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2017 Research Exhibition Guide: Research Exhibition Process

Learn how to research your topic and communicate via poster. Details about Research Exhibition Day 2017.

Definition

What is the Research Exhibition Day Poster Session?

From 3:30PM - 5:30PM in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre on June 6, students will display their hard work via a research poster. The poster will be a tri-fold board containing theories, data, graphs, images, a conclusion, and references. Everyone will gather together to learn about your project. Judges will score the posters as well as your answers to any questions they may ask you.

audience members studying posters at a poster session

Woodward, T. (2014). MCV Poster Session [image].

How It Works

First Things First

1. Gather all information from your instructor regarding topic selection. Your instructor probably will provide a broad topic, then you will need to narrow it down into a manageable research question.

2. Register your topic (use the Register tab in this guide).


Research

3. View the research tutorials in the How to Prepare tab - these will be invaluable to you.

4. Begin your research. Start researching early. Collect all your research materials in one place, like a citation manager (EndNote Web or Mendeley). Think beyond just looking at articles in EBSCOhost and Gale; explore books and films as well.

5. Organize your research into coherent thoughts and sentences that other people will be able to easily follow and understand. Begin thinking about how the research could best be visually displayed on a poster - what information should be text and what graphs or images you should use.

6. At any point during the process, direct your questions to your instructor or a librarian.


Create Your Poster

7. Pick up your trifold once a librarian contacts you.

8. Organize the information on your poster. Make sure to follow the guidelines found in the template (see the Template tab in this guide). Also be sure to look over the judging rubric (in the Scoring tab of this guide).

9. Before attending Research Exhibition Day, go over all of your research one more time so that you will be able to answer any questions that the judges may ask you.


Create Your Handout

10. Summarize your major points on an 8.5" x 11" handout. See the Handout tab for more information.


Research Exhibition Day - June 6

11. Today's the day! Your poster will be exhibited in front of an audience. You must be present in the theatre with your handouts at 3:30 for presentations and judging. For more information, visit The Big Day page.

First Things First

1. Gather all information from your instructor regarding topic selection. Your instructor probably will provide a broad topic, then you will need to narrow it down into a manageable research question.

2. Register your topic (use the Register tab in this guide).


Research

3. View the research tutorials in the How to Prepare tab - these will be invaluable to you.

4. Begin your research. Start researching early. Collect all your research materials in one place, like a citation manager (EndNote Web or Mendeley). Think beyond just looking at articles in EBSCOhost and Gale; explore books and films as well.

5. Organize your research into coherent thoughts and sentences that other people will be able to easily follow and understand. Begin thinking about how the research could best be visually displayed in a virtual presentation - what information should be text and what graphs or images you should use. You can create your presentation using PowerPoint, Piktochart, or any other slide-based presentation tool (not Prezi).

6. At any point during the process, direct your questions to your instructor or a librarian.


Create Your Presentation

7. Organize the information into a slide presentation. Make sure to follow the guidelines found in the template (see the Template tab in this guide). Also be sure to look over the judging rubric (in the Judging tab of this guide).

8. Upload the slide presentation into VoiceThread. Narrate each slide individually. Keep the entire VoiceThread presentation to a maximum of 12 slides and a maximum of 10 minutes running time.


Submission Timeline

June 5: Submit your presentation (including narration) in VoiceThread by 11:59PM. 

June 6: Judges will review your VoiceThread and submit questions about your presentation using VoiceThread.

June 7: Respond to the judges' questions in VoiceThread by 11:59PM.

June 8: Judges will finalize their scores for each presentation.

June 9: VoiceThread winners announced via email. 

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