What is the Graduate Student Showcase?
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?
Online graduate students can participate in one of two ways:
- Online students can participate in the formal face-to-face Showcase event on April 8. In this case, the online student will be required to provide a printed poster to be displayed during the Showcase, and to be physically present at the Showcase to meet with judges like all of the other Showcase participants.
- Alternatively, online students can participate in an asynchronous Showcase event, to be organized and judged by the online program faculty. This event, which will occur a few weeks before the face-to-face Showcase, will have a different set of awards, and a different entry format that is more aligned with distance learning. The details will be worked out at a later date, but participation will involve a short digital visual presentation (power point slides or the like,) and a recorded audio/video presentation to accompany the visual presentation. At the face-to-face Showcase, the presentations will be available for participants to view, but they will not be judged.
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Do I have to have my poster or artistic entry completed prior to signing up to participate in the Showcase?
No! The deadline for posters or artistic entries is the morning of the Showcase. Signing up to present at the Showcase only requires that you submit your name, contact information, graduate degree program, submission title, and abstract. Abstract: An abstract is a brief summary of your project that will be included in the online version of 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?
The Showcase has a strict one-student one-entry policy, and group entries are not permitted – if more than one student meets with judges regarding the same poster, the entire entry will be disqualified from judging and will not be eligible for an award. What this means is that for each poster there should only be one student presenter. However, each member of a group or lab may create their own individual poster 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.
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 9–10:30 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.). We encourage you to contact your instructor(s) 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(s) 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: Arts Rubrics and Poster 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.
What should I expect the day of the Showcase?
Graduate students are expected to set up their posters before the start of the event – the Jordan Ballroom will open at 8am on the morning of the event, so if you are in the second judging period, you should plan to arrive before 9am to set up your poster early. Early set-up is required, because it will give participants and judges that are only able to attend the first judging session the opportunity to see your work.
The Jordan Ballroom will be set up in rows of easels, back to back, with backer-board and easel assignments (numbers) in place. Easels will be close to one another, but will be staggered in judging times, so that there will be room on both sides, and room to meet with viewers and judges. Viewers and judges will move through the Ballroom, observe the student entries, and interact with the students. The Showcase is a professional event, so casual dress is discouraged. Upwards of 100+ individual posters and artistic entries (performing arts) will be judged simultaneously during each of the two judging session, so there will be considerable background noise in the Ballroom. Participants and judges will be informed via the PA system when the event begins, and will be given alerts regarding how much time remains in the judging session during the event.
If possible, please plan to leave your poster up for the entire Showcase. Posters that remain at the end of the Showcase will be collected and made available in the Graduate College office after the event.