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90-Second Thesis Competition

Being able to describe your work quickly and succinctly, to a diverse audience, is an important skill for graduate students. Think of the myriad contexts -- a reception at a conference, meeting a dean at a job interview, on LinkedIn or other social media, seeing the CEO in the hallway, at a neighbor's party -- in which you may be called upon to talk about your work with a very short time frame before your listener (or reader) tunes out.

The 90-Second Thesis Competition (formerly GSA Elevator Pitch competition) exists to give Rice graduate students an opportunity to hone this skill, and the resources listed below will help prepare you for the competition.


Event website from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Powerpoint slides from Dr. Elizabeth Festa, Associate Director of the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication, on crafting and delivering a 90-second thesis

Rubric from the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication

Scripts from participants in the 90-Second Thesis Competition

Videos of Graduate Student 90-Second Thesis Competition participants (Spring 2014)

Powerpoint slides from Dr. Mark Embree, Director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL), on crafting and delivering an elevator ptich

Scripts from participants in RCEL's competition (Fall 2012)

Videos of Screech participants and Dr. Embree's 2012 elevator pitch workshop

Required: To participate in the 90-Second Thesis Competition, you must schedule an appointment for feedback on your script. Appointments will be available February 13-27.