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Undergrad garners top prize in annual scientific elevator pitch competition

Undergrad garners top prize in annual scientific elevator pitch competition

Jill Harland, a University of Delaware senior majoring in chemistry, was awarded the top prize at the third annual Pitch:90 competition on Nov. 12 in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory.

Harland was one of 35 contestants, both graduate and undergraduate students, who attempted to impress a panel of 20 judges with their “elevator pitches” — short speeches about their research delivered without notes or props in 90 seconds or less.

Pitch:90 is sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) with support from the Delaware EPSCoR program.

The competition was open to students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) from UD and its partner institutions in Delaware, including Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College and Wesley College.