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.
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.
- 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 16 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 2021 Master's in Four (Min4) Competition Winner
- 1st Place- Guanxiong Qi, Religion (Competition Video)
- 2nd Place- Corrie Ostrander, Interior Design (Competition Video)
- 3rd Place- Briana Acevedo, Communication Science and Disorders (Competition Video)
- People's Choice: Qiushan Liu, Psychology (Competition Video)
All Finalist Videos
Emergent Literacy Training for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss - Briana Acevedo
How Does Inhibition Play a Role in Math - Qiushan Liu
Using Personality to Inform Desk and Desk Accessory Design - Olivia Perron
How Multilingual Students Convey Their Concerns in Writing Center Encounters - Alexandra Pippin
Time to Listen to Coaches Talk About Perfectionism - Jonathan Stern
Spring 2020 Master's in Four (Min4) Competition Winners
- 1st Place- Jay Pension, Theatre
- 2nd Place- Stephanie Gipson, Sports Nutrition
- 2nd Place- Keri Miller, Creative Writing
- 3rd Place- Lauren Harris, Clinical Psychology
- 3rd Place- James Ippolito, Nutrition and Food Exercise Science
- People's Choice: Hyosoon Yim, Sport Management
Click on the link below to watch and/or download the Master's in Four competition videos.
Watch MI4 Videos (Links Above)
Click on the link below to view photos from the Spring 2020 Master's in Four Competition.
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)