Texas Student Research Showdown — 2017 submissions open

Dear students,

All undergraduate student researchers are invited to compete for $1,500 in the Texas Student Research Showdown, the annual research communication competition at The University of Texas at Austin.

In the first round of the Showdown, entrants create 2-minute videos about their research, which are voted on by UT students and judged by an expert panel. The judges’ top three videos, along with the three videos that receive the most votes, continue to a final round in which students give six-minute research presentations to a live audience and judging panel. The first-round winner receives an iPad, and the top three final-round winners receive $1,500, $750, and $250 in scholarships to recognize their excellence in research communication. A series of workshops offers support at every step of the process. The 2017 Texas Student Research Showdown Final Round is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. in Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302).

Why enter?
We want to help UT’s top students sell their ideas—and their stories as researchers—to a general audience. All entrants will walk away with a 2-minute video that explains their work to friends, family, grad schools, and future employers. Scholarship prizes will be awarded based on communication skill and the merit of the research.

Why short videos and mini-presentations?
Short videos are ideal for communicating on social media, and mini-presentations of a style similar to short TED talks are perfect for telling the narrative of your work without overwhelming a general audience. If you’ve never communicated in these formats before, that’s okay—we’ll help you learn how. Attend one of our workshops on making a knockout video and talk.

Who can enter?
The Showdown is open to any current UT undergraduate involved in research or creative activity in any major. Your work can be an independent project, or a collaboration with a professor to which you have made substantive contributions.

What are the deadlines?
First Round: Video submissions are due Oct. 10. Voting will take place Oct. 12-25.
Final Round: The live competition will take place Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

For more details, visit http://ugs.utexas.edu/our/showdown.

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Info sessions and workshops
Information sessions for undergraduates seeking research opportunities have been scheduled for the fall semester. You can view the schedule and sign up, or schedule an advising appointment if you cannot attend or need more help. This semester the OUR is also offering workshops to help students improve at communicating their work to a general audience. Session topics include making research videos, packaging and “selling” research, and speaking to different audiences.