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Virtual Student Symposium Student Presentation Videos

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Requirements & Guidelines for 90-second Presentation Videos

Open to all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, the 2020 Virtual Student Symposium is an opportunity to share a 90-second presentation video of your research, service learning project, study abroad experience, creative works or other academic endeavors with a general audience that is a broad cross section of students, staff, faculty members, department chairs & deans, 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 Abstract Submission portal. Team submissions are welcome. In order to participate as a virtual presenter, the abstract must be approved by a UMass Lowell project advisor. The abstract submission deadline is April 19, 2020, midnight. 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 upload a 90-second presentation video to the UMass Lowell Student Symposium Video Submission platform. If it is a team submission, the lead author will need to inform all members of the team of the next steps. The 90-second presentation video submission deadline is April 23, 2020, midnight.
  • The 90-second presentation video will be posted by an event organizer to the UMass Lowell Virtual Student Symposium YouTube Channel. Presentation videos will be available for public viewing from April 27, 8 a.m. - April 29, 2020, midnight. Viewers of the UMass Lowell Symposium YouTube Channel will be able watch and vote (Fan Favorite voting via the "like" button) on the 90-second presentation videos. Read more about the Viewing Audience & Voting process

90-Second Video Presentation Requirements

  • All projects must be submitted as a 90-second (maximum); presentation video. Students are encouraged to use recording tools currently available to them, e.g., through a cell phone camera, an iPad, a web cam, or as PowerPoint presentation with voice-over narration. For suggestions on how to record a video to your desktop, tips on webcam recording, and freeware options, visit Aimersoft's 2 Ways on How to Record Video to a Laptop and Biteable's Best Webcam Recorders: How to Film Yourself Using Only a Webcam. You can also record your presentation as a PowerPoint presentation with voice-over narration. For step-by-step instructions on how to record a PowerPoint presentation with voice-over narration and save it as a movie file (MPEG-4 Video), view Lincoln Land Community College's Learning Lab's YouTube video.  Another option for recording your presentation is to use Powtoon animation software (a free version is available; please be sure to save it as a PowerPoint file and then save the PowerPoint file as a MPEG-4 Video). 
  • Presentation videos that exceed 90-seconds will not be accepted. Please be sure your presentation video does not exceed the time limit.
  • 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.
  • Video editing is encouraged. For suggestions on free editing software visit Tom's Guide's Best Free Video Editing Software in 2020.
  • Presentation videos will be captioned using the YouTube's machine learning algorithm. Clear audio is key to quality captions.

Viewing Audience & Voting

  • Presentation videos will be available for public viewing on the UMass Lowell Virtual Student Symposium YouTube Channel from April 27, 8 a.m. - April 29, 2020, 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 April 27-29 Virtual Student Symposium 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 (Fan Favorite voting via the "like" button) using the judging rubric as a guide (Round 1 of judging). Read more about the presenter & judging guidelines and the judging rubric.
  • Presenters should monitor and respond to the questions and comments throughout the viewing period, on a schedule that works best for the presenter (there is no prescribed time when the presenter must be online). 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.
  • Presenters are welcome to post days/times that they are available 'real time' to answer questions (this is purely optional). If you do this, just remember that this is a public viewing period, so be sure to include the time zone that you'll be available.
  • Fan Favorite voting on each presentation video will be tallied by college and level (undergraduate or graduate/doctoral student). The presentation videos from each college that garner the most votes will advance to the Finalist Round (Round 2 of judging).
  • In Round 2, judging panels will review the finalist presentation videos, scoring each video using the judging rubric. An average score will be calculated for each presentation video to determine the winners from each college.
  • Finalists and their project advisors will be invited to the Virtual Student Symposium Awards Webinar to be scheduled on May 1 (time to be determined), when student winners will be announced. Finalists do not have to be present to win. Read more about the Virtual Student Symposium Awards Webinar.

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