Master's in Four is a research communication competition that aims to help master's students develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Moreover, it supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
Currently enrolled 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: 1st Place ($1,000), 2nd Place ($750), 3rd Place ($500) and People’s Choice ($250) selected by the audience.
Congratulate the 2023 Master's in Four Winners!
"The Effects of Self-Monitoring on the Reading Comprehension of a Third Grader Exhibiting Challenging Behavior"
"Navigating the Moral Maze: Acting Ethically When We Don't Know"
Currently enrolled master's students with at least 18 hours of graduate coursework earned toward the degree.
Doctoral students are not eligible.
- 1st place: $1,000
- 2nd place: $750
- 3rd place: $500
- People's Choice: $250
- Four minute time limit to present on topic.
- 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 maximum of 16 points may be earned.
- The following will be rated by the judges:
- Opening/hook captures the audience's attention
- Strength of the introduction
- Organized, evidence-based body
- Presentation of topic is appropriate for a non-expert audience
- Presenter demonstrates a strong personal interest
- Conclusion summarizes the main points
- Delivery is well-prepared and presented with confidence
- Slides enhance the presentation
Past Master's in Four Competitions
Spring 2023 Master's in Four
Madison McCraney (Public Health) took home the first prize in this year Master's in Four competition
Spring 2022 Master's in Four
Vincenzo Olivett (Social Psychology) took home the first prize in this year Master's in Four competition
Spring 2021 Master's in Four
Judges selected Guanxiong Qi (Religion) as this year’s first-place winner.
Spring 2020 Master's in Four
Judges selected Jay Pension (Theater) as this year’s first-place winner.
Spring 2019 Master's in Four
Master’s student Jason Cassel took home the top prize during the inaugural Master’s In Four competition