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How Are the UGS Presentations Judged?

The Arts Showcase is a juried event that promotes all selected student artists and their work without giving monetary awards for "best in category".

Oral and poster presentations are assigned to prize categories that are different from the titles of the presentation panels. Categories vary from year to year depending on submissions, but all presenters have an equal chance (typically between 1 in 3 and 1 in 4) of winning a prize.

Common presentation prize categories from previous years:

  • Aesthetics and Cultural Criticism
  • Artist Practice as Research
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biomedicine or Health
  • Business or Public Policy
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Ethics
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Global Cultures and Contacts
  • History, Heritage and Legacies
  • Languages, Linguistics, and Literacies
  • Local or Regional Topics
  • Materials and Structure – Natural or Manmade
  • Mathematical and Computational Topics
  • Molecular Structure, Functions and Interactions
  • Multidisciplinary or Interdisciplinary Topics
  • Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • All oral and poster presentations are judged by multiple faculty members, who use a common seven-point rubric. The averaged judges’ scores determine the winner(s) in each category.

Judging criteria:

Purpose and Content articulation and support of central idea/purpose
Project Design understanding and justification of methods and/or interpretation
Findings and Conclusions identification and discussion of the project’s scholarly contributions
Questions and Answers ability to answer questions from the audience
Language use of standard English and technical language
Presentation Structure content, design, layout, use of visual aids (if applicable)
Presentation Style vocal delivery, eye contact, body language, attire



Contact a DCUR representative:

Dr.%20Sabine%20Heinhorst for all questions about DCUR

Ms.%20Jo%20Ann%20Johnson for questions related to DCUR grant processes

The University of Southern Mississippi
Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research
118 College Dr. #5162
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001



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Contact a member of the UGS Planning Committee in your area of interest for questions related to conventions of presentations in your discipline.

Contact Dr.%20Sabine%20Heinhorst or Dr.%20Ellen%20Weinauer for questions related to abstract submission or registration, UGS schedule or program, judging or moderating.

Contact Professor%20Brianna%20Jahn-Malinowski or Professor%20Allen%20Chen for questions related to the Arts Showcase.