Student Showcase

Student Showcase 2015-16

Student Showcase have moved away from homecoming. It will be on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, from 9am to 5pm on the UA mall in front of the Student Union. 

Should you have any questions, please email GPSC's Events Director at  

Photos from last year's showcase can be found at the GPSC's facebook page here. This year's will be uplaoded soon. 

Program from this year can be downloaded here.

Winners this year


GPSC Awards:

Community & SocietyFirstGraduate#24 Katherine Paschall
Community & SocietySecondGraduate#7 Kristen Coan
Creative ExpressionFirstGraduate#44 Rachel LaMantia
Creative ExpressionSecondGraduate#47 Lindsey Worley
Creative ExpressionHMGraduate#39 Wessam Afifi Ahmed
EducationFirstGraduate#51 Jill Augustine
EducationSecondGraduate#59 Stella Sakhon
ResearchFirstGraduate#94 Alexander Sandweiss
ResearchSecondGraduate#105 Michael Valdez
ResearchHMGraduate#70 Iman Daryaei
ResearchHMGraduate#79 Shaness Grenald
Community & SocietyFirstUndergraduate#38 Suhitha Veeravelli
Community & SocietySecondUndergraduate#37 Emily Long
Creative ExpressionFirstUndergraduate#50 Amanda Schwarz & Ryan Baxter
Creative ExpressionSecondUndergraduate#48 Tasanee Durett
Creative ExpressionSecondUndergraduate#49 Jessie Marman
EducationFirstUndergraduateNo entries
EducationSecondUndergraduateNo entries
ResearchFirstUndergraduate#113 Lindsey chew
ResearchSecondUndergraduate#125 Colin Potter
President's Award Graduate#94 Alexander Sandweiss
President's Award Undergraduate#38 Suhitha Veeravelli
People's Choice Award  #123 Joshua Owl

External Awards:


American Chemical Society Women's Chemist Group Award: 

1st prize: Aline Kraus

2nd prize: Eman Akam


Bio5 Innovator Award:

Graduate: Alexander Sandweiss

Undergraduate: David Maestas


Honors College Awards:

Best Research Project by an Honors Student: Amanda Schwarz & Ryan Baxter

Honors Social Responsibility Award: Jessie Marman

Honors Health and Human Values Award: Emily Long


Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award:

Graduate: Kevin Scott; Mary Hansen; Natalia Gabrielsen & Amelia Francesco

Undergraduate: Joshua Owl; Caroline Porter; Kendra Liu


Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Award: 

Anna Steeves-Reece





What is Student Showcase?

Why you should particiapte in Student Showcase?

How are exhibitors judged?

What recognition will you receive?

Categories for Showcase 2016

Awards available for Student Showcase 2016


What is Student Showcase?

Around one hundred students participate in this exhibition of undergraduate and graduate scholarship demonstrating the wide spectrum of University student research projects. Student Showcase offers students a significant forum for communicating the importance of their research to the broader University of Arizona community.

Implemented in 1993 by the GPSC, Student Showcase represents the only student-run research exhibition of its magnitude in the University of Arizona. Students who participate in this event can be proud of their efforts and academic achievements. Demonstrating the valuable research that takes place at the University, Student Showcase also has the honor of including state representatives and many other community members as judges.


Why you should participate in the Student Showcase?

Graduate and undergraduate students participate in Student Showcase in approximately equal numbers.

By participating, students gain valuable experience presenting their work and interacting with the public. Additionally, deans, faculty, advisors, staff, administrators, department and community members serving as judges will actively encourage student participation. Student Showcase also fosters the mentoring relationship among students and their advisors and professors.

This year, Student Showcase will again have a dance floor/staging area, allowing students in the Visual and Performing Arts category to present their research in a lecture-recital/presentation-performance format. Please contact Kevin Chau, the Events Director, at or 626-6122 for more information. 


How are exhibitors judged?

During the judging process, a panel views each exhibitor's presentation and rates it according to overall display, clarity of presentation, and the exhibitor's ability to field questions concerning their project.  The students are also judged on the quality of research and the value of their research to the community.  This aspect of the judging process considers the presenter's depth of presentation, the implications of the research and the possible foundation for future research, as well as the cultural, social, ecological, economic, and/or political value the research brings to the community.  Taking all of these components into consideration, the judges will decide on the winners for each category and division as a panel.


What recognition will you receive?

In 2014, more than 100 students participated in the Student Showcase. Of these students, 42 won awards. These award ranged from $1000 for the President's Award to $125 for second place finishers in the individual categories. 

Local business sponsors also contribute a substantial amount of support for Student Showcase each year, and have increasingly guaranteed its success. An excellent reflection of the success of the University of Arizona's programs, Student Showcase allows the Tucson community to take pride in the University and its continuing capacity to further education and visionary research.

Categories for Showcase 2016 (reduced to 4 from 12):

  • Note that the categories are topic dependent, and does not apply to which academic area you are from.
  • The categories are self-select, but the GPSC committee retains the right to decide on which category you should be in.


  • Community & Society

    • Pertains to all research that involves participatory research or community engagements.

    • Research and studies that involve direct relations to community and/or business partnerships

    • Examples would be projects from sociology, psychology, planning, public health, etc.

  • Creative Expression

    • Projects and research that has an emphasis on creative thinking and expression (including qualitative research that emphasize creative thinking and expression as well).

    • Examples would be projects from Fine Arts, Literature, Architecture, Computer Sciences, etc.

  • Education

    • Pertains to all research and studies that focuses and deals with issues in education.

  • Research

    • Pertains to all other research topics that do not fall into the previous categories.


Awards Available for Student Showcase 2016:

You will be automatically be considered for the following awards when you apply to the Student Showcase.

President's Award for the Best Graduate Research: $1,000

President's Award for the Best Undergraduate Research: $1,000

4 Graduate Category Winners: $500 

4 Graduate Category Runners-up: $250

4 Undergraduate Category Winners: $500

4 Undergraduate Category Runners-up: $250


**Not all awards are given. The judging panels reserve the right to not award a prize in their respective categories. 


External Awards:

Eligibility differs for each of the following award. Additional application process may be required. 


American Chemical Society Women's Chemist Group Award

The Women's Chemists Group of the Southern Arizona section of the American Chemical Society is promoting the role of chemistry in society. This award will recognize one or more female graduate students, who present outstanding research in chemistry or a related field. First place winner receives $200 and second place $100.


Honors College Awards (each in the amount of $500):

- Best Research Project by an Honors Student: This award is for an Honors student whose research project makes the most important contribution in terms of its rigor, depth, analysis, and overall quality

- Honors Social Responsibility Award: This award is for an Honors student whose research project best embodies the Honors mission statement in its focus on strengthening social responsibility.  The research project must demonstrate that it has the potential to be of benefit to the society in which it operates.

- Honors Health and Human Values Award: This award is given to an Honors student whose research project best utilizes humanistic and/or social scientific methods, bringing those methods to bear on the subject of health, science and technology.


Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award

The Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award recognizes University of Arizona students who have made extensive and innovative use of the UA Libraries’ information resources and services in support of their coursework. Up to three undergraduate and three graduate prizes will be awarded each year. For each category, $1,000 will be awarded per prize. More information can be found here


BIO5 Innovator Award

The BIO5 Innovator Award recognizes one graduate and one undergraduate student exhibitor whose work best represents the goals of BIO5 in one of the following areas: multidisciplinary bioscience research; innovation in education; or entrepreneurship (technology transfer, new ideas for public/private partnerships, etc.). These awards are provided by the BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona. Each winner is awarded $350.



This section will be updated regularly as external awards are made available.