About the Showcase

Interested in presenting research, expanding your resume, and winning scholarships? The College of Community Innovation and Education Annual Research Showcase is an excellent opportunity for student-researchers to present research and creative projects, in poster form, to our college and partnering communities.

DATE: TBD
Location: TBD

The showcase is held before the university-wide showcases (Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence and Graduate Research Forum) in order to help prepare students for these events.

The CCIE Research Showcase demonstrates to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater Central Florida community that student research builds upon and enhances the quality of the UCF undergraduate and graduate experience. All undergraduates and graduates registered in CCIE courses are encouraged to present current or recent academic projects.

Faculty, staff, and other students are welcome to attend the showcase. Monetary awards will be presented to the top 5 presentations.

Guidelines, Eligibility & Judging Process

All projects will be provided 3 feet of table space. Presenters are responsible for providing their own tri-fold poster board. However, you are welcome to present a professionally printed poster if you prefer. Please note that there will be a limited number of boards on which to mount printed posters. Presenters are encouraged to bring their own display board.

We suggest that your presentation be printed out PowerPoint slides which can be attached/stapled/pinned to your trifold poster board; not necessarily professionally printed as a conference poster. Please keep in mind that the CCIE poster-presentation is practice for the university-wide research events and allows time to make edits to your presentation to be professionally printed for the UCF research events.

Research and creative works in progress are encouraged. These include projects that have not yet attained final results or are still developing: presentations of initial results, research or project designs, field experiences, methodology discussions, and literature reviews. Presentations of completed projects and final results are equally encouraged.

For guidelines on formatting your presentation, please see Resources.

The opportunity to present is only available to currently enrolled students with a major, minor or certificate in the College of Community Innovation and Education. Projects from all College of Community Innovation and Education fields and disciplines are eligible for presentation. Projects must have a clear focus or a central research question.

CCIE faculty members are judges for the showcase. Showcase projects are judged according to the following:

  1. Clear project statement of purpose
  2. Sound methodology
  3. Clear presentation of results/product/performance or expected outcome
  4. Progress on project to date; and
  5. Contribution to the field or discussion of potential impact

Awards are given to the top 5 undergraduate presentations and the top 5 graduate presentations. First Place receives an award of $500; Second Place $350; Third Place $250; Two Honorable Mentions at $100 each. The CCIE Research Showcase monetary awards are credited through UCF Student Account Services.

Event Registration

Registration is Coming Soon.
Register Deadline: TBD
For any questions please email yourresearchteam@ucf.edu.

Resources

Presentation Formatting

For tips on formatting a conference poster, attend one of our Paper to Poster workshops, offered a few times throughout the fall and spring semesters. Visit the Research Administration Services Team's calendar to view upcoming events.

Research Showcase Poster Guidelines

Where to Print a Poster

If you don’t want to use a tri-fold board, you are welcome to have your poster professionally printed. Please keep in mind, however, that you will receive feedback at the CCIE showcase and may want to revise your poster for the UCF research activities.

CCIE Office of Research
Cost: Free
Policy: Please send a PPT or PDF file of your poster to yourresearchteam@ucf.edu at least 3 days before you need to pick it up. Please make sure the PPT slide is formatted to the desired size of your poster. Hint: most research forum/conference posters are 36 x 48.

Student Government Association Printing Lab
Cost: $24
Policy: Bring a flash drive with your file saved on it to the lab (located on the second floor of the Student Union) 3-5 business days before you need to pick it up. You need to pay for it using Knights Cash on your UCF ID card.

Staples
Cost: $40
Policy: Same-day printing and pick up at the store if ordered before 2pm.
You can order online.
Convert your file to a PDF. Choose “Upload Your Own Design”, Banner Size should be 3’ by 4’, Orientation is ‘Landscape’. Before you confirm you will be able to preview it. Be careful of your margins because things too close to the edge will be cut off, as you will see in the preview. If this happens, you will need to go back to your PPT slide to adjust it and then convert it to a PDF.

Past Showcases

Undergraduate Recipients

First Place
Michelle Verbitskaya
Use of Music in an ESOL Classroom and by Individual English Learners as a Way to Supplement the Porcess of the Learning the English Language

Second Place
Kelley Devoe
Exploring Diet, Physical Activity, and Self-Reported Health Status Among Men and Women in the Medically Underserved Population

Third Place
Typhanie Quest
A Literature Review of the Effects of Cognitive Interventions for Patients with Alzheimer's

Honorable Mention
Sonia Balkaran
An Exploration of Representations of Race and Ethnicity in Series or Transitional Literature for Young Children

Honorable Mention
Austin Shulman: Waldorf Schools Effectiveness in Teaching Mathematics Based on Student Achievement
Megan Fuentes: On Pre-Service Professional Development Programs
Kaitlin Elmore: Exploring Portrayal of Modern First Ladies in Children’s Biographies

Graduate Recipients

First Place
Rebeca Grysko; Co-author: Melissa Mitchell
An Exploratory Study of Children’s Interactions with Augmented Reality Enhanced Text

Second Place
Mary Mitchell
Xiaoli Yu
Analyses and Comparisons of Lexical Features in Native and Nonnative English Academic Writing

Third Place
Megan Whitbeck
Does the Working Alliance Predict Psychological Distress for Participants in Psychoeducational Groups?

Honorable Mention
Jillian Schreffler
Answering Difficult Questions: A Study Comparing TeachLive vs. In_Person Skill Building in Health/Sex Education

Honorable Mention
Mais Al-Jabbawi
An Examination of the Role of Arab Gulf Students’ Culture and Gender on Their Cultural Adjustment in ESL Classrooms in the United States of America: A Mixed Method Investigation

First Place
David Foresman
Representations and Impacts of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Ideals in Children's Literature for Young ChildrenSecond Place
Elizabeth Bello
Experiences Learning Mathematics and Grade Level Competency for Children with Cancer

Third Place
Christine Parsons
The Effects of the Use of Coaching Strategies for Educators to Support Students with Executive Function Disabilities

Honorable Mention
Bethany Fralish
Mathematical Immersion through Virtual Reality for Children with Critical Illness

Honorable Mention
Afrina Rohani
Exploring Personality Traits and Trends among Teachers Who Persist in the Field: A Literature Review

Graduate Recipients

First Place
Angelica Fulchini
Weaving Together Mindfulness and 21st Century Professional Learning: Preparing Teachers to Meet Diverse Student Needs

Second Place
Mary Mitchell
Effects of Collaborations between Speech-Language Pathologists and Third Grade Teachers on Student Literacy Outcomes

Third Place
Karyn Allee-Herndon
Poverty and Learning in Academic Early Childhood: A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature

Honorable Mention
Samantha Mrstik
Combating Special Educator Attrition: Mentor Teachers’ Perceptions of Job Satisfaction, Resiliency and Retention

Honorable Mention
Jennifer Holbrook
Effects of Online Weekly Coaching on Co-Teaching Practices and Opportunities to Respond

1st Place
Brooke Rusoff
Exploring Attachment Behaviors in Urban Mothers and their Infants

2nd Place
Payton Rausch
An analysis regarding the current efforts to reduce childhood obesity and why they are not working.

3rd Place
David Foresman
Children's Literature's Representation of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming and Its Impact

Honorable Mention
Rebecca Chappell
An Examination of the Extent to Which Word Work with Elementary Students Transfers to Authentic Reading and Writing Practices

1st Place
Sarah Hanson
Total body water and its relationship to functional performance in individuals diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

2nd Place
Taylor Keefer
Undergraduate resources by college: An illustration for favoritism.

3rd Place
Yaridma Tejada
Ready or not; College readiness and underserved students

Honorable Mention
Quacy-Ann Webley
My Black is Beautiful: A Study of how hair is portrayed in children's literature with a focus on the children's books "Nappy Hair, I love my Hair" paired with "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Rachel Campfield
Subject neglect: Lack of social studies education in elementary schools.

1st Place
Adrea Scanlon and Shannon Johnsen
#Privacy PleaseAndrea Scanlon and Shannon Johnsen create a focus around teacher privacy and how future and current educators view this particular problem within the education community. The research implemented in this undergraduate research showcase project is a quantitative data analysis on education students and teacher perception on how teacher privacy laws effect daily life.

2nd Place
Rebecca Williams
Skip the lecture ... Hit the "Mall" A Students Perspectives Regarding Regarding-Lecture Mathematics Courses

Skip the lecture Hit the "Mall" is a research showcase regarding student perspectives on lecture mathematic courses here at UCF. The project uses quantitative data driven material analyzed from a questionnaire produced to gauge student perspective on if the "Mall" is a better learning environment and tool compared to traditional lecture based classroom settings. The project has generated conversation in the UCF mathematics program along with future questions at Valencia if the program is viable for their needs.

3rd Place
Jenna Mathis
The Role of Child Life Specialists in Meeting the Needs of Children with Chronically Ill Siblings

Jenna Mathis's research project, The Role of Child Life Specialists in Meeting the Needs of Children with Chronically Ill Siblings, is a project focusing on the needs of siblings of children who are hospitalized with a chronic illness. The study discusses the role that Child Life Specialists play in those with specifics needs and concerns. Mathis conducts interviews with Child Life Specialists from Nemours Children's Hospital, Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, and Florida Hospital for Children to gain the perspective of Child Life Specialist understanding of needs for these particular children.

Best Methodology
Laurel Sandage
Gender roles in science

Laurel Sandage focuses her research showcase project in how gender roles play in mathematics and science in the education system. Taking the stance that cultural influences still persist in having female students deter their motivations away from the sciences, Sandage focuses on student perception in their roles of learning within the education system. Sandage uses a qualitative data along with quantitative data produced from interviews and polls taken from primary school students and teachers to show a trend and change within gender roles within future science education and jobs.

Honorable Mention Metholdology
Caleb Robinson
Time to Success: A Statistical Analysis of Time in School and Achievement

Caleb Robinson's research showcase project, Time to Success: A Statistical Analysis of Time in School and Achievement, focuses on already available data of student achievement levels within school districts, and time spent in each district for students taking standardized tests. Caleb uses this quantitative data to make correlations between student success and the times they spend in school resulting in finds that they do not produce greater achievement past an allotted amount of time.

Best Research Problem
Ali Boggs and Thereses Gurley
Characteristics of Quality Social Programs for High Functioning Autistic Students

Ali Boggs and Therese Gurley won best research problem with, Characteristics of Quality Social Programs for High Functioning Autistic Students. The research problem focuses on peer interactions for students, and the development of cognitive, social, and emotional abilities of high functioning autistic children. Boggs and Gurley focus on social skill programs offered to HFA students gauge the consistency and techniques of each program studied to determine positive or negative results.

Honorable Mention Research Problem
Jamie Collins
Are kids hungry for more time?

Jamie Collins research showcase project, Are Kids Hungry for More Time, takes a stance on students needing more time during breaks and lunch and asks if they lead to greater achievement. Collins takes past research on student success for correlating time, achievement, and student health and uses quantitative data from polls taken from teachers and students to address the problem. Collins also uses qualitative data from interviews with teachers in decision if longer lunch times would help improve students during the school day.

Patrons Choice
Rebecca Williams
Skip the lecture ... Hit the "Mall" A Students Perspectives Regarding Regarding-Lecture Mathematics Courses

Skip the lecture Hit the "Mall" is a research showcase regarding student perspectives on lecture mathematic courses here at UCF. The project uses quantitative data driven material analyzed from a questionnaire produced to gauge student perspective on if the "Mall" is a better learning environment and tool compared to traditional lecture based classroom settings. The project has generated conversation in the UCF mathematics program along with future questions at Valencia if the program is viable for their needs.

Contact

Kendra Castleberry, Graduate Assistant
CCIE Research Administration Services Team