Graduate Student Research Fair
Capstone Competition Guidelines & Rules

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) and Graduate School invite project and thesis completers from December 2020 - May 2021 and those currently registered for a master's project, thesis, or continuation course (721/722) to present their research in the 2021 Virtual Capstone Competition. The contest is meant to highlight and celebrate the research conducted by graduate students across a spectrum of disciplines, and cultivate students’ academic, presentation, and communication skills. The goal is to provide an environment where graduate students can explain their research in three-minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience and in as entertaining a way as possible.

Presenters will be competing against other students in their academic school (Arts & Humanities, Education, Professions, and Natural & Social Sciences). Participants are to record themselves along a single static slide using Zoom and upload the recording using the link for their academic school. The top three winners from each school will win a cash prize (1st: $200, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $50). The deadline to upload a Zoom .mp4 file for the Capstone Competition is April 26.

All matriculated graduate students and faculty members are invited to participate in the voting of the presenters from their schools. Voting takes place from Monday, May 3 – Thursday, May 6th. Winners will be announced during the Virtual Graduate Research Fair celebration via Zoom on Friday, May 7th at 5:30 p.m. The event also will include recognition of 2021 Outstanding Master’s Thesis and Project winners and their advisors. For directions on how to create a Zoom recording to upload for the Capstone Competition and the rules, judging criteria, tips, examples, and recommendations for making a 3-minute presentation, visit the Graduate Research Fair page on Graduate Student Association website.

  • Submission instructions (including how to use Zoom), contest rules, tips, and samples are available here. (Videos longer than 3 minutes will be denied entry)

Pick your school from the list below and use the Submit Your Work link on the left to upload your entry.


Browse the Graduate Student Research: Capstone Competition Collections:

School of Arts and Humanities

School of Education

School of Natural and Social Sciences

School of the Professions