Sigma Xi Student Showcase - Creating a Presentation Site

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Information on how to create a presentation site for the Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase. The Student Showcase is a competition for virtual research presentations in all fields of science and engineering hosted by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Resarch Society. More information at

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  • 1. CREATING A PRESENTATION SITESigma Xi Student Research Showcase

2. CONTENT I.II.Showcase Overview (content submission and participation with judges) Creating a Presentation SiteIII. Sharing your Presentation IV. V.Student Judge Discussion Period Awards 3. SHOWCASE OVERVIEW 1.Obtain Preliminary Approval : submit project description meetings@sigmaxi.org2.Create Presentation Site: after you have been approved to participate, create a presentation site3.Submit Presentation: submit the URL of your presentation to Sigma Xi submission deadline.4.Participate in the Student Showcase Discussion Period via blog (Monday Friday) Final Judge evaluations (Sunday evening) Awards announced (Monday) 4. CREATING A PRESENTATION SITE The following description explains how to create a presentation site using the free blogging software provided at You may choose to use other blogging software such as WordPress or host your own html webpage. Regardless of the software you choose, your presentation site MUST have the following:An abstract that describes your research project (200 words maximum) A technical slide presentation A brief (2-3 minute) informal video introduction of you and your research aimed at a general (non-technical) audience A discussion widget similar to DISQUS (described further below) 5. HOW TO USE TUMBLR FOR YOUR SITE Create a free account at Dont forget to verify your email address From the Dashboard go to your Tumblr Page (blank workspace you can now customize) Click on 6. On the Customize page you may create the look and basic features of your page The default Theme is fine or you may select another Title should be brief statement of the focus of your research (not formal research title) Description should tell who you are and list your institution 7. ADDING A DISCUSSION WIDGET Add DISQUIS (recommended) or other discussion widget to your site. Register (free) at Verify your email address as requested On the DISQUIS installation page, select the tumblr platform and follow the steps You must allow Guest Commenting under Admin> Settings > Community Rules > Allow Guests to Comment 8. CONTENT PLACEMENT Remember blog software (like Tumblr) will place the most recently added item at the top. If you want your page to appear (from top to bottom) as Abstract > Presentation > Video, then you need to post in reverse order: Video > Presentation > Abstract. We do not require a specific order just that all three elements (plus a Discussion widget) appear on your page. 9. ADDING AN ABSTRACT ON TUMBLR From Dashboard select Text Under Title enter Abstract In the Post field enter your formal project title followed by your abstract contents (~200 words) Select Publish Now if you are satisfied with the placement order of the abstract (see previous slide). You may return to edit abstract contents later. 10. EDITING CONTENT Blog software often has limited text formatting capabilities If you need special characters, you may cut and paste from a word processing software Many special characters will work such as , , , Subscripts and Superscripts often will not display Example: C 6H 12O 6 may appear as C6H12O6 You may wish to say Glucose rather than C 6H 12O 6 You may also insert an image of a complex formula or concept You may edit using the HTML feature if you have that expertise 11. ADDING A SLIDE PRESENTATION (TUMBLR) Upload the technical slide presentation to a hosting site such as SlideShare or Google Docs Generate embed code from the slide hosting site Add a Text post on Tumblr Click on the .HTML Code Button Insert the embed code and save 12. Hint: Adding the slide presentation to the same post as the abstract is an easy way to maintain the positioning. Using Tumblr, you may accomplish this by 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 a separate post (see previous slide). 13. ADDING A PERSONAL VIDEO USING TUMBLR From the Dashboard, select Video You my embed the video from a hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo) by adding the URL or you may upload the video directly Adding a caption is optional but often a nice touch 14. SHARING YOUR PRESENTATION SITE Submit the URL of your presentation site by email to Your site will be linked at the Student Research Showcase hub hosted at You may view student presentations and other content at the Showcase hub 15. STUDENT JUDGE DISCUSSION PERIOD During the week of the Showcase (Monday -Friday), judges will pose questions to you on your site (via DISQUIS) Once a judge (or anyone) has posted a comment, you will receive an email notice from DISQUIS Log into your DISQUIS account to reply to the comment as well as to "Delete", "Approve", or "Spam as appropriate 16. RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING PRESENTATIONS After the discussion period ends, judges will provide evaluations and rank the best presentations Awards will be announced on the Monday after the conclusion of the Showcase Award winning presentations will be featured on the Sigma Xi website and in American Scientist Magazine Top High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Presentations will receive a cash award. All student presenters will receive feedback from judges 17. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.SIGMAXI.ORG Or email