Pitch Comp 2020

Thank you so much to all the Post Doc and Graduate students who entered the(sugar)science PITCH COMPETITION for 2020! Below you will find the winners and finalist’s 3 minute pitch submissions as wells as more info on PITCH COMP

Click here to watch the awards ceremony

Meet the Finalists

About the Competition

We are excited to announce the first ever TSS Pitch Comp for postdoctoral researchers and graduate students investigating type 1 diabetes to accelerate research towards a cure. Entrants will have the chance to win $1000 in cash awards and grand prize winner will receive a “virtual coffee” with Dr. Doug Melton (Harvard), a premiere thought leader in T1D.

What is TSS Pitch Comp?

The TSS Pitch Comp brings to life the mission of TSS by encouraging collaboration and shared communication between T1D scientists around the world in an effort to accelerate research advancements. 

We are inviting graduate students and post-docs around the globe currently involved in type 1 diabetes research to participate. The competition challenges researchers to effectively communicate their scientific ideas and engage the audience through a video pitch in three minutes. Participants will be judged on their creativity, delivery, and significance of the research.

What are we looking for?

Participants will be judged on their creativity, delivery, and significance of the research. We are looking for CHANGE AGENTS! Show us your innovative, out-of-the-box approach, and how your research will make an impact. Yes–in under 3 minutes!

Why Enter?

Winners receive $1000 in cash awards and grand prize winner gets a “virtual coffee” with Dr. Doug Melton (Harvard), a premiere thought leader in T1D.

Beyond cash incentives, enter to:

– Challenge yourself as a researcher and contribute to the conversation surrounding T1D research

– Hone your presentation skills

– Gain exposure to a community of over 1,200 scientists

– Showcase your work to potential collaborators or opportunities other labs

Winners will also be exclusively interviewed by our TSS team and receive an invitation to participate in our stealth “Off the Record” brainstorming salons with top scientists in the field.

Who Can Enter?

Graduate students or a postdoctoral fellows doing research related to type 1 diabetes. Your pitch must be based on your original research work. You can reference it in context of work being done in your current laboratory.


– Submit a 3-minute pitch presentation showcasing your research. Presentations exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.

– Format: Slide 1 should include your name, graduate program, position, and title of presentation. Slides 2-4 should showcase your research. Presentations should not exceed 4 slides total.

– Ideally include video with your PowerPoint presentation, but if you are not equipped with a video recording device, voice over is accepted. See example video below for more detail.

All work shown on the slides must be original to the presenter from within the past year. Outside visual elements may be included as long as credit is given to the original source.

– If selected as a finalist, your live presentation may differ slightly from your original presentation; however, the content and topic must remain the same.