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Presenter & Judging Guidelines

UML Virtual Student Symposium Presenter & judging Guidelines

Student Presentation Video Viewing Period - April 27-April 29, 2020

Student's 90-second presentation videos will be hosted on the UMass Lowell Virtual Student Symposium YouTube Channel from April 27, 8 a.m. - April 29, 2020, midnight for public viewing.

Please Note:

  • Anyone can view the presentation videos posted on the UMass Lowell Virtual Student Symposium YouTube Channel during the viewing period.
  • The viewing audience will include UMass Lowell students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, we anticipate that the viewing audience will include middle school and high school students, prospective UMass Lowell students, and many others. Please keep in mind that the viewing audience is likely to span a range of ages with varying levels of expertise in your content area.
  • During the April 27-29 viewing period, the viewing audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and post comments on individual presentation videos using the YouTube comment feature.
  • 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.

Viewing Audience & Voting

There are two rounds of voting:

  • Round 1: During the April 27-29 viewing period, the UMass Lowell Virtual Student Symposium YouTube Channel viewing audience will have the opportunity vote on each presentation video (Fan Favorite voting via the "like" button); viewers will be encouraged to use the judging rubric as a guide. Fan Favorite votes on individual presentation videos will be tallied by college and by level (undergraduate, graduate/doctoral).  Presentation videos from each college that garner the most Fan Favorite votes will be designated as the finalists. Finalists will advance to Round 2 of voting.
  • 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 winning presentation video(s) 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 are encouraged to attend, but do not have to be present to win. Read more about the Virtual Student Symposium Awards Webinar.