2021 Graduate Research & Creativity Expo

SHOWCASE OF SCHOLARSHIP

This online event is a showcase of UNCG graduate students’ accomplishments to the Greater Greensboro community. It is a means for students to use brief videos to communicate their research and creative activities with the public in jargon-free language.

Creating these videos prepares students to deliver “elevator pitches” on their research. It can serve as an advertisement for students’ scholarship, either as a “video abstract” associated with an ETD submission in ProQuest or as a department or University outreach feature.

The online Showcase is open to any currently enrolled UNCG graduate student engaged in original scholarship with a UNCG faculty member. A $50* participation award will be given to each valid video submission, and each video will be eligible to win one of a minimum of ten $500* category awards (based on 100 submissions). The total number and distribution of the category awards will depend on the total number of submissions. Submissions are limited to one per student, regardless of their role in a project.

* Awards are posted to students’ accounts and may impact financial aid.

Students should plan to present their work in a way that is accessible to diverse audiences and explains in jargon-free language the importance and relevance of their work. Students should make their presentations appropriate for Middle College students, undergraduates, journalists, community members, area business owners, representatives from boards and foundations, state legislators, or neighbors down the street.

Submitted videos may make use of still shots, video, slides, animations, or anything else that is appropriate to best convey the research/creative work and its impact.

See the following guide to preparing your Showcase video.

*Please Note: We will automatically accept the first 100 entries, pending confirmation from their Faculty Mentor. Students who register after 100 poster registrations are received will be placed on a waiting list and notified of their participation status within one week of registration closing.

Participants must register  for the Showcase NOW!  Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Registered participants must submit a single 4-6 minute YouTube video via the Submission Form by noon March 24, 2021. Students will have the opportunity to provide any updates to their project title or abstract when submitting their video.

Requirements for the video:

  • Students should briefly explain their scholarship and its impact to a general audience.
  • Videos may make use of still shots, video, slides, animations, or anything else that is appropriate to best convey the research/creative work and its impact.
  • Students do not need to appear on video, but their contribution to the project should be clear.
  • Students should post their video on their UNCG-affiliated YouTube space, and the video set to be publicly available.
  • The video must be captioned.
  • The video must persist and be viewable through May 15, 2021.
  • Since disclosure through any sort of publication could jeopardize any patenting opportunities and limit an innovation’s value, students should communicate with their advisors regarding the videos’ content.
  • The Digital ACT Studio provides tips on Selecting Filming Environments.

The Showcase of Scholarship is organized in the following poster topics:

  • 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.)

AWARDS:

In recognition of the effort required to create a video presentation for the online celebration of scholarship, each valid submission will be provided a $50* award for participation and is eligible to win one of a minimum of ten $500* category (based on 100 submissions). The total number and distribution of the category awards will depend on the total number of submissions. Submissions are limited to one per student, regardless of their role in a project.

*These awards are not given as cash; they will be posted to each student’s account and may impact financial aid. Students are encouraged to check with that office for details. Students with a current balance due will see the award pay that balance first; any funds that remain will be issued as a refund check.

Registration is limited to 100 video entries.

When registering, students will:

  • Provide their information and program of study.
  • Enter their title, coauthor(s), and UNCG faculty mentor information. The faculty mentor will be contacted to authorize participation in the Showcase.
  • Select the area in which their work should be considered:
    • Arts
    • Health Sciences
    • Humanities
    • Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
    • Professional Programs
    • Social Sciences
  • Write an abstract (150 words or less) for the Showcase website that specifically addresses:
    • What question is being answered, or what issue is being addressed?
    • Why does the scholarship matter?
    • Why should people care about it?
    • Where does this work fit into the ongoing conversation on this topic?

Students who know or suspect that they may have some intellectual property that needs assessment for patent or copyright significance must contact their faculty advisor before submitting for Showcase.

In addition, research performed via sponsored agreements may have clauses that restrict publication or ownership implication. Students should check with their faculty advisor or the Office of Research and Engagement for information.

  • Clarity of Communication to a Non-Specialized Audience
    • Students should provide information in a way people outside the field can understand
  • Effective Presentation Skills
  • Content Knowledge and Creativity
  • Organization
  • Originality
  • Ability to explain importance of the work (e.g., economic impact, societal impact, scholarly impact). Students should think about:
    • What question is being answered, or what issue is being addressed?
    • Why does the scholarship matter?
    • Why should people care about it?
    • Where does this work fit into the ongoing conversation on this topic?

See the following guide to preparing your Showcase video.

 

The Digital ACT Studio
Want help designing a presentation? The Digital ACT Studio can assist with the effectiveness of a production. The Studio can provide feedback on effectively reaching an audience and if a student’s project is rhetorically and aesthetically compelling.

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

The Digital ACT Studio is typically open Monday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm, and Friday 10 am-2 pm or go online to schedule a 30 minute or 1-hour appointment today!
For more information, visit: digitalactstudio.uncg.edu. Contact us at: digitalACTS@uncg.edu

The Digital Media Commons
The Digital Media Commons can help students with their technology needs! Visit online for assistance with questions about multimedia technology. Students can also make an appointment with staff if they have questions concerning images that can be used on presentations or if they are new to creating such presentations. Contact us: libdmc@uncg.edu or visit our website: library.uncg.edu/spaces/dmc/

The University Speaking Center
The University Speaking Center provides consultation support and instructional workshop services for UNCG students, faculty, employees, and Greensboro community members. The Center’s support is designed to help speakers further develop their oral communication confidence and competence. We provide peer-to-peer feedback, guidance, and other support in public speaking preparation and delivery, interpersonal communication, and group or team communication. For more information, please visit: speakingcenter.uncg.edu

February 17 Registration for the Showcase will close at noon or sooner. Registration is limited to 100 submissions.
March 24 Showcase participants must submit a link to a UNCG-affiliated YouTube video that is captioned and 4-6 minutes in length via the Submission Form by noon.

 

Due to the uncertain times of COVID-19, dates are subject to change.

For any questions about the information presented above, contact Laura Drew at Ladrew@uncg.edu.