Community Partners


Northwestern Mutual CA Intern

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 rse   Wells FargoCASTRSdewy

 Visit Sacramento   CA Gaming KCRA 3

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Community partners will offer professional context and real-world relevance to the STRONG 2017 event.

  • Community partners will be judges and an audience for students on Friday, Apr. 21 for the STRONG Student Academic Showcase.
    • Judges will evaluate student research projects in terms of employability that would fit for their company, in terms of real-world applicability, and in terms of professional presentation.
    • Judges will have a scorecard of 5 categories for which they will rank projects.
  • Community partners may participate in the Employer Reception from 11am-1pm in the Library Art Gallery. The objective is to help students and employers network, to showcase regional employers and offer students real-world knowledge about how to apply for an internship or job. 

Terms of Participation

  • Community partners may volunteer to be a judge at the event, or may choose to sponsor the program by offering financial support.
  • Community partners will provide a high-resolution logo to be printed on collateral material and for use on a website.
  • Community partners will provide giveaways including business cards and collateral material such as handouts (or something more fun) when possible.
  • Community partners may contribute to the undergraduate award, the graduate award, or choose to donate general monies to support the event. Sponsorship options are available at $1,000, $500, or some other amount. See the Sponsorship Package here. 

Judges’ Criteria for Student Presentations

Judges will rank each project on the following criteria:

  1. Use at least 2 credible sources to document the problem
  2. Have a clear problem statement
  3. Offer a clear solution
  4. Relevance to the student’s major or area of study
  5. Include a clear project title
  6. Make eye contact with judges
  7. Provide an adequate introduction to the idea
  8. Elevator pitch summarized problem and solution in about 2 minutes
  9. Leave time for judges to ask questions. (Students have 15 minutes total. The "pitch," or explanation, should be about 5 minutes to allow time for questions and conversation.)
  10. Provide adequate responses to questions
  11. Creativity of solution
  12. Feasibility of solution
  13. Physical props, displays, aides, models (3-dimensional) - not required
  14. Visuals, graphics, poster, handout, flyer (2-dimensional) - not required 
  15. Student presenting checked in with judge to make sure they understood
  16. Relevance to employer

Students will receive positive feedback and constructive criticism from each judge/community partner based on their content and presentation.