Huskies Showcase

Plan Your Project

Planning your Huskies Showcase project involves many steps and collaboration between student(s) and their faculty mentor/advisor. Please visit Information for Students and Faculty for additional presentation information, presenter responsibilities and expectations

Step 1: Choose a Our Husky Compact dimension

Each scholarly project must use a dimension from our Our Husky Compact.

The dimension for 2019-20 is "Seek and Apply Knowledge" (SEEK). This dimension will be highlighted at the 2020 Huskies Showcase by placing SEEK projects in high-profile areas, as well as additional recognition and awards.

Step 2: Choose a presentation format

Poster Presentations

An academic poster with a summary of your research, scholarly, or creative project in a visually engaging way. It must be academically sound, highlighting the context of your work (through photographs, maps, etc.), your methods, and results (with graphs, charts, photographs, etc.).

Presentation Format Guidelines

  • Poster size should not exceed 40” wide by 30” height
  • Important information should be readable from 10 feet away
  • Word count should be 300 – 800 words
  • Text is clear and concise
  • Effective use of graphics, color and fonts
  • Include your name, institutional affiliation, and acknowledgements
  • Presenters must prepare an “elevator speech” (a one to two-minute summary of your project) to share with audience members

 You will be provided an easel for your presentation.

Atwood Copies Plus Printing Instructions 

  • Step 1: Resize the PowerPoint file that you are creating your poster presentation with.
                 Poster set-up instruction
  • Step 2: Create your poster presentation.
  • Step 3: Export your PowerPoint file into a PDF and save to a flash drive (see above
  • Step 4: Take your flash drive to Atwood Copies Plus for printing. Please note that there is a
                 48 hour turnaround time for poster printing – so plan accordingly!


Atwood Copies Plus Prices

Copies Plus is offering poster printing discounts for Huskies Showcase Participants. Please mention that you are with the Huskies Showcase to get the pricing below. You need to pay with cash or credit card at pickup

  • 40"x30" Normal coated paper $25
  • 40"x30" Glossy paper $40
  • 40"x30" Lamination additional $8

Applied Experience Displays

Similar to the Poster Presentation above, but it does not need to be research based. These projects include displays of applied community engagement experiences such as internships, field experiences, service-learning, volunteer experiences or other high-impact practices. The display should highlight the context of your work through picture, photos, charts, etc.

Presentation Format Guidelines

  • Displays may include: tri-fold board, a laptop, a poster on an easel, or a visual 3-dimensional display on a table
  • Presenters must prepare an “elevator speech” (a one to two-minute summary of your project) to share with audience members.
You will need to indicate if you need tables or an easel for your presentation during registration.

Oral Presentations

Are a summary of your research, scholarly, or creative project presented orally to an audience and are 15 minutes in length with five additional minutes allotted to each presenter to answer questions. This schedule is strictly enforced. Oral presentations are held in technology-enhanced, or "smart" classrooms.

Presentation Format Guidelines

  • Presentations may consist of a paper presentation, PowerPoint, or panel discussion.
  • Use of PowerPoint is encouraged and slides should use effective graphics, color, font, and text should be clear and concise. Professional presentations use PowerPoint slides as an aid to outline and guide a presentation, but not to substitute for a presentation (in other words, do not just read the text on each slide)
  • Include your name, institutional affiliation, references, and acknowledgements
Smart classrooms have a computer, projector, projection screen, DVD/CD player, sound system, and podium with AV controls and laptop connections.

Artistic Performance

Include live performances of spoken work, theatre, music or dance and are original or interpretation/research based on an existing work.

Presentation Format Guidelines

  • Maximum of 30 minutes allotted for each performance, including question and answer period.
  • Presentation should be similar to the activities expected at a professional fine arts conference or festival. Consult with your faculty mentor/advisor

Gallery Exhibit

Include all forms of visual art, including original painting, sculpture, photography, prints, textile arts, drawings, pottery, metal, etc. Presenters will be available to discuss their exhibit at the assigned presentation time.

Presentation Format Guidelines     

  • All exhibits will be displayed in the Atwood Gallery throughout the day.
  • Presenters will need to set-up their displays the morning of the event.
  • Special equipment and space needs are arranged based on individual projects.

Three-Minute Thesis

Provides graduate students the opportunity to present a compelling discussion on their Culminating Project research topic, its significance, and relevance to the general public in three minutes. 

More information about the Three-Minute Thesis is available from the School of Graduate Studies.


Include active displays of scholarly work (e.g., Sales Lab, Visualization Lab, engineering projects, etc.) that will occur in the ballroom, the activity’s existing location (e.g., Centennial Hall, ISELF, ECC, etc.) or in an arranged location in Atwood Memorial Center.   

Presentation Format Guidelines

  • Presenters must coordinate the time the demonstration will be set-up and the campus location.
  • Special equipment and space needs are arranged based on individual projects.

Step 3: Competition Opt-In

Presenters will have the opportunity to compete for awards at the Huskies Showcase competition. Projects in the competition will be evaluated on written reflections and awards will be presented at the closing celebration. Additionally, finalists in the dimension of the year will also be evaluated in-person the day of the event. To be eligible for the competition, reflection(s) must be completed with registration.

*Presenters will select the “Opt-In” or “Opt-Out” option on the registration form.


If presenters Opt-In, they will write and submit a reflection explaining how your project, and the process by which you created it, demonstrates what you have learned regarding the most relevant dimension you chose, as well as one or two other diemensions of the Our Husky Compact.

Evaluation and Finalist Selection

  1. Reflection is submitted with registration.
  2. Reflection is evaluated before the event by a panel of faculty judges.
  3. Finalists will be required to present during the morning session the day of the event, and will be evaluated in-person by a team of faculty judges.
  4. Winners will be selected based on the scores from the in-person evaluation and announced at the closing celebration.


Award Categories

Award Categories Table

Overall Reflections

Dimension of the Year Reflections

  • Best Think Creatively and Critically Reflection
  • Best Seek and Apply Knowledge Reflection
  • Best Communicate Effectively Reflection
  • Best Integrate Existing and Evolving Technologies Reflection
  • Best Engage as a Member of a Diverse and Multicultural World Reflection
  • Best Act with Personal Integrity and Civic Responsibility Reflection
  • Best Oral Presentation
  • Best Poster Presentation
  • Best Applied Experience Display
  • Best Artistic Performance
  • Best Gallery Exhibit
  • Best Demonstration
  • Best 3-Minute Thesis


Presenters will not submit a written reflection with their registration and they will present at the event without being included in the award competition.

 Step 4: For Group Projects

If presenting as a group, members are expected to define roles and select a group leader. The group leader will be the main point of contact for the project and will be responsible for submitting the registration. Remember – all group members MUST be present the day of the event.

Step 5: Choose a Time Preference

Presenters will be able to select a time block for their project during registration. Coordinate this time with the faculty mentor and group members. Once the project has been registered and the time block selected, no schedule changes will be allowed.

Time Preference Table
Presentation Format      Time Preference
Oral Presentation
  • Morning: 9-11:50 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 2-4:50 p.m.
Poster Presentation
Applied Experience Display
  • Morning: 9–10:30 a.m.
  • Mid-Day: 12–1:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon: 3:30–5 p.m.
Artistic Performance
Gallery Exhibit
  • Morning: 9–12 p.m.
  • Afternoon 12–4 p.m.
Three Minute Thesis
  • Morning: 9–11 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 1–2:30 p.m.

Step 6: Register