2020 Graduate Research & Creativity Expo

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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About the Expo

The Expo is an annual showcase of UNCG graduate students’ accomplishments to the Greater Greensboro community, and is a venue for students to communicate their research and creative activities in jargon-free language with the public. Graduate students explain and present their work through poster presentations.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is provided in the Oakland Parking Deck for showcase attendees. Community partners and area employers are encouraged to come and engage with the students.

2020 Expo Schedule
8:00-12:00 Room Setup
12:00-1:00 Poster Placement / Judges Lunch
1:00-1:15 Expo Opens; Opening remarks by Dr. Dana Dunn, UNCG Provost
1:15-2:00 Poster presentations and first judging session
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:15 Poster presentations and second judging session
3:15-3:45 Awards in EUC Cone Ballroom
3:15-4:00 Poster Collection & Name Tag Drop-off

The Expo is organized into poster competitions in the following categories:

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

Community judges circulate throughout the event to evaluate presentations and determine fifteen $1,000 winners.

To view past expo winners, galleries, and programs visit the Past Expo page

Resources and General Information

Please plan to present your work in a way that is accessible to diverse audiences and explains in jargon-free language the importance and relevance of your work. 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.

Registrants will 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. Presenters should engage with the audience in a way that encourages discussion and interaction; your poster should enhance your oral presentation.

*Please Note: The first 100 posters are automatically accepted pending confirmation from their Faculty Mentor. If you register after we’ve received 100 poster registrations, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified within 2 weeks of registering whether we can accommodate your poster.

The Expo opens welcoming remarks. Judges will discuss posters with the entrants in two sessions. Winners in each category will be recognized at the end of the event. All students are invited and encouraged to attend the entire Expo.

  • Presenters must be available for at least one of the above sessions to discuss their work with attendees at the Expo. You will have 8-10 minutes to discuss your poster with the judges. The poster should function as a representation of your main points or visual cues to your presentation.
  • Posters should be 36 inches tall and 48 inches wide. (See Poster Resources for further information.)

Participants may register to present in one of six categories:

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

(The Graduate School reserves the right to modify categories to promote equity and facilitate judging.)

There will be 15 awards of $1,000* to the winners of the Expo. (If a group wins an award, 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 for the school year, your aid may be reduced by the amount of this award.

  1. Overall appearance and appeal of your poster.
  2. Organization of your poster and your presentation.
  3. Effectiveness of the oral component of your presentation.
  4. Engagement with judges; enthusiasm for subject; discussion.
  5. Impact or importance of your work; why your work matters (economical/societal impact, etc.)
  6. Quality of work.

Registration is limited to 100 Posters.

When registering, you will:

  • Select whether you will be presenting alone or as a group and who will be the “lead”
  • You will need to enter your title, coauthor(s), and UNCG faculty mentor information. Your faculty mentor will be contacted to authorize your participation in Expo.
  • Select the area in which you intend your work to be considered:
    • Arts
    • Health Sciences
    • Humanities
    • Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
    • Professional Programs
    • Social Sciences
  • Write an abstract (150 words or less) for the program booklet. When writing your abstract, think about:
    • Why does it matter?
    • Why should people care about your project?
    • Share your contribution to the ongoing conversation of this topic
    • Explain the question you are trying to answer in your abstract/work
  • Poster format:
    • 36” high x 48” wide poster illustrating the main points of your research.
    • The Expo organizers will provide an easel and poster backer for each printed poster.

You may view a sample registration form here so that you have a better idea of the information needed on the registration form.

All posters should be collected from the event by the time listed in the schedule at the top of the page.

    1. Please be aware that disclosure through any sort of publication could jeopardize any patenting opportunities and limit the value of an innovation.

If you know or suspect that you may have some intellectual property that needs assessment for patent or copyright significance, please contact your faculty advisor before presenting at Expo.

    In addition, research performed via sponsored agreements may have clauses that restrict publication or ownership implication. Please check with your faculty advisor or Sponsored Research for information.

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 if you have questions concerning images that can be used on your posters or if you are new to creating posters. We also have a Presentation Practice Room you can reserve (see the reservation widget on the library homepage) to practice your presentation, record your session, watch, and review. Contact us: libdmc@uncg.edu or visit our website: library.uncg.edu/spaces/dmc/

The Digital ACT Studio
Want help designing your poster presentation? The Digital ACT Studio can assist you on the effectiveness of your presentation. We can provide feedback on whether 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 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 posters.

The Digital ACT Studio is open Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, and Friday 10am-2pm. Walk in or schedule a 30 minute or 1 hour appointment today!
For more information about our practices, please visit our website: digitalactstudio.uncg.edu. Contact us at: digitalACTS@uncg.edu

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: speakingcenter.uncg.edu

Poster Presentation Layouts

Printing Your Poster

Note: The poster size for the expo is 36″H x 48″W 


The cost of having a research poster printed can be significant (as much as $200). A number of academic departments have offered to assist students by making their printers available at a reasonable cost. Please allow time to contact the departments and reserve a space in their schedule; posters may take a day or so to print, and departments may need to do them in blocks. See below for some options:

*Please be aware that the printed version of the poster will be that version you send to the department. If you notice an error after the poster has been printed, you are responsible for the costs of printing a new poster as well as the original poster.

Department of Geography
Contact: Jim Nelson
Available to students in any department.
Cost to print a 36″H x 48″W color poster is $20 on regular paper. Deadline for printing a poster is Monday, March 30 at 12pm (noon). Poster must be emailed in PDF format and must already be sized to 36″H x 48″W. Students must bring exact change and pay in cash when they pick up the poster. They can pick up their poster from Mrs. Lois Carney in Graham 237.

Department of Biology
Contact: Lee Griffin
Available to students in any department.
The poster must be emailed in PDF format, 48 hours in advance, and must already be sized to 36″H x 48″W. Cost to print a 36”H x 48″W color poster on matte paper will be $25.00; students or their departments must be able to be invoiced on a BANFIN-33 at the Biology Department office, 312 Eberhart, before they can pick up the finished product. Students must pay for the finished product by 4 pm on the day they pick up their poster(s). There is currently no requirement of a minimum number of posters per batch.

School of Health & Human Sciences
Contact: Marie Land or Mary Ann Sensebaugh
Available only to students in HHS programs and departments.
The poster must already be sized to 36″H x 48″W and emailed in PDF format. To ensure that posters are printed in time for the Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, they must be submitted to department administrative assistants no later than March 27, 2020. The cost of $15 per 36″H x 48″W color poster will be charged to your department/program.

Other Resources for Printing Posters

Spartan Printing
The price for a 36”H x 48”W poster printed on heavy matte paper is $40. The document must be in PDF format and sized to 36” x 48”.  Go to printing.uncg.edu and click on For Students in the top menu to create an account or login to an existing account.  Look for the Research and Expo form under the Products and Services tab.  Spartan Printing can complete it same-day or while-you-wait, depending on their workload.  

Online Option
Online option link. Estimated cost to print a 36”H x 48”W glossy, full-color poster is $56.93 plus shipping. Printed from your PowerPoint or PDF file; most posters ordered by noon Central Time are printed on the same business day, but you must accommodate for shipment time.