Next Generation Scholars

When: Thursday November 21st, 2013
Deadline for Registration: Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

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The PGSG Academic & Professional Development Committee invites all graduate students to participate in the Next Generation Scholars Research Fair. This research fair will provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their research, via poster presentations, demonstrations, and brief oral discussions, with the 7th and 8th grade students from Lafayette Tecumseh Junior High School. Engaging with junior high school students will allow Purdue graduate students to sharpen their communication skills and share their research with a new audience while also providing an educational service to local students. Because both groups—graduate and junior high students— are indeed Next Generation Scholars, the research fair will be beneficial for all who participate.

We encourage all graduate students to consider participating in our research fair, and we hope to present a representative range of the research being conducted at Purdue. All participants will receive free lunch and free poster printing. There are no costs associated with participating in this event. All presenters will have their abstract printed in the official program for Next Generation Scholars with laser pointer and ear buds as gift. Winner will be chosen by the audience and will receive $100 as prize.

The Academic & Professional Development Committee will also provide preparation programs to help graduate students prepare their posters for presentation. Visit the PGSG website ( for updates.

Application Information:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, November 3TH 2013, 11:59 PM

  1. Any Purdue graduate student can participate.
  2. The research must be presented by the applicant at the research fair between approximately 9:00 am and 11:30am on November 21st 2013. Specific times will be assigned prior to the fair. The time commitment is expected to be around one and a half to two hours.
  3. If other researchers contributed to the project, they should be acknowledged on the application form.
  4. A 250 word abstract is required. The abstract will be published as submitted in the program booklet.
  5. Include a project description ON A MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL that includes an overview of your presentation topic, presentation materials (e.g. laptop computer), and any other information that may assist the planning committee.
  6. A poster is required; it may also be supplemented with other presentation materials. A table will be provided to set up your presentation. Free poster printing will be available once the applications deadline has passed.
  7. Graduate student posters should be designed specifically for the Next Generation Scholars Research Fair, which includes a target audience of 7th and 8th graders (12- 14 years old) students.
  8. By completing the application form, you are indicating your intent to participate in the Next Generation Scholars Research Fair on November 21st 2013. Posters may not be presented without a graduate student author being present.

Application Form.
Be sure to include all parts of the application and answer all questions. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

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