Student Research Showcase

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An online science communication competition

Can you explain your research to a broad audience? Join undergraduate, graduate, and high school students as they compete for awards in recognition of outstanding virtual research presentations. The Student Research Showcase is a unique opportunity for students to develop effective science communication skills, which every researcher should have. Those who are able to communicate the value of their research to a broader audience are at an advantage in terms of building financial and social support for their work. The online competition is open to most research disciplines in the United States and worldwide. Participants submit websites containing three main components: a research abstract, a technical slideshow, and a video. The video component challenges participants to present their research to a general audience. During the judging period, more than sixty Sigma Xi members volunteer as judges to evaluate students’ submissions and engage in digital conversations with presenters through their websites.

Registration fees:

Sigma Xi Members, Affiliates, and Explorers: $35

Non-Sigma Xi Members: $50


2019 Competition Timeline

December 3: Abstract submission begins.Submit an abstract of your project by email with the subject line Student Research Showcase Abstract. Please include name and advisor information, institution, and research category.

February 22: Abstract submission deadline 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

March 29:  Registration and website presentation submission deadline 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

April 15:  Judging begins, including discussion period between students and judges

May 6:  Judging concludes at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

May 10:  Student award winners announced and People's Choice Award opens

May 17: People's Choice Award voting ends

May 20: People's Choice Award winner announced


Monetary awards of up to US $500 are to given to the top Graduate, Undergraduate and High School winners within each category. The winner of the People’s Choice Award is selected based on a public vote and receives a $250 monetary award. Awards are partly based on the total number of registrants per category and differ year to year. All student presenters will receive a certificate of participation.

Volunteer as a Judge

Qualified Sigma Xi members, career researchers with an advanced degree, and science communicators are encouraged to sign up to judge Sigma Xi’s Student Research Showcase. Judges evaluate up to 10 presentation websites, interact with presenters by leaving comments, and provide feedback. Judging takes place April 15-29 so you can fit the evaluations in as your schedule permits. 

Sigma Xi members can volunteer to be a competition judge using this online form.

Guidelines for Judges

Click here to download the SRS Judging Manual for more information and judging criteria. 

Help Promote the Showcase

Download and use this flyer.

Resources for Participating Students

Tips for the Student Research Showcase

Two of the top presenters of 2015, Luka Negoita and Weelic Chong, share their advice and experience in a series of videos.


2018 Results

Congratulations to the division and section winners of the 2018 Student Research Showcase! See the 2018 results.

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