Master's in Four (M4) 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 4 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. Awards are $1,000 for the first place winner, $750 for the second place winner, $500 for the third place winner, and $500 for the People's Choice winner (selected by the audience).

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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 30 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 (MI4) 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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