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What is it? The Graduate Student Showcase is a one-day conference for you to present your research, work and talents, to connect with other graduate students and faculty at Boise State, and to learn about other disciplines and gain conference experience.

noun_793713_ccropWhen is it? Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9am-2pm. (Session I: 9-11am; Session II: 12-2pm). Jordan Ballroom, Student Union Building. 


How can I participate? All are welcome to attend the Graduate Student Showcase! Faculty may participate as judges. The event is free and open to the public.

2018 Graduate Student Showcase Winners


What is the Graduate Student Showcase?

The Graduate Student Showcase is a one day graduate conference at Boise State University that provides an opportunity for you as a graduate student to showcase your talents, connect with other graduate students, and enjoy the possibility of winning a cash award.

Am I eligible to participate?

If you are a graduate student at Boise State, you are eligible to participate! We encourage submissions that encompass all academic areas.

What does a poster or visual/performing arts proposal submission look like?

A project submission should include the author’s name, contact information, graduate degree program, submission title, and abstract. Abstract: An abstract is a brief summary (limit 100 words) of your project that will be printed in the Graduate Student Showcase program.

I am in a fully online graduate program. Can I still participate?

We encourage graduate students in fully online programs to participate in the Graduate Student Showcase. To participate remotely, you will be required to provide a printed poster to be displayed during the Showcase. Your program will assist you with the printing of the posters. A time-slot will be assigned to you during one of the two sessions, in which you will answer judge and audience questions via a remote conferencing service. If you have access to campus, you are encouraged to present your work on campus. Online participants should still submit the proposal that is appropriate for their work. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Lowe at 

What does a scholarly poster look like?

First time making a poster? Need help getting started on a poster? Need a refresher course? No problem! The NYU Library website provides information about how to make and present a poster, including templates and design recommendations.
Here’s some other important information specifically about making posters for the Graduate Student Showcase: (1) Although the above link discusses research posters, the Graduate Student Showcase will incorporate posters that cover a variety of topics (e.g., theory, project proposals) and areas of expertise. Any student in any area of study can submit to present a poster! (2) What needs to be included on the poster? We ask that you include Purpose, Procedure/Description, Results/Outcome, and Implications/Future Directions to the best of your ability.

What are the dimensions for the posters?

Posters should should be 48″ x 36 in size.

How are prizes awarded?

The Graduate College will be awarding financial prizes presented by academic programs, units and divisions across campus. Judging will be provided by faculty from across campus, and judges will be randomly assigned to student submissions. For feedback on your project, we encourage you to meet with your advisor, committee members, and/or other faculty members in your program.

Will there be electric outlets for my work?

Electrical outlets will be available as needed for the performing arts.

What materials are provided for my work?

The materials vary based on the type of submission.

For posters for research, scholarship, and entrepreneurship submissions, there will be space to hang your research poster. Handouts, or additional information that you want to provide, are optional.

For the Visual Arts, lighting and a wall or space for displaying your work will be provided in the SUB Gallery. For Performance Arts, a podium/stage will be provided, as will a predetermined performance time. When you submit your abstract/contact information and indicate that you will be presenting a Visual or Performance Art piece, the Graduate College will contact you with additional information. Please arrange to bring any other materials on your own. Please contact us with any concerns:

Is there a limit to how many submissions I can enter?

Yes, we ask that you submit one entry per person.

What if I have class during the times of the Graduate Student Showcase?

The expectation is that you will be at the Graduate Student Showcase for the duration of your time slot. We encourage you to contact your professor and let them know that you are participating in this campus-wide graduate student conference. You will need to discuss this directly with your professor in order to determine what is feasible.

Who can I direct questions to?

Please direct questions to Dr. Scott Lowe at

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