Graduate students compete for spot in research fellowship program

Sady Swanson

Three minutes. That is how long 37 graduate students will have to explain their research and projects in the inaugural Vice President for Research Fellowship Challenge Competition.

Twelve students will be selected as winners from the competition and be given a spot in the VPR Fellowship Program. Fellows of this program will be eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarship and travel support. Fellows will also be able to participate in professional development workshops, mentorship, leadership and engagement opportunities during the 2016-2017 school year, according to a SOURCE article.


The contest was inspired by the international competition Three-Minute Thesis. Graduate students are tasked with explaining their work in three minutes using only one static PowerPoint slide. The judge’s panel will be made up of community members, industry experts, University administration and faculty leaders.

Presentations will be help Feb. 15 from 12-5 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Longs Peak Room. Presentations will come from graduate students from all over the University, including chemical and biological engineering, atmospheric sciences, history, chemistry, microbiology, sociology, agriculture and psychology.

The event is open to the public, according to SOURCE.

The VPR Fellowship Program was created by the Office of the Vice President for Research to support graduate research, cross-college and cross-department research collaboration. 

“With the new VPR Fellows initiative, we seek to recognize the outstanding creativity and innovation of CSU’s graduate students from across the University,” Vice President for Research Alan Rudolph said in the SOURCE article. “The program will also provide opportunities for exceptional graduate students to diversify their networks and develop interdisciplinary professional connections, helping to prepare future leaders for an increasingly interdisciplinary, collaborative and global job market.”

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