Magazine article American Scientist

Results of the 2016 Student Research Showcase

Magazine article American Scientist

Results of the 2016 Student Research Showcase

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Sigma Xi challenged students to present their research online in its 4th annual Student Research Showcase. In this science communication competition, approximately 40 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students submitted websites that contained abstracts, videos, and slideshows about their projects. To help the students leam how to change their presentation styles based on their audience, each component was intended for an audience with varying levels of technical expertise. Presentations came in from across the United States and as far away as Ukraine.

In April, 70 Sigma Xi members volunteered to judge the websites. The judges left comments and questions on the websites and then picked the top presentations in the High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate divisions. Each will receive $500 from Sigma Xi. Judges also selected the top winners in each research area. All participants receive judges' comments, a certificate, and an invitation to become associate members of Sigma Xi. High school participants are invited to submit a research paper to Sigma Xi's journal for pre-college research, Chronicle of The New Researcher. …

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