Postdoc Research Slam
Present your Research and Win!
The Postdoctoral Scholar Office invites all current postdoctoral scholars to participate in the first ever Postdoc Research Slam taking place on November 1, 2019. Practice your communication skills, network with your peers, and compete for great prizes!
Each competitor will have three minutes and one PowerPoint slide to communicate their research in a pitch-style format. Judges will score based on communication style, comprehension, and engagement.
- Inventure$ 2020 tickets from Alberta Innovates (June 3-6, 2020)
- A travel allowance ($700, $500 or $250 in value before tax) from the University of Calgary
- A four month Family Active Living Membership (Main Campus)
- A one-year Kinetix Fitness and Wellness Center Membership (Foothills Campus)
- One-on-one career counselling from University of Calgary Career Services
Congratulations to the 2019 Research Slam Competition Finalists
- All participants must be current postdoctoral scholars at the University of Calgary
- A 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). Please note that using a slide is optional as the presentation focus is on your oration skills. Images used in the slide must be your own, or you must have permission from the owner of the photo(s) and provide proper credit(s).
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, laser pointers or note cards) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum.
- Presentations that go over 3 minutes will have marks deducted from scoring.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
- Presentations must be based on research directly related to the postdoctoral scholar’s research.
- Presentations are to commence from the stage.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Each of the three judging criteria has equal weight. Note that each criterion has an emphasis on the audience.
- Was the research topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and a confident stance?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the speaker spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long or were they rushed?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract, from their presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?
- Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
- Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of the research?
- Was the significance of the presenter's research clearly outlined?
- Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?
- Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or 'dumb-down' the research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
- Did the presentation make me want to know more about the speaker's research?