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 academic, learn from peers, and network with USFSM Faculty members. Academic projects, research experiments, or innovative ideas from any USFSM college (Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Hospitality & Tourism Leadership) will be eligible for submission. 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.
  • Week of February 8: Writing and Presentation Workshops for accepted applicants.
  • 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 Work

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.

Topics Eligible for Submission

 Accounting  Finance
 Art History
 Biology Hospitality Management
Chemistry Information Systems/Decision Sciences
Communication Sciences & Disorders Information Technology
Criminology Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Curriculum & Instruction Literacies Education
Economics Management
Educational Leadership Marketing
Elementary Education Mathematics & Statistics
English Professional & Technical Communication

Types of Projects Accepted

Action Research Ethnographic Research
Applied Projects & Applied Research Experimental Research
Case Studies Innovative Projects
Community-Based Projects Literature Review
Consulting Projects Mixed Methods Research
Creative Works News Media Projects
Curriculum Design Online Projects
Data Analysis Performance Projects
Descriptive Research Qualitative Projects

Awards (Pending Funding)

  • Travel awards will be granted to outstanding students.