R&D Showcase

R&D Showcase 2017 Photo

Winners from the 2017 R&D Showcase


Join us on Wednesday, February 21 for the 2018 SEAS Student R&D Showcase, and come see innovation on display in the Science and Engineering Hall. 

SEAS graduate and undergraduate students will have the chance to compete in three separate competitions throughout the day—the R&D Showcase, the SEAS Innovation Challenge, and the AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program grants.  The displays will be open to the public in the afternoon, and students will be available to explain and describe their posters and research. 

Showcase Day Schedule

  • 2:00 – 5:00 pm: Poster session opens to the public
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Showcase voting*
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm: Buffet lunch
  • 5:00 pm: Welcome and keynote address
  • 5:30 pm: Awards presentation

* Three Showcase Visitor’s Prizes will be given to Showcase visitors who correctly match the judges’ selections for the top prize R&D winners.


Graduate Student Theoretical Research

  • 1st Place - $5,000
  • 2nd Place - $4,000
  • 3rd Place - $3,000
  • Runner-up - $500

Graduate Student Experimental Research

  • 1st Place - $5,000
  • 2nd Place - $4,000
  • 3rd Place - $3,000
  • Runner-up - $500

Best Undergraduate

  • $2,000 prize
  • Runner-up - $500

AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program Grants

  • Up to $3,000 in prizes

Mentors of student winners also will receive prizes.

SEAS Innovation Challenge

The purpose of the SEAS Innovation Challenge is to foster innovative thinking in a multidisciplinary team environment as students use technology to help meet an existing challenge.  In the 2017-2018 Challenge, students will work as individuals or members of a team, using technology to develop and demonstrate the most innovative solution to identified current needs in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria.   Students will compete for a total of $5,000 in prizes.

The SEAS Innovation Challenge was established in 2017 by SEAS alumnus Randy Graves and SEAS Innovation Chief Evangelist Annamaria Tonya Kannon.  The competition involves several phases, with the poster and prototype demonstration phase occurring during the SEAS Student R&D Showcase.  No formal judging takes place during this phase of the competition.

Please visit the SEAS Innovation Challenge page to find more information, including competition rules and timeline, and to download the entry form.

Student Participants

All the information that participants need to know about the competition application process, deadlines, and guidelines is available on the Student Participants Information page.  Please visit the page to read the necessary information and download the relevant forms.