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Research Exhibition Guide: Overview

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Research Exhibition 2019

What is Research Exhibition Day?

Research Exhibition Day is an opportunity for Central Penn Students to show off their research skills, culminated from all the hard work they have been doing in their classes. From 3PM - 5PM in the ATEC Conference Center June 5, 2019 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. There is also an option for online entries utilizing VoiceThread. 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. The top 3 posters and audience favorite will be announced on June 10th.

How It Works

  • April 15th Registration will open. If you are working as a team only one person needs to register but include the names of the other team members. If you are doing multiple posters (doing this for multiple classes) please register for each poster. We rely on the registered entries to allot space and order supplies.
  • May 20th Registration will close
  • June 3rd 5pm Last day to have items printed out in color. Email your documents to library@centralpenn.edu.
  • June 4th Digital Submissions will be due by 11:59pm and
    • Poster Build all day in the library
  • June 5th The Big Day - Research Exhibition Day 3-5pm in the Conference Center.
    • Judges will review digital submission and submit questions to participant by 11:59pm
  • June 6th Poster awards announced
  • June 6th Digital participants will respond to judges' questions by 11:59pm
  • June 7th Judges will finalize scores for digital submission
  • June 10th Digital entry awards announced

 

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 or a OneDrive folder. 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 poster board 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). There will be a poster build day on Tuesday, June 4th in the Library. There will be some supplies and snacks.

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 Handouts tab for more information.


Research Exhibition Day - June 5th

11. Today's the day! Your poster will be exhibited in front of an audience. You must be present in the Conference Center with your handouts at 3:00 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 4: Submit your presentation (including narration) in VoiceThread by 11:59pm. 

June 5: Judges will review your VoiceThread and submit questions about your presentation using VoiceThread by 11:59pm.

June 6: Respond to the judges' questions in VoiceThread by 11:59pm.

June 7: Judges will finalize their scores for each presentation.

June 10: VoiceThread winners announced

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