Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase

The Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase is an annual event where students from across the university communicate original research and scholarly work in the form of virtual and in-person presentations. The Showcase provides an important professional development opportunity for students and is commonly used to satisfy course and capstone requirements.

Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase

Video Presentations
April 17-23, 2023
Check back for links to student-created videos.

In-Person Presentations
April 20, 2023
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tangeman University Center (TUC), University of Cincinnati Uptown West Campus

Presenter Registration

Click here to register as a presenter.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The registration form requires your project title and abstract as well as the names and email addresses of co-presenters (if any) and your project advisor. We encourage you to nominate your project advisor for an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentorship award on the registration form.

Reviewer Registration

Click here to register as a reviewer.

Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2023

Presentation reviewers are essential for a satisfying student experience. Help ensure all presenters receive constructive feedback by formally reviewing three or more virtual or in-person presentations. Professional reviewers can be faculty, staff, graduate students or employer/community partners, and undergraduate students can serve as peer reviewers. Training is provided. Click here to watch a short reviewer training video.

Presentation Options

No matter the format, all presentations should be oriented for a multidisciplinary audience, should cite scholarly sources, and should convey: 

  • the big-picture purpose of your project
  • your specific question or goal
  • the process used to answer your question or achieve your goal
  • the new knowledge, understanding of human experience, or creative/technical innovation that emerged through your efforts
  • the impact of your work on the big-picture purpose

Works in progress are encouraged. 

With permission from their project advisors, presenters may submit abstracts, posters, slide decks , essays, pre-recorded presentations, or other artifacts of their work for publication in the Showcase Proceedings, an online open-source publication of UC Press. 

To ensure the health and safety of attendees at in-person events, we will offer masks and hand sanitizing stations. 

Five-Minute Pre-Recorded Video

Must be submitted by midnight on Monday, April 10, 2023

Create a five-minute presentation using the software of your choice and outstanding storytelling. Great option for single presenters and groups of all sizes. Record your presentation, save it as an mp4 file, and upload it to YouTube. Edit the captions to ensure grammatically correct readability and email the link to UGResearch@uc.edu. We post the videos on the Showcase website with the presenter name(s), major(s), presentation title, and abstract for professional and peer review. Evaluation period is Monday, April 17 through Sunday, April 23. Certificate awards will be given for high-scoring presentations. Training is optional. 

Capstone Competition

Live online Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in two sessions, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Describe your Capstone project in just three minutes using just one image-only slide (no text) and outstanding storytelling. Individual presenters only. A panel of judges selects first, second and third place presenters in each session with $300, $200 and $100 awards provided. Training is required. Read more about the Capstone Competition here.

Poster Presentation

Tangeman University Center on Thursday, April 20, 2023 in two sessions: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Create a poster that conveys the purpose, process, and outcome of your project with aesthetic appeal. Up to three presenters per poster. Build the poster using slide software, have it printed, and bring the printed copy with you to your poster session. Arrive 20-30 minutes early to ensure time to check in and hang your poster at your assigned location before the session begins. Be prepared to provide a five-minute overview of your project to reviewers and others who stop by to learn more about your work. Certificate awards provided for high-scoring presentations. Training is optional. 

The most common poster size is 3’ wide x 4’ tall (portrait orientation) or 4’ wide x 3’ tall (landscape orientation). Smaller posters work well too (e.g., 2’ wide x 3’ tall). Larger sizes are not recommended.  

Podium Presentation

Tangeman University Center on Thursday, April 20, 2023 in two sessions: 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Create an eight-minute podium presentation using slide software and/or other visual displays at your discretion. Individual presenters only. Singing, readings and other forms of creative expression are encouraged (not required). Presentations are timed with two minutes allotted for questions. Certificate awards provided for high-scoring presentations. Training is optional. 

Preparing for the Showcase

Click here to register for an orientation session. Learn more about the presentation formats and publishing options, how to write effective titles and abstracts, and how to frame your presentation for a multidisciplinary audience.

  • Virtual
  • Sessions run 12-1 p.m.
  • Offered on Mondays from February 13 through April 10, 2023
  • Recorded session provided on request

Click here to register for a small group coaching session. Bring your presentation as a work in progress, no matter what stage it is in. Showcase director Dr. Lamkin will give supportive feedback and guidance to help you make it great.

  • Virtual
  • Sessions run from 12:30-2 p.m. (you'll be assigned a 30-minute time slot)
  • Offered on Fridays from February 24 through April 14, 2023

Plus, watch our Showcase video series below.


What to Expect

Watch this video to get a sense of what to expect at the University of Cincinnati's Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase.

What Qualifies as "Scholarly"?

This video describes what is meant by "scholarly" and is relevant for students planning to participate in the virtual Showcase.

Preparing Your Presentation

Watch this video for insight on how to use storytelling techniques to turn your “report of scholarly process” into a compelling poster, podium, or Capstone Competition presentation.