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43 rd Student Research Conference. Gary A. Ransdell Hall Saturday, March 23, 2013 7:30am-6:00pm Thank you for your participation!. 43 rd Student Research Conference.

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43 rd student research conference
43rd Student Research Conference

Gary A. Ransdell Hall

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Thank you for your participation!

43 rd student research conference1
43rd Student Research Conference

The WKU Student Research Conference received a record 316 student submissions this year from disciplines university-wide. As an interdisciplinary conference, sessions are arranged into five, broad categories: Business, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary.

Judging assignments were made to place individual judges as closely as possible within the broader category that best fits their background. However, a few judges were placed outside of their anticipated category because of staffing needs.

All judges should remember that as an interdisciplinary conference, good judging does not rely on your expertise within the students’ presentation areas. Judging criteria are arranged to score students on their Organization and Content, Presentation Techniques, and Student Responses to Questions, allowing for equitable scoring on subjects across the breadth of disciplines that will be presented at the conference.


A judges’ table will be set up in the 1st floor lobby of GRH until 4:30 PM on Saturday, March 23. Judges will check in here upon arrival.

judges arrival times
Judges’ Arrival Times

Poster Session Judges

sign in
  • The judges’ table will be set up outside of the Educational Resource Center on the first floor of GRH.
  • Evaluation score sheets and directions to your session will be given to each judge.
  • All you need to bring is a pen or pencil. Moderators should bring a wrist watch or electronic device with a clock.
  • Judges of oral/paper sessions should arrive at their rooms around 15 minutes early to make sure the equipment is working, to meet their fellow judge/s, and to instruct student presenters to pre-load any PowerPoint presentations to the display computer.
  • Each session has a moderator
  • Paper Session Moderators will:
    • Make sure presentations begin and end on time. Note: If a student does not show up for her/his presentation, please maintain the schedule so people who come to hear specific talks will not miss them.
  • Paper and Poster Session Moderators will:
    • Collect evaluations, place the winner on top of the stack of forms, and return them to the judges’ tables in the lobby making sure that the session’s winner is clearly labeled.
  • Each judge will be provided an evaluation sheet for each presentation in the session.
  • The evaluation sheets are broken into three sections: 1) Organization & Content, 2) Presentation Technique, and 3) Response to Questions.
  • Please circle the Likert-type scale choice (1-10) that best describes the presenter’s work.
  • Your evaluation sheets should be turned in by your moderator at the judges’ table after your session concludes. Be sure to clearly write the student’s name, mentor’s name, and department name in the spaces indicated on the evaluation sheets. The evaluations sheets are collected, sorted, and returned to the mentor after the conference so that mentors can offer their students feedback.
  • Example from evaluation form:

Introduction/background/rationale or reason for scholarly activity

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (simply circle one)

  • When you are finished with the session, tally the scores on each evaluation form. Please feel free to discuss and make clarifications with other judges. The moderator will collect the forms after you are finished. The person with the highest average score will be the winner for the session.
a place to convene
A Place to Convene

As a new addition this year, the Student Research Council has added Judges’ Rooms to the conference. Feel free to use these quiet rooms for your committee to convene for a short discussion before determining your session winner.

Morning Judges’ Room

GRH 1065 for 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Afternoon Judges’ Room

GRH 2069 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

important points
Important Points
  • If a situation arises and you will not be able to judge, please let Dr. Farley Norman know at 270-793-6712 or Mr. Derick Strode at 270-303-1489.
  • Judges should check presenter attendance to make sure all presenters are present, announcing that students should stay until the end of their session.
  • Judges may ask questions to presenters after each presentation and should moderate questions from the audience.
  • For your session, be certain that a clear winner is determined and reported to the judges’ table by the specified time (see next slide).
report winners by the following times
Report Winners by the following times:
  • Poster Session
  • 2:30-4:15 pm
  • Report session winner by 4:00 pm
and again
And, again…

Thank you for your participation in the 43rd WKU Student Research Conference!

~WKU Student Research Council