What is the Graduate Student Showcase?
The Graduate Student Showcase is a one day graduate conference at Boise State University that provides an opportunity for you as a graduate student to showcase your talents, connect with other graduate students, and enjoy the possibility of winning a cash award.
Am I eligible to participate?
If you are a graduate student at Boise State, you are eligible to participate! We encourage submissions that encompass all academic areas. For example, scholarly entries may be from your dissertation/thesis research, from a project that you are working on, or a project from a class.
I am in a fully online graduate program. Can I still participate?
We encourage graduate students in fully online programs to participate in the Graduate Student Showcase. To participate remotely, you will be required to provide a printed poster to be displayed during the Showcase. Your program will assist you with the printing of the posters. A time-slot will be assigned to you during one of the two sessions, in which you will answer judge and audience questions via a remote conferencing service. If you have access to campus, you are encouraged to present your work on campus. Online participants should still submit the proposal that is appropriate for their work. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Lowe at email@example.com
Do I have to have my poster or artistic entry completed prior to signing up to participate in the Showcase?
No! The sign-up deadline is March 11, but you won’t need to have your poster printed (or ready) or your artistic entry completed until the morning of the event on April 8. When you submit your abstract you will need to provide your name, contact information, graduate degree program, submission title, and 100 word abstract.
Abstract: An abstract is a brief summary (a hard limit of 100 words will be enforced, so be concise) of your project that will be printed in the Graduate Student Showcase program.
Is there a limit to how many submissions I can enter? What if my poster is from a group project?
Yes, we ask that each student only submit one entry. For each poster there should only be one student presenter, however, each member of the group may create their own poster for the project and submit it to the Showcase individually. This submission will also require individual abstract and presenter contact information to be submitted upon signing up.
What if I have class during the times of the Graduate Student Showcase?
The expectation is that you will be at the Graduate Student Showcase during your assigned judging slot (either from 9:00 –10:30 am or 10:30 am – 12:00 pm for posters and visual arts; and from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm for the performing arts). We encourage you to contact your instructor and let them know that you are participating in this campus-wide graduate student Showcase. You will need to discuss this directly with your instructor in order to determine if participation is feasible.
How will my poster or artistic entry be judged?
Faculty judges will be randomly assigned to each entry, with the faculty being drawn from outside of the College or School of the student that submitted the work. Each entry will be judged by at least two judges, although depending on the number of judges present, additional judging may be done. The judges will utilize a common rubric for each poster, or a common rubric for each artistic entry, past examples of which can be found here: Showcase-Rubric. When the judging is completed, a z score will be calculated for each entry – we will calculate the judge-specific average and standard deviation measured across all entries that the judge provided scores for. For each individual entry, the judge’s average score (measured across all scores that the judge submits,) will be subtracted from the individual score, and that total will be divided by the standard deviation of the judge’s submitted scores. The average z score, measured for each entry, across the 2+ judges that judged that entry, will be calculated in order to determine the winners.
The Graduate College will not reveal the voting outcomes or provide individual feedback on poster or artistic entries, although we will list the winners in each category on our webpage prior to the Awards Ceremony. For feedback on your individual entry, we encourage you to meet with your advisor, committee members, and/or other faculty members in your program.