5-Minute Fast Track Oral Research Competition Presentation Opportunity & Cash Prizes
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?
The Office of Undergraduate Research will host its 4th 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.
WIN (first place) will receive $750
PLACE (second place) will receive $500
SHOW (third place) will receive $250
Event will be livestreamed starting at 5 PM on October 28, 2021
The competition will include TWO preliminary rounds on October 19 and October 20, 2021 with the Top 10 students from the preliminary rounds advancing to the Final Championship Round on October 28, 2021.
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 19, 2021 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Preliminary Round #1 5 PM - 7 PM; WT Young Library UKAA Auditorium (1st floor) - live student presentations with Q&A from judges. Presentations will be recorded by UK Event Production team.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Preliminary Round #2 5 PM - 7 PM; WT Young Library UKAA Auditorium (1st floor) - live student presentations with Q&A from judges. Presentations will be recorded by UK Event Production team.
** 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.
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Final Championship Round; 5 PM - 7 PM; Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema. The TOP 10 finalists will present live in front of a panel of judges. All physical distancing and safety protocol guidelines will be followed. The event will be live-streamed and recorded by UK Event Productions.
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
September 5, 2021 Registration Opens
October 5, 2021 Registration Deadline
October 11, 2021 - 5-Minute Fast Track Student Presentation and Slide Workshop; 6 PM, Funkhouser Bldg Room 313 Click here to register for Workshop
Learn from 2020 5-Minute Fast Track winners and finalists about creating a powerful 5-minute lightning talk and designing an engaging and informative competition slide.
October 15, 2021 - Final competition slide must be emailed to UGResearch@uky.edu by 11:55 PM EDT
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Preliminary Round #1 5 PM - 7 PM; WT Young Library UKAA Auditorium (1st floor) - live student presentations with Q&A from judges
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Preliminary Round #2 5 PM - 7 PM; WT Young Library UKAA Auditorium (1st floor) - live student presentations with Q&A from judges
**** TOP 10 student finalists from the Preliminary Rounds advance to the Final Round****
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 5MT Fast Track Competition - Final Championship Round; 5 PM - 7 PM; Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema. Top 10 finalists will present live in front of a panel of judges. All physical distancing and safety protocol guidelines will be followed. The event will be live-streamed.
Mark your calendars now for September 5, 2021 at 12:00am (registration opens). NOTE: There are only 40 student registrations available. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Confirmations will be sent to the students who successfully register for the competition.
Online registration will require the following:
Topic Summary (300 words maximum) - this summary is only for registration purposes and is not considered for judging
Faculty Mentor Information
- 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.
- No additional electronic media, sound, or video files are permitted
- No additional props - costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment - are permitted
- Presentations are limited to 5 minutes maximum. Competitors exceeding 5 minutes will be disqualified.
- Presentations are to be spoken word - no poems, rap, or songs
- Presentations are to commence from the front of the WT Young Auditorium
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final. The Top 5 presenters from each preliminary round will advance to the final championship round
- 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?