 2019 5-Minute Fast Track winner, Frannie Salisbury, and OUR ambassadors about creating a powerful 5-minute lightning talk and designing an engaging and informative competition slide.

Register for Workshop

 

 

Final Round Student Presentations.

2020 5-Minute Fast Track Finals

1st place: FRANCES SALISBURY – Biology major, junior | Research Area: Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease | Faculty Mentor: Bruce O’Hara (Biology)

Project Title: Effect of Sleep Fragmentation on Alzheimer Mice 

2nd place: MALIK APPLETON – Pre-Pharmacy major, senior | Research Area: Neuropharmacology | Faculty Mentor: Keith Pennypacker (Center for Advanced and Translational Stroke Science)

Project Title: Leukemia Inhibitory Factor Regulates the Post Stroke Immune Cell Infiltration in Aged Male and Female Rats 

ROLLIE MILLS – Chemical Engineering major, senior | Research Area: Engineering, Water filtration| Faculty Mentor: Dibakar Bhattacharyya (Chemical Engineering)

Project Title: Novel Membrane Filtration for Removal of Emerging Water Pollutants 

1st place: CHRISTOPHER KOSITZKE 

2nd place: ALYSSA MERTKA

3rd place: NATALIE HAWES