Flash Talk Competition - GREAT 2020

In three minutes, could you:

  • Explain your research to a prospective employer?
  • Convince a potential donor to support your project?
  • Share your discoveries with a non-specialist audience?
  • Entice others to want more information about your research?

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Do you want to improve your communication and presentation skills?

The Flash Talk competition is a research communication competition that will challenge you to present your thesis or dissertation research in just three minutes to a non-specialist audience. You will need to decide on the most important points of your research, craft an interesting and engaging narrative, then deliver in a clear, concise, and confident manner in three minutes or less using only one static PowerPoint slide as a visual aid.

The competition is open to current OUHSC graduate students in good standing who will participate in the GREAT 2020 Symposium and meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled as of Spring 2020 in a master’s program or a doctoral non-professional graduate program.
  • Students may enter the competition even if their research results have not been finalized.

Click here to complete your Flash Talk competition entry form and register for the GREAT Symposium 2020. You will need to provide the title of your talk and list all authors involved along with your registration. The submission deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020. The competition will be held during the GREAT Symposium, currently scheduled for March 23-24, 2020. Judges will choose an overall First Place winner for each session and the audience will vote to choose a People’s Choice winner for each session. Awards, including cash prizes for First Place and for People’s Choice, will be announced at the GREAT Symposium Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 2:30pm at the Samis Auditorium.


Official Rules - Flash Talk Competition


  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • Time begins when the competitor begins speaking.
  • Competitors must give oral presentations to describe their research from the stage/presentation area; poems, raps or songs (etc.) and/or leaving the stage/presentation are not allowed.
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or “movement” of anything on the slide is allowed.
  • No additional electronic media (i.e. sound or video files, 3D moving graphics etc) are permitted.
  • No additional props (i.e. costumes, musical instruments, lab equipment etc) are permitted.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Calendar of Events

January 2, 2020

February 14, 2020

March 13, 2020

 March 23, 2020

  • Flash Talk competitions during the GREAT Symposium in the Bird Library Auditorium, LIB 299, tentatively scheduled from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. (See the Schedule of Presentations page for details)

March 24, 2020

  • Flash Talk competitions during the GREAT Symposium in the Bird Library Auditorium, LIB 299, tentatively scheduled from 3:30-5:15pm (See the Schedule of Presentations page for details)

March 26, 2020

  • First Place (judged winner) and People’s Choice Awards for Flash Talks and cash prizes will be awarded at the GREAT Symposium Awards Ceremony in the Samis Auditorium, 2:30 pm. Reception immediately following the awards ceremony.



Questions? Contact the Graduate College:

Catina Jordan, Assistant to the Dean, Catina-Jordan@ouhsc.edu, 405-271-2085, or

Vacant, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Research, 405-271-2085