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3 Minutes to Win It Research Challenge

The 3 Minutes to Win It Research Challenge is a competitive showcase of UT’s undergraduate researchers that takes place annually around Research Week. Students create and submit a 2-3 minute video showcasing their research (and themselves!) via their personal YouTube accounts. There are two ways to win – Submissions are judged by a committee formed by the Office of Undergraduate Research, who then choose a first place winner to receive a cash prize. A web-vote will also be held for video submissions and the top voted audience favorite will receive an iPad.

Why Should I Enter?

The Office of Undergraduate Research aims to provide ample opportunity for students to better their presentation skills and articulate their research and academic goals to a general audience. We want to help UT’s undergraduate researchers learn how to refine and present their ideas in ways that are easy to understand across disciplines and among a wider campus community. The competition will also encourage students to work in professional formats using video and TEDx style talks, both fundamental platforms for relaying information in an ever-increasing instant gratification society.

And don’t forget the prizes!  The Judges’ First Place will receive $300. The video with the most votes in the public voting, or “Fan Favorite”, will win an iPad.*

Who Can Enter?

The 3 Minutes to Win It Research Challenge is open to any current University of Tennessee, Knoxville undergraduate(s) involved in research or creative activity in ANY and ALL disciplines. Your work can be an independent project, thesis, research project from a study abroad or international experience, or collaboration with a professor/lab to which you or a group have made substantive contributions.

For students entering a group project:

  • You must confirm that everyone who made a contribution to the project agrees to entering the competition.
  • Multiple students can be involved in the production of the video. However, a single student should serve as main communicator. If the video is selected to advance to the finals, that student alone will give the presentation.
  • All students must agree on how the award money will be divided before entering the competition. This will be documented on the signature form that must be submitted by March 31.

Check out 2020’s winners!

Judges’ First Place – Peyton Hickman – “DNA Methylation”

Fan Favorite – Neha Sagarad – “Cooper Lab UTK”

Important Dates

  • January 10 – Call for submissions
  • March 31- Call for submissions closes at 11:59pm ET
  • April 1 – Online voting begins
  • April 15 – Online voting ends
  • April 23 – Award winners announced during EUReCA Awards Ceremony

*Prize distribution based on participation. Students who place in both the judging and the public competition will be recognized for both, but can only receive one prize and will be offered the option to declare their preference.