Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Graduate Engineering Research Showcase?

The purpose of the event is to highlight and reward the outstanding work of our graduate students, to promote engineering scholarship, professionalism and interdisciplinary research, and to introduce new graduate students into the culture of our graduate programs. The event will include a graduate student poster competition, a meet and greet with new graduate students, refreshments and more.

Are there prizes?

Yes! We will be awarding more than $5000 prizes including department awards.
Notes: There is a maximum of one prize per participant and at least one winner will be selected from each department.

How is this related to the Graduate Student Forum and Research Week?

The Graduate Engineering Research Showcase is not directly tied to either the Graduate Forum or Research Week. However, we see the Graduate Engineering Research Showcase as an opportunity for graduate students in the College of Engineering to test and refine their presentation skills and media in front of an audience of their peers.

How can I participate?

We're looking for presenters and judges. Presenters will need to make a poster presentation. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about research performed by other students in other departments.

What is a poster presentation?

In a nutshell, you create a poster explaining your research, colleagues come to see you and your poster, and you describe your research to them as briefly as possible. This is an opportunity for you to polish your presentation skills and to share your research interests with others.

What are the poster specifications?

The size of your poster must be 30" x 40" portrait or landscape. A foam board and binder clips will be provide to mount your poster.

Where can I print my poster?

In the Media and Digital Resource Lab at the RBD Library. There is no charge for "class assignments or academic research projects."

Where can I get my poster laminated?

Engineering Media Services in the Shelby Center can laminate your poster. They can also print up to 42" wide posters (for a fee).

Should I laminate my poster?

Laminating gives the poster a professional look and is recommended but not required.

What are the deadlines?

Presenters must register by October 13th.

Who will be judging the posters and presentations?

A panel of faculty members from each department within the College of Engineering as well as industry judges.

What criteria will the judges use when they evaluate the posters and presentations?

Posters will be judged on the quality of the poster design (aesthetics, audience, conciseness, organization, and content) and the presenter's presentation skills (enthusiasm, presentation, response to questions, technical understanding, and audience).

What attire is appropriate for presenters?

Business professional attire is recommended.

What attire is appropriate for attendees/visitors?

Any attire is acceptable for visitors to the poster competition.

What are some common mistakes or hurdles I should be aware of?

Don't miss the registration deadline! We cannot accept additional abstracts after the deadline. Additionally, don't wait until last minute to have your poster printed/laminated.

How do I write a good abstract?

Here's a few links that may help.


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Last Updated: Sep 20, 2017