Graduate Student Elevator Pitch Competition set for April 12

Students enrolled in graduate programs at Rice University will compete in the first campuswide Graduate Student Elevator Pitch Competition April 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. in Duncan Hall’s McMurtry Auditorium.

The competition allows Rice graduate students to share their research and educational pursuits with others in 90 seconds or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three participants — $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third. It is also an opportunity for the Rice community to know about the cutting-edge research taking place across campus.

Students will make their presentations in front of a panel of judges and an audience of students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and prospective employers. The audience will also be able to vote for their favorite pitch; the winner will receive an iPad mini.

“Differing from ‘traditional’ elevator pitch competitions, this competition won’t necessarily reward the student whose idea makes the best commercial sense; rather, it will focus on the students’ ability to engage their audience intellectually,” said Arnaud Chevallier, associate vice provost of academic affairs and graduate studies.

Members of the Rice community are invited to observe the presentations but are required to RSVP online at

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