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Dillard University 2012 Guidelines Undergraduate Research & Creative Work

  1. 1. 2012 Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Competition Thursday, April 5, 2012 PSB Lobby Set Up Time: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. GUIDELINES & PRESENTATION FORMATEligibilityDillard students in all disciplines, who engage in research and creative endeavors under facultysupervision, are eligible to participate in the 2012 Research and Creative Work Competition.Students must be directly and substantively involved in the various aspects of the research orcreative activity, especially in the conception and execution of the project. At least one facultymentor must be directly involved in supervision or the project. Students will display and explainthe results of their work and compete for monetary awards in three categories: Qualitative,Quantitative, or Creative Work. Categories may be modified if there are less than five entries inany category.How to EnterStudents may enter this year’s competition by submitting an entry form and a 100-word abstractdescribing their project to lstrong@dillard.edu, using “Poster 2012” in the subject line. Theentry deadline is Thursday, March 29, 2012. Entries received after this date will not beincluded in the printed program. A schedule of activities and set-up information will be emailedto all entrants.Posters Sessions: What are they?All participants in the 2012 Research and Creative Work Competition are expected to mount thepresentation of their work on a poster. Presenters will use standard size poster boards or printedposters to describe their work using a combination of graphics and text. Student presenters areexpected to be available between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. time to interact on a one-on-one basiswith judges evaluating the project and with attendees viewing the posters. A well planned postercommunicates its message in a visually and textually powerful way, allowing the viewer to graspthe information quickly.AbstractsApplications must include an abstract of 100-words, typed in Times New Roman, 12 pt., fully edited andcamera-ready. All or a portion of the abstracts submitted with the entry forms will be published inthe 2012 Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Program booklet. Decisions concerningthe
  2. 2. 2012 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORKS COMPETITION – GUIDELINES Page 2final versions of abstracts will reside with the faculty mentor. Failure to submit a completeapplication will result in “Abstract not available” appearing in the program next to thecontestant’s name. Categories may be modified based on submission of abstracts. All entriesmust be displayed and explained in posters describing the results of the work.Set UpExhibitors are responsible for delivering and setting up their work to the designated area of thePSB at the specified time on the day of the competition (7:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 5th), andfor removing their work at the specified time on the day of the event. The University will notbe responsible for work delivered early or left behind, and assumes no responsibility forlost, misdirected, or stolen entries.Special Equipment NeedsElectrical outlets will be available on the day of the competition. Participants are expected toprovide any special equipment needed to present their projects (laptops, projectors, extensioncords).JudgingEach entry will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Judges will be distinguished members of theDillard University community and local area institutions. The number of judges may varydepending upon the quantity of submissions received.Judges will utilize standard scholarly criteria including project development and purpose of theresearch or creative work, analysis of the dataset, supporting arguments for the position providedby the student researchers, and links to the conclusions. The abstract will also be included intheir review. The decisions of the judges are final.Awards & Prizes • First, second and third place awards will be presented to the first, a second and a thirdplace winners in each of three categories: Qualitative, Quantitative and Creative Work • Categories may be modified if there are less then five entries in any category. • Winning projects submitted by two or more undergraduate researchers will receive a single monetary award.Winners will be announced at the Award Reception on the afternoon of the competition anddisseminated widely throughout the University community. Undergraduate Research Office * Dillard University * PSB 250 * New Orleans, LA 70122 Tel: 504-816-4446 * lstrong@dillard.edu
  3. 3. 2012 Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Competition Thursday, April 5, 2012 PSB Lobby PRESENTATION FORMATEach student entry will be assigned an alpha numeric number and a corresponding panel numberwhich can be placed on the upper right-hand corner of the poster.Poster Specifications • Posters are to be limited to 3’ high by 4’ wide. • Posters should be easily read from a distance of 3-5 feet, • Headings should include: Title, abstract title, names of all students involved in the project, faculty mentor(s), and departmental/division, and other affiliations(s) if necessary. • Posters must be organized with appropriate headings to produce a logical flow of information. Students in the arts are expected to discuss their project in written statements, using appropriate photos, renderings, models, art work that explain conception or themes, and medium used, process(es) employed in their respective creative activity project. Electronic showing of creative work will have a five-minute time limit, • Visual materials such as tables, charts, graphs, photographs, etc. are encouraged, • Participants are also encouraged to bring handouts of their poster presentations, and to provide information on who attendees might contact for additional information.Tips for Organizing Your Poster • Place the title at the top center of the poster, • Avoid hand drawn materials, • Keep the poster simple, • Avoid using jargon, acronyms, or unusual abbreviations, • Make sure the poster has a logical flow, • Space your information proportionally, • Use color, graphics, charts, and photos, • Two to three related background colors will unify the poster, • Use a light background with darker photos; a dark background with lighter photos, • Key points should be in large type, • Do not try to tell the entire story on the poster. Save some key points for the one-on-one discussions with the judges. Please plan to stand by your poster for the entire length of the judging session.
  4. 4. 2012 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORK COMPETITION – PRESENTTION FORMATPage 2Creative Work ProjectsEvery effort is being made in this event to recognize the myriad of art forms through which thearts are communicated. Participants are expected to present the work which best illustrates thecreative path/personal research they are following.Projects classified as “creative” may emphasize in-depth performing and fine artistic research,creativity, and personal inquiry in such areas as music, painting, drawing, printmaking, graphics,photography, sculpture, ceramics, dance, or performance. Projects combining one or moreartistic medium or interdisciplinary projects between fine arts and another discipline are alsoincluded in this genre.Presentation Specifications for Creative WorkPosters for creative projects must contain the following: • a description of the student’s personal research in areas of technique and concept, • how the presenter contributed to the creation of his/her work, • a brief discussion of work entered in terms of how it evolved within the student’s particular line of inquiry, and • how the work shows the artistic process or communicates concepts.Pointers for All Faculty and Students 1. Research and creative work, for the purposes of this competition, mean any form of scholarship appropriate to the participant’s discipline. “Undergraduate Research and Creative Work” is scholarship that is not truly independent, but embodies a partnership between the student and the faculty member who serves in the role of mentor/advisor to the student. 3. As scholarship involves expenditure of time and resources, the faculty mentor is central to the enterprise. As a mentor of an undergraduate student engaged in research and creative activity, the faculty member provides a sounding board for the development of the problem, advice on design and methodology to address the problem, encouragement, and suggestions about interpretation. All of this counsel is provided in such a way as to encourage the student to make decisions. If the project is not student-driven, it is less likely to be completed. The primary goal is for students to experience success. 4. The role of the faculty mentor during the competition will be to offer guidance, suggestions when appropriate, and encouragement at all times. 5. Research and creativity involving partnerships with individuals, businesses, institutions or organizations in the greater New Orleans and beyond are highly desirable. These entities should be acknowledged in presenting the research deliverable or creative work. 6. As mentioned above, as part of the judging process at the competition students must be able to articulate their role and to defend the concept and pursuit of the project. 7. Students should be attentive to the presentation of the work. Good work presented well will be important. 8. Questions? Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at lstrong@dillard.edu or 504-816-4446. Undergraduate Research Office * Dillard University * PSB 250 * New Orleans, LA 70122 Tel: 504-816-4446 * lstrong@dillard.edu