Graduate College

José Gómez, Kevin Kato and Tyler Feezell, PhD students in the humanities, moved outside their comfort zones to pitch their research to a predominantly STEM-based audience during the 3rd Annual Great Pitching Contest: The Edge of Innovation. The contestants presented a 3-minute research pitch to an audience and panel of faculty judges. As part of their pitch, the had to request funding to help support their projects, not something students from languages and literature typically do.

The preparation payed off as the Graduate College’s own Jose Gomez claimed the judges’ select prize. Jose Gomez is the 2016-17 MLA/Mellon Connected Academics Research Fellow and an advocate in the Graduate college for PhD students in languages and literature.

Sixteen students (Eight undergraduate and eight graduate students and postdocs) participated in the pitching contest, which took place on February 17, 2017.

In the Graduate/Postdoc category the winners were:

First Place ($1,000): Jackie Monkiewicz
Audience Favorite ($500): François-Xavier Joly
Judges' Select Prize ($1,000): José Juan Gómez