Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2013 Grad Expo a huge success!
We are currently in the process of planning for the 2014 Grad Expo! Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Vice President Robin F. Arnold for more information!
UPDATED August 18th, 2013
On this page you will find everything you need to enter and participate in the GradExpo. Please read this section and the attached documents carefully before proceeding to the entry form. Be aware that to be part of the GradExpo your academic advisor must be fully aware of your intent to enter and the nature of your presentation and will be notified of your entry and its nature.
There are four areas in which you may compete: Poster Presentation, Oral Presentation, InterMedia/Fine Arts Exhibits and PechaKucha.
Poster Presentations are divided into three disciplinary areas (see below) Physical Sciences & Technology, Natural Sciences, and Humanities/Social Sciences. The student is responsible for the construction of their poster and bringing it to the Expo at the appointed time, and you must also be in attendance to present your poster when the judging is to be scheduled. See the schedule for approximate times for presenting posters. Please see the following guidelines and responsibilities: Guidelines and Responsibilities for Poster Presentations. In addition to the four “traditional” poster sessions, we will be convening several interdisciplinary sessions at the GradExpo this year. Posters are being requested from students in ALL DISCIPLINES for sessions focused on Canadian-American Studies and The Gulf of Maine. If your research focuses on either of these topics, please consider presenting at the interdisciplinary session.
Oral Presentations are divided into four disciplinary areas (see below), Physical Sciences & Technology, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. The student will have a set time for the oral presentation of a paper, or constructed area of research, along with a PowerPoint presentation. The student is responsible for their own PowerPoint and getting it, and themselves, to their scheduled presentation on time. See the schedule for approximate times for oral presentations. Please see the following guidelines and responsibilities: Guidelines and Responsibilities for Oral Presentations. In addition to the four “traditional” oral sessions, we will be convening several interdisciplinary sessions at the GradExpo this year. Oral presentations are being requested from students in ALL DISCIPLINES for sessions focused on Canadian-American Studies and The Gulf of Maine. If your research focuses on either of these topics, please consider presenting at the interdisciplinary session.
InterMedia and Fine Arts Exhibits In this area of competition the student may: Present a completed material work of InterMedia art, or fine art (paintings, sculptures, etc.); or perform a written work (poetry reading, short story, play, performance art, etc.). Student’s will be responsible for getting their work, or themselves, to the exhibit for installation/presentation. They will also be responsible being presenting their work to the judging committee. See the schedule for approximate times for presenting InterMedia and Fine Art Exhibits. Please see the following guidelines and responsibilities: Guidelines and Responsibilities for InterMedia and Fine Arts Exhibitions.
PechaKucha PechaKucha is an exciting new way of presenting academic (or other) information. Competitors will complete an oral presentation timed to go with a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation is timed to 20 PowerPoint slides which change automatically every 20 seconds for a total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Bottom line – you have to be brilliantly succinct! Entrants from all disciplines will be judged by the audience in attendance. See the schedule for approximate times for competing in the PechaKucha sessions. Please see the following guidelines and responsibilities: Guidelines and Responsibilities for PechaKucha Sessions.
In Disciplinary Presentation Sessions, oral and poster presentations are divided by academic focus. The following categories are used. Note, for poster sessions, the Social Sciences and Humanities are combined.
Physical Sciences & Technology consists of the following disciplines: Chemical & Biological Engineering, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Climate Change, Computer Science, Earth Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Marine Sciences & Oceanography, Mathematics & Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Soil & Environmental Sciences, Spatial Information Science & Engineering.
Natural Sciences consists of the following disciplines: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Forest Resources, Food & Nutrition Sciences, Marine Biology, Horticulture & Plant Science, Wildlife Ecology.
Social Sciences consists of the following disciplines: Business Administration, Communication & Journalism, Communication Science & Disorders, Economics, Education & Human Development, Nursing, School of Policy & International Affairs, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work.
Humanities consists of the following disciplines: English, History, Intermedia, Modern Language & Classics, Performing Arts.
For further information on presenting please see our links page.
- **Just Announced** The Foster Center for Student Innovation Commercialization Prize will be awarded by the staff of the Foster Center. There in no need to opt in for this prize. ($100)
- The Graduate Student Government as sponsor of the GradExpo gives three awards in each of the four Presentation Divisions. The awards are the decision of the faculty judges and are based on academic worthiness, excellence of the presentation and overall skill of the student in making their work understandable to a wide audience. The awards are $600 for first place, $300 for second and $150 for third.
For the following award you must “opt in” during the application process – please read the following descriptions carefully before making a decision to opt in.
- The Graduate Dean’s Undergraduate Mentoring Award is given to the graduate students who have mentored undergraduates in research most successfully. Entries must be accompanied by a 200-250 word statement by the student describing how s/he mentored the undergraduate student(s) and the role the mentee(s) played in completing the research. In addition, the undergraduate mentee(s) must submit a statement of up to 100 words supporting the successful mentoring and should be included as a co-author. First prize of $500, second prize of $250, and third prize of $100. (For more information on this award click here)
- The President’s Research Impact Award is given to the graduate student and advisor who best exemplify the University of Maine mission cornerstones of teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach. The $2000 Award will be shared equally between the student and the student’s advisor. Entries must be accompanied by a 250-300 word statement by the student describing the work’s current or potential teaching, research, scholarship, and/or outreach impact on the quality of life and place in the State of Maine. In addition, the student’s advisor must submit a statement of up to 150 words supporting this impact. (For more information on this award click here)
For further information on presenting please see our links page.
If you have additional questions, please contact Vice President Robin F. Arnold.