Undergraduate Research & Creative Scholarship Showcase

Student presents their poster to a judge while many more students mingle in the background around posters that line the walls

The Undergraduate Research & Creative Scholarship Showcase (URCSS) celebrates the excellent academic work of UAA's students across an interdisciplinary spectrum of arts and humanities, social sciences, business, health, education, applied sciences, engineering, and natural sciences. The 2023 Showcase is being held in-person, and students competing for prizes should prepare to present their project at the event. 

Students are asked to submit a 36"x24" conference poster showcasing the best of their academic work. Below you will find information on what we are asking students to include with their posters, the Submission Form, and numerous resources to help with creating effective and memorable conference posters!

Please note: Group submissions are accepted - there is a spot on the submission form to indicate it is a group effort.

Submissions to the Showcase will open in March!

Review the Showcase FAQs section for additional guidelines.


Submit your project to the SRCSS! - Available 11:59pm March 28

2024 Showcase Event Details:

March 29
Submissions open

April 11 at 11:59 PM
Due date to submit

April 19 from 9 AM - 12:30 PM
In-person Showcase event in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Sciences Building (CPISB) Attrium


Submission Categories:

Please Note: Due to the interdisciplinary nature of many academic projects, the category that best fits your project, may not be the category your major is listed under - this list is only intended to be a loose guideline, not an absolute rule. Confirm with your project advisor before submitting.

  • Art
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism and Public Communications
  • Languages
  • Math
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • International Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Applied Technologies Leadership
  • Aviation Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dietetics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geomatics
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Services
  • Justice
  • Kinesiology
  • Legal Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Social Work
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Geological Sciences
  • Natural Sciences


Arts & Humanities
1st Place: $600
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $150

Social Sciences, Business, and Education
1st Place: $600
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $150
Applied Sciences, Health, and Engineering
1st Place: $600
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $150
Natural Sciences
1st Place: $600
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $150



How to Submit Your Project Checklist:

  1. Download one of these Powerpoint Slide templates to create your poster. You must save and submit your powerpoint file as a PDF - this will ensure the poster prints correctly. If you decide not to use one of these templates, you must ensure that your poster has the correct dimensions:
    1. Horizontal (24" x 36") Template
    2. Vertical (36" x 24") Template
  2. Confirm with your project advisor or assignment's professor that:
    1. You are planning to submit to the accurate academic category. If you are unsure which category you should submit to, consult your project advisor or professor.
    2. You have chosen the appropriate rubric. Rubric categories include: Empirical Research, Non-Empirical Scholarship, Creative Activity. Selecting the appropriate rubric will ensure you receive the most fair and accurate evaluation for prize consideration. We cannot guarantee that projects evaluated incorrectly will be considered for prize placement. View the three Showcase rubrics.
  3. When you are ready, open the submission form, sign in with your UA username and password, and submit your project! Keep in mind that if you project is accepted to the Showcase, you are required to attend the in-person Showcase event.
  4. Prepare to present your poster in person, and attend the in-person Showcase event.


Showcase FAQs

  • How many projects can I submit to the Showcase?
    Students may submit only one poster to the Showcase. If you have multiple projects in which you are part of a group, and each group wishes to submit their poster, you can serve as the representative for submission and/or presenting for only one of these projects. Other project(s) must be presented by other members of your group(s), or they will not be considered.
  • Can I edit my poster after submission?
    Only the first submission of each project will be accepted - ensure that you only submit the best and final version of your poster. No edited versions will be accepted later.
  • What if I miss the submission deadline?
    Posters submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • My poster does not match the required dimensions. Can I still submit it?
    Posters must be submitted in the required format with the correct dimensions; posters incorrectly formatted may appear distorted when printed. We will accept such submissions and alter them to fit our printer dimensions. We assume no responsibility for any distortion during printing.
  • Do I have to attend the live event to participate in the Showcase? What if I live outside of Anchorage?
    If you submit a poster to the showcase you are expected to attend the live event. Please ensure that you have availability on the event day during the times indicated before making a submission. If you live outside of the Anchorage area, you may still submit a poster, but it is your responsibility to secure a representative who can provide a laptop and video conference capability for you to present in your designated times.
  • Can I submit projects from previous semesters to the Showcase? What about projects I did at another university?
    The academic work you present must be work completed in your capacity as an undergraduate student at UAA during this academic year (Summer 2023 through Spring 2024). Projects with work from previous academic years, or projects that you created while you were a student at another university (including other UA campuses) will not be accepted
  • Can graduate students submit projects?

    We will not be accepting projects from graduate students this year. If an undergraduate group project includes a graduate student, the following requirements must be met to submit the project. Projects that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered for prizes. 

    • The project must be submitted by one of the undergraduate students in the group.
    • The majority of the academic work for the project must have been completed by undergraduate students. 
    • Undergraduate students in the group must be the ones to present the poster at the in-person event.


Student Research & Creative Scholarship Showcase ePortfolios!

If you would like inspiration, or to check out previous projects, please browse our Showcase event from 2021 or 2022.