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 is an important professional development opportunity for students and is commonly used to satisfy course and capstone requirements.

The 2024 Showcase will run from April 15-19, 2024 (the last week of classes).

Note to Poster Presenters

Poster presenters: Please bring your printed poster to the Showcase (no need to send an electronic file). Check with your project advisor about printing options in your department. If your department doesn't offer printing, try UC Printing Services or a store like Staples or FedEx Office. If you're concerned about the cost of printing, you may apply for an undergraduate research fellowship to reimburse you for the expense.

Schedule for In-Person Presentations

Schedule for Poster and Podium Presentations on Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Time Activity Location
8 a.m. Check-in opens Great Hall Lobby
9-10 a.m. Podium Presentations, Morning Session Rooms 415, 417, 419
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Poster Presentations, Morning Session Great Hall and Atrium
12-1 p.m. Break  
1-2 p.m. Podium Presentations, Afternoon Session Rooms 415, 417, 419
2-4 p.m. Poster Presentations, Afternoon Session Great Hall and Atrium

Ways to Participate

Faculty, staff students participated in the Podium Presentations /Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase and Poster Session at Tangeman University Center (TUC) Friday April 22, 2022. Photos by Joseph Fuqua II

Poster session in Tangeman University Center Atrium. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II

Presenter registration is now closed (the last day to register was March 18).

Now, get ready to present!

Reviewers provide the constructive feedback that students crave. We aim for each presentation to receive at least two professional reviews and one peer review.

  • Faculty, staff, administrators, graduate students, employer partners and community partners make great professional reviewers.
  • Undergraduate students make great peer reviewers.
  • Subject matter expertise is not necessary.
  • Lunch and parking is provided to in-person reviewers.
  • View our Reviewer Training Video
  • Sign up to be a Reviewer

Presentation Formats

This event emphasizes cross-disciplinary research communication. Presentations should be oriented to people outside your field. Presenters may choose from the following presentation options.


Presenters record a five-minute video and upload the video with accurate captions to YouTube. We display the videos on the Showcase website for formal and informal review from Monday, April 15, through Friday, April 19. Training is recommended. Great option for large groups. See past video presentations.

Modelled after the Three-Minute Thesis competition for graduate students, presenters have just three minutes to convey the purpose, process and outcome of their capstone project using just one slide and outstanding storytelling. One coaching session is required; additional coaching sessions are available. Individual presenters only. The Capstone Competition will take place in two sessions (11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m.) on Thursday, April 18, on Zoom. See examples of prior Capstone Competition presentations.

In Person

two people study a research poster

A student presents her research poster to a reviewer. Photo/Joe Fuqua II

Using slide software, students create a poster (minimum size 12” x 18”, maximum 36" x 48"), have it printed, and bring the printed poster to their assigned poster session. Up to three students may present the same poster in the same session. Groups larger than three students should split into two groups when registering. Poster presentations will take place in two sessions (10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.) on Tuesday, April 16, in Tangeman University Center.

a young person presents at a podium while others look on

Students take turns presenting before taking questions from the audience. Photo/Joe Fuqua II

Students create an eight-minute presentation using slide software and/or other visual aids at their discretion - a great option for those who wish to integrate singing, readings or other forms of creative expression. After presenting, students become part of a panel that fields questions from the audience. Individual presenters only. Podium-panel presentations will take place in two sessions (9 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.) on Tuesday, April 16, in Tangeman University Center.

Students who wish to present in more than one format should register each presentation separately.

Preparing for the Showcase

Live Sessions

Attend this informal meeting to learn more about options for presenting and publishing and how to frame your presentation for a multidisciplinary audience.

Bring your presentation as a work in progress, no matter what stage it is in. Presentation coaches will give supportive feedback and guidance to help you make it great.


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

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

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.


Showcase Director

Headshot of MK Lamkin, PhD

MK Lamkin, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor

(513) 556-3256