Student Showcase for Projects, Research, and Innovation


Showcase Objective

The Student Showcase for Projects, Research, and Innovation is an opportunity for USFSM students to present their work, learn from peers, and network with USFSM Faculty members. Graduate and undergraduate students from all USFSM Colleges are encouraged to submit an abstract describing their research results or art project. The submission of team projects is welcomed.

Important Dates

  • Fall 2015: Select a USFSM Faculty Member as a mentor and begin project.
  • Friday, January 8, 2016: Last day to notify the showcase coordinator, Dr. Kim Badanich (, of their intent to submit an abstract.
  • Monday, January 11, 2016: Abstract submissions opens.
  • Friday, January 22, 2016 (11:59 pm): Last day to submit abstract.
  • Friday, February 5, 2016: Students notified of acceptance, presentation type, and presentation time.
  • Friday, February 19, 2016: Showcase will be held throughout the day in Selby Auditorium.


  • Any USFSM undergraduate or graduate student can apply.
  • USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg students may also participate but will be judged in a separate category “Affiliate Institutions” and will only be eligible for merit awards.
  • Applicants must have a USFSM mentor to sponsor their submission.

Submit Your Research

All submissions require a 250-word abstract. A panel of faculty reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the project¹s significance within its academic discipline. An example of the scoring rubric is available on this website. Based on these reviews, the panel will select and invite students to present their work as a poster presentation. A select few will be asked to give an oral presentation.

Accepted Submission Types

  1. Any research/project mentored by USFSM faculty
  2. Performing arts
  3. Visual arts

Submission Guidelines

All submissions require a completed Submission Form and a 250-word abstract with the following information:

  • Research/Projects
    • The central research question/purpose
    • Brief discussion of the methodology
    • Results and conclusions
    • Project’s applications, significance and innovation
  • Performing Arts
    • Explanation of what the audience is to understand and performance significance
    • Outline of the steps, movement sequence, actions and forms
    • Timeframe (up to 15 minutes)
    • MP3, AIFF or WAV file or link to performance
  • Visual Arts
    • Brief discussion of methods
    • Statement that addresses significance, focus and innovation
    • Images of your artwork via a link of file

Awards (Pending Funding)

  • Travel awards will be granted to outstanding students.