Speaking Competition

Are you:

• Passionate about engineering?

• Wanting to improve and showcase your public speaking abilities?

• Wanting to build your technical communication skills?

• Interested in winning a gift card prize?


If you answered "yes" to these questions, then you should consider entering in the Engineering Ambassadors' Annual Speaking Competition!


The annual Engineering Speaking Competition seeks to recognize University of Illinois STEM students who are excellent technical communicators. By recognizing these students in a public competition, Engineering Ambassadors seeks to show that University of Illinois students defy the stereotypes that engineering and science majors are poor communicators. The competition will consist of two rounds, with the final round being held on Saturday, April 17th Time TBD.

Information Session:

Come to the Speaking Competition Info Session Wednesday, March 3rd 2021 from 7 - 8 CST using the link here!

Missed the session? No worries! A recording can be found here!


Important Dates:

• Wednesday, March 17th at 11:59 PM: Applications are due. This is just a short 1-2 minute video talking about the prompt below. Don't be nervous about this though as we aren't looking for perfect speakers, just those who show enthusiasm and passion!

• Sunday, March 28th: Finalists will be announced to advance to the final competition. Finalists are required to attend a workshop where they will hone their speaking and presentation skills on Saturday, April 10th.

• Saturday, April 17th: Speaking Competition for the finalists done virtually


How To Enter:

Submit a two minute video of your presentation with your application below relating to the following prompt:

“In adapting to our virtual world, how can scientists and engineers increase access and equity in emergency situations?"

Speak about the importance of educating future generations in engineering (as a field, concepts, or principles). Talk about an example of how this can be done in a way to support equity and access, referring to the idea of everyone having the opportunity to explore and pursue engineering. This may include either an idea or an experience you have had.