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Video Guidelines & Resources

Student Symposium - Presentation Video Guidelines & resources

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Open to all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, the 2021 Student Symposium is an opportunity to share a video of no more than 3 minutes about your research, service learning project, study abroad experience, creative work or other academic endeavor with a general audience of students, staff, faculty members, deans and department chairs, and members of the extended UMass Lowell community. In addition, we anticipate that an audience of middle school and high school students, prospective UMass Lowell students, alumni, and many others will join this year's virtual event!


Overview of the Process

  • UMass Lowell student presenters must first submit an abstract (up to 250 words) using the online abstract submission portal. Team submissions are welcome. All abstracts must be approved by a UMass Lowell project advisor in order for your video to be considered. The abstract submission deadline is April 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Read more about the abstract submission process and deadlines.
  • Once the abstract is approved by the UMass Lowell project advisor, the student who submitted the abstract ("lead author") will receive an email generated by the abstract submission portal with instructions about how to submit your video. If it is a team submission, the lead author will need to inform all members of the team of the next steps. The video submission deadline is April 9, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Video submissions will be posted by an event organizer to the UMass Lowell Student Symposium YouTube Channel. Presentation videos will be available for public viewing from April 13, 10 a.m. - April 20, 2021, midnight. Viewers of the UMass Lowell Student Symposium YouTube Channel will be able to watch and vote (via the "like" button).

Video Guidelines & Requirements

  • All projects must be submitted as a 3-minute (maximum) presentation video. Presentation videos that exceed 3 minutes will not be accepted. Please be sure your presentation video does not exceed the time limit.
  • Students are encouraged to be creative with their videos as long as the videos effectively demonstrate their projects. Students can use one or a mix of elements and formats such as multiple slides, demos, interviews, animations, etc.
  • Presentation videos that include information collected from human subjects require approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to data collection. Please contact your faculty project advisor if you have questions about whether your project is subject to IRB approval and how to acknowledge approval during your presentation video.
  • Presentation videos will be captioned using the YouTube's machine learning algorithm. Please ensure you include clear audio as it is key to quality captions.

Video Creation Resources and Tips


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  • Presentation videos will be available for public viewing on the UMass Lowell Student Symposium YouTube Channel from April 13, 10 a.m. - April 20, 2021, midnight.
  • The viewing audience will include fellow students, UMass Lowell faculty, deans & department chairs, alumni, community partners, and others that are part of the extended UMass Lowell community. In addition, we anticipate that middle school and high school student viewers, prospective UMass Lowell student viewers and many others will be part of the viewing audience. Please keep this in mind as you develop your content and record your presentation video.
  • Once the viewing period opens, presenters are encouraged to promote their own video with family, friends, faculty, colleagues, etc.
  • During the viewing period, viewers will be able to post questions and comments on individual presentation videos using the YouTube comment feature and will have the opportunity to vote on each presentation video (via the "like" button). We encourage all viewers to consider elements of the judging rubric for Round 1 as they peruse and vote for their favorite videos.
  • Students should monitor and respond to the questions and comments on their video throughout the viewing period. Actively engage with those who took the time to view your video! Please remember that although this event is virtual, it is a UMass Lowell academic event. Replies to viewer questions and comments should be in that context. Also remember that the viewers of your comments are likely to represent a range of ages and expertise.
  • During the week-long viewing period, a team designated by each college dean will view videos and select a certain number of finalists proportional to the number of submissions from their college to continue to the next round. In Round 2, finalists will be asked to participate in a virtual, real-time presentation and Q&A session with a panel of 3-5 judges.
  • At least one "Fan Favorite" winner from each college will be selected based on the number of "likes" on YouTube and input from judges. Students may elect to participate in Round 1 only if they only want to be considered for the Fan Favorite category.