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MD Anderson Summer Research Experience Final Event

Poster Session & Elevator Speech Competition

Order of Events
What is an elevator speech?
Elevator Speech Competition Details
How to register
Elevator Speech Workshops & Deadlines

The poster session and elevator speech competition are open only to MD Anderson Summer Experience students. We encourage all MD Anderson faculty, staff and trainees to attend this special event. Trainees include high school students, undergraduates, graduate research assistants, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, research interns, and health professional students.

This event will take place from 9am to Noon on Friday, August 8, 2014 in the Dan L. Duncan - Cancer Prevention Building (CPB) 8th Floor, Rooms 1 through 8. The street address is 1155 Pressler Avenue, Houston, TX 77030. Download the event flyer (pdf)

Order of Events

8:00 am - 8:45amParticipants must report to CPB 8 Rms 1 - 8, to receive a number assignment and must go to the designated board to setup their poster. ALL posters must be in place by 8:45am.
9:00am - 11:00amPoster Session: All MD Anderson Summer Experience students will present posters on their summer research projects.
11:00am - 11:30am  Elevator Speech Competition
11:30am - NoonLunch Reception & Elevator Speech Judging
NoonElevator Speech Winner Announced, Closing Ceremony Remarks


Elevator Speech Competition Details

  • Six finalists will be selected to compete live, in person, on Friday, August 8th.  
  • These finalists will present 90-second elevator speeches describing their research as part of the MD Anderson Summer Experience.  The focus of the elevator speech is on communicating the significance of your work, rather than on reporting specific results.  Read more about elevator speeches.
  • Workshops for creating elevator speeches will be held (see calendar).
  • Any MD Anderson Summer Experience student can register.  
  • You do not need to submit a written abstract, and you do not need to have conclusive results to compete. 
  • Six finalists will be selected from the submitted videos and will compete during the final summer event.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Speech and People's Choice!

How to Register for Elevator Speech Competition

Step 1: Commit to Compete! To register, send an email to Kava Lewis at, with your name, your commitment to compete and the email address you would like to receive the video link (see Step 3). The registration deadline is 5pm Monday, July 28th. 

Step 2:  Create your video! Create a 90 second video on your tablet, laptop, camcorder, computer or smartphone of a "preliminary" elevator speech. View acceptable video formats. In this video, tell us about yourself and your summer research project. Be as creative and innovative as you wish! 

Step 3:  Upload your video to our account! The email address used for registration will be entered into our account. Registered contestants will receive an e-mailed notification that they've been added to this account.  Videos must be uploaded by 5pm, August 1st

Step 4: Find out if you're a finalist!  Six Finalists will be selected from the submitted videos and the finalists will be notified by 5pm, Monday, August 4th. 

Step 5: Speak to Compete! We will review the videos and select six finalists.  These finalists will compete by presenting their elevator speeches, in person (not via video), on Friday, August 8th at 11:00am. 

Step 6: Claim your prize! The elevator speech winners will be announced at Noon on Friday, August 8th. Two cash prizes will be awarded for Best Speech and People's Choice!

Important Dates & Deadlines

Date & TimeEventLocation

Monday, 6/12 4-5pm


Elevator speech workshop #1 (basic elements)Dan Duncan Bldg., CPB 8th Floor, Rooms 7 & 8
Monday, 6/30 4-5:30pmElevator speech workshop #2 (styling, presentation/rehearsal tips)Mays Clinic, 4th Floor, Room ACB4.1281
Tuesday, 7/22 3-5:00pm New Workshop Added!Elevator speech workshop #3 (recap of previous  workshops: basic elements, tips & styling)Dan Duncan Bldg., CPB 8th Floor, Rooms 3 & 4
Monday, 7/28 by 5pmDeadline to register for elevator
Thursday, 7/31 4-5pmElevator speech workshop #4 (group feedback)Dan Duncan Bldg., CPB 8th Floor, Room CPB8.3059 (Telehealth Classroom)
Friday, 8/1  by 5pmDeadline to submit video.Registered contestants will  receive a link via email from to upload their video.
Monday, 8/4 by 5pmNotification will be sent to the 6 Finalists (who will compete live on Friday, Aug. 8th).n/a
Monday, 8/4 Noon-2pmElevator speech rehearsalDan Duncan Bldg., CPB 8th Floor, Room 6
Tuesday, 8/5 Noon-1pmFinal Elevator speech rehearsal (for CPRTP students only)Dan Duncan Bldg., CPB 8th Floor, Room CPB8.3059
Thursday, 8/7 9:30-11:30amCPRTP divisional presentations of Elevator SpeechDan Duncan Bldg., CPB 8th Floor, Rooms 5 - 8
Friday, 8/8 9am-NoonMD Anderson Summer Experience Final Event:  Poster Session & Elevator Speech CompetitionDan Duncan Bldg., CPB 8th Floor, Rooms 1 - 8

For More Information

Carrie Cameron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Director, Cancer Prevention Research Training Program
Phone: (713) 794-1476

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