Student Showcase for Projects, Research, and Innovation


RSVP for the 2018 Showcase

Showcase Objective

The USFSM Student Showcase for Projects, Research, and Innovation is an opportunity for USFSM students to present academic work, learn from peers, and network with USFSM Faculty members. Academic projects, research experiments, innovative ideas, or visual/performing arts (music, drama, dance) from any USFSM college (CLASS, CSM, COB, CHTL) 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 2017: Select a USFSM Faculty Member as a mentor and begin project.
  • Friday, February 9, 2018: Last day to notify the showcase coordinator, Dr. Kim Badanich (, of their intent to submit an abstract.
  • Monday, February 12, 2018:  Abstract submissions opens online.
  • Friday, February 23, 2018: Last day to submit abstract online.
  • Friday, March 9, 2018: Students notified of acceptance, presentation type, and presentation time.
  • Week of March 26: Writing and Presentation Workshops for accepted applicants.
  • Monday, April 2, 2018: RSVP for the Showcase here.
  • Friday, April 6, 2018: Showcase will be held throughout the day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) in Selby Auditorium.


  • Any USFSM undergraduate or graduate student can apply.
  • To participate, students must be registered in the Spring 2018 semester.
  • USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg, and Mote Marine students may participate if they have USFSM Faculty sponsor their work; these students will be judged in a separate category, “Affiliate Institutions,” and can 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 project’s significance within its academic discipline. Examples of Rubrics for Judging can be found here. Based on these reviews, the panel will select and invite students to present their work as a poster or oral presentation.

Topics Eligible for Submission

 Accounting Hospitality Management
 Art (visual/performing) Information Systems/Decision Sciences
Biology Information Technology
Chemistry Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Communication Sciences & Disorders Literacies Education
Criminology Management
Curriculum & Instruction Marketing
Economics Mathematics & Statistics
Educational Leadership Professional & Technical Communication
Elementary Education Psychology
English Spanish
Finance Social Work
History Teacher Preparation

Types of Projects Accepted

Action Research Experimental Research
Applied Projects & Applied Research Innovative Projects
Business Plans Literature Review
Case Studies Mixed Methods Research
Community-Based Projects News Media Projects
Consulting Projects Online Projects
Creative Works Performance Projects (music, drama, dance)
Curriculum Design Qualitative Projects
Data Analyses Quantitative Projects
Descriptive Research Quasi-experimental Projects
Ethnographic Research Service and Leadership Projects

Awards (Pending Funding)

  • Travel awards will be granted to outstanding students.


We would like to thank the following sponsors for making the
Student Showcase for Projects, Research, and Innovation possible: