The second annual Student Research Days Slam on March 31 is seeking presenters. Faculty are urged to encourage their students to participate in this opportunity to share their work with a campuswide audience.
The contest will feature graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines presenting their work in short, engaging presentations. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. at the Wick Alumni Center, with the Slam to follow from noon-1 p.m.
Slam applications will be in the form of a 90-second video “trailer” previewing students’ potential Slam presentation, submitted via Flip. Only the selection committee will be able to view the videos. Jocelyn Bosley, research impact coordinator for the Office of Research and Economic Development, said the committee is interested both in the content of submissions and in students’ ability to engage the viewer with creativity and narrative skills.
Bosley said students’ video submissions should reflect on: “What is it about your research or creative activity that gives you life, makes you feel ‘glitter in your stomach’? Tell us about the moments, experiences or aspects of your work that most excite and exhilarate you.”
Application videos must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. March 15. Five finalists will be selected to present at the Slam. A winner, to be decided by the audience, will receive a $500 prize, and the other finalists will each receive $100. Attendees must register to attend the event. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend to support these scholars.
The Student Research Days Slam builds on the success of other Slam events on campus. The UNL Science Slam, hosted each spring since 2016 by the Nebraska Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, was the first event of its kind in the United States and received national media coverage. By inviting participation from the arts and humanities as well as STEM fields, the Student Research Days Slam aims to share university research and creative activity across the disciplines.
Bosley encouraged faculty to reach out to students to urge them to consider applying for this opportunity to “share their work with their peers in a fun and supportive environment and add a little bling to their C.V.”
The Slam is part of Student Research Days March 27-31.