Join Us for the
2018 Graduate Research & Creativity Expo
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

The UNCG Graduate School in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development will host the 5th annual Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: “Scholarship That Matters.” This showcase of talent will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Elliott University Center at UNCG. Students will present from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and final judging will take place from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Sydney de Briel (Theatre)
shows off her poster
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 replicate an academic conference in a specific discipline, as students present their work to judges and individuals not in their field of study.

The purpose of the Expo is to showcase the accomplishments of UNCG’s graduate students to the Greater Greensboro community, and to provide a venue for students to communicate their research and creative activities to the public. Graduate students explain and present their work through posters, with a few students presenting short colloquies or short videos.
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.

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

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

Click here to see some of the previous year’s Poster Topics

Judges circulate throughout the event and evaluate presentations in each of the venues. All students must be available for potential final judging from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Following the competition, a winner from each category is awarded a $1000 prize. Winners from the competition also participate in May at the State Legislature’s Graduate Education Day in Raleigh.

Poster Presentation Layouts

Printing Your Poster
The cost of having a research poster printed can be significant (as much as approx. $200). A number of academic departments have offered to assist students from any program 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 note: You need to be aware that the printed version of the poster will be whatever version of your poster is sent to a department. If you notice an error after the poster has been printed, you are financially responsible for printing a new poster, as well as the original poster.

Department of Geography
Contact: Jim Nelson
Cost to print a 36″ x 48″ color poster is $20 on regular paper. Deadline for printing a poster is Monday, April 2, 2018, at 12pm (noon). Poster must be emailed in PDF format and must already be sized to 36″ x 48″. Students need to bring exact change with them and pay in cash when they pick up the poster. They can pick up their poster from Mrs. Lois Carney in Graham 237. This printing option is available to graduate students from all departments.

Department of Biology
Contact: Lee Griffin
The poster must be emailed in PDF format, 48 hours in advance, and must already be sized to 36″ x 48″. Cost to print a 36 x 48″ color poster on matte paper will be $25.00, and students can pay in cash with exact change at the Biology Department office, 312 Eberhart, when they pick up the finished product. There is currently no requirement of a minimum number of posters per batch, and the service is available to graduate students from all departments.

School of Health & Human Sciences
Available only to students in programs in HHS. The poster must already be sized to 36″ x 48″ 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 28, 2018. The cost of $15 per 36″ x 48″ color poster will be charged to your department/program.

Spartan Printing
The price for a 36” h x 48” w is approximately $70. Visit to enter the job online; click on “Student Printing” and then click on “Express Large Poster Form.” The poster must already be sized to 36” h x 48” w. The document should be in PDF format. Spartan Printing can complete it same-day or while-you-wait, depending on their load.

Online Option
Online option link. Estimated cost to print a 36”h x 48”w” glossy, full-color poster is $45.94 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.

All Communicating Beyond Your Discipline workshops will be hosted in The Graduate School Admissions Office lounge at 500 Forest Building (one story brick building between Mossman and the EUC)
Registration for these workshops is open to UNCG Graduate Students registered to participate in the 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.

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 in your slide or if you are 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 PowerPoint presentation? The Digital ACT Studio can assist you on the effectiveness of your 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 posters and presentations.

The Digital ACT Studio is open Monday-Wednesday 9am-7pm, Thursday 9am-6pm, and Friday 9am-1pm. Walk in or schedule a 30 minute or 1 hour appointment today!

For more information about our practices, please visit our website: Contact us at:

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:

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.

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 very 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, so a poster entry must present their research to the judges in a verbal presentation.

*Please Note: All registrants up to 100 posters and about 16 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 16 presentation/video installations, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified within 2 weeks of registering.

Most registrants should select “Poster”. Even a poster registrant will present to the judges. 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. You will have 15 minutes to present and discuss your poster with the judges. The poster should function as a representation of your main points or visual cues to your presentation. Size of posters is limited to 36″ H (top to bottom) by 48″ W (side to side); recommended layout can be found below under Resources.
  • Panel Presentations: Presenters will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present and discuss your presentation with the judges.
  • Media Presentations: Presenters will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present and discuss your presentation with the judges. Presentations with media should show work that cannot be presented in a poster format, such as a short media clip of your dance, furniture creation, etc.
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 for the school year, your aid may be reduced by the amount of this award.

Yvonne Ford (Nursing) explains her research to judges
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 (Word Document)

*Please Note – Potential Final Judging: Some categories are larger and require several sets of judges, in order to create a higher level of fairness, finalists in those categories will present to all the judges in the final round from 3:00 – 4:20 pm. You will be notified if your category will require several sets of judges and a final round of judging.

Registration is limited to 100 Posters and 16 presentations/video installations.

When registering, you will:

  • Select whether you will be presenting alone or as a group and who will be the “lead”
  • Select the area in which you intend your work to be considered:
    • Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
    • Health Sciences
    • Social Sciences
    • Humanities
    • Creative Arts
    • Professional Programs

  • 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
    • Provide technology in a way people outside your field can understand

  • Choose one format:
    • 36” high x 48” wide Poster – illustration of main points (easel and poster backer provided)
    • 15-min. Panel/Media Presentation

You may view a sample registration form here so that you have a better idea of the information needed on the 2018 registration form.

To register: Registration will be available at the beginning of Spring semester.

Crystal Kulhanek (History, Historic Preservation) prepares her poster
during check-in
Please Note – Potential Final Judging: Some categories are larger and require several sets of judges; hence to ensure the highest possible level of fairness, finalists in those categories will present again to all the judges in the final round from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. You will be notified in advance if your category will require several sets of judges and a final round of judging.

All posters should be collected from the event at 3:00 pm. If you are a finalist, you will be moved to a final judging room for your category at that time.

Please recognize that disclosure through any sort of publication could jeopardize any patenting opportunities and limit the value of an innovation. If you believe that you may have some intellectual property that needs assessment for patent or copyright significance, please contact your faculty adviser and/or the Office of Innovation Commercialization, Staton Noel at In addition, research performed via sponsored agreements may have clauses that restrict publication or ownership implication. Please check with your faculty adviser or Sponsored Research for information.

Creative Arts

  • 2017 – Marya Fancey (Music), “Understanding Sacred Organ Music from a Sixteenth-Century Polish Source”
  • 2016 – Sydney de Briel (Theatre), “Costume Design: She Kills Monsters”
  • 2015 – Karen S. Thomas (Music Education), “Musicians’ Earplugs: Does Their Use Affect Performance or Listeners’ Perceptions?”
  • 2013 – Felicia Dean (Interior Architecture), “From Fashion to Furniture: The Formation of Three-Dimensional Upholstery”
  • 2012 – Claudia Aguilera (Interior Architecture), “An Identity for Mass Production”

Health Sciences

  • 2017 – Ho Young Lee (Biology) Halley Shah, Hong Zhu, Robert Y. Li, & Dr. Zhenquan Jia, “Doxorubicin-Induced Cytotoxicity in Rat Myocardial H9c2 Cells: The Roles of Reactive Oxygen Species and Redox Balance”
  • 2016 – Andrea Pluskota (Communication Sciences & Disorders), “Black Lives, Literacy, and Language Skills Matter: A Summer Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse School-Aged Children”
  • 2015 – Lauren West (Chemistry & Biochemistry), “Nutritional Manipulation of HIV/AIDS: The Effects of Ergothioneine and Cultural Complementary and Alternative Medicines on HIV”
  • 2013 – Richard D. Vestal (Nanoscience), “Targeting the Atypical Chemokine Receptor CXCR7 for the Treatment of Glioblastoma (GBM)”
  • 2012 – Jeffrey Labban (Kinesiology), “The Impact of Exercise on Memory”


  • 2017 – Luciana Lilley (English), “Cannibalism Does What?! in George Thompson’s Venus in Boston?”
  • 2016 – Joseph Ross (History), “Remembering Nuremberg: The Paradox of Human Rights in American History”
  • 2015 – Mardita Murphy (Interior Architecture), “The Kirkbride Plan: A History of Psychiatric Medicine and its Reflection on 19th Century Architecture”
  • 2013 – Amirah Lane (Interior Architecture), “Aladdin Kit Homes and the Fisher Park Neighborhood”
  • 2012 – James Findley (History), “’The Failing and Fruitless Business’: Colonial Ventures and Failure in the English North Atlantic”

Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

  • 2017 – Taylor Mabe (Nanoscience), “A Point-of-Care Biosensor for Disease Diagnostics”
  • 2016 – Taylor Mabe (Nanoscience), “Development and Fabrication of a Handheld Point-of-Care Sensor for Disease Diagnosis”
  • 2015 – Vincent P. Sica (Chemistry & Biochemistry), “Direct Chemical Analysis of Fungal Cultures”
  • 2013 – Jonathan G. Messer (Nutrition), “Effect of antioxidant, quercetin, on bone cell function”
  • 2012 – Adam Brown (Chemistry & Biochemistry), “Disarming the ‘Super Bugs’: Antibiotic-Resistance-Reversing Natural Products”

Professional Programs

  • 2017 – Justin Larson (Economics), “North Carolina’s Clean Smokestacks Act and Emissions, Untangling a Tangled Relationship”
  • 2016 – Tara Konya (Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies), “At the Intersection of Social Marketing and Public Policy: An Exploration of a Non-Profit from the Client Perspective”
  • 2015 – Leslie Locklear (Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations), “Walking in Two Worlds: Culturally Responsive Teaching for Native American Students”
  • 2013 – Margo Appenzeller, Megan Kemmery, and Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh (Specialized Education Services), “When Your Car is Your Classroom”
  • 2012 – Sheresa Blanchard and Megan Kemmery (Specialized Education Services), “Focus Group Participants’ Responses to Using American Sign Language (ASL)”

Social Sciences

  • 2017 – Tiffany Merritt (Sociology), “What Influences if a Death Row Exoneree Receives Financial Redress?”
  • 2016 – Arwa Altaher (Geography), “Residential Location Patterns of Immigrants in 21st Century: A Case Study of Atlanta MSA”
  • 2015 – Sarah Sperry (Psychology), “Measuring the Validity and Psychometric Properties of a Short Form of the Hypomanic Personality Scale”
  • 2013 – John Nowlin (Geography), “A Mesoscale Geophysical Capability/suitability Model for Vitis Vinifera Vineyard Site Selection in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad Region, case study: Rockingham County, NC.”
  • 2012 – Meagan Mathews (Human Development and Family Studies), “Pregnant Mothers’ Reactions to Infant Cries Predict Breastfeeding Duration”