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5 Min Thesis Presentation

5 Min Thesis Presentation

The five Minute Thesis presentation celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students and cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in five minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

  • Active Ph.D. scholars who have successfully passed their 2/3 of the research can participate.

  • Ph.D scholars who are in fourth year or above (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) can participate.

  • Individual

  • 5min recorded video of the presentation shall be submitted. The presentation should contain the slides and the video of the participant in the corner.

  • Presentations are limited to 5 minutes and competitors exceeding 5 minutes are disqualified.

  • Videos must meet the following criteria:

  • recorded on a plain background;

  • recorded from a static position;

  • A static slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description).

  • The presentation must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.

  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording.

  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).

  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.

  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below.  Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on the audience.

  • Comprehension and Content:

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?

  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?

  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence.

  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

  • Engagement and Communication:

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?

  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?

  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?

  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?

  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Selection process:

Initial Screening: First, all the submission will be reviewed by the panel of reviewers based on the selection criteria.

Finals: Participants selected from the initial screening will present in front of the panel of judges live online. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

  • March 26, 2021, 11:59 PM

₹ 13000

  1. Ishank Jain - 9994634399

  2. Sakthivel - 9025683131

  • Participants can record the presentation using any online conferencing tools such as google meet, zoom etc. The following tutorials may help you with your recording.

Google Meet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVzitvv73Us

Zoom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYNOB38ejVI

  • Video should be in .mp4 format with adequate quality.

  • Video file should be named as “ParticipantName_degree_institute”

  • Upload your video in your google drive and share the link in this form. The file access should be given to rsd mail id -  rsd@smail.iitm.ac.in

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