BYU Grad Expo
On march 27th, the Graduate Student Society will kick off the first "Graduate Expo" here at BYU; we want to give all BYU graduate students an opportunity to showcase the amazing research that they work so hard on. This event is a venue for grad students to display research/presentations to everyone at BYU!
Who? Everyone is invited!
What? This event is a venue for grad students to display research/presentations to everyone. This is a contest for graduate students with cash prizes and the audience votes to decide who wins!
When? March 27, 2013 (Wednesday) from 10AM-2PM
Where? WSC Garden Court.
Why? Share and learn about the outstanding graduate work done at BYU!
Simply come and walk around! You will learn about the great graduate work done at BYU, and get to vote for your favorite presentation. Just for showing up you get:
FREE MAPLE DONUT (Probably first 1,500 people)
Vote & get a FREE GIANT CANDY BAR (probably first 1,000 people)
We have a MAX of 51 booths for presenters—this means that IF we fill up you have a 1 in 5 chance of winning any of the following prizes:
1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250
4th-10th Place: $50
EVERY presenter gets a free lunch and a $10 gift card not to mention the opportunity to present to hundreds of people! Winners will be decided by audience vote the day of the event.
INSTRUCTIONS: If you are interested, you MUST follow the instructions below:
- Contact your department graduate secretary. Find out if they already have a representative.
- The department is to send one representative each. (We do not determine how departments choose—if you are the only applicant and they decide to send you, great! The department can decide any way they want!)
- Departments MUST email their representative’s NAME & EMAIL ASAP to email@example.com.
- If selected, you need to email us, at firstname.lastname@example.org, the title and a short description of your presentation.
More details about the event for presenters:
- Description: The event is a poster session, but we are encouraging the use of videos, demonstrations, and interactive activities.
- Supplies: Each student selected by his/her department will have one booth with a table. You are responsible for other supplies.
- Awards: The Top 10 presenters will receive cash prize based on audience vote. The audience will include both undergraduate and graduate student, so demonstrations and videos will improve your odds.
First off, you don't have to be grad students to be a volunteer.
We need volunteers in 2-hour shifts, either 10-12 or 12-2. We want about 60 volunteers--30 per 2-hour shift, and are still looking for a few more.
To volunteer, email us at email@example.com ASAP. Please give us your shirt size & which shift you want (must be able to do a shift for shirt/lunch)
For volunteering you receive:
- Free grad expo shirt
- Free lunch (probably box lunches with drink)
- Maple donuts/candy bars/popcorn
- Amazing volunteer opportunity--it will be fun! :)
Most volunteers will be handing out donuts/popcorn/candy bars—simple, easy, plus it will make a lot of people happy.
What is the Grad Expo?
The Grad Expo is different than the Grad Fair. It is an opportunity for one student from each department to showcase their own best research.
Where and when is the Grad Expo?
The Grad Expo will be on Wednesday, March 27th from 10-2 in the Garden Court (WSC). If you can't be there for the whole duration, feel free to invite one of your colleagues to come fill in for you.
How should I present?
The Grad Expo is a poster-presentation style forum. We will provide a booth and a table for each presenter. It is your responsibility to create your own poster and presentation materials. There are no limits or guidelines for poster dimensions, except that it has to fit in your booth. The more creative you are, the more memorable your research will be to the attendees. If you choose to bring a computer to supplement your presentation and require an outlet, please let us know.
Who is my audience?
Our job is to make sure you have plenty of people to interact with. You will be presenting to undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and anyone who happens to be passing through the WSC. We anticipate that the most successful participants will be those who find a way to present their research quickly, simply, and memorably. You will not have a captive audience - they will be walking from booth to booth. There will be computers at the doors where those attending the Expo will vote on their favorite presenter. This is how the winners will be determined.
How big will my booth be?
It will be roughly 8 feet wide, and will include table.
What you choose to wear is entirely at your discretion, as long as it is honor code compliant. Default should be professional. However, if you think there is attire which will help attendees remember you and your research, creativity is encouraged.