Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase Presentation

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Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society hosts a virtual student research conference, or "Student Research Showcase" each March. More information at

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  • 1. Creating a presentation sitefor the Sigma XiStudent Research Showcase

2. ContentI. Procedures and Timeline for Student Research ShowcaseII. Creating a Presentation SiteIII. Sharing your PresentationIV. Student Judge Discussion PeriodV. Awards 3. Procedures and Timeline1. Preliminary Approval: submit project description meetings@sigmaxi.org2. Presentation Creation: after you have been approved to participate, create a presentation site3. Presentation Finalized: submit the URL of your presentation to Sigma Xi by March 84. The Showcase (March 18 23):Discussion Period via blog (Monday Friday)Final Judge evaluations (Saturday morning)Awards announced (Saturday evening) 4. Creating a Presentation SiteThe following description explains how to create a presentation site using the freeblogging software provided at www.tumblr.comYou may choose to use other blogging software such as WordPress or host your ownhtml webpage.Regardless of the software you choose, your presentation site MUST have thefollowing:1. An abstract that describes your research project (200 words maximum)2. A technical slide presentation3. A brief (2-3 minute) informal video introduction of you and your research aimed at a general (non-technical) audience4. A discussion widget similar to DISQUS (described further below) 5. How to use Tumblr for your site Create a free account Dont forget to verify youremail address From the Dashboard goto your Tumblr Page(blank workspace you cannow customize) Click on 6. On the Customize page youmay create the look and basicfeatures of your page The default Theme is fine oryou may select another Title should be briefstatement of the focus ofyour research (not formalresearch title) Description should tell whoyou are and list yourinstitution 7. Adding a Discussion WidgetAdd DISQUIS (recommended) orother discussion widget to yoursite. Register (free) Verify your email address asrequested On the DISQUIS installationpage, select the tumblrplatform Follow the 3 easy installationsteps Default settings on DISQUISare adequate 8. Content PlacementRemember blog software (like Tumblr) will placethe most recently added item at the top.If you want your page to appear (from top tobottom) as Abstract > Presentation > Video, thenyou need to post in reverse order: Video >Presentation > Abstract.We do not require a specific order just that allthree elements (plus a Discussion widget) appearon your page. 9. Adding an Abstract onTumblr From Dashboard select Text Under Title enter Abstract In the Post field enter yourformal project title followedby your abstract contents(~200 words) Select Publish Now if youare satisfied with theplacement order of theabstract (see previous slide).You may return to editabstract contents later. 10. Text Content Editing Blog software often has limited text formattingcapabilities If you need special characters, you may cut and pastefrom a word processing software Many special characters will work such as , , , Subscripts and Superscripts often will not display Example: C6H12O6 may appear as C6H12O6 You may wish to say Glucose rather than C6H12O6 You may also insert an image of a complex formula or concept You may edit using the HTML feature if you have thatexpertise 11. Adding a Slide Presentation using Tumblr Upload the technicalslide presentation toa hosting site such asSlideShare or GoogleDocs Generate embedcode from the slidehosting site Add a Text post onTumblr Click on the .HTMLCode Button Insert the embedcode and save 12. Hint: Adding the slide presentation to the samepost as the abstract is an easy way to maintain thepositioning. Usig Tumblr, you may accomplish thisby doing the following: Open the Abstract post by clicking edit Click on the .HTML button and scroll to the bottom Insert the embed code and saveOtherwise, you may add the presentation as aseparate post (see previous slide). 13. Adding a Personal Video using Tumblr From theDashboard, select Video You my embed thevideo from a hostingsite (YouTube, Vimeo)by adding the URL oryou may upload thevideo directly Adding a caption isoptional but oftena nice touch 14. Sharing your Presentation Site Submit the URL of your presentation site byemail to Your site will be linked at the StudentResearch Showcase hub hosted You may view student presentations and othercontent at the Showcase hub 15. Student Judge Discussion Period During the week of theShowcase (Monday-Friday), judges will posequestions to you on your site(via DISQUIS) Once a judge (or anyone) hasposted a comment, you willreceive an email notice fromDISQUIS Log into your DISQUISaccount to reply to thecomment as well as to"Delete", "Approve", or"Spam as appropriate 16. Recognizing Outstanding Presentations After the discussion period ends, judges willprovide evaluations and rank the bestpresentations Awards will be announced on the Saturdayevening of the Showcase Award winning presentations will be featuredon the Sigma Xi website All student presenters will receive feedbackfrom judges 17. For more information visit www.sigmaxi.orgOr email