Presentation Categories

Oral Presentation:

The presenter will present his/her research to a panel of judges. The time allotted for oral presentation will be 13 minutes followed by 2 minutes of questions. More details shall be made available to the accepted authors one month before the conference.

The best five oral presentations will be awarded $150 each. 


Poster Presentation:

The presenter will present his/her research to a panel of judges through a visual poster. The specificaions of the poster will be supplied to the accepted authors one month before the conference.

The best five poster presentations will be awarded $150 each. (revised 03/21/2018)


3 Minute Thesis:

The presenter will present his/her research to a panel of judges using only a ONE static powerpoint presentation slide. The presentation time shall be limited to 3 minutes. The following rules shall strictly apply for the presentation:   

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, the slide is to remain in view for the duration of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken (eg. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.

First Prize - $250, Second Prize - $200, Third Prize - $150


Impactful Innovation:

The presenter (or a team of presenters) shall present an interdisciplinary model (such as a machine, scientific proptotype, engineering design, sustainable building/architectural design, apparel, website etc.) to an panel of judges. The presenter (or team of presenters) will be given a table (with electric connection, if required) to keep their model and will have an hour to present their model to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculties and other visitors. The presentation can be made by a maximum of THREE students. More details will be sent to accepted authors one month before the conference. 

We highly encourage the students from College of Design to submit their abstracts for this presentation.

The winning team will be awarded $300. 


Case Competition:

Each participating team may consist of up to four (4) members.  All participants must be graduate students, and all teams must include at least one College of Business graduate student.
Team registration opens tentatively on February 15, 2018 and closes on March 24, 2018. To register, please contact  

The competition will be split into two rounds:

First Round

  • A case and rules will be sent to all registered teams two weeks prior to the competition (3/29/2018).
  • Each team will have one week (7 days) to formulate their solution and submit their slide deck. 
  • Each team must submit a presentation deck, including backup slides for Q&A.
  • The deadline for submitting a team presentation deck for GPSRC-2018 is April 4, 2018, 4:59 pm CT.  
  • The top three (3) teams as determined by the judges will advance to the final round.
  • Teams will be notified of their status on April 5, 2018.

Final Round

  • Each of the finalist teams will give a 20 minute presentation with Q&A.
  • No changes can be made to the slide deck between the first and final rounds.

*NOTE: Format is tentative and subject to change prior to April 1, 2018.

The winning team will be awarded $400.

*Depending on the total number of participants for each presentation category, the number of awards is subject to change. This is required in an effort to keep the number of the awards being given in similar proportion to the number of participants for each presentation category.