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Community partners will offer professional context and real-world relevance to the STRONG 2016 event.

  • Community partners will be judges and an audience for students on Friday, Apr. 29 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 will showcase what wellness means for their business or organization with a workshop or through tabling at the STRONG Community Showcase on Saturday, Apr. 30.
  • Community partners may choose whether they want to participate on Friday, Saturday, or both days.

Terms of Participation

  • Community partners do not have to pay a fee to be involved the inaugural year of the event.
  • 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 collateral material such as handouts (or something more fun) when possible.
  • Community partners may contribute to either the $1,000 undergraduate scholarship or the $1,000 graduate scholarship.

Think outside the box.

Audience: desired employer. The person you want to hire you.

Judges’ Criteria:

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.