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Registration is required for students participating in the:
  - Social media option and want a t-shirt, and
  - Everyone participating in the LIVE option.

This year students have 2 ways to participate:

LIVE Event @ the Convo:
  - 9:00 - 11:00 am, Judging
  - 11:30 am -2:00, pm Open to the Public

Social Media - post text, picture, graphic, video etc. on social media:
  - Use #OUStudentExpo
  - Tag @bobcatsdiscover (Twitter and Instagram)

Thank you to University Libraries for funding t-shirts and creating access to presentation info through Ohio Open Library!



Are there special precautions for COVID?

To allow social distancing:

  • We will be capping participation in the LIVE event to 600.
  • Presentations are limited to one presenter unless a second is needed to demonstrate the project.
  • Food will be served outside for presenters, judges and attendees in the garage under the Convo.
  • Judges will meet outside in the garage under the Convo. We are also working on an app for judges to turn in their award selections.

To shorten the event time: Presenters will only be allowed to compete in their regular departmental judging and up to 2 additional special sessions.

Masking mandates will follow current university guidelines.

Does everyone have to participate in judging?
No. Presenters can elect to participate (or not) in judging.

How are presentations assigned to a session?
Presentations are assigned to a session based on their academic discipline.  Sessions are typically 6-10 presentations.

What are the criteria for LIVE Student Expo judging?
Presentations (10 min) will be judged based on the presentation of the work. Presenters should clearly state:

  • What did they did/are they doing?
  • Why do it? What is the need/context to other work in the field?
  • How did/will they do it? What methods will/did they use?
  • How will their work further knowledge in the field/benefit or impact society?

Judges will award a 1st ($150) and 2nd ($75 prize) or two joint 1st place prizes ($112.50) if one UG and one G recipient for regular sessions.

In addition, students can compete for special sessions, as are described on the registration form.


Will there be special sessions awards?
Yes. Students are eligible to compete for judging in up to 2 special session awards in addition to their regular session.


How can I participate in the social media option?

Students and postdocs are encouraged to register and must register if they want an Expo t-shirt.

On April 7, students and postdocs are encouraged to post about their research & creative works to their Twitter and/or Instagram account. They should (1) tag @bobcatsdiscover & others and (2) include the #OUStudentExpo hashtag in the post.

We also encourage presenters to post to other platforms as well; just remember the #OUVirtualExpo hashtag so we can find you!

  • Content: Tweets and short posts with an image or two, GIF, or short video. Make sure you use #OUStudentExpo in the post and tag @bobcatsdiscover!
  • Tagging:  Click here for a list of university (department, college and other entity) Twitter and Instagram handles. Have additions/revisions for handles? Email male-bru@ohio.edu
  • When: Students and postdocs are encouraged to post any time on April 7 at their convenience.
  • Sharing: People can find posts by searching for the hashtag #OUStudentExpo. In addition, Expo staff will then re-post to @bobcatsdiscover (Twitter and Instagram*) within 48 hr. [*Instagram has re-posting limits so we might not be able to re-post all posts on Instagram]
  • More Sharing: All students, faculty, staff, alums and friends are encouraged to search for the #OUStudentExpo hashtag to view, re-post, like and comment on posts!  You can also check out @bobcatsdiscover to see posts after the event!


What should I post to social media?

Be creative. Tell us about your research and creative work. For example: What inspired you?  What did you do? What impact did it/will it have?
But also be brief.  Include an image or two, slide show, GIF or short video.  No posters or PowerPoints or long videos. If you post a video, please consider using a site, e.g., YouTube, that provides captions.

Slide Deck


Image plus external link



Can I participate in the social media option if I don't register?
Yes, but we encourage everyone to register, and you need to register if you want an Expo t-shirt.


Who should I tag?
Tag @bobcatsdiscover and include the #OUStudentExpo hashtag in the post. Also, tag your mentor, colleagues, friends, family, departments and college. 
Click here for a list of university (department, college and other entity) Twitter and Instagram handles.


Can I see social media posts if I don't have a Twitter or Instagram account?
Yes. You can see Twitter and Instagram posts on @bobcatsdiscover by searching via Google, but you will not be able to interact with the posts.
If you use another social media platform, e.g., Facebook, search for the #OUStudentExpo hashtag to see Facebook posts.


Can people see my posts if my social media account is private?
Posts on a private account can only be seen by your followers. So, even if you use the #OUStudentExpo hashtag, most people, including @bobcatsdiscover, will not be able to see your posts.  Therefore, we suggest making your account public for a short period around the Expo, e.g., April 7-13.