Graduate Research and Creativity Expo

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Graduate Research and Creativity Expo

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the April 1, 2014 Expo has been cancelled.



The Graduate School and the Office of Research and Economic Development invite you to attend the 2014 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, April 1, 2014, in the Elliott University Center at UNCG.

This co-sponsored event is designed to showcase graduate research and creative work to a variety of non-specialized audiences. It is not intended to be like an academic conference in your discipline.

*Please plan to present your work in a way that is accessible to diverse audiences and explains in jargon-free language why your work matters and is relevant. Imagine that you may be speaking to Middle College students, undergraduates, journalists, community members, area business owners, representatives from boards and foundations, state legislators, or your neighbors down the street. Please do not plan to re-use a poster or paper that you have prepared for a discipline-specific conference: be thinking of your new audience(s) and the best way to communicate with them.

*Please Note:  All registrants up to 100 posters and about 28 panel presentations/video installations are automatically accepted and all forms of presentation will be evaluated on an equal footing (there is no hierarchy implied in the choice of one format over another). If you register after we’ve received 100 poster registrations or 28 presentation/video installations, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified within 2 weeks of registering.

Most registrants are strongly encouraged to present a poster; remember that your poster is not intended to speak for you and that you must present your work and make it accessible to your audience(s). Space is limited for panel presentations and priority will be given to registrants whose creative work does not translate well into the poster format. Registrants are strongly discouraged from “reading” a paper and must engage with the audience.

Categories and Prize Information

Participants may register to present in one of six categories:

  • Creative Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
  • Professional Programs
  • Social Sciences

There will be a $1,000* prize for the winner of each category. (If a group wins the category, the prize money will be split evenly among registered group members.)

*The $1,000 award will be posted to your University student account.  If you have a zero balance when the award posts, the cashier’s office will issue you a refund check for the full amount.  If you have a current balance, your award will pay that balance first and any funds that remain will be issued to you as a refund check.  If you received Federal financial aid in 2013-2014, your aid may be reduced by the amount of this award. 


Graduate Research and Creativity Expo Program

The program for the 2013 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo is now available at

The program for the 2012 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo is now available at


See this article on a project presented at the 2012 expo:



Criteria for Evaluation will include:


  • Clarity of Communication to a Non-Specialized Audience
  • Effective Presentation Skills
  • Content Knowledge and Creativity
  • Organization
  • Originality
  • Ability to Explain Why This Research/Work Matters (economic impact, societal impact, etc.)


Research Expo evaluation rubric



Project Format

Most registrants should select “Poster“. There is very limited space for 15 minute presentations. Please keep in mind that all Expo winners must prepare a poster for the follow up events, regardless of presentation format in the Research and Creativity Expo.

Poster Presentations: Presenters are asked to be available for at least one hour to discuss their work with attendees at the Expo. Size of posters is limited to 3′ (top to bottom) by 4′ (side to side); recommended layout can be found below under Resources.

Panel Presentations: Presenters will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present with 5 minutes for questions.

Video Installations: Maximum of 15 minutes in duration.




Registration is now open! Registration will close on Friday, January 31 at 11:59pm. Registration is limited to 100 Posters and 28 15-minute presentations/video installations. Confirmation emails will go out within two weeks of registering to let you know whether or not you are registered or have been placed on the waiting list.

To register: Please completely fill out the registration form found here and submit.

(You may also copy and paste this link into your browser:

You may view a sample registration form here so that you have a better idea of the information needed on the 2014 registration form. Please note: This is a sample of the 2013 registration form. Whereas most of the information is the same, there are important differences. Please read fully and carefully when you actually fill out the 2014 registration form, especially the submission confirmation.




  • Poster Presentation Layouts (PowerPoint File)

Please note: some items require a free Microsoft Office Viewer. Please select the appropriate viewer and download it from the Microsoft web site. Each Office file type link is labeled as such.


  • Printing Your Poster

Suggestions and resources for printing your poster


  • Communicating Beyond Your Discipline Workshop: Practice for the Research Expo

    Spring 2014 Dates:

Wednesday, 2/26; 3:00-4:00pm

Tuesday, 3/4; 12:30-1:30pm

Thursday, 3/6; 9:30-10:30am

Tuesday, 3/18; 3:30-4:30pm

Wednesday, 3/19; 9-10am

Registration for these workshops are open to UNCG Graduate Students registered to participate in the 2014 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo.

Join The Graduate School for a hands-on workshop in which participants will help critique one another on the ability to discuss research with individuals outside your discipline. Come prepared to give a 2 minute “Elevator Speech” about your research and/or a draft of some of the language for your research poster.

Assistance with your slide and/or presentation!!
  • The Digital Media Commons

The Digital Media Commons can help you with your technology needs! Visit our desk in the lower level of the library, open seven days a week, for assistance when you need it with questions about multimedia technology. Or, simply use/reserve our spaces to work on your presentation. You can also make an appointment with staff such as if you have questions concerning images that can be used in your slide or new to using PowerPoint. We also have a Presentation Practice Room you can reserve (see the reservation widget on the library homepage) to practice your talk, record your session,  watch, and review. Contact us: or visit our website.

  • The Digital Act Studio

Want help designing your poster or power point slide? The Digital ACT Studio can assist you on the effectiveness of your poster or slide presentation. We can provide feedback on whether or not you are effectively reaching your audience, and if your project is rhetorically and aesthetically compelling.

Our consultants are professionally trained to help you create stronger, rhetorically and aesthetically effective digital projects by engaging in one-on-one conversations that focus on shared knowledge and expertise. At the Digital ACT Studio, you can receive feedback on creating appropriate, pedagogically effective PowerPoint slide presentations.

The Digital ACT Studio is open Monday & Wednesday 10am-3pm and Tuesday & Thursday 2pm-7pm.  Walk in or schedule a 30 minute or 1 hour appointment today!

For more information about our practices, please visit our website:
Phone: (336) 256-1381

  • The University Speaking Center

The University Speaking Center provides consultation support and instructional workshop services for UNCG students, faculty, employees, and members of the Greensboro community. Our support is designed to help speakers further develop their own oral communication confidence and competence. We provide peer-to-peer feedback, guidance, and other support in the areas of public speaking preparation and delivery, interpersonal communication, and group or team communication.

The Speaking Center is located along with the Writing Center in 3211 MHRA. We are on the third floor. MHRA is on the corner of Forest and Spring Garden – across the street from the Mossman Building.

For more information, please visit: