Student Showcase

The UW-Parkside Student Showcase is a campus-wide event in which all UW-Parkside students (undergraduates and graduate students) are encourage to participate. A project might be an independent work conducted outside of a classroom setting, in collaboration with a faculty or staff mentor, it could be a project associated with a course during the summer, fall or spring semester.


  • Student-faculty collaborative research
  • Community-based learning (CBL)
  • Internships
  • Poetry and prose readings
  • Creative activities

Faculty and staff, please share this information with students whom feel may have a project that is ready to present at the UW-Parkside Student Showcase each spring.



All are invited and welcome to attend and 2022 UW-Parkside Student Showcase that will be held in the Student Center Ballroom, Oak and Walnut Room.

Eighty plus UW-Parkside students from across the university and from all four colleges will give ~60 different research and creative scholarly Presentations as a Professional Portfolio, Research Poster, an Oral Presentation, or a Documentary.  There will also be a group of short persuasive speeches (3-min long each) for the Quick Pitch competition.

Again, all are welcome to come and learn about, talk with, ask questions of students presenting their scholarly work.

Faculty/Academic Staff, feel free to bring your entire class or have students in your classes attend individually.

Schedule and Locations 

12:30-2:30 PM  |  Professional Portfolios and Research Posters  |  Ballroom

2:30-3:45 PM  |  Oral Presentations and Documentary  |  Oak Room

3-4:30 PM  |  WiSys Sponsored Quick Pitch Competition  |  Walnut Room

Some light snacks and beverages served in the Ballroom

If you have any questions, please email

What about partial or incomplete projects?
We fully realize that as a result of COVID-19 and necessary cancellation of on-campus, off-campus, and in-person activities many student research, creative activity, and CBL projects have likely been interrupted or changed in nature. That is fine, if the student(s) and faculty/staff mentor feel there is still sufficient information and interest to present a the work as a professional portfolio, poster, or short talk, please considering doing so, even if less than initially planned.

Details about what, where and how presentations will occur?In consultation with the UW-Parkside Innovations in Learning staff, the Showcase Steering Committee is working on exactly how and when we'll have students upload their presentation, likely as a PDF of your poster and if students will be encouraged/asked to give "live" presentation for short talks or a recorded talk. We will share these details once they are worked out. Please note, we intend to be flexible and willing to work with students to find a way for them to present their work,  even if somewhat incomplete, in a useful and comfortable way, and the UW-Parkside Innovations in Learning staff will help provide technical support to students, as needed.

Types of student presentations to choose from (can be more than one).

  • Posters for independent and class-based scholarly or CBL projects
  • Professional Portfolios to display portfolios in art, business, theatre design/technology, capstone projects, or creative works
  • Oral presentations (15 minutes) for independent and class-based scholarly, CBL, or capstone projects
  • Readings of poetry, prose, speeches, or oral interpretations
  • Short performances in music or theatre arts
  • Quick Pitch competitive presentation (monetary awards for top presentations)*

*WiSys (at UW-System level) decided to cancel all Quick Pitch events state wide, so that will not be part of the Student Showcase this year (2020). 

Normally, students compete at in-person campus-level competitions. However, many campus events were canceled because of the coronavirus crisis. To ensure all students have the opportunity to pitch, WiSys is continuing the program virtually as WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home.



The Quick Pitch competition is run in collaboration with the WiSYS organization. Quick Pitch is a competition in which students give a short (3 minute) persuasive speech without visuals. The goal of these “elevator talks” (as they are sometimes described) is to persuade an audience of the importance and value of a topic, product, or project.

Although often related to an entrepreneurial product or research project, the topic could be on a social issue or CBL project, to name a few. Also, students (undergraduate or graduate) could give both a Quick Pitch presentation as well as a Poster or longer Oral Presentation on the same topic.

Reminder, this event is different than the state-wide UW-System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

Students planning to present at both the UW-Parkside Student Showcase AND the UW-Symposium can present the same work.The Showcase event is usually scheduled a few days prior to the UW-Symposium to provide a "warm up" for students who might be nervous about presenting at a larger conference.


David Higgs  |  Faculty Coordinator  |

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