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Research and Scholarship Days 2017

All students are invited to submit their abstract for the opportunity to present a research poster or oral presentation during Research and Scholarship Days 2017 on April 3 -8, 2017. Your work will be viewed by your student colleagues, faculty and staff - providing valuable experience and make you eligible for awards that will glow on your resume. 

For more information on the poster and presentation requirements, as well as other frequently asked questions, please visit the Research and Scholarship Days website.

Need help with your poster or presentation?

Need help with poster design? Book an appointment with Cari in the Library or come to one of the following drop in sessions in the library 

  • Thursday, March 16 12:30-1 in Library
  • Friday, March 17 2-2:30 in Library
  • Monday, March 20 12:30-1 in Library
  • Tuesday, March 21 11-11:30 in Library
  • Wednesday, March 22 9-9:30 in Library

You can also book a special 1 hr appointment to practice your presentation or review your poster with a Writing and Learning Strategist between March 20-31. Book your 1 hr appointment by visiting T123 in person or calling 403-440-6452. You can also book a regular 30 minute appointment online to go over your writing and references.

Need help with your presentation? These drop-in workshops by Student Learning Services will discuss 5 components of effective presentations and offer practical examples: focus on the audience; strong content; references and citations; powerful slides/visual aids; and delivery. Please register here.

  • Friday, March 24, 1-2 pm, room T-131
  • Monday, March 27, 4-5 pm, room T-131
  • Tuesday, March 28, 4:30-5:30 pm, room T-131
  • Wednesday, March 29, 4-5 pm, room T-131

You can also book a special 1 hr appointment to practice your presentation or review your poster with a Writing and Learning Strategist between March 20-31. Book your 1 hr appointment by visiting T123 in person or calling 403-440-6452. You can also book a regular 30 minute appointment online to go over your writing and references.

Student Counselling is also offering the following workshop:

Getting into the zone: Managing Presentation Anxiety
Getting ready for that end of term presentation? Are you preparing for Student Research and Scholarship Days? If so, do you want to:
-manage your nerves so you can get into the zone of performance?
-enjoy rather than dread the moment?

Attend this workshop to understand your anxiety and acquire practices that will allow you to maximize your performance. Don’t wait until the big day. 

Wednesday, March 22 or Thursday March 23, 2017 from 3 - 4:30 pm U216A. Call 403 440-6362 to register.

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Judging criteria for the April 3 and 4 posters and presentations

  • Presentation/Discussion of Research/Project: Uses appropriate vocabulary and grammar, effective volume, tone and speed appropriate for topic and situation. Student is comfortable talking in front of people and can think on his/her feet. How well does the student talk about their project?
  • Visual Presentation: Poster uses appropriate vocabulary and grammar, poster design is professional, clear and easy to read, uses appropriate visuals such as images and graphs to illustrate the research. Do the visuals support the research?
  • Content: originality, scope, synthesis of research, use of information such as primary or secondary sources, student’s mastery of the subject, etc. Is the research comprehensive and convincingly argued?
  • Reach and Impact: originality, importance or relevance of the research, relationship with existing research in the field, complexity of the project, potential contribution to the field, etc. Does the student convey the importance of the project?
  • Judges will also be asked to consider:
    • Ethical Research: Does it seem like the research has been conducted ethically? (e.g. received HREB approval, considered participant safety, authenticity and accuracy of the research, etc.)
    • Ethical Use of Information: Is everything above board? (e.g. acknowledges sources during oral presentation, cites sources of information and images used, follows rules around copyright when reusing images)
  • Oral Presentation: Uses appropriate vocabulary and grammar, effective volume, tone and speed appropriate for topic and situation. Student is comfortable talking in front of people and can think on his/her feet. How well does the student talk about their project?
  • Visual Presentation: Demonstrates enthusiasm/interest in topic through body language, posture, voice, and eye contact with audience. Visual design of PowerPoint/Prezi (if employed), incorporation of information such as quotations or graphics, appropriate use of images. Do the visuals support the research?
  • Content: Originality, scope, synthesis of research, use of information such as primary or secondary sources, demonstrates good understanding of the topic. Is the research comprehensive and convincingly argued?
  • Reach and Impact: originality, importance or relevance of the research, relationship with existing research in the field, complexity of the project, potential contribution to the field, etc. Does the student convey the importance of the project?
  • Judges will also be asked to consider:
    • Ethical Research: Does it seem like the research has been conducted ethically? (e.g. received HREB approval, considered participant safety, authenticity and accuracy of the research, etc.)
    • Ethical Use of Information: Is everything above board? (e.g. acknowledges sources during oral presentation, cites sources of information and images used, follows rules around copyright when reusing images)
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Guide information

Version 2.0 - Compiler/Author - Cari Merkley - 2017

Version 1.0 - Compiler/Author - Zahra Premji - 2016

Have questions about Research and Scholarship Days?

Please contact Cari Merkley at cmerkley@mtroyal.ca or 403-440-5068.

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