Opportunities beyond the Classroom

Macgregor Smith Speaking Competition

Happening February 7, 2019, from 6-8:30pm, Room TBD

The Macgregor Smith Public Speaking Competition was founded by Professor Jack Macgregor Smith who was the first professor of agricultural engineering and was a polished and entertaining speaker. Hosted by the Agriculture Club, this annual competition is a long-standing tradition within the Faculty, having begun in 1931.

 

2019 Competition Theme

Since the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences draws on science, the social sciences, business, the arts and humanities to help solve some of the most pressing global issues we face today and will continue to face in years to come, for this year’s competition we invite competitors to think “Opportunities in Technology.”

Speeches should relate to the following statement:

Please describe a current or future technology that could be utilized in your chosen field, and identify the possible implications of this technology. 

(Examples: Biotechnology, genetic engineering, use of drones in industry, applications for GPS technology, cell phone apps, new machinery and equipment, memes, Blockchain, and anthropogenic soils)

Drawing on this theme, students may choose their own focused topic relating to their ALES degree program or to their personal experiences. Speeches will be judged by a panel including staff, faculty, alumni, and students within the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

 

Eligibility

All current ALES undergraduate students are eligible to enter to compete. There will be a maximum of 12 participants selected on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 

Registration

The deadline to register is Sunday, January 20th, 2019 by 11:59pm *** REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE EARLY IF/WHEN THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (12) HAVE REGISTERED. DON’T DELAY IN SUBMITTING YOUR REGISTRATION FORM!

 

Prizes

The top 3 speeches will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes ($800, $500, $300). And, all students in attendance (speakers and audience members) can enter a draw to win a great door prize (an amazing portable and waterproof bluetooth speaker, valued at $140)!

 

Free Food

Show up hungry! We’ll have delicious catering available for all guests to enjoy – free of charge. You do not need to know any of the presenters to attend and enjoy this evening.

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