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 be presented online on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Applicants must be available at that time and to participate in pre-event coaching, rehearsals, and video recording sessions.
  2. GC doctoral students who are defending this spring or who have already defended their dissertations in the 2021–2022 academic year are eligible to apply. Students must have defended by May 4, 2022, 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 2021–2022 academic year in any department. To participate, students must have defended by May 4, 2022.

Students selected will get coaching from Graduate Center faculty and staff on how to frame and present their work in this three-minute public presentation. A professional videographer will work with students on their video recordings.

Each participating student will receive $250. Checks will be mailed after the event to the address provided on your application.

The event is open to the public, and friends and family are invited to register on Zoom. It will also be simulcast on YouTube.

The selection committee will include Graduate Center faculty, staff, and students.