Research Communications

Student Expo Seeks Students, Judges for May 3 event 

Ohio University students have until Sunday, March 18 to register for the 2012 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo. Students must enroll online at to participate in this year’s event, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at the Convocation Center.

In addition, the event is seeking  approximately 100 Ohio University faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellow volunteers to judge more than 600 student presentations.  Many members of the university community volunteer each year, but the event is recruiting new participants as well.
In each Expo session, two judges evaluate 8-12 student presentations outside of their disciplines (but in related fields) to avoid conflict of interest. The presentation topics may range from environmental remediation and political campaigns to robotic Bobcats and innovative theater costume designs.

More than 100 judges volunteer to review student presentations.

Judging will occur from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The students present for ten minutes each, and judges are given five minutes to discuss. Judges select a first- and a second-place winner or two joint first-place winners. Winners receive a ribbon and prize money up to $200.

Judges are asked to focus on the strengths of the student’s oral presentation of the project instead of evaluating the research itself, said Roxanne Malé-Brune, director of grant development and projects in the Graduate College and coordinator of the Student Expo.

Volunteers say they enjoy seeing the success of their own students, as well as students from other departments, on display. Students also benefit from presenting their research and creative works to the judges, as it’s an opportunity to communicate to an audience outside of their fields.

To volunteer to serve as a judge, please contact Roxanne Malé-Brune at (740) 597-1227 or by April 6. Read more about the Student Expo online at