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LoboBITES Competition

LoboBITES are three minute presentations on a thesis, dissertation, or other substantial research project. Think of them as short TED talks. 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. Top contestants can win up to $1000 in scholarships and a paid trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to represent UNM at a regional "three-minute thesis"-type competition in March 2018! Applications will be accepted through October 9, 2017.



previous winners


  • 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 a graduate program (master’s or doctorate) at the University of New Mexico.
  • 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).
  • Prizes include up to $1000 in scholarships and a chance to represent UNM at a regional "three-minute thesis"-type competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Judging Criteria

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:

  1. Significance: Presenters clearly explain the premise of their research and explain its significance to an audience with varied backgrounds. (5 points)
  2. Clarity: Presentation is logically organized, avoids jargon, and clearly highlights key ideas and conclusions. (5 points)
  3. Delivery: Presenters exhibit vocal variation, energy, confident demeanor, physical posture, and appropriate gestures. (5 points)
  4. Engagement: Presentation promotes audience comprehension and engagement. (5 points)

Schedule & Procedures

  • Depending on the number of submissions received and accepted, preliminary rounds may take place in the week prior to the main competition (exact dates TBA)
  • Semi-Final and Final rounds will take place on November 8, 2017 between 9:00 am-5:00 pm in the Bobo Room at Hodgin Hall, with a special reception immediately following the LoboBITES final from 5:00-6:30 p.m.


First Place: $1000 scholarship
Second Place: $500 scholarship
Third Place: $250 scholarship