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Tiffin University Research Conference and Competition

Information about the annual Student Research Conference.
TU Student Research Conference
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Contest winners displaying certificate
2018 Welcome address
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About the Conference & Competition


The Tiffin University Research Conference and Competition seeks to communicate, showcase, and reward the hard-earned accomplishments and hard-worked research of our Dragons both on campus and online. By providing space and time to share these contributions, we facilitate scholarship as conversation and research as inquiry.

What is it?

The event is divided into several parts. For on-campus students, there a conference and a contest.  All sections come together during our Keynote Speaker & Awards Lunch. During the awards luncheon, our keynote speakers share how they've applied research in their everyday jobs, and then the research of our students is celebrated through the announcement of the contest winners.

In addition to the on-campus event, online students can participate remotely presenting their research the night before using BlackBoard's Collaborate web-conferencing tool. The online also features a remote keynote address and gives online students the same opportunity to participate in research as on-campus students.

More information about this year's event can be found through the page's navigation menu.

The Conference

The conference provides an opportunity for student researchers to share their work in multiple modalities, including poster and paper presentations. Presenters are able to present at our  Tiffin Campus or at our virtual pre-conference.  

The poster session provides student researchers with the opportunity to create and share their work through a printed, professional poster. During the poster session, conference attendees can view all posters in one location, and further engage with individual presenters regarding their research.

The paper presentation sessions provide another excellent opportunity for students to display their work orally, and with the assistance of visual aids. These sessions are typically grouped by research category. A room moderator facilitates each session, where multiple presenters take turns sharing their work through 20-minute presentations, typically with a PowerPoint. Q&A time should be included in each presentation.

For those presenting online, paper and poster presentations is similar as you present in a virtual room to attendees.

The Contest

The contest allows students to showcase their research with additional incentives. Student researchers interested in the contest can submit a summary paper on their research into the Best Paper Contest. The Best Paper Contest has a number of categories, which range from undergraduate level to graduate level. Summary paper submissions for Best Paper are reviewed and selected by a blind panel of faculty.