The Honors College Academic Showcase

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The Honors College Academic Showcase highlights the work of seniors completing Capstones, as well as student projects developed in Cross-Cultural Competency, +Honors Contract courses, and the "One Quick Thing I Learned" coaching program. Students may present their work in a multiplicity of formats: TED-style talks, lightning pitches, research posters, media-documented performances, model displays, and academic panels.

Join us to celebrate Curiosity, Knowledge, and Purpose!

Academic Showcase | Spring 2024

This event will take place on Friday, April 19, 2024.
For details, please see The Honors College Academic Showcase event page

Register to Present

All Honors College students completing Academic projects are invited to register to present their work in the Honors College Academic Showcase. 

Students can rank their preferred presentation format and time.

Registration is closed

Presentation Formats

The Academic Showcase presentations will adopt various formats. Please review the following options before registering for the Showcase.

RED Talks

Length: 8-10 minutes per talk

Location: Seminar Rooms

Style: Presenters will have 10 minutes to discuss their project. Slides can be utilized. Sessions will follow the world-famous TED format: no reading of papers, but an emphasis on strong ideas and direct engagement with the audience. If you don’t know this format, check out Notice that the talks are precisely timed and rehearsed. Many presenters use slides or visuals, and all stand or walk around. They do not read notes from behind a podium.

Research Poster

Length: 45 minutes, student standing next to the poster 

Location: South Wing, Druskin Family Lounge

Style: Standard symposium style. Presenters will stand with their easel-mounted poster for the session and connect with the audience to explain their projects. Students may present a traditional poster (3' X 4'), which will be designed according to a standard template. 

Note: If you are selected to present in this format, we will contact you regarding specific details. NOTE: Please review the Research Poster Requirements and Guidelines.

Lightning Pitch / One Quick Thing I Learned

Length: 5 minutes

Location: Seminar Rooms

Style: Ideal for + Honors Contract presentations and Graduate Studies presentations. Quick, three- to five-minute pitches explaining the key elements of a project or the advanced concepts learned through graduate study. "Take the stage" in a rehearsed, concise presentation with slides, and describe the project or sequence of studies, explain its purpose, and detail its impact.

Academic Panel

Length: 12-15 minutes

Location: Seminar Rooms

Style: This format is for more traditional scholarly capstones, such as research theses and Interdisciplinary Honors Theses—classic panels with twelve to fifteen-minute papers and a chair/commentator. Students will be introduced by the chairperson, and present their work, by reading parts of their research paper and/ or referring to slides. Time will be allotted for questions to the members of the panel.

Artwork/Model Display

Length: 45 minutes, a student can be with model 

Location: South Wing, Druskin Lounge

Style: Projects that require display, such as models, artwork, mock-ups, or prototypes will be given set-up space on tables. This format is especially conducive to engineering, design, or fine arts projects that are best experienced as three-dimensional works. Students will be near their work to provide commentary, explaining the nature of the project, its development, and intended purpose. 

Media-documented Performance

Length: In video loops, student can be near the monitor

Location: South Wing, Druskin Family Lounge, and East Wing (arts or performance Capstones only)

Style: Looped images or video of Capstones that involve performances in time and space. This format especially supports dance, theatrical, or other enacted forms of scholarly and artistic expression. Students will be near the monitor to provide commentary.

Cross-Cultural Community Discussions

Length: 15 mins.

Location: Academic Building or HC Seminar Rooms

Style: Student groups will be joined together, in specific topic-oriented groups, to discuss the need for their idea as well as the challenges that confront individuals seeking to make a difference through social and community action.  


Academic Project Abstract

Any student planning to present at the Honors College Academic Showcase must submit a presentation title and abstract via the registration form above. Students presenting as a group should submit a single title and abstract. These will be used to help establish groupings and room assignments.

Please view the Writing Abstracts page for help in writing a strong abstract. 

Academic Showcase Preparation

For poster requirements and guidelines as well as project abstract writing, please refer to the Academic Showcase Resources page.


Registration is closed



If you have any questions related to the Academic Showcase, please contact Dean Bowers, Dean of the Honors College.