The RAeS Montreal Branch Young Persons Lecture Competition (previously also known as UTAC Aviation Presentation Competition) is back for 2021 in a live virtual format!
Prizes will be awarded in the Canadian competition, and the winners will also be entered into the RAeS N.E. Rowe Young Persons Lecture Competition.
Anyone under the age of 30 residing in Canada is invited to participate.
Each presentation should be 12-15 minutes long and can be on any aviation/aerospace-related topic. Presentations must be done individually.
There is no registration fee.
The competition will be followed by a Q&A panel with the adjudicators as panelists.
What do you need to do to participate?
Submit a 200-250 word abstract using the registration form.
If accepted for the final round, you will prepare your 12-15 minute presentation and an accompanying PowerPoint or similar visual (when choosing the type of visual, keep in mind that you will be showing it by sharing your screen).
You will need a computer with a webcam to participate. This will allow you to share your screen to show your visual, while also being visible through the webcam.
Abstracts deadline: Monday, April 19
Selection results announced: by May 1
Competition final: Saturday, May 22, 13:30-17:00EDT
If the number of abstracts submitted exceeds the maximum number of finalists, abstracts are sent to the adjudicators for selection. Only presentation titles and abstracts are sent – all personal identifiers are removed. All participants are notified of the selection result (whether they made the final or not).
Presentations will be evaluated on a 60-point scale:
- Keeping to the allotted time of 12-15 minutes (5 points)
- Structure – introduction, development of the topic, conclusion (10 points)
- Oral presentation – spoken delivery, audibility, speed, flow (10 points)
- Audience engagement – eye contact, interaction, keeping attention (5 points)
- Visual presentation – relevance, ease of reading, complement to oral presentation (5 points)
- Ability to answer questions post-presentation (10 points)
- Content, grasp of subject, originality (15 points)
There are two age groups in the competition: 21 and under, and 22-29.
Provided there are at least 3 participants in each age group, the winner of each age group will receive a prize. If participation in one of the age groups is insufficient, the age groups will be merged, and the winner and runner-up will receive prizes.
International competition and recording of presentations:
Winners of each age group will be entered into the international N.E. Rowe Young Persons Lecture Competition. In order to participate in the international competition, the winners will have to be or become RAeS members (students join on a free student membership) and will also be required to submit their visuals and a 2000-3000 word write-up of their presentation. The deadline for the write-up will be July 1.
Presentations during the final will be recorded for the sole purpose of submitting the recordings of the winners’ presentations to the international RAeS competition. Participants may opt out of the presentation recording while still competing in the local competition and being eligible for prizes.
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