Applicant Information and Form


Review the application criteria and frequently asked questions, and submit your application via the form below.

Application Criteria

  1. The showcase will take place in person at the Graduate Center on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Applicants must be available at that time, and to participate in pre-event coaching and rehearsals.
  2. Graduate Center doctoral students who are defending this spring or who have already defended their dissertations in the 2022–2023 academic year are eligible to apply. Students must have defended by May 3, 2023 to participate.
  3. In the application, please provide an overview (in 300 words or less) of a three-minute talk that you would give to the general public about your dissertation. Make sure to communicate:
    • What inspired you to undertake this topic?

    • How did you go about the research?

    • What were the key challenges you faced?

    • What do you regard as the most important result in your work? And why?

    • What did you learn from this project?

    • What would you want a general audience to take away from your presentation?

  4. Successful presentations will use nontechnical, jargon-free language that a public audience can understand.
  5. Presentations should be clear, logical, engaging, and make the audience want to know more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Graduate Center doctoral students defending their dissertations in the 2022-2023 academic year in any department. To participate, students must have defended by May 3, 2023.

Students selected will receive coaching from Graduate Center faculty and staff on how to frame and present their work in a three-minute public presentation

Each participating student will receive $350. Checks will be mailed after the event to the address provided in the application.

The event is free and open to the public, and registration is required. Friends and family are invited to register online for the in-person event or for the livestream.