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. 

Application will open by the first week of December, 2015.

Deadline for application is Sunday, January 31st, at 11:59pm. 


Photos from last year's showcase can be found at the GPSC's facebook page here


What is Student Showcase?

Why you should particiapte in Student Showcase?

How are exhibitors judged?

What recognition will you receive?

Awards available for Student Showcase 2014


What is Student Showcase?

The GPSC hosts Student Showcase as the academic segment of Homecoming weekend every fall on the University of Arizona Mall. Around one hundred students participate in this exhibition of undergraduate and graduate scholarship demonstrating the wide spectrum of University student research projects. With tens of thousands of visitors attending the one-day Homecoming event, 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 United States. Students who participate in this event can be proud of their efforts and academic achievements. Demonstrating the valuable research that takes place with the help of local and state funds to everyone involved, 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 Jard Young, 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.


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



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