ORISE Ignite Off! 2022 Competition

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How to Apply

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Application Deadline
6/24/2022 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

What is the Ignite-Off Competition?

Hosted by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the annual Ignite Off! Competition showcases the talents of ORISE interns from participating federal agencies and offices as they share their research through Ignite Talks. Each competitor has five minutes to present their project, using 20 picture-centric slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. Contestants have access to an ORISE professional development course that teaches the process for developing an Ignite Talk. The 2022 Ignite Off! Competition will be held virtually.

More information on past Ignite Off! competitions can be found here: Ignite Off! Competition - ORISE (orau.gov)

What is an Ignite-Talk?

An Ignite Talk is an innovative and fast-paced style used to deliver a concise presentation. During an Ignite Talk, presenters discuss their research using 20 image-centric slides which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fun and engaging five-minute presentation.

More information on what an Ignite-Talk is can be found here: Ignite Talks - ORISE (orau.gov)

How do I find out more about the 2022 competition?

Two information sessions will be held on the following dates:

Once I apply, what are the next steps?

Step 1: Applicants will be selected  the week of June 27th and notified to prepare to present in one of the semi-final rounds.

Step 2: Practice sessions will be held the week of July 11th providing contestants with the opportunity to practice their Ignite Talk and receive feedback.

Step 3: Semi-finals will be held the weeks of July 18th and July 25th (exact dates will be announced at time of selection). Each contestant will present their Ignite Talk virtually during the semi-final round and the video will be recorded. 

Step 4: The top two contestants from each semi-final round will then compete in the final event (using the same recorded video presentation from their semi-final) which will be scored by a panel of national judges. Finalists will be announced the first week of August.

What happens if I win?

Contestants who advance to the final round will be competing for the following prizes:

  • 1st Prize: $750 gift card, Engraved Trophy, and a feature in the ORISE Newsletter 
  • 2nd Prize: $500 gift card
  • Fan-Favorite Presentation: $250 gift card

All finalists will receive a cash prize and ORISE-branded merchandise. 

Winners' Ignite Talk videos will be featured on the ORISE Website.

Questions? Please email ExperienceORISE@orau.org 


All current ORISE undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates, and post-doctoral participants are eligible to participate. (Appointment start date must be before 6/15/2022)

High School, Faculty and Visiting Scientists are ineligible for the 2022 competition.

A complete application consists of: 

  • A completed Zintellect application for this posting
  • Submission of 2-3 slides that you will use for your Ignite-Talk
  • Submission of 3 main points and a call to action 

Mentor approval will be required for all participants selected to move onto the semi-finals. 

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Any degree .
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (11 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (48 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-S&E (13 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Other S&E-Related (2 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age