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Graduate Student Showcase

The Graduate Student Showcase is a conference where Boise State University graduate students gather to display their research, work, and talents.

2021 Graduate Student Showcase

The Graduate Student Showcase provides graduate students with a skills development opportunity, while also serving to highlight graduate programs and the excellent scholarship taking place across campus.

The 2022 Graduate Student Showcase will be held April 6th.

Previous Graduate Student Showcases

The 2021 Graduate Student Showcase was a virtual three day conference that was free and open for all faculty, students, and community members to attend. Entries were judged by a panel of judges, with the awards presented April 22 at the Graduate College Awards Ceremony.

View the 2021 Graduate Student Showcase Award winners.

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What is the Graduate Student Showcase?

The Graduate Student Showcase is a virtual 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. Graduate students will be asked to record short (three minute) videos in which they introduce their scholarship. Students will upload these videos along with an academic poster or visual presentation of their scholarship for judging.

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.

Do I have to have my poster or artistic entry completed prior to signing up to participate in the showcase?

The deadline to register and submit your material was Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Is there a limit to how many submissions I can enter? What if my entry is from a group project?

The showcase has a strict one-student one-entry policy, and group entries are not permitted – if more than one student enters the same poster or video, the entries will be disqualified from judging and will not be eligible for an award. What this means is that for each entry there should only be one student presenter. However, each member of a group or lab may create their own individual poster and three-minute recording for the project and submit it to the showcase. This submission will also require individual abstract and presenter contact information to be submitted upon signing up.

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: Poster Rubric and Arts 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.

Poster Submissions

What does a poster or visual/performing arts proposal submission look like?

A project submission should include the author’s name, contact information, graduate degree program, submission title, and abstract. Abstract: An abstract is a brief summary of your project that will be printed in the online version of the Graduate Student Showcase program.

What does a scholarly poster look like?

First time making a poster? Need help getting started on a poster? Need a refresher course? No problem! The NYU Library website provides information about how to make and present a poster, including templates and design recommendations.

Here’s some other important information specifically about making posters for the Graduate Student Showcase: (1) Although the link provided above discusses research posters, the Graduate Student Showcase will incorporate posters that cover a variety of topics (e.g., theory, project proposals, etc.) and areas of expertise. Any student in any area of study can sign up to present a poster! (2) What needs to be included on the poster? Poster content may vary – you can take a look at examples of prior rubrics that have been used to judge Showcase entries to see what the judges will be basing their scores on. See examples: Poster Rubric and Arts Rubric.