Undergraduate Contest

Undergraduate Digital Flash Talk Contest

This year, we will have an Undergraduate Digital Flash Talk Contest, sponsored by the ELSI-Firstlogic Astrobiology Program, whose program goals include support for early career students in Astrobiology. Unfortunately, the in-person meeting will not take place, but the winner(s) will be announced soon, and will have their talks featured here, so check back soon!

Logistical Details

Deadline: March 15, 2020 23:59 Japan Time (The deadline has passed and we are currently evaluating submissions).

Eligibility: Undergraduate student on March 15, 2020

Submission: Please send an audio file to abgradcon [at] gmail [dot] com (please replace [at] and [dot] with the appropriate symbols), with the subject "Undergraduate Flash Talk Contest Submission [YOUR LAST NAME]".

Audio File Format: Any audio file format is acceptable. No videos. Please include your last name in the file name.

Size Limit: 10 MB

Winner Selection: The winning presentation will receive a travel award, sponsored by ELSI-Firstlogic Astrobiology Program, to attend AbGradCon 2020 that will cover all costs associated with the conference, including international travel and accommodation. The top-scoring talks will also be featured on the AbGradCon website for your peers and colleagues to enjoy. We hope to announce the results sometime in May.

Public Disclosure of Submission: After your entry submission, we will send a confirmation email to ask whether you agree to allow us to upload your flash talk on the AbGradCon website, which is publicly accessible. Please make sure with your lab and your adviser if this is acceptable ahead of time (we also encourage them to help give feedback on your flash talk before your submission). Note that to be eligible for the travel award, you must agree to allow your flash talk to be uploaded.

Digital Flash Talk Details

Length: 3-5 minutes

Slides: No slides

Speaker: Only yourself

Contents: Explain your research in broad terms to a another undergraduate who is majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)-related field.

Judging Criteria: Clarity of Presentation, Accessibility to Those Outside of field, Scientific Content

Sponsored By The ELSI Firstlogic Astrobiology Donation Program