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Elevator Pitch Exercise

Thursday, October 8, 2015
BRWN 4102

Photo of elevator interiorFourth-year Chemistry Graduate Students are invited to pitch their research to Chemistry Department Advisory Committee (CDAC) members. This will provide students with valuable experience in summarizing and delivering information during an interview.

An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech used to spark an interest in your scientific research. A good elevator pitch should last no longer than a short elevator ride of 60 seconds, hence the name.

CDAC is a group of Purdue Chemistry alums with experience ranging from industry leadership, university research and entrepreneurship. In this exercise, they will evaluate and provide feedback so students can polish their pitch.


All fourth-year chemistry graduate students are invited to apply.

Selected students will pitch their research to individual CDAC members in a “speed dating-type” format in BRWN 4102. Other 4th year graduate students are welcome to observe the interviews and attend a follow-up reception in Leighty Commons.

Each student will have one minute to pitch their research to a CDAC member, followed by a one minute break to catch their breath and move to the next CDAC interviewer. Each student will give their pitch four (4) times in succession.

No visual aids will be used in the presentation.

CDAC members will confer and award $50 cash to those students making the most effective pitch.


Please register here by October 2, 2015.

Elevator Pitch Prep Resources

Salisbury University (website)

Platform University (YouTube)