Sebastian Cherres presented his research about the challenges kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers face regarding book selection at the Research Pitch Competition. His concise 3-minute pitch and single static slide won him first prize and $100 at the second annual event Oct. 28.
Cherres was one of 10 students who vied for the top spot in the Research Pitch Competition.
Chloe Meewes placed second with her presentation on the development of an ethogram for Trichoplusia ni, which is a record of behavior that focuses on a specific type of moth commonly known as the cabbage looper.
The third-place finisher was Cathryn Allen, who talked about the rising online dangers of persuading people that fake videos are real.
Dr. Anastasia Lin, assistant vice president of research and engagement, explained the pitch competition allows students to practice presenting their research in a professional setting.
“The Research Pitch Competition encourages students to deliver their research quickly,” she said. “Students are able to practice public speaking, delivering information to a non-specialist audience, and timing of delivery.”
The top three finishers now plan to build on this experience to present in regional or national conferences.
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