2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

PowerPoint Karaoke

Wednesday, April 24
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sheraton, Second Level, Deer Valley

Presenters and slide authors must preregister.
Space is limited; audience preregistration is required.

Material Research Society FoundationPowerPoint Karaoke challenges both the author of a slide and the presenter to improve their communication skills while under a strict time limit.

How can I get involved?


You want to participate? Cool! Getting involved is very easy.

  • Fill out the application form and indicate if you are submitting a slide, willing to be a presenter or will do both
  • Email form to Pamela Hupp (hupp@mrs.org)
  • Include “PowerPoint Karaoke application” in the subject line
  • If submitting a PowerPoint slide, please list your title on the form, not on your slide. We want the presenter to suggest a title during the presentation.

Audience (the best looking face in the crowd)

Are you curious what PowerPoint Karaoke is about, but a bit shy? Just come by and cheer all the other presenters. They need you because a presentation needs an audience, right? And most of all, there will be a People’s Choice winner! So you can make someone very happy. 

Space is limited, so preregistration is requested. Register Here.

After the karaoke event, there will be plenty of time to chat, laugh and network with other participants in a relaxed environment. Food and beverages are included for all participants.



Guidelines for Participants

Every competition needs to be fair and have some rules.

In General

You must adhere to the MRS Code of Conduct. Any violation of these rules will lead to a direct disqualification without further notice. This is also true for the slides. If provided slides violate the MRS Code of Conduct, they will be discarded and the author will get a second chance. After that, no further chances are granted.

For Your Slide

  1. Only one slide is permitted per attendee.
  2. The usage of this PowerPoint template is mandatory.
  3. Submit in PPT and PDF format.
  4. There will be an author's prize, so please make your slide as clear as possible so your content is obvious to the presenter.
  5. Deadline to enter the event is April 19, 2019.

For Your Presentation

  1. Our next speaker is ...
    You will be announced and have time for a brief (1-minute) introduction so that everyone knows who you are, where you are from and what you are working on.
  2. Ready, set, go!
    You have three minutes to present the slide. The moment the slide shows up, your clock has started. Get focused and perform like you never did before. We are sure it will be wonderful!
  3. Please do not comment on the quality of the provided slide you are presenting. The challenge of this event is to get the best information out of  the slide, and someone might have worked hard to submit the best he or she could do.
  4. Deadline to enter the event is April 19, 2019.

The Chocolate at the end is … PRIZES!

You made it! Everyone is cheering and fascinated by the presentation! But this is not the end. Every participant will get a certificate of participation and you have the chance to win prizes.

Prizes will be awarded to the best presenter and the best author, selected by both the audience and the judges. Each award consists of $300 and a certificate. 

The winning presenter will not automatically define the winning slide author. An outstanding presentation performance can be better than a presentation with a perfect slide.

Awards selected by the Audience

Make some noise! The loudest cheering defines the audience winner. To make it fair for everyone, the noise level will be collected after all presentations are given.

Awards selected by Jury

The jury will announce the winning presenter according to the best performance and author for the clearest slide.


  • Christoph Bohr, University of Cologne
  • Simranjit Grewal, University of California, Merced
  • Duanduan Han, Texas A&M University
  • Milton Muñoz, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí 
  • Daniel Stadler, University of Cologne