LoboBITES are three minute presentations on a thesis, dissertation, or other substantial research project. To be successful, students must present their research in a compelling and easily digestible way, using language and terms appropriate for a general, non-academic audience. Presentations will be judged by a panel consisting of UNM and Albuquerque community members and top contestants can win up to $1000!
- Presentations must be made in 3 minutes or less. Two points will be deducted from total score for every five seconds a student goes over the time limit.
- Students may include one static image (such as a photograph or PowerPoint slide) for their presentation. No PowerPoint, Prezi, or other multi-slide presentations are allowed.
- A prop or other visual aid is allowed, but may only serve as a supplement to the larger presentation, not the focus.
- The primary mode of communication must be the spoken word.
- Please dress professionally (i.e. business or business casual).
- Decisions of judges are final and binding.
- Presenters must be students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (master’s or doctorate) at the University of New Mexico.
- Previous SKC180 winners may not participate.
- Participants must present on a thesis, dissertation, or other substantial research project.
- Judges and audience members are not allowed to ask questions following presentations (but may approach contestants after the winners have been announced if they’re interested in learning more about their projects).
February 6, 2017: Submissions system opens.
February 27, 2017: Submissions due by 11:59 p.m., MST.
March 13, 2017: Acceptance/rejection notifications sent out.
April 6, 2017: LoboBITES competition will take place between 9:15 am-5:00 pm in Student Union Ballroom C.
- 9:00 am – 1:45 pm: Preliminary rounds
- 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Semi-final round
- 4:00 pm– 4:30 pm: Final round
- 4:30 pm– 5:00 pm: Awards ceremony
LoboBITES presentations will be judged by a panel comprised of members from the UNM and Albuquerque communities. Presentations will be evaluated using a 20-point rubric, based on the following criteria:
- Significance: Presenters clearly explain the premise of their research and explain its significance to an audience with varied backgrounds. (5 points)
- Clarity: Presentation is logically organized, avoids jargon, and clearly highlights key ideas and conclusions. (5 points)
- Delivery: Presenters exhibit vocal variation, energy, confident demeanor, physical posture, and appropriate gestures. (5 points)
- Engagement: Presentation promotes audience comprehension and engagement. (5 points)
- Participating students must submit presentation proposals by February 27, 2017.
- Submissions must include an abstract (up to 250 words)
- All submissions must be accompanied with a completed recommendation form from a UNM faculty member (preferably the student’s thesis, dissertation, or research project advisor). By submitting the recommendation form, the faculty member agrees to review the student’s presentation before the day of the event.
- A judging committee will select up to forty proposals for advancement to competition.
- Selected students will compete in one of four preliminary rounds.
- Three students from each preliminary round will advance to the semi-final round.
- Three students from the semi-final round will advance to the final round.
First Place: $1000 scholarship
Second Place: $500 scholarship
Third Place: $250 scholarship