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Graduate Student Poster Contest Offers New Opportunity to Community Research
From: University of Cincinnati Currents
Date: February 25, 2000
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones

UC graduate students who will be pursuing academic careers after commencement will be entering a field in which they will be presenting research to peers on a regular basis. To give them a little extra practice in those presentation skills before they graduate, UC is inviting them to compete in a research/scholarship contest.

The first Graduate Research/Scholarship Forum will allow master's and doctoral students to compete in a poster session scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the President's Dining Room in Tangeman University Center. Posters are just what they sound like -- visual displays sharing the results of research and scholarship.

Sponsors for the event are the Division of Research and Advanced Studies and the Graduate Student Governance Association. Scientists, artists and creative scholars are all eligible to enter the competition, according to Judith Trent, associate vice president for Research and Advanced Studies. Cash prizes, ranging from $400 for first place to $100 for fourth place, will be awarded to those deemed the best by a team of judges. Plus, a cash prize will be given to the department with the greatest number of students participating, Trent said.

"This is really about the encouragement of research and scholarship," Trent said. The morning's session will also feature an 11 a.m. presentation by Orlando Taylor, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Howard University and a professor of communication.

Dean Taylor created Howard University's Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program in collaboration with the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

To compete, graduate students must submit an abstract of their research by Friday, March 3, to Darlene Devera, chair of the abstract committee, by email to Abstracts must be attached as a Word document or in rich text format (RTF). Each contestant will be given table space of 4-by-4 feet. Free posterboard for contestants will be available after March 6 in the bookstore at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

More details about the abstract guidelines are available by clicking on Graduate Research/Scholarship Forum 2000 on the web at

For more information by phone, call Candace McCool at 556-2379.