Is your career on its way . . . UP? 

Elevator Speech

Prove it with our elevator speech contest for grad students and post docs.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015: 05:30 PM - 06:45 PM,

Minneapolis Convention Center, 101 C 

Students MUST preregister to participate.


Often, we only have approximately 45 seconds to make an impression.  Those seconds are often referred to as your "elevator speech."  Therefore, we're giving you the opportunity develop and hone your skills with our Elevator Speech contest.  This fun, yet practical, competition will be held on Tuesday, November 17.  Contestants will have 45 seconds (and only 45 seconds) to concisely yet conversationally talk about who they are and their research.  

How does it work?  When a contestant is called up for their turn in the "elevator," they will be randomly assigned one of the following audiences:

  • Scientist
  • Prospective Employer
  • Peer
  • General Public
  • K-12 Educator
  • Policy-Maker

The speeches will be judged and fun prizes will be awarded.  This fast paced contest is a must!  Spots are limited and sign-up is required. 

Compete against other grad students and post docs for cash prizes. This is also an opportunity to have your elevator speech heard and critiqued by a panel of judges from varied backgrounds. 

Fabulous Cash Prizes!

First Place: Crystal Award and $50 Visa Gift Card

Second Place: $40 Visa Gift Card

Thrid Place: $30 Visa Gift Card

Score sheet

Tips on a great elevator speech:

Sometimes it's hard, so don't miss this opportunity to practice your Elevator Speech.

PhD Comics

And don't miss Jorge Cham at the screening of his new movie "The PhD Movie: 2 Still in Grad School" on Tuesday and at the closing reception on Wednesday!