Grad Blitz Judging Criteria

Grad Blitz Judging Criteria


Keep in mind that the majority of the audience and many of the judges are NOT technically proficient in your field. A number of judges are members of the community, explicitly chosen because they are not scientists. Therefore, it is best to avoid jargon and highly detailed graphs/datasets/etc. Remember, this is your chance to convey the FINDINGS and the MEANING of your reserach. As a general rule of thumb, spend 30-40% of your time/space talking about the history, methods, etc. and the other 60-70% talking about why this research matters. 

Grad Blitz Instructions

Grad Blitz Instructions


  • Prepare a maximum of 3 slides; SAVE THEM AS A .PDF FILE, ONLY. PowerPoint and other file formats are not permitted.
  • You may choose not to have any slides.
  • We will provide a title slide; do NOT include a title slide as one of your three slides.
  • Recommended SLIDE 1: research topic and question.
  • Recommended SLIDE 2: methods used to pursue the identified question.
  • Recommended SLIDE 3: results and implications.

Stephen Buchmann

Eusocial honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera) are perennial social insects easily managed and moved by beekeepers and researchers. Honey bees routinely fly 1-3 Km from their nests foraging for nectar and pollen from native and introduced flowering plants in the Sonorandesert. Annually, these bees collect pollen from 20-25% of the available flora (Buchmann, 1991) which may total from 25 to 50 or more kilograms of honey (condensed floral nectars), along with up to 20 kilograms of pollen. As central place foragers, all these materials are brought back to one location, the bees’ nest.

Steve Archer

For the sake of all the benefits that biodiversity offers to society—renewable natural resources, ecosystem services, and natural and cultural heritage—we are in urgent need of tools to forecast and communicate the response of biodiversity to climate change and other human-induced global changes. A central goal of biodiversity science and global change biology is to accurately predict the effects of global change on as many species and ecosystem services as possible. However, we face a fundamental trade-off between modeling few species in detail vs. many species superficially.


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