Below are two lists of frequently asked questions from students and faculty about the Student Academic Showcase. If your question is not addressed below, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When are the abstracts due?
Abstracts must be submitted by March 23, 2023.
How do I know if I submitted an abstract?
If you submitted an abstract through the student submission form above, you will have received an email from "Administrators of 2023 Student Academic Showcase" with an assigned number (e.g. MS #1027). Be sure to check your junk email folder. Without this confirmation, there was no submission.
Do I have to be nominated by a faculty member in order to participate?
No, a faculty nomination is not required for students to be able to submit an abstract. Faculty can nominate student project(s) that the committee will email to encourage them to submit an abstract.
However, student(s) need to have a faculty sponsor facilitating your project. This person will be listed on your abstract and should be consulted throughout your presentation development. Your sponsor can be the faculty member whose class you produced the project in or someone who you have consulted with during the project.
Can I submit more than one project?
Students may only submit one individual project AND one group project. If, for example, you have two great individual projects, you will need to decide before you apply which individual project you would like to submit.
Does each member of a group need to submit an application?
No. Just submit one application for the group but include the requested information for every member.
How do I know which presentation format I should select?
Consider which format would allow you to communicate both the process and product of your work most effectively.
Poster: Your project information will be presented in a poster format. During the poster judging session, you will also be required to provide a summary of your project and answer any questions attendees might have.
Presentation: Participants will have approximately 20 minutes to present their work. In the past, participants have read their academic papers or pieces of creative writing, presented their projects using PowerPoint or Prezi, shown original films, and performed their dramatic or musical compositions.
Artwork, designs, or other artifacts may be displayed alongside posters or during presentations as long as any necessary display equipment is requested on the submission form.
How long will my presentation be?
Oral Presentations will be given 20 minutes. It is recommended that you create 15 minutes of content and leave 5 minutes of questions for your presentation.
Poster Presentations will be displayed for a set amount of time that has yet to be determined for the event.
Can I submit a project that does not match my major or Academic College?
Yes. If your project fits better under a discipline that is different from your Academic College (e.g., artwork submitted by an Education student or a business plan submitted by a group of students from various Academic Colleges) please indicate on the submission form under "Judging Category" the college or department in which you feel your project fits best.
How do I know my academic college?
There are four academic colleges at Lindenwood University. Please view our list of academic colleges to see which your department is housed in.
Does my project have to be one that I completed at Lindenwood?
Yes, students can only submit projects that were conducted or created during their time as a student at Lindenwood. These projects can be completed on campus (e.g., for a class or club) or off campus (e.g., a community art center). However, projects that were completed for another academic institution are not permitted, even if students were enrolled at Lindenwood at the time of creation.
When should I start working on my presentation?
There is no time like the present! We will host an informational "how to" presentation for creating posters and oral presentations in mid-late March. The more practice you have with a prepared presentation, the better your experience will be. Posters are due by March 29 at 5 p.m. and oral presentations should be prepared for the day of April 13.
Do I need to submit my paper, artwork, creative writing etc. ahead of time?
No. You only need to submit your abstract in advance as part of your application to participate. Your abstract should be written in such a way that the reviewers can understand why your project was done, how it was conducted, and its general importance. See the Student Information page for sample abstracts and information on how to craft an effective abstract. You will bring any items needed for your presentation with you the day of the event.
When is my poster due for printing?
Posters should be created and uploaded in your student submission form (where you submitted your abstract) by March 29, 2023 at 5 p.m. For more information check out our guidelines.
Does my research project need Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for presentation?
If your research does not collect data (i.e. an art analysis, historical records) or does not involved human subjects (i.e. data collected on chemical compounds or earth materials), it does not need IRB approval. View more details defining Human Subjects Research.
For research involving human subjects, some Classroom Research Projects have been exempted from IRB review if they meet certain specifications.
Traditionally, the IRB does not allow students to present any research conducted under the Classroom Research Policy via publication or conference presentation. The purpose of this parameter is that the regulations define activities requiring IRB review as systematic and generalizable. Generalizability is hard to define, but generally understood as the presentation of findings in a public venue in such a way that the research results are intended to influence the behavior or practice of stakeholders. Given that this Showcase is simply designed to share something students have done, if it has been approved under the classroom research policy students may share their work.
Do I need to show up in person to my poster or presentation?
The expectation is that traditional St. Charles campus student presenters will attend in-person for their presentation time at the LARC during the afternoon of April 13, 2023. For nontraditional or online students, livestreaming may be an option for an oral presentation, since they will also be livestreamed for attendees. Please contact the committee at email@example.com if you plan to have a livestream presentation and we will try to accommodate you.
What time zones are the presentations?
All time zones mentioned are US: Central.
Can faculty members present with their students?
Projects that included faculty on the research or development team may be submitted, provided that students completed the majority of the work. Faculty members do not participate in Student Academic Showcase presentations, but all contributors should be given recognition in the presentation and/or poster.
Also, new this year, there is a planned Faculty Showcase directly following the Student Academic Showcase in the LARC. More details will be forthcoming.
Is a faculty nomination required for students to apply?
No, a faculty nomination is not required for students to be able to submit an abstract. A nomination allows us to get into contact with students who have exemplary work to encourage their participation.
Why should I nominate student projects?
In the past, nominated students have comprised a large percentage of the participant pool. Students have also stated that, until they were nominated, they did not realize their project was acceptable for presentation at an event like this. A nomination allows us to contact students with exemplary projects to encourage their participation.
Can I nominate more than one project?
Yes! Please nominate as many exemplary and original projects as you wish. Complete a separate form for each project that is nominated.