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Pre-Conference: WiSys Quick Pitch Competition

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Quick Pitch Competition: 12:30 p.m. –
6 p.m.
Free Competition | Pre-Registration Required | Cash Prizes Awarded | Limited to 80 participants

Why Quick Pitch

The WiSys Quick Pitch training and competition teaches student researchers to make their projects accessible for all audiences across disciplines by preparing and delivering 3-minute oral summaries of their research project and why it matters. The ability to talk about the impact of their research can spark collaborations and prepare students for graduate research and careers. We also know that public speaking can be intimidating, especially when doing it for the first time. That's why WiSys and UW-Eau Claire will provide hands-on training and support to NCUR attendees to hone their communication skills. WiSys will provide an on-line training session for participants who are selected.

Students will compete in the WiSys Quick Pitch Competition on April 12. Following the competition, winners will be announced, and cash prizes totaling $4,000 will be awarded to five first or second place winners in the various categories. Winners will also open for the three distributed keynote speakers on Friday morning during the conference where they will deliver their winning 3-minute Quick Pitch.

The NCUR Quick Pitch team thanks WiSys for their support and sponsorship of this event. 

How This Works

  • During abstract submission, interested students will indicate their interest in the Quick Pitch Competition. Abstracts are accepted Oct. 3, 2022 – Nov. 30, 2022, and the Quick Pitch is limited to 80 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • Interested students can expect to receive a description of the event and a confirmation of their acceptance into the the Quick Pitch event by Dec. 15, 2022.  
  • Students must be registered for NCUR 2023 by Feb. 28, 2023. There is no additional registration step for the Quick Pitch.
  • Registered participants will receive Quick Pitch training materials from the Quick Pitch Committee via email by March 15, 2023.  
  • Registered participants will create their 3-minute quick pitch based on their NCUR research and have an online practice session with a WiSys Quick Pitch Coach by April 1, 2023. 
  • Registered participants will compete in a preliminary round on-site at NCUR 2023 on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from 12:30 - 3:00pm. 
  • Finals will be held, and winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from 4:30 - 6:00pm.
  • Winners in each category will deliver their Quick Pitches on Friday, April 14, 2023 as the opening presentation for NUCR distributed keynote speakers.
  • WiSys Quick Pitch categories:
    • Natural and Health Sciences & Engineering
    • Social Sciences and Humanities
    • Special focus theme: Sustainability.

Quick Pitch Competition Schedule

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. | Quick Pitch Check In
1-3 p.m. | Preliminary Rounds
  • Section 1 – Davies 320F (Menominee Room) 
  • Section 2 – Davies 320E (Ho-Chunk Room)
  • Section 3 – Davies 311 (Chancellors Room) 
  • Section 4 – Davies 320 (Centennial Room)  
  • Section 5 - Davies 328 (Woodland Theatre)
  • Section 6 - Davies 260 (Council Oak)
3-3:30 p.m. | Refreshments | W.R Davies 330 (Ojibwe Ballroom)
3:30-5:30 p.m. | Final Round | W.R. Davies 330 (Ojibwe Ballroom)
5:45-6 p.m. | Announcement of Winners | W.R. Davies 330 (Ojibwe Ballroom)
Friday, April 14, 2023
11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Quick Pitch Winners Open for Distributed Keynote Speakers
  • Jeff Thompson
  • Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore
  • Dr. Tim Nelson

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