Senior Research Spotlight

Are you a graduating senior? Have you been working hard on a senior thesis or project lately? Does your project involve new media? Can you talk fast?

Our Senior Research Spotlight will include up to twenty lightning talks. We intend to create a collection of presentations that reflect the range of schools, disciplines and research topics around campus. We encourage students not to consider this opportunity as a competition, but as a chance to share your insights in a collegial atmosphere. We welcome submissions from students whose research includes new media (audio, video, image collections, software, web design, 3D printing...). If you're not sure what counts, you can explain your project to us in the entry form.

Join us on Wednesday, April 29, at 3 pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion (Room 602), Kislak Center, on the 6th Floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. The Class of '78 Pavilion will be arranged theater-style, and students will stand at the front podium to deliver their talks. We plan to invite faculty, librarians, and administrators from around campus. The talks will be live-streamed, recorded and shared afterwards on the Penn Libraries’ YouTube channel.

Sponsored by the Penn Libraries, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), Weingarten Learning Resources Center, and Communication Within the Curriculum (CWiC).

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Length: Presentation must not exceed 2 minutes (strictly enforced by a loud gong - see image above!).

Visual Aids: PowerPoint, Prezi, SlideShare, Google Doc, webpage, none (you can just talk for 2 minutes).

Eligibility: Currently enrolled Penn senior in any of the four schools. Project should use new media in a creative way. Participation capped at 20 students.

Submission: Submit an online entry form explaining how you used new media in your research. Due by 5pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Selected students will be asked to provide all presentation materials in electronic format by Monday, April 27, 2015.

Questions? Contact us or stop by. We would be happy to provide advice and suggestions as you prepare your talk.