Duquesne STEM Students Compete to Make Science Education More Understandable

Duquesne University hosted its second annual Speak Simply competition for Duquesne undergraduates in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields wishing to improve their presentation skills.

The Nov. 15 competition was hosted by the Duquesne Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). It is modeled after the National ACS competition, which focuses on helping students in STEM fields learn to speak in simple and concise language regarding their respective research topics.

Participants presented two-minute talks about their chosen topics before a panel of judges, who graded the students based on their ability to communicate the topic in a clear and simplistic manner.

The winners of the Speak Simply competition were:

  • 1st Place: Keefe McDougal of Kingston, Pa.
  • 2nd Place: Emily Leung of Bellevue, Pa.
  • 3rd Place: Angelo Miskalis of Monongahela, Pa.
  • Honorable Mention: Emily Allego of Freedom, Pa.
  • Most Improved: Taylor Sheeny of Cranberry Township, Pa.

Event winners were selected by the panel of judges and were each awarded cash prizes.

Duquesne Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tim Austin gave opening remarks at the event, and keynote speaker Dr. Bruce Bursten, provost of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and former president of the ACS, provided tips on how to present on a difficult topic in an engaging way.

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