Student Project Showcase

Friday, April 24, 2020
Check-in 11:30am -- Event 12:30pm-4:00pm
Wildcat Field House

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Have you done research you want to share, accomplished something great with your student club, designed your own game or invented a new drone? Come present your hard work at the Student Project Showcase!

Undergraduate and graduate students, Utica students and Albany students: all are welcome to submit projects.

Students are encouraged to present their projects in a variety of ways including posters, multimedia presentations, live demonstrations, etc.

Entries judged best in each category (posters, lightning talks and demonstrations) will receive a prize and will be featured at the annual awards banquet!

Registration opens on March 9 and closes April 13, so get your project in today!


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Presentation Practice Sessions: Register early!
Location: L201 Library Computer Lab

Come practice your talk and get feedback from your peers and professionals! Register to practice your poster presentation, your lightning talk, or your demonstration by filling out this form: registration form link

  • Tuesday, April 21, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, April 23, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Friday, April 24, 9:00-11:00am


Poster Workshops
Location: L201 Library Computer Lab

Need some help designing or printing your poster? Find some online instructions and templates here or drop in to a Poster Workshop to talk about designing, printing, and presenting your poster. Just bring your poster with you when you drop in! 
For additional poster questions, please contact Sam Nesbitt, Public Services Librarian, at

  • Tuesday, April 14, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, April 16, 12:30-1:30pm

Showcase registration opens MARCH 9, 2020and closes APRIL 13, 2020. Registration is now open!

You will be asked to provide contact information for you and your team (if applicable), some demographic information like your major and if this project is required for class, your faculty advisor's name, and a short abstract describing your project.

What types of projects can you present?

  • Capstone projects
  • Course assignments
  • Service-based initiatives
  • Conference presentations
  • Academic competitions
  • Club activities such as SAE Baja, robotics, etc.
  • Internships, co-ops, etc.
  • Anything else that demonstrates your hard work and skill!

How should I present my project?

  • Poster presentation: design a poster with details about your project and get it printed at the Cayan Library IT Helpdesk. Prepare to stand next to your poster and give a short prepared talk (~5min) explaining your research to a non expert, and be ready for questions! Poster boards, wall space or an easel, and poster hanging materials will all be available at the event.
  • Lightning talk: present a business pitch, describe an experiment, or discuss an activity. Prepare to talk for no more than ten minutes, slides or other presentation optional. A microphone and a computer with presentation software connected to a projector screen will be available at the event -- bring any slides on a USB flash drive.
  • Demonstration: show off a game you created, a musical arrangement, or an engineering project! Prepare to stand or sit with your project and give a short prepared talk (~5min) explaining and demonstrating your work. Depending on your project, you might require space to fly a drone, a table for a display, an external monitor and power hookups to run a game -- please inform the Showcase Committee when you register so we can provide you the equipment you need.

Check back soon for more information about the event schedule, materials provided, and details about awards and judging procedures!

Faculty and students are invited to discuss this event in greater detail with the 2020 faculty advisory board members:

  • Steve Schneider, Provost
  • Kristina Boylan, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Alex Bulson, Humanities and Communications
  • Iulian Gherasoiu, Engineering Technology
  • Rebecca Hewitt, Interim Library Director
  • Patricia Murphy, Communication & Humanities
  • Sam Nesbitt, Public Services Librarian
  • Andrew Russell, History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Q: Is attendance at the event mandatory if I submit a presentation?

A: Yes. Students will interact with Faculty, Judges, and others to gain experience presenting and discussing their work.


Q: Am I required to submit to the Showcase Proceedings?

A: Submitting to the Proceedings is highly encouraged.  The Proceedings will be archived online, and it's a great way to feature your work for future graduate or employment applications. Click the Showcase Proceedings tab below to see entries from previous years!


Q: Can I present multiple posters, or participate in multiple tracks (poster, lightning talk, demonstration)?

A: Yes, multiple entries are allowed; however, students are responsible for representing their projects. Thus, having multiple entries if the projects do not involve teams would be difficult, and is discouraged. If teams coordinate representing their different projects throughout the event, multiple submissions are encouraged. Projects can also be submitted for multiple tracks, but the team must remain with their project throughout the entire track, and there is overlap between tracks, which would require coordination between team members to adequately cover responsibilities for presenting in each track.


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