Competition Information

Two competitions will be held for graduate students who are participating in the Wilson College of Textiles Research Open House 2021. 

If you are interested in participating in either competition please fill out the form HERE by 5 p.m. on March 12.

TAGS will notify you if your research has been accepted to participate in the 2021 Virtual Research Open House along with further instructions regarding poster and 3MT guidelines and expectations. Final submissions for the poster and 3MT will be due to TAGS by Sunday, March 21.

Competition #1: Poster Competition

Students will create their virtual posters and submit their final poster to TAGS by midnight Sunday, March 21. Each virtual poster will be uploaded on the Textiles ROH website for attendees to view. Time slots will be available under the Schedule Appointment Tab for ROH participants and competition judges to sign up to meet and talk with the poster creator.  

Poster topics may be related to any facet of the Wilson College of Textiles, including: textile apparel, technology, and management; textile engineering, chemistry and science, nonwovens, etc.

The poster must include the following: 

  • Title
  • Names of author(s) and affiliated organization(s)
  • Abstract (brief summary of objectives, methods, results, and conclusions)
  • Background Information
  • Project Objectives
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results (tables, graphs, charts)
  • Conclusions
  • Discussion of possible future work/research
  • Acknowledgement of funding sources (i.e. a grant or industry partner)

Judging Information:

Judging will occur during the morning of the ROH from 10:00 am till 12:00 pm. Judges will ask each poster presenter questions about their work. Scores will be recorded and winners will be presented after the 3MT competition in the afternoon session.

The prizes for the poster competition are as follows:

  • 1st place = $300
  • 2nd place = $200
  • 3rd place = $100

Competition #2: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Students are tasked with condensing their research into a three minute explanation of the purpose and importance of their research, while also proposing solutions or meaningful findings. 

The prizes for the 3MT competition are as follows:

  • 1st place = $500
  • 2nd place = $250
  • 3rd place = $100

Judging information:

Comprehension and Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact, and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?