This is a page for questions.

  1. What is the GradShow?
  2. Am I eligible to participate?
  3. What do I need to do to enter?
  4. What does a Visual/Performing Arts proposal submission look like?
  5. What does a Research, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship proposal submission look like?
  6. What does a scholarly poster look like?
  7. What if I have never made a scholarly poster in my discipline before?
  8. What are the dimensions for the posters?
  9. What are the main awards?
  10. What other awards are there?
  11. How does the judging work?
  12. Who are the judges?
  13. What are the judges looking for?
  14. What is a 3 minute talk?
  15. Where can I view my submission?
  16. Will I receive feedback or my score?
  17. Can I give an oral presentation of my Research, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship work?
  18. Will there be electric outlets for my work?
  19. What materials are provided for my work?
  20. Is there a limit to how many submissions I can enter?
  21. What if I have class during the times of the GradShow?
  22. Who can I direct questions to?

What is the GradShow?

The GradShow is the premier interdisciplinary celebration of Colorado State University graduate student creativity, research, and entrepreneurship. This showcase offers students the opportunity to present their work and gain conference experience.

Am I eligible to participate?

If you are currently a graduate student at CSU, you are eligible to participate! We also welcome students who plan to graduate this fall to participate. We encourage submissions that encompass all areas.

What do I need to do to enter?

You will need to identify if your work is research-based or creative work and submit the appropriate proposal submission. Requirements for each submission type are listed below. Early submission is advised - a limited number of proposals are accepted. Please e-mail the administrators if you have any questions.

What does a Visual/Performing Arts proposal submission look like?

Project Title: Limit of 10 words.

Project Abstract: Please write a short (limit 250 words), clear, concise project summary that includes the following: background information (explanatory information about your work and what it represents), significance of your work, and future directions.

What does a Research, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship proposal submission look like?

Project Title: Limit of 10 words.

Project Abstract: Please write a short (limit 250 words), clear, concise abstract that contains the following: purpose, procedure/description, results/outcomes, implications/future directions. If your project is in the beginning stages of the research process, please explain what you’ve completed thus far and what you expect your results and implications will be.

What is required for a presentation?

Presenter instructions for the 2020 GradShow are available on the virtual platform at csuinnovates.org/presenter-instructions

What if I have never made a scholarly poster in my discipline before?

No problem! Please contact Kaitlyn Reed and Allie Alayan at GradShow@colostate.edu. If there is enough interest within your department, they can host workshops and/or consultation services!

What are the requirements for posters?

Presenter instructions for the 2020 GradShow are available on the virtual platform at csuinnovates.org/presenter-instructions. Digital posters must be prepared on the provided templates.

What are the main awards?

All submitted research proposals and creative work will automatically be considered for awards in the general two areas of "Great Minds in Research" and "Distinction in Creativity," respectively. In addition, there will be awards for submissions in areas such as global impact and engineering. Many of the academic colleges are also sponsoring awards for their students.

When you sign up to participate, you will be asked if your proposal meets the criteria for several of the award(s), such as Global Impact. As noted above, all proposals will be considered for the general awards. These awards are based on your discipline so there is no need to indicate interest in being considered - you will be automatically entered for the general awards as well as your own college awards. Check out the awards page for information about the general awards and review last year’s winners! Awards values are subject to change and the value may be distributed as decided upon by the Graduate Student Showcase planning committee. Early submission is advised - a limited number of proposals are accepted.

What are the other awards?

When you sign up to participate, you will be asked if your proposal meets the criteria for several of the Global Impact Awards offered by the Office of International Programs. In addition, you may be considered for other awards based on the applicability of your work to each area of interest. Each awarding group sets the eligibility and judging criteria for their awards.

There are also many college-specific awards. You will be automatically entered for your own college awards. Judging criteria varying according to the college. Check out the awards page for information about the general awards and review last year’s winners!

How does the judging work?

Judging will be done remotely on Nov. 16 and 17.

Because all submissions are eligible for either the "Distinction in Creativity" or "Great Minds in Research" you will have at least two judges review your submission, and possibly more. This is because there are a number of different groups of judging. For example, some awards such as the those sponsored by CSU Ventures bring in additional judges for their award. The final number of judges that review your poster will ultimately depend on your eligibility for the various awards. Each poster/submission will be rated by a minimum of two judges.

Who are the judges?

Judges will consist of faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, staff, alumni, students, and community members. In the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration, judging assignments are made on a random basis. As result, those judging your submission most likely will be from outside of your field. 

What are the judges looking for?

There are two primary rubrics used for all presentation types - a Research and Creative rubric. Additionally, some presentations may be judged for select awards (as identified by the abstract) using other rubrics specific to the award itself.

Research posters are scored based on Background/Introduction, Purpose, Design, Results/Outcomes, Conclusions, Impact, Poster Appearance/Layout, and Oral Presentation. Both the 30-second pitch and the 3-minute talk are considered part of your oral presentation. Judges will likely be from outside of your field of study, so it is important that you prepare a 30-second pitch and a 3-minute talk that explains your project to a lay audience. Judges may reach out with questions or comments during the judging process.

Creative presentations are scored based on Concept of Work, Background, Execution, Inventiveness/Originality, and Overall Impression. Scores in these categories are based on the 30-second pitch, 3-minute talk, posters, visual portfolio/photos, and/or performance videos by presenters.

What is a 3-minute talk?

2020 presenters will pre-record their 3-minute talk. Presenter instructions for the 2020 GradShow are available on the virtual platform at csuinnovates.org/presenter-instructions.

This is an opportunity to explain your poster or creative artistry to your audience. Appear professional and consider recording at your desk, in your laboratory/creative space, or in the field. Your video is your opportunity to be creative. Consider filming yourself in front of the camera and/or highlighting various components of your poster. Please do not include any components that are not in your poster or creative artistry submission materials. Be prepared to explain the significance and main points of your work to people outside of your field and be careful of the professional jargon that you use.

Overall, you want to make sure that what you say is comprehensive with rich content about your project. Present in an engaging manner, making it interesting for the other person.

Where can I view and update either my abstract or title?

Presenters may modify their abstract or title on the 2020 GradShow Virtual Platform at my.csuinnovates.org until Nov. 11 at 4:45 p.m. Project titles are limited to 10 words and project abstracts are limited to 250 words.

Will I know my score or be able to receive feedback from judges?

Community members and judges will be able to send general feedback to you through the virtual platform.

However, we are not able to provide individual feedback from the judges. Although we know that graduate students are often interested, and even focused on what they could do to improve, the judging for the GradShow is only for the purpose of identifying award winners. We encourage you to meet with your advisor, committee members, and/or other faculty members in your program to get their feedback on your project. They are the experts on how to improve your scholarship.

Can I give an oral presentation of my Research, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship work?

No. A 3-minute talk regarding your poster presentation is required; however, there will be no talks or oral presentations in lieu of a poster presentation. All Research, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship submissions must be presented in a poster format.

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

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