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The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research 15th annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars will take place virtually from April 27 - 29, 2021.  Join us in celebrating UK's undergraduate research through both synchronous and asynchronous virtual presentations over the course of three days.

In response to COVID-19, we have shifted the 2021 Showcase to a virtual symposium with student wellbeing, professional development, and research readiness in mind.

The Showcase is a moment when we step back from our academic routines to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and encourage them along the path of intellectual achievement, as well as celebrate the inspiration and creativity of our young scholars and the dedication of their mentors. 

 

 

What is the Showcase’s mission?

To honor the achievements of our undergraduate researchers and the dedication of their UK mentors.  The Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars is an annual event that provides UK undergraduates the opportunity to professionally present, perform, or demonstrate their faculty-mentored research to UK faculty, staff, students, and the general public.

 

Why attend Showcase?

To discover the diversity, depth, and breadth of undergraduate research projects guided by the superb mentorship of our devoted faculty and staff across campus.  Each spring, students from across the University of Kentucky’s campus have an opportunity to showcase their faculty-mentored research and creative work in a formal presentation environment. Many students use this presentation experience as a stepping stone to national and international professional conferences.

 

When:

Tuesday, April 27 - Thursday, April 29, 2021

View the Presentation Schedule

 

Where:

Virtual Symposium

 

REGISTER. PARTICIPATE. CELEBRATE.

2021 Virtual Showcase

The Virtual Showcase Event Page includes :

  • Schedule of Events
  • Abstract Book
  • View Virtual Project Gallery

GO TO 2021 VIRTUAL SHOWCASE

Register for Virtual Showcase

Registration opens for the Virtual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars on March 1, 2021.

Deadline is April 1. 

Every UK undergraduate student engaged in faculty-mentored research, scholarly or creative inquiry is eligible to register and present.

REGISTER TODAY

2020 Virtual Showcase Website

The 2020 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Visit last year's Virtual Showcase website to view student projects and the 2020 Excellent Research Mentor of the Year nominees

2020 VIRTUAL SHOWCASE WEBSITE

Poster Templates

Are you presenting at Showcase and need to create a poster? Lots of editable poster templates are available in both traditional and Morrison formats, as well as vertical and landscape layouts. So many options for you to choose from and 100% editable to meet your needs!

VIEW POSTER TEMPLATES

Andre Scruggs Showcase 2018
Sierra Hatfield Showcase 2019
James Beard Showcase 2019 computer science guitar research

Showcase Program Details

Timeline

  • Registration Opens: March 1, 2021

  • Registration Deadline: April 1, 2021 by 11:45 PM

  • Register for Showcase here

    • As part of your application, you MUST supply a professional abstract (300 words maximum)

    • NOTE: Current STEMCats do NOT register online. See your research peer mentor.

  • Faculty Mentor Nomination Award Deadline: April 6, 2021  Nominate here!

  • Poster/Presentation Upload Deadline: EXTENDED to April 18, 2021 by 11:55 PM EST  Upload Here 

  • Letters of Excuse: Request here

 

Eligibility

Every UK undergraduate student engaged in faculty-mentored research, scholarly or creative inquiry are eligible to present their work at the Virtual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. 

Everyone who successfully registers by the deadline will be eligible to present.

 

Submission Details

  • Step 1 - Complete registration and submit an abstract (300 words or less) by 11:55pm EST on April 1, 2021

  • Step 2 - Upload abstract and poster/oral presentation to Virtual Showcase's Symposium project platform by 11:55pm EST on Sunday, April 18, 2021

  • Step 3 - Optional: Nominate your faculty mentor for the Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year [link to Research Mentor of the Year Awards] by 11:55pm EST on April 6, 2021

Abstracts

  • Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars requires abstracts to be no more than 300 words. 

  • An abstract is a concise statement of the major elements of a research project and/or scholarly work. It should contain an introduction; a purpose, objective or hypothesis; results of the project if it is complete; and conclusions drawn from what was learned. Abstracts should be written in past tense (with the understanding that at the time of submission your work may still be in progress). Avoid technical jargon and define all abbreviations. Use of the term "we" is appropriate, rather than "I".

  • References are NOT included in an abstract. Be sure the abstract is:

    • Complete: Covers all major parts of the project

    • Concise: No excess or unnecessary information

    • Clear: Is readable and well-organized

    • Cohesive: Flows smoothly and is grammatically sound

Seek faculty advisor review and approval of the abstract before submitting.

 

Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards

Students may nominate their faculty mentor for the award starting March 1, 2021. Deadline is April 6, 2021.  Nominate your mentor here

Each year, outstanding faculty mentors are recognized at the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars for their outstanding leadership and support of students.

During the Showcase's Opening Ceremony on April 27, 2021 at 9:30am, we also recognize the UK Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award winners. This student-nominated award recognizes UK faculty members who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers, providing exceptional undergraduate research experiences, as well as supporting and promoting the undergraduate research initiatives on campus.

Go to UK Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year  to see all faculty award winners

Go to Mentor of the Year Nomination Form

Presentation Format Options

Poster Presentations

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

This format is for students who wish to present a poster to summarize their research. Poster presentations will be presented virtually this year LIVE via Zoom.  Poster presenters should prepare a short (5-6 minute) presentation and be prepared for live Q&A session to follow. 

Posters will also be loaded to the Symposium website, so that visitors will have the ability to view the poster independently.  Each project's page also features a Comments section for visitor engagement. 

View samples of 2020 Virtual Showcase Poster Presentation

 

Research Poster Templates Available  - downloadable and can be customized

 

POSTER BASICS

The poster must be ONE PAGE. You can create your poster in PowerPoint, Google Slides, Adobe Illustrator, or any other appropriate program.

  • NOTE: If you have already created your poster, you will simply be presenting it VIRTUALLY.

  • Digital posters should not exceed 48 inches in width (left to right) and 36 inches in height (top to bottom)

  • PDF Posters must be under 10MB in size. If needed, students may use online tool such as Smallpdf to compress their files. We recommend a minimum image resolution of 1500px (or 5in) in the smallest dimension (i.e.width/height) to ensure it is clearly visible when viewers zoom in to it.

 

POSTER DESIGN

Poster design can significantly enhance or severely diminish the effectiveness of your presentation. The guidelines are general considerations:

  • The focus of attention must be on the subject content.

  • Letters should be large so that they can easily be read from 2-3 feet away. Letters should be easily read - avoid extravagant fonts

  • IMPORTANT: Avoid using excessive text as it makes it difficult to follow the poster.

  • Larger visuals attract more attention. Visuals not relevant to the content will distract the viewer.

  • Be sure that your poster's layout is easy for viewers to follow during your presentation.

 

Oral Presentations

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

This format is for students who wish to present their research using PowerPoint or Google Slides instead of a traditional poster.  Oral presentations will be presented virtually this year LIVE via Zoom.  Students should prepare a short (5-7 minute) presentation and consider presenting using a "research blitz" format.  Presenters should be prepared for a live Q&A session to follow. 

The presentation/set of slides will also be loaded to the Symposium website, so that visitors will have the ability to view the presentation independently. Each project's page also features a Comments section for visitor engagement. 

View sample of 2020 Virtual Showcase Oral Presentation with video

View sample of 2020 Virtual Showcase Oral Presentation without video (only slides)

 

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: 5 - 6 minute presentation. This will allow 4-5 minutes for interactive Q&A session after each presentation. In your presentation, please consider the questions below:

Tell the story of your research process:

  • The traditional story structure has a beginning, middle, and end. Where or how, specifically, did your research begin

  • Your presentation can discuss the purpose of your study, background information and data, research questions, methodolgy, findings, conclusions, recommendations or next steps...just as you would when presenting in-person.

  • What were some of the milestones or accomplishments along the way?

  • Where are you now? Is this the end of your work, or is it a step in a larger journey? Describe.

    • What have you learned, and how have you grown through your research?

    • Your research is full of important information, but what if your audience could only remember one key idea?

 

SLIDE BASICS: First and foremost, please speak to your mentor regarding content. You can create your presentation in Google Slides or PowerPoint. So long as you are able to upload the presentation to Google Slides, it does not matter what you choose. Please note, if you start with PowerPoint and upload your slides to Google Slides, some features may change.

 

CONTENT DESIGN:

  • The title effectively communicates subject matter.

  • Purpose/objectives are clearly stated.

  • Applicability or relevance of work is identified.

  • Concise explanation of methods/analysis are used.

  • Methods used are clearly conveyed.

  • Conclusions are supported by data.

  • Funding sources are acknowledged.

 

Performing Arts Presentations

PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTATIONS

This format is for students who wish to present a pre-recorded performance or audio loaded to YouTube. Performance presenters have the option of speaking about their research live or including their presentation on the pre-recorded YouTube. Presenters must be logged onto Zoom for the duration of their session to be available for questions.  

View sample of 2020 Virtual Showcase Performing Arts Presentation

 

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: 5 - 6 minute presentation. This will allow 4-5 minutes for interactive Q&A session after each presentation. In your presentation, please consider the questions below:

Tell the story of your research process:

  • The traditional story structure has a beginning, middle, and end. Where or how, specifically, did your research begin

  • Your presentation can discuss the purpose of your study, background information and data, research questions, methodolgy, findings, conclusions, recommendations or next steps...just as you would when presenting in-person.

  • What were some of the milestones or accomplishments along the way?

  • Where are you now? Is this the end of your work, or is it a step in a larger journey? Describe.

    • What have you learned, and how have you grown through your research?

    • Your research is full of important information, but what if your audience could only remember one key idea?

 

Visual Arts Presentations

VISUAL ARTS PRESENTATIONS

This format is for students who wish to present a piece of visual art. 

Submissions of 2- and 3-dimensional visual artwork (including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, etc.) should follow these guidelines:

  • Any size work is acceptable, as long as it can be photographed and presented online. 

    • PDF Posters/Files must be under 10MB in size. If needed, students may use online tool such as Smallpdf to compress their files. We recommend a minimum image resolution of 1500px (or 5in) in the smallest dimension (i.e. width/height) to ensure it is clearly visible when viewers zoom in to it.

  • Works should be appropriate for a large public audience that may include children.

  • Submissions should include a high-resolution photo of the work, along with an abstract or artist’s statement (300 words max.).

  • Visual artwork involving video, movement, performance art, kinetic art, or other types of time-based media, should be submitted according to the instructions for Performing Arts Presentations.

 

View sample of 2020 Virtual Showcase Design presentation

 

 

 

Showcase FAQ

Can a group present one project?

Yes! We encourage both individual and collaborative efforts. Each project only needs one faculty mentor.

Only one of the undergraduate authors should register. There is space provided in the registration form to indicate all additional undergraduate project authors (up to 17 additional students). Please include the names of ALL undergraduate members of your project’s team when you fill out the online registration form to ensure they are listed in the abstract book. 

If I register for the Showcase, am I automatically accepted?

Every undergraduate student who successfully registers by the deadline will be able to present their research in their chosen format (poster, oral, performance/visual arts).

Student registration must include research project title, mentor information, and an abstract (300 words or less).

Can I still present if my research is incomplete?

Yes. You do not need your final results in order to present. Students can present research that is still in progress, but be sure to state it in your presentation.

When should I register?

Registration will open March 1, 2021. You will have until April 6, 2021 to register for the spring Showcase. You are encouraged to register as soon as possible so that your abstract is guaranteed to be printed in the abstract book.

Please read all instructions carefully both on this webpage and on the registration form. Registrations that do not meet all requirements will not be accepted. 

Can I register for more than one project?

Yes! We encourage both individual and collaborative efforts. Students are allowed to register and present on several projects. Be sure to note which presentation time you prefer for each project. 

Where do I upload my abstract?

You will upload your abstract in the space provided in the registration form. As part of your application, you MUST supply a professional abstract (300 words maximum).

Abstracts should be a basic overview of your project and be written in the third person. Abstracts should NOT contain graphs, special characters, images, charts, or references.

Your abstract will have your name and your faculty mentor's name on it. Be sure your faculty mentor has reviewed your abstract prior to submitting it. All abstracts will appear in the Showcase Abstract book exactly as they are entered, so it is imperative that you proofread before submitting.

Your abstract must be limited to 300 words. Abstracts that exceed the allotted word count will NOT be accepted.

Presentation format options

Poster Presentations:  This format is for students who wish to present a poster to summarize their research. Poster presentations will be presented virtually this year LIVE via Zoom.  Poster presenters should prepare a short (5-7 minute) presentation and be prepared for live Q&A session to follow.  Posters will also be loaded to the Symposium website, so that visitors will have the ability to view the poster independently.  Each project's page also features a Comments section for visitor engagement. 

Oral Presentations: This format is for students who wish to present their research using PowerPoint or Google Slides instead of a traditional poster.  Oral presentations will be presented virtually this year LIVE via Zoom.  Students should prepare a short (5-7 minute) presentation and  consider presenting using a "research blitz" format.  Presenters should be prepared for a live Q&A session to follow.  The presentation/set of slides will also be loaded to the Symposium website, so that visitors will have the ability to view the presentation independently. Each project's page also features a Comments section for visitor engagement. 

Performing Arts Presentations: This format is for students who wish to present a pre-recorded performance or audio loaded to YouTube. Performance presenters have the option of speaking about their research live or including their presentation on the pre-recorded YouTube. Presenters must be logged onto Zoom for the duration of their session to be available for questions.  

 

Where should I have my poster printed?

Posters may be uploaded Here for printing with our office. Posters must be uploaded by midnight on April 15, 2021 to guarantee printing by the date of the event. You will be notified via e-mail when it is ready to be picked up at our office (211 Funkhouser). Please be sure to carefully review your poster before uploading, as each poster will only be printed once. You are responsible for ensuring there are no typographical or other errors on your poster!

All posters must be in PowerPoint format, have a height of 36" and include the University of Kentucky logo. Posters that do not follow this format are not guaranteed to be printed by the Showcase. You can download the UK logo here using your linkblue account.

You can find a template for your poster here. This is the correct size for the printers.

What is a virtual conference?

The virtual conference is hosted entirely over the Internet. It allows attendees to access presentations from their computers. Attendees participate through a conference website designed specifically for the Virtual Showcase. The site is where you will view poster presentations, pre-recorded oral presentations, and engage with student researchers live for interactive Q&A sessions immediately following their presentations.

In 2020, the Showcase went 100% virtual due to the impact of COVID-19. View the Students' Virtual Project Gallery and Presentations

Celebrate Undergraduate Research.

2020 Virtual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars Welcome

2019 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars

2018 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars

 

 

Have a Question?

Answers to some of the most common questions about undergraduate research at UK.