Student Participant Information

2018 SEAS Student R&D Showcase


All the information you need to participate in the 2018 SEAS Student R&D Showcase is available on this page.


To be eligible to participate in the Showcase (and to be eligible for the prizes), you must apply for the Showcase through the 2018 SEAS R&D Showcase Registration webpage.  Note: you must use your address to access the page.

  1. Apply and submit a two-page Research Abstract by December 18, 2017. You will be notified by January 2, 2018 if your project has been approved (if not, you may be asked to modify your abstract and re-submit it).
  2. Once accepted, you will be asked to submit a PDF of your poster by February 1, 2018.
  3. Print your poster on paper and bring it to the SEH First Floor on the morning of the R&D Showcase—Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  Note: Tri-fold foam boards and clips will be provided then.

Guidelines for Excellence/New Judging Rules

In order to encourage excellence in the R&D Showcase, the judges will enforce strict rules for project submissions.  Student participants must:

  • meet all application/submission deadlines
  • use the proper abstract format
  • use proper spelling and grammar
  • prepare clear and concise presentations
  • use proper GW branding


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.

Deadlines and Schedule

  • December 18, 2017:  Deadline to submit your two-page Research Abstract.
  • January 2, 2018:  All applicants will be notified of abstract acceptance or rejection.
  • February 1, 2018:  Deadline to submit your Poster PDF.
  • February 21, 2018: The SEAS Student R&D Showcase.  Detailed schedule to follow soon.
    • 10:00 am: Student participants check-in (SEH First Floor)
    • 11:00 am: First round of judging (for both the R&D Showcase and the I-Corps Grant Awards)
    • 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch for student participants
    • 2:00 – 5:00 pm: Poster session opens to the public
    • 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Student participants view their colleagues’ posters
    • 4:30 – 5:00 pm: Student participants remain by their posters (and are available to discuss their research)
    • 5:00 pm: Welcome and keynote address
    • 5:30 pm: Awards presentation

Research Abstract

The Dean’s Office is providing several tools to help you with your presentation, including the Research Abstract Template, the Research Abstract Score Sheet, and a Research Abstract Example.  All research abstracts must be two full pages and submitted in PDF form only.  Abstracts shorter or 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 and second authors must be the presenting authors.  Your poster will measure 36” x 48” (landscape) and will be clipped to a tri-fold foam board (clips and foam boards will be provided on Showcase day).  The Dean’s Office will not be responsible for the cost of printing your poster.  However, you may ask your department or your project mentor if they are willing to cover the cost of printing.  Please be sure to use the new GW and SEAS branding on your poster.  Watch this NIH presentation for tips on how to make an interesting research poster.  Here is a Sample Poster from a previous winner.

AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program Grants:

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With funding from the National Science Foundation, the AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program awards grants of up to $3,000 to GW students and faculty who wish to explore the prospects for applications of their research or technology to solve problems that could lead to a broader impact in society.  The AccelerateGW I-Corps Site program will award at least 30 grants this year.

Participants in the AccelerateGW I-Corps Site program will be expected to complete the GW Regional Introductory Course which requires that they attend two one-day workshops in person during a two-week period, each one approximately six hours long.  In between the class sessions, there will be some assignments, customer discovery interviews, and office hours with instructors.  These activities generally take about 10 hours per week.

The Grant money can be used for travel and related expenses to conduct customer interviews. It can also be used for some limited development of prototypes or a minimum viable product.

Participants in GW R&D Showcase 2018 can nominate themselves for an AccelerateGW I-Corps Grant on the R&D Showcase Application site.

Advice and guidance is available from the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to participants who want to apply for one of these grants.


If you have questions about participating in the 2018 R&D Showcase, please contact the Dean’s Office at 202-994-6080 or email Michael Veedock.

As we get closer to the day of the R&D Showcase, student participants will receive additional information regarding judging, event logistics, etc.

Good Luck!