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Showcase Ideas

Jose Parra (middle) and David Campos (left) did a motivational oral presentation entitled "Creating a Pipeline for Success for DACA and Undocumented Students."  Parra, a biology major and Campos, an accounting major provided insight on the struggles DACA and Undocumented students face when trying to pay for college.  Parra states that "DACA students cannot apply for loans, grants or other forms of aid from the government."  Both him and Campos dedicate their time and expertise to educate this demographic about the numerous scholarships available and the importance of attending college.  Both Parra and Campos are a part of the Puksta Scholarship Foundation.  To learn more about this program click here.
  Cristine de La Luna (pictured left) was one of eight of the Puksta Scholars who did a poster presentation.  De La Luna (African American Studies and Women's Studies major) focused her project on "Decolonizing the Body Through Women-of-Color Community-Based Research."  This practice is particular relevant to women's studies given that feminists have come to be some of the leading culprits of colonial, maernalist and racist feminism. 
  Dr. Rey-Lopez's spanish class studied, analyzed and reflected upon an art piece produced during the literary period covered in the course as a venue to explore from a different perspective, the historical and sociocultural context.  Her students displayed their art pieces, journals and even included a QRC code that led to a video of them explaining their projects in Spanish.  "Escuela de los Conocidos, Desconocidos" was a display located in the SSB Mezzanine that was open to the public to view.   
IHC students gave a presentation on their trip to Bhopal, India, where they saw first-hand the lingereing effects of the Bhopal disaster from 1984.  Several students also presented their capstone projects in the state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis (CAVEA) room located in the SSB. 
Carolyn Wahl (left) and Donna Fell (right) presented a lesson plan for nutrition intervention for 6th grade students.  Wahl and Fell (both Human Nutrition majors) shared their experience of educating these young students on reading and understanding nutrition labels and exposure to healthy and diverse foods.  This was a new concept to many of these students, which solidifies the need for the H.O.N.E.Y. program.     
An art panel of MSU Denver students, Carlos Escamilla, Lauren Granado and Scott McKinney discussed with guidance from the 965 Gallery how to create thought-provoking and impactful art exhibitions.   
The Center for Urban Education displayed, discussed and showcased activities that they undertake in Cheltenham Elementrary, Bruce Randolph Middle School, Martin Luther King Jr Early College and Abraham Lincoln High school.  CUE works with nine public schools in Denver to operate after-school programs.   


General information and frequently asked questions

What is the Showcase?

The Student Impact and Innovation Showcase is a chance for students to present work related to internships, service learning projects, class projects, or co-curricular activities.  Work can be presented as a poster, a display, or an oral presentation.  Develop your communication skills and enhance your resume by participating. 

How does it differ from the Undergraduate Research Conference?

The Undergraduate Research Conference focuses on student research and creative works. The Showcase is for other kinds of student work and products that do not fall under that heading of research or creative works. It is perfect for Earn & Learn students, Internship students, Service Learning students, or students who wish to share experiential and applied learning in which you have participated.

Do I have to register?

If you are a student and you would like to present your work, you must submit your project proposal by the deadline so we can make a space for you in the program. If you are interested in attending but not presenting, registration is helpful but not required. 

Do I need a faculty sponsor?

Unlike the Undergraduate Research Conference, you do not need a faculty sponsor. However we strongly encourage you to invite faculty who were involved in your work (service learning faculty, internship faculty, and so on) to attend. And it is always good form to acknowledge them in your presentation!

Is there a dress code for the Showcase?

Professional attire is appropriate if you are presenting at a conference or showcase. You can look online for ideas and adapt the ideas to your resources. Ask for input from a professor or a family member. Give your outfit a test run before the Showcase so you don't have any "wardrobe malfunctions" that add to your stress. 

Attendees who are not presenting can be a bit more casual, but keep in mind it is a professional setting.

What if my proposal is accepted and I cannot attend?

Submitting a proposal for a conference or showcase presentation is a professional commitment. You should plan your work schedule, personal commitments, and so forth around this time block. The only reason you should ever not follow through on a conference commitment is if you are gravely ill.



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