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The GenoPitch competition is back! The UMGC is holding its annual university-wide “Shark Tank” style competition for eligible scientists to pitch their genomics idea to an audience of their peers. This year we will be awarding two $2,500 grants to the winners of the five-minute long, five-slide presentation at GenoFest, in which the pitch is a project that will make good use of the technologies offered at the UMGC. The pitch is unrestricted with respect to technology; your proposal may use any of the technologies offered by the UMGC.
The GenoPitch Grant Process:
- come up with a bold idea for a genomics experiment
- register and submit a two-page proposal for the qualifying round
- attend GenoFest 2018 on October 12th
- create 5 slides and speak for five minutes in the final round
- compete to win $2,500 in UMGC genomics services
These awards are supported by a generous donation from The Sabes Fund for Genomics.
Due to the increased registrations for GenoPitch 2017, and in order to keep GenoFest within respectable time boundaries, the GenoPitch competition will take place in two rounds this year: 1) the written-proposal qualifying round and 2) the GenoPitch “Shark Tank” style final round at GenoFest. The two-page written proposal will allow for fair, standardized judging of the many anticipated GenoPitches and to identify six exceptional genomic ideas to be presented for the final round at GenoFest.
Friday, September 7th 2018 (8:00 AM): Competition opens.
Tuesday, October 2nd 2018 (5:00 PM): Competition closes. Late proposals will not be accepted.
Friday, October 5th 2018 (2:00 PM): The top six proposals, as decided by the qualifying round judges, will be announced on our website, and those advancing to the final round will be notified via email. Finalists must be registered for GenoFest to be eligible for the competition and awards.
Friday, October 12th 2018 (9:00 AM): The GenoPitch finalists’ competition will take place at GenoFest in front of an audience of UMN researchers and the UMGC judges. Two winners will be announced on stage later in the afternoon.
Audience Choice Award: $2,500
Judges’ Choice Award: $2,500
The competition is open to University of Minnesota graduate students, postdocs, and PIs who have not previously won a GenoPitch award. Graduate students must have a professor or faculty advisor who will serve as a mentor for their project. Eligible projects must have a timeline that will have samples submitted to the UMGC within six months from the award date.
REGISTER and SUBMIT your proposal: Anyone interested in participating in the competition must register by completing the Qualtrics Form and by uploading their two-page GenoPitch proposal by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 2nd. There is no entry fee to participate, but only one entry/proposal per person.
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Written-Proposal Qualifying Round Rules – Six Finalists Selected
- Qualifying round proposals have a strict limit of two pages. Proposals should include:
- Background and significance
- Objective(s) and any preliminary data if any.
- Methodology and approach with details on UMGC technology and tentative sequence and timeline.
- Overall project budget
- Deliverables and where will you go once you have the data from this project?
- Official submission is by uploading a pdf of your two-page proposal to the online Qualtrics Form by October 2nd with a 5:00 PM deadline.
- Judges will consistent of six Ph.D. level UMGC scientists and additional management staff. Proposals will be judged on four criteria based on your experimental idea, scientific approach, significance to your field, and project timeline.
- After the end of the qualifying round, judges will choose six finalists to give a five-minute presentation on their qualifying proposal at GenoFest on October 12th.
- Finalists will be announced on our website on October 5th and notified via email. Finalists must be registered for GenoFest to be eligible for the competition and awards.
GenoPitch Final Round Rules – 2 Winners
- Presentation must be in the form of a PowerPoint and is limited to five slides.
- The five slides are due to Shea Anderson at email@example.com by 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 11th.
- Final round pitches have a strict time limit of five minutes, after which a time will notify the speaker that her or his time is up.
- Only one presenter can give the GenoPitch.
- Final round pitches are judged by both the audience and the UMGC with a chance to win in either of the two award categories:
Pitches can only win one of the two $2,500 awards. If the audience-judged and the UMGC-judged should select the same pitch, the pitch will be awarded the Audience Choice Award and the second highest voted pitch from the UMGC-judged category will win the Judges Choice Award.
The two winners will be announced on stage by Kenny Beckman during GenoFest.
- Audience-judged and voting will take place by ballot at the end of the last GenoPitch.
- UMGC-judged by a group of judges from the qualifying round to see how well the pitch goes from paper to presentation.
- Winners will be photographed at GenoFest and posted on our web-site and social media.
- Winners may be asked to speak at future GenoFest seminars or asked for updates on their project results for GenoPitch promotional purposes.
- Samples must be submitted to the UMGC within six months (April 12, 2019) for the technology outlined in their proposal – switching kits or instruments within the same technology is fine; changing technologies is not allowed (i.e. moving from GBS to the Allegro kit is fine but changing from GBS to the 10X single-cell platform is not). All changes are subject to UMGC approval.
- GenoPitch awards from the GenoFest 2018 fall seminar must be spent within 18 months (April 2020).
- Project manager and contact person for the GenoPitch awards is Shea Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further clarification on any of these rules, please contact us