Master's in Four (Min4) Competition

Competition Details and Deadlines

Master's students who have earned 18 hours of graduate coursework toward the degree may compete in the Master's in Four Competition during which they have four minutes, and four slides, for them to explain their research to a diverse audience. 

The M4 Preliminary Rounds are conducted each January while the M4 finals are held in February. Monetary prizes are provided for the four Master's in Four (Min4) winners. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners are selected by judges while the "4 the People" prize is selected by the audience's vote. 

Click Here to Register (Deadline is January 21st)

Competition Rules

  • A master's student with at least 18 hours of graduate coursework earned toward the degree.
  • Four minute time limit.
  • A maximum of four slides that have no animation, embedded video, audio, or movement of any kind.
  • A solo, non-technical oral description of the student's research or creative endeavors.
  • No props, notes or costumes are allowed.
  • A clicker will be provided.


  • A maximum of 14 points may be earned. 
  • The effectiveness of the following will be rated by the judges:
    • Opening captured the audience's attention.
    • Strength of the introduction.
    • Organized, evidence-based body.
    • Appropriate for a diverse audience.
    • Presenter demonstrated a strong personal interest.
    • Conclusion summarized the main points and referred to the opening.
    • Delivery was well-prepared and confident.
    • Presenter maintained good eye contact.
    • Slides enhanced the presentation.
    • The presentation was masterful! 

Spring 2019 Master's in Four (Min4) Competition Winners

  • 1st Place- Jason Cassel, Music, Piano Technology (Link to Video)
  • 2nd Place- James Hernandez, Education, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems (Link to Video)
  • 2nd Place- Steven Pope, Arts and Sciences, History (Link to Video)
  • 3rd Place- Stacey Hanson, Arts and Sciences, Modern Languages and Linguistics (Link to Video)
  • People's Choice: Karl Wissemann, Arts and Sciences, Psychology (Link to Video)


Click on the link below to watch and/or download the Master's in Four competition videos. 

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Photo Gallery

Click on the link below to view photos from the Spring 2019 Master's in Four Competition. 

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