Flash Talk Competition - GREAT 2021

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 2021 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 2021. You will need to provide the title of your talk and list all authors involved along with your registration. The submission deadline is TBD. The competition will be held during the GREAT Symposium, currently scheduled for March 22-25, 2021. 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 TBD via Zoom.


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


  • Abstract submissions open!


  • Deadline to submit your Flash Talk competition entry form


  • Deadline to submit your static PowerPoint file to Carla-Shackelford@ouhsc.edu by 4:00pm, on TBD
  • TBD
  • Flash Talk competitions during the GREAT Symposium via Zoom, tentatively scheduled from TBD. (See the Schedule of Presentations page for details)


  • Flash Talk competitions during the GREAT Symposium via Zoom, tentatively scheduled from TBD (See the Schedule of Presentations page for details)


  • First Place (judged winner) and People’s Choice Awards for Flash Talks and cash prizes will be awarded at the GREAT Symposium Awards Ceremony via Zoom, 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

Dr. Amy Tucker, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Research, 405-271-2085