Elevator Pitch Competition
("Minute to Win It")

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Whether you are applying for funding, telling a family member about your research or engaging the public, your success will depend on how well you communicate. We are offering all junior poster presenters a great opportunity to practice this and at the same time compete for a prize.

All Junior Investigator/Trainees* whose posters are accepted for presentation will be invited and encouraged to participate in our "Minute to Win It" flash poster session which promises to be the highlight of the conference, once again!

What is this you may ask? Read on. . .

A flash poster is a challenge to present the big picture of your research in a short and sharp 1-minute pitch. You will have one slide only to convey your message and it is an opportunity to be creative and innovative to entice the audience to find you during one of the poster sessions later in the conference. An effective flash talk is clear, concise and can be very entertaining.

All 1-minute presenters should read the Minute to Win It Guide 2021 and submit their single PowerPoint slide to Ben.Calvert.usc@gmail.com by 5:00 pm Thursday, July 1, 2021. The competition will take place Tuesday, July 13 as part of the conference program.

The trainees with the top two elevator pitches* will receive prizes that will be awarded at the conference.

There will be two thematic poster sessions in the afternoon following the Elevator Pitch Competition.

NEW this year! Special workshop on preparing the perfect elevator pitch for your research: networking to commercialization

A separate pre-conference workshop will be offered for all poster presenters who are strongly encouraged to attend. This will be a mandatory session for all Minute-to-Win-It presenters and will comprehensively cover developing your elevator/poster pitch and applying it in a variety of scientific circumstances. This workshop will be held about a month in advance of the conference on Friday, June 18 at noon EST/9 am PST. There will be no cost for this workshop.

* Participation in the elevator pitch competition is limited to poster presenters who are junior investigators or trainees that have not already received an oral presentation award.