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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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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?

Tiffin University is hosting its third annual research conference virtually this year!  It is open to all Tiffin University students, so all undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to participate.  The dates of the conference are as follows:

  • ONLINE students: Tuesday, April 20th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
  • CAMPUS students: Wednesday, April 21st from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Besides the presentations, the event is divided into several parts.  All events will be conducted virtually.  The conference will open with our keynote speaker, where they share how they have applied research in their everyday jobs.  Afterwards, students break out into their designated rooms to prepare and present their research.  At the conclusion of the conference, the research of our students is celebrated through the announcement of the contest winners.

All students will be participating remotely by presenting their research on their designated date via Blackboard Collaborate's web-conferencing tool. It 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. This year, all students will be participating virtually and will present their research with a paper or slides presentation.

The paper or slides presentation sessions provide an 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, typically with a PowerPoint. Q&A time should be included in each presentation.  There are three presentation lengths that you can choose from:

  • Burst (10 or 15 minute presentation)
  • General (30 minute presentation)
  • Extended (45 minute presentation)

All presentations will be running simultaneously in different Blackboard Collaborate rooms, so you may be presenting at the same time as other students.


The Contest

The contest allows students to showcase their research with additional incentives.  This year, there will be Top Presenter awards given to one undergraduate student and one graduate student from each school (School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, and School of Criminal Justice).  Those selected as the top presenter in their category will be awarded the following:

  • A $25.00 gift card to the Tiffin University bookstore
  • An official awards certificate with your accomplishment

Contest winners will be announced to the campus (likely via email) on Friday, April 23rd.