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Judging

Graduate Exhibition 2022

The 2022 Graduate Exhibition will be held March 22-25, 2022 in a virtual format and judged online on the Exhibition website, with the exception of the performance category that will be held in person at the Recital Hall at the University Park campus at 7:00 p.m. EST on March 25, 2022. 

The design, research presentations, video, and visual arts categories will be virtual and judged online on the Exhibition website from 8:00 a.m. EST on March 22, through 5:00 p.m. EST on March 25. Judges will have the full 4 days of the Exhibition to view and score their assigned presentations. 

The performance category will be held and judged in person on March 25, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. EST in the Recital Hall at the University Park campus. 

The Judges’ scoring system is fully electronic and accessible to anyone with a computer, tablet, or smart phone and an internet connection. Comment boxes on each exhibitor’s presentation page will allow judges to ask questions and engage with the graduate students.

The Graduate Exhibition is designed for exhibitors to present to a general audience, so please join us to experience the exciting research and creativity of Penn State graduate students. No special expertise is needed to be a judge.

Judges that sign up for the design, research presentation, video, and visual arts categories must complete their assigned presentations no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on March 25, 2022. Judges that sign up for the performance category will be required to complete their judging assignments in person during the performances on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. EST in the Recital Hall at the University Park campus.

The Graduate Research Exhibition features five distinct categories showcasing Penn State graduate students’ research and creative accomplishments:

  • Research Presentations: The Research Presentation Option is open to graduate students from all disciplines at the University. Students will present their research via a recorded oral presentation.
  • Design: The Design Option is open to graduate students from all disciplines whose research focuses on the design of a product, whether that be in a 3-dimensional or digital space. Students will present their design project.
  • Visual Arts: The Visual Art option is open to graduate students for whom creating studio work is a required part of their graduate degree program. Student art works will be displayed on the exhibition website from March 22 through March 25, 2022, as well as in the Hub-Robeson Gallery on Penn State’s University Park campus from March 25 through April 17, 2022. Visiting campus is not required to judge this category. Exhibitors in the Visual Arts option will have the opportunity to share their artwork with alumni, Penn State, and State College community members in a “Gallery Walk” on Friday, March 25, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST in the HUB-Robeson Center Art Gallery. The artwork will be on display from March 25 through April 17, 2022. 
  • Video: The Video Option is open to graduate students from all disciplines who wish to present their research in a video format. Videos are 2 minutes in length and capture the excitement, importance, and value of the scholarly work.  
     
  • Performance: The Performance option is open to all graduate students who are pursuing graduate degrees in the performing arts. Performances will be held and judged in person on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. EST in the Recital Hall at the University Park campus.

Submissions in the performance category will be judged separately from the research presentation, design, visual arts, and video categories. Judges assigned to the performance category will only score performance pieces. Judges not assigned to the performance category may be asked to score submissions in any of the other categories.  When registering, please indicate which options you are interested in judging. You may select both options if you are interested in serving as a judge for any of the categories. Please note, if you sign up to judge the performance category, it will be judged in person on March 25 at 7:00 p.m. EST in the Recital Hall at the University Park campus.

We are looking forward to showcasing all the exciting research, design, and artistic endeavors of Penn State graduate students! 

Criteria

Tips for Judges

  • Judges are assigned at random so you may receive exhibits to judge from any of the following categories: video, research presentation, visual arts, design. If you only chose to judge the performance category, then you will be judging just performances. 

  • There is a separate set of scoring criteria for each category. You will be able to see the criteria in the scoring system itself and complete your scoring accordingly.  

  • You are highly likely to judge exhibits in a range of subject areas that may be outside of your area of expertise. Not to worry! The Graduate Exhibition is designed for graduate students to showcase their research and creative activities to the general public. One of the scoring criteria is the accessibility of the presentations to a non-expert. 

  • Each graduate student exhibitor in the design, research presentation, video, or visual arts category will have their own page in the Virtual Exhibition. The pages will have information about the student, an abstract and statement of importance describing their endeavors, a video of their presentation, and a file with the slides only (for exhibitors in the Research Presentation and Design categories) or an image of the artwork (for exhibitors in the Visual Arts category). Exhibitors in the Video category will have video posted. 

  • Judging will be completed electronically via a website. All judges will receive a link to their scoring page via email. Electronic scoring can be completed on a wide range of devices from smartphones to electronic notepads to computers. 

  • All presentations are scored in five different categories. Make sure that you complete each category when scoring.  

  • Judges may save scores and return to a scoring page at any point during the Virtual Exhibition (design, research presentation, video, and visual arts categories).  Final scores for these categories will be collected from the system at 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 25, 2022. Judges signed up to judge the performance category will be required to complete their judging in person during the performances at the Recital Hall at the University Park campus at 7:00 pm. EST on March 25, 2022.

  • In addition to the scoring categories, judges will have a space on the scoring form to add comments for the students regarding their presentations. Please provide comments on the strengths and weaknesses of the presentation and materials. These written comments are extremely useful to and appreciated by the students. Try to be constructive and positive in your feedback. 

  • Each exhibitor in the design, research presentation, video, and visual arts category will also have a Q&A space on their presentation page that will be open for the entire exhibition where judges can ask questions and exhibitors can respond. We encourage everyone to use this space to engage with these exhibitors. One of components of the Graduate Exhibition that students rate highly is the interaction with judges. When you post a question or comment to a student, please check back to see if the student has responded.  

    • Not sure what sorts of questions to ask in the Q&A space? Here are some examples of conversation starters: Why did you decide to pursue this topic? How is your research impacting your field? What is the importance of your design product to society at large? What are you planning to do next with your project? 

  • Awards in each category are based on the judges’ scores. Please use the entire scoring range, as appropriate. Reserve the highest scores for exhibits that are truly outstanding. 

  • The Research Presentation category has a separate award for Data Visualization. The purpose of this award is to increase digital information literacy by raising awareness of the importance of data visualization and celebrating good examples. Data visualization includes statistical charts, figures, and graph, maps and other geospatial representations, tables, diagrams, schematics, and networks, textual images, infographics, other standard and non-standard visual representations of data. A scoring guide for this award will appear in the judging app for presentations that are eligible for the award.  More information about the scoring criteria can be found here.  

  • Judges that sign up for the virtual design, research presentation, video, and visual arts categories will have from 8:00 am. EST on March 22, 2022, until 5:00 p.m. EST on March 25, 2022 to score their assigned presentations. Judges that sign up to judge the performance category will be required to judge their assigned presentations in person during the performances on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. EST in the Recital Hall at the University Park campus. Please make sure to complete and save scores in all categories by the end of your judging window. If for some reason you are not able to complete your judging assignments, please notify exhibition@psu.edu so that alternative judging arrangements can be made. 

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