What is Stetson Showcase?
Stetson Showcase is a celebration of achievement that fosters an appreciation for academic excellence at Stetson University. Student presenters share their research through presentations, portfolios, posters, readings, music and theater performances, art shows and multimedia work. They present their programs in professional settings for audiences that include judges, faculty, fellow students and interested members of the wider community. Learn more about the program's history and background.
The most recent Showcase took place Wednesday, April 16, 2013. Download the full Showcase 2013 program to read project abstracts. They provide insights to the level of excellence attained by Showcase presenters. Stetson University looks forward to having everyone join in- as presenter, judge or audience member- for the 2013 Stetson Showcase.
Who's eligible to participate?
All undergraduate students are eligible to take part in this event. Any classroom project/paper, summer internship results, senior project, recital performance, art work, short story, poetry or other academic topic is eligible for presentation.
When do I apply?
Applications forms for the 2014 Stetson Showcase can be found here. The application deadline is March 28, 2014.
How are works presented?
To accommodate as many different ways to present scholarly and creative works in an academic setting as possible, several suggested formats are available (all must adhere to a 10-minute timeframe). Presenters are responsible for ensuring that materials necessary for presentations arrive at venues timely and in proper order.
- Oral presentation (10 minutes, projector and laptop available for Powerpoint presentations, but use of Powerpoint is not required)
- Poster presentation (poster board forum). For printing the "large format" poster, contact the Print Shop; more information is available at http://www.stetson.edu/administration/print-shop/other.php. If you need further assistance, call the print shop at 386-822-8160 or drop by their office just outside DeLand Hall.
- Reading a paper (visual aids or handouts are recommended)
- Recital of music combined with discussion thereof
- Reading of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction combined with discussion thereof
- Brief dramatic performance combined with discussion thereof
- Exhibition of visual and plastic art works combined with oral presentation
- Demonstration of digital artwork combined with discussion thereof
Since the audience includes students and faculty from all disciplines and backgrounds, students should tailor presentations to the appropriate level understandable to a non-specialist in the field. Discussions of creative presentations should help non-specialists understand the craft you have put into your work. Previous winners have been successful with this technique.
Are prizes awarded
Yes. Each group of judges for each specific presentation location decide among themselves the appropriate and consistent criteria that help them decide which presentations are most effective. In general, students are asked to discuss their projects at a level that anyone not knowing the area can understand. Part of an effective presentation is effective communication, and we ask that the judges keep this as a consistent criteria for choosing the best presentation for all involved.
The winners at each of the locations receive a Maris Prize of $200 and a certificate of excellence. Also, for each venue, an honorable mention is chosen as well.
For further information on Stetson Showcase or application procedures, please contact the chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee, Dr. Kimberly Reiter at 386-822-7541, Elizabeth Hall room 305.