National Professional Science Master's Association

NPSMA Competitions: 

6MP at 2017 NPSMA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona (Nov 9, 2017@ 4 p.m.)

This year NPSMA will host its first Six Minute Project (6MP) Presentation Competition at our annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona on November 9th. Please consider entering your current or recently graduated students who have completed their capstone project/internship for this exciting inaugural event!

What is 6MP?

The Six-minute Project Presentation (6MP) provides an opportunity for students or recent graduates in PSM programs to effectively explain their capstone project or internship in a face-to-face presentation using non-technical language to an intelligent, but non-specialist, audience in a total of six minutes.  Students have to make a concise but compelling presentation about their capstone project/internship completed as part of their PSM program, the reasons why they choose to complete their specific project, and the relevance and application of the project outcomes to their own goals as well as the goals of the organization.  Students are also encouraged to highlight aspects of their PSM training and link it to their project during their presentation.

This program is similar to well-established programs across the globe such as Ignite Purpose, 3 Minute-Thesis (3MT®), or Pecha Kucha which are all designed to help individuals present their work or research in a short and concise manner that keeps their audience engaged, fosters communication skills and effectively describes their work using non-technical terms.


PSM students/graduate participants at 6MP will enhance their communication and presentation skills (valuable PLUS skills) that could help garner financial support for future projects and initiatives.  6MP presentations will showcase the breadth and diversity of projects and experiences completed by PSM students globally.  PSM program directors will gain increased awareness of the variety of projects that exist as well as the diversity, uniqueness, and quality of projects. 


The Institution must be a member of NPSMA. To become a member:

Current students of member PSM programs or recent graduates (graduated in Fall 2016, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017) who have completed their capstone project/internship are eligible to participate. Each institution may submit abstracts for no more than two participants per institution. A total of six projects will be selected to present.  If the presenter was part of a team project, please choose one of the members of the team to make the presentation on behalf of the team. 

6MP Competition Rules

The 6MP presenters will adhere to the following rules to format their presentation and present their information: 

  1. 6 (six) minutes in length
  2. 6 (six slides)
  3. Flow of Presentation
    1. Introduce the capstone project/internship
    2. State your reason for choosing this project and initial goals either established by you and/or your internship/project site organization.
    3. Provide background information on location/organization
    4. Describe steps to complete the project/internship
    5. Include final outcomes of the project in relationship to the goals established for the project
    6. Share relevance of the final product to the field and/or organization
    7. Connect at least one aspect of something you learned during your PSM Program to your capstone project.
  4. Information must be presented in a concise, engaging and lively format and content shared must match the slides as they automatically move forward.  You must include six slides as part of your presentation and only spoken words are allowed (i.e., no song, raps, poetry, etc.)
  5. Each 6MP presentation will be videotaped and feedback will be provided. All participants will be required to agree to be videotaped and to media exposure for their presentation.
  6. Final Deadline for programs to submit required information using the attached proposal form (i.e., Student Name, Talk Title, etc.): September 18th 2017.  Students who are selected for this competition will be notified of their acceptance by September 26, 2017.  Final presentation slides and title of individual presentations must be submitted to no later than October 26, 2017.
  7. All competitors accepted to present at the NPSMA national meeting must agree to attend a practice session via video-conferencing during the first week of November.  Presenters will receive information regarding the date and time of this meeting.
  8. Students should arrive by 10 am on November 9th to the conference location (details to follow) to attend a noon meeting with the NPSMA 6MP team to review procedures for presenting their work. 
  9. NPSMA will cover registration fees for individual presenters chosen to compete at this event. It is our hope that universities/PSM programs provide support for presenter’s travel and lodging.  We are working on obtaining sponsors to provide prizes for the top two presentations. 

We look forward to hearing from your programs and receiving submissions on your wonderful students or recent graduates!

Click HERE for the Six-Minute Presentation (6MP) Abstract Submission Form

For more information or questions, please contact or call at (928) 523-6534.



National Professional Science Master's Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, P.O. Box 1822, Lawrence, KS 66044

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software