Student Participant Information

Welcome to the 2017 R&D Showcase Student Participant Information Page!  All the information you need to participate is found here. In order to be eligible to participate in the Showcase (and to be eligible for the prizes), you must:

  1. Go to the application/submission page page and create a new account.
  2. Click the link for “2017 SEAS Student R&D Showcase” (you should only have to do this one time).
  3. Click “Create a New Submission.” Carefully follow the contest instructions and submit a two-page Research Abstract  by December 5, 2016 . You will be notified by December 12th if your project has met approval.  If not, you may be asked to modify your abstract and re-submit it.
  4. Once accepted, use the same application/submission page to submit a pdf of your poster by February 1, 2017.  Click “Create a New Submission” and use the “Edit Submission” button in order to submit your poster pdf.  

Prizes for both Theoretical and Experimental Projects!

Graduate Student Theoretical Research
(1st Place - $5,000, 2nd Place- $4,000, 3rd Place- $3,000)
Graduate Student Experimental Research
(1st Place - $5,000, 2nd Place- $4,000, 3rd Place- $3,000)
Best Undergraduate ($2,000)
NEW Runner-up Prizes: This year, up to 10 students will each be awarded a $1,000 runner-up prize.  The prizes are independent of the overall competition categories—Graduate Theoretical, Graduate Experimental, and Best Undergraduate Research—and winners must use the runner-up prize money toward student conference travel.

Entrepreneurship (New: Up to five $2,000 prizes)

Plus prizes for winning mentors!

Deadlines and Schedule

  • December 5, 2016: Two-page Research Abstract submission deadline.
  • December 12, 2016: All applicants will be notified of abstract acceptance or rejection.
  • January 15, 2017: Two-page Entrepreneurship Executive Summary submission deadline.
  • February 1, 2017: Poster PDF submission deadline.
  • February 22, 2017: The SEAS R&D Showcase: Showcase Poster Competition, Entrepreneurship Prize Competition, Innovation Challenge poster and prototype presentation, Keynote Address, and Awards Presentation. All SEAS classes will be cancelled on February 22 so students and faculty may attend the R&D Showcase.

Research Abstract

The Dean’s Office is providing several tools to help you with your presentation including the Research Abstract Template and the Research Abstract Score Sheet and a Research Abstract Example. All research abstracts will be two pages long and submitted in pdf form only. All research abstracts will be two full pages and submitted in pdf form only. Abstracts longer than two pages will not be accepted.  

Poster Guidelines

Poster presentations will be judged on the scientific content, the ability of the presenter to explain the project, and the aesthetics of the poster. The first author or first & second authors must be the presenting authors. Your poster will measure 36” x 48” (landscape) and should be printed and glued to white tri-fold foam board. The Dean’s Office will not provide tri-fold foam board and is not responsible for the cost of printing your poster (you may ask your department if they are willing to cover the cost of printing). Nor will the Dean’s Office supply spray adhesive for you to adhere your poster to your foam board (you should ask your printer to do this). Please be sure to use the new GW and SEAS branding on your poster. Please watch this NIH presentation for tips on how to make an interesting research poster. Here is a Sample Poster from a previous winner. 

Entrepreneurship Prize

The Entrepreneurship Prize competition will take place immediately following the judging for the main R&D Showcase.  Entrepreneurship Prize contestants will be asked to remain by their posters for a brief six-minute presentation to the Entrepreneurship Prize judges.  The contestants will then be asked to answer questions for three minutes. Competitors will submit a two-page Entrepreneurship Executive Summary (separate from their research abstract used for the main competition). A brief presentation will be given to the judges who will use this Entrepreneurship Score Sheet. Here is an Entrepreneurship Executive Summary Sample.

The GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will offer up to $10,000 in prize money to participants in the 2017 R&D Showcase.   As many as five entrepreneurship prizes of $2,000 will be awarded to participants whose research shows the best potential for eventual commercial application, as determined by a panel of technology investors and entrepreneurs.

Each $2,000 Entrepreneurship Prize is to be used to build prototypes or minimum viable products and to do customer development to help advance the student’s research toward commercialization.  Winners will receive $1,000 immediately and must successfully complete a 1-day Lean Startup Workshop before receiving the remaining $1,000 in prize money.

*Please Note - If you want to compete for the Entrepreneurship Prize, you must submit your Entrepreneurship Executive Summary by January 15, 2017. You will use the same poster for the Entrepreneurship Prize competition that you will use that day for the main R&D Showcase competition.  Follow the directions in #4 on how to submit your executive summary. Advice and guidance is also available from the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to participants who want to compete for the prize.

SEAS Innovation Challenge

New this year:  The SEAS Innovation Challenge!!!  This is a separate competition with a poster and prototype presentation to be held during the R&D Showcase.  The purpose of the competition is to foster innovative thinking in a multidisciplinary team environment whereby teams of up to three current SEAS undergraduate and/or graduate students compete to see which team develops and demonstrates the most innovative use of the provided single board Raspberry Pi 3 (with Wi-Fi) computer.  The final demonstration and judging will take place on the same day as the Pelton Award for Outstanding Senior Design Competition in early May.  Open to both SEAS graduate and undergraduate students!  More information, rules, and an entry form are available on the SEAS Innovation Challenge pages.   

Submit Your Resume to Meet Employers 

If you submit your resume (not your CV) at the application page, you consent to have it reviewed by the GW Career Center (please submit it in the Word format only).  You will be contacted by someone in the Career Center for an appointment to go over your resume. Upon your approval, it will be entered into a book that will be given to company representatives who may want to meet you at the Showcase.  


If you have questions about participating in the 2017 R&D Showcase, please contact the Dean’s Office at 202-994-6080 or email at

As we get closer to the Showcase dates, the student participants will receive additional information.

Good Luck and Best Wishes!