Fraser Speaking Competition

The Fraser Speaking Competition is a public speaking competition named in honor of former Lafayette Jefferson High School (Lafayette, IN) media teacher, William S. Fraser. This competition aims to honor his legacy of civic engagement and public speaking by allowing COM 114 students to develop, present and compete for funding for their projects that will improve our community.

Teams of students will propose a solution to address social issues that affect the local community. In a 15-minute presentation, teams will compete for cash prizes in addition to up to $3,000 in funding to implement their project.

Click here for Fall 2019 competition deadlines and presentation dates.

Click here to see the winners from previous competitions.

The competition is open to any current COM 114 students and will feature three rounds:

  • Round 1: Teams submit a one-page proposal of their project including a justification, plan and budget.
  • Round 2: 16 semi-finalist groups present to a panel of judges.
  • Round 3: Four finalist groups present in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

Awards:

  • All teams in the final round receive a certificate.
  • The winning team receives $1,000.
  • The second place team receives $500.
  • The third place team receives $250.
  • Each member of a semi-finalist team will receive a prize.
  • The winning team’s project is funded and completed by the COM Cares service organization.

Presentations and proposals will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Quality of verbal delivery
  • Quality of visual aids
  • Feasibility of the proposed project
  • Potential impact of the proposed project
  • Quality of persuasive arguments to support the proposed project
  • Team cohesiveness
  • The feasibility of the proposed project to address a local social issue

COM Cares:

  • COM Cares is a student organization that is open to all Purdue students and is charged with carrying out the winning project.
  • This service-oriented organization gives students the opportunity to impact their communities as they work alongside fellow civically-minded students.

 

Fall 2019 Fraser Speaking Competition Schedule

  • Friday, November 8: Submission Deadline for Fraser Speaking Competition Qualtrics form (available on COM 114 Blackboard pages)
  • Friday, November 15: Semi-Finalists Announced via Email
  • Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22, 5:30 - 8 p.m.: Semi-Finalist Presentations in BRNG 1245
  • Thursday, December 5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Finalist Presentations and Winners Announced in WALC 1055

 

Spring 2019 Competition Results

Photos and Descriptions of Fraser Speaking Competition Winners
A team of five undergraduate students and their COM 114 instructor.

The team that won the Spring 2019 Fraser Speaking Competition included: Andrew Chen, David Israbian, Ben Perillo, Rhiana Ragheb, and Crystal Webb. They were taught by Monika Tomar and their plan focused on building bat houses to protect bat species that are native to this area. Their project is the focus of the Fall 2019 Com Cares student group's work and is funded by the Fraser Speaking Competition.

 

Fall 2018 Competition Results

Photos and Descriptions of Fraser Speaking Competition Winners
A team of five undergraduate students and their COM 114 instructor.

The team that won the inaugural Fraser Speaking Competition included: Aryan Ghadge, Tristan Hargett, Claire Rightley, Payton Yardley, and Arman Yousefizadeh. They were taught by Mr. Andrew Exner and their plan focused on reducing plastic straw waste on providing Purdue students with reusable straws and decreasing the presence of single-use plastic straws in restaurants on campus. Their project is the focus of the Spring 2019 Com Cares student group's work and is funded by the Fraser Speaking Competition.

A team of five undergraduate students and their COM 114 instructor.

The first runner up team in the Fall 2018 Fraser Speaking Competition included Elizabeth Bir, Connor Burton, Riley King, Adrienne Rudolph,and Mrigank Sharma, taught by Mr. Kevin Ryan. Their project focused on establishing an organization on campus to create low-cost 3D printed prosthetics by partnering with eNable. Although their project will not be funded through the Fraser Speaking Competition, members of the Purdue and Greater Lafayette communities were so impressed with the team's idea, that they are helping to provide funding for the project to move forward!

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