BCOE Student Scholars Expo
Description & Dates:
The BCOE Student Scholars Expo is an event to showcase undergraduate and graduate students’ scholarship conducted at KSU during the past academic year. It constitutes a college-level version of KSU’s Symposium of Student Scholars. The Fall 2021 inaugural edition of the BCOE Student Scholars Expo will be held on November 12, 2021. The event will be hybrid, and students/faculty will have the option of presenting face-to-face in the BCOE Building or online using Microsoft Teams.
Call for Abstracts:
Proposals can be submitted as:
- 10-minute face-2-face or virtual oral presentation
- 5-minute pre-recorded presentation (e.g., video, PowerPoint slides with recorded narration)
- Abstracts will be accepted until Monday, November 1st 2021 at noon.
Please complete the form below to submit your abstract:
The following prizes will be awarded:
- Top 10-minute undergraduate presentation ($200 prize-Amazon/Bookstore gift card)
- Top 5-minute undergraduate presentation ($125 prize-Amazon/Bookstore gift card)
- First runner-up, 10-minute undergraduate presentation ($100 prize-Amazon/Bookstore gift card)
- First runner-up, 5-minute undergraduate presentation ($75 prize-Amazon/Bookstore gift card)
- Top 10-minute graduate presentation($225 prize-Amazon/Bookstore gift card)
- Top 5-minute graduate presentation($175 prize-Amazon/Bookstore gift card)
- First runner-up, 10-minute graduate presentation($125 prize-Amazon/Bookstore gift card)
- First runner-up, 5-minute graduate presentation($100 prize-Amazon/Bookstore gift card)
- Presentations will be judged based on a rubric that will be shared with particiapants before the event
- Judges will be faculty volunteers. We encourage students’ faculty sponsors to participate as judges
- A minimum of 10 judges will be needed for the event
- Please fill out the form below if you are interested in serving as a judge:
Tentative Schedule Friday November 12, 2021
- 9.00-10.00: Virtual Presentation Session 1 (Teams)
- 10.00-11.00: Face-to-Face Presentation Session 1 (Rooms BEB 403 & 400)
- 11.00-12.00: Face-to-Face Presentation Session 2 (Rooms BEB 403 & 400)
- 11.00-12.00: Face-to-Face Presentation Session 3 (Rooms BEB 403 & 400)
- 12.00-1.00: Virtual Presentation Session 2(Teams)
- 1.00-2.00: Virtual Presentation Session 3 (Teams)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a pre-recorded presentation?
Students are invited to submit a link to a 5-minute prerecorded presentations during the submission process. Video recordings must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Submissions must be in the form of a video file (.mp4, .mov, .wmv, etc.)
- Submissions must be no more than 5 minutes in length.
- Submissions should reflect the guidelines within your discipline. (Ex. A slideshow with a voice over, a video of you discussing your research, or if the piece is performance based, a video of said performance.)
- Third-party images or music must be appropriately referenced. Music and images may be pulled from public domain websites, but they, too, must be cited.
- Best practices for citing unusual materials are providing the item’s title, creator, source, and any licensing information, such as a CC-BY or Public Domain license.
- Each submission should include a brief introduction about the presenter(s), including their name(s), class(es), and major(s).
My research was halted or delayed due to the coronavirus. Should I still present at the BCOE Student Scholars Expo?
We hope you do! We understand that you might not have a completed study, but you probably have preliminary information that you can present. This year, everyone will understand that there were challenges, and they will not give you a hard time for not having completed your project.
I am choosing the virtual option for presenting and have never presented at a virtual conference before. How can I familiarize myself with the technology and make sure that everything goes according to plan?
We will be using Microsoft Teams for presenters who choose the virtual option. Teams will allow multiple people to virtually attend a session. Presenters can share their screen to show a presentation (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote) or other visuals. Attendees can ask questions virtually or by using a chat box within the session. More specific details on how to use Teams for the BCOE Student Scholars Expo will be sent to each participant.
How do I find when I'm presenting and the link to do my virtual presentation?
A detailed schedule will be shared with participants a week before the event. The schedule will include links to the different sessions.
Is there a different Microsoft Teams link for presenters versus attendees?
No. Everyone uses the same link to join the session.
How does a presentation work for a virtual conference?
You will be given a 10-minute slot for your presentation (10 for the presentation + 5 for questions). We recommend that you do the following for your presentation:
- Enter your assigned "room" at least 5 minutes before the session starts. However, It would be ideal if you could attend the 1-hour session in full.
- Share your screen and show an opening slide so attendees know they've entered the correct "room."
- If you are using presentation software like PowerPoint, Prezi, OneNote, or Genial.ly: Start your presentation at the assigned time, and go into "presenter" mode to make your slides easier to read for the audience. Be sure to leave plenty of time for questions at the end.
- If you are not using presentation software: We strongly encourage you to turn on your video so attendees have something to look at. More specific details about how to turn on the video feature can be found here.
- When you're finished giving your presentation, ask the audience if they have any questions. Be sure to check the chat box to see if anyone wrote any questions.
Do I need to submit my PowerPoint to the organizers of the BCOE Students Scholars Expo?
Not at this time. You will show it during your presentation, and if you'd like, you can attach your presentation to the "Chat" in Microsoft Teams if you would like your audience to have access to it.
Can family and friends come to the BCOE Student Scholars Expo, virtually?
Yes! Everyone, regardless of whether they attend KSU or not, can join in the Teams sessions. Here are the instructions on how to join virtual sessions:
- Download the MS Teams app if you haven't already: https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/download-app
- Look through the program to find the sessions you're interested in attending.
- At the assigned time or a few minutes before, click on the code to join the session -- a hyperlink called "Join now."
- Please mute your microphone to avoid disrupting the speaker.
I haven't done any research during the past year, but I'd like to come to the BCOE Student Scholars Expo just to get a better understanding of what research is. Is this allowed?
Definitely! All students, faculty, administrators, staff, and community members are welcome to attend, regardless of whether they have research to present. Attending the Symposium of Student Scholars is an excellent way to see the research opportunities available at Kennesaw State University.