Showcase Guidance for Teams

Thank you for participating in the 2022 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase (April 13 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. in Penn Pavilion). This event is an opportunity to share your team’s work with the broader Duke community and includes an open floor session featuring posters and alternative displays, lightning talks by pre-selected teams and awards. 

Please carefully review this guidance to prepare to share your team’s work at the showcase.

Please note that, in addition to the showcase, we also invite all teams to submit a team profile by the end of the year for inclusion in a digital exhibit on the Bass Connections website.

Showcase Participation and Safety

We encourage all 2021-2022 project teams to participate in this event but understand that some individuals may have concerns about attending in-person events at this time. This year’s showcase will be limited to members of the Duke community and will follow Duke’s coronavirus response guidelinesPlease note that masks will be required for this event.

Each year, this event offers teams the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with friends and colleagues and make new connections with individuals across campus. As such, we encourage showcase participants to stay for the entire program to visit other teams’ posters and displays and listen to the lightning talks. Please discuss your showcase plan with your team ahead of time, and plan to have at least one member of your team standing with your poster or display at all times during the open floor portions of the event.

Showcase Schedule

This year’s showcase will be on Wednesday, April 13 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. in Penn Pavilion. The event will include an open floor session featuring posters and alternative displays, lightning talks and award announcements.

  • 3:30-4:15: Open Floor featuring posters/alternative displays – Student team members will share their research findings through poster presentations and alternative displays. Showcase guests will be invited mingle and talk with students about their research.
  • 4:15-4:50: Lightning Talks – Students from six project teams will share research highlights through five-minute “lightning talks.” (These talks are designed to showcase the breadth of research taking place through the program, and these teams have already been pre-selected and notified.) All showcase guests will be asked to direct their attention to the student speakers. After talks conclude, we will also announce the winners of this year’s poster awards, mentorship and leadership awards, and student research grants.
  • 4:50-6:00 Open Floor resumes – Showcase guests will again be able to mingle, visit posters and alternative displays, and talk with teams about their research.

Guidance for Preparing Your Showcase Poster

The showcase provides teams with the opportunity to share the outcomes of their research with a broad, interdisciplinary audience. Through poster presentations, students can practice communicating complex ideas, methods and outcomes, thereby expanding the reach and impact of their research.

Bass Connections will recognize teams’ efforts to communicate their research through the Bass Connections Poster Competition, which includes an award for the best poster as chosen in advance by a panel of judges.

Teams must submit their poster using this online form by April 6 at 5:00 p.m. for display at the showcase and consideration in this year’s poster competition. Please visit our detailed poster guidance to access the poster template and learn more about poster submission, deadlines, awards and expectations for the day of the showcase.

Please note that, due to space limitations, teams may only submit one poster for printing and display at the showcase. However, teams may submit more than one poster for consideration in the poster competition and display on our website. 

Alternative Displays at the Showcase

This year, we are offering teams the option to bring materials to set up an “alternative display” at the showcase. Teams may choose either a research poster or an alternative display but will not be able to have both due to space constraints in Penn Pavilion.

An alternative display can take a number of forms, but all display materials must be supplied by the project team. Teams that are considering this option should plan for their display to fit on (or in the equivalent space of) one eight-foot table. Please note that we cannot ensure that all teams with alternative displays will be near a power source. To help ensure that your alternative display will be feasible in the space provided, we are requiring that you share a brief description of your display with us in the showcase registration form.

Examples of alternative displays include (but are not limited to): 

  • tablets that allow showcase guests to interact with an application, digital exhibit or digital tools
  • prototypes or models that you want guests to be able to interact with in-person
  • virtual reality gear that allows guests to experience a computer-generated environment
  • printed pamphlets or infographics that you’d like guests to be able to pick up and take with them
  • works of art and/or materials 

We hope that this alternative display option provides room to be creative as you’re planning how best to share your work at the showcase.

This is our first year offering this alternative display option. If we have sufficient participation, we anticipate awarding a prize for best alternative display.

Other (Lasting!) Opportunities to Showcase Your Team’s Work

In addition to the showcase, we also invite all teams to submit a team profile by the end of the year for inclusion in a digital exhibit on the Bass Connections website. This is a great way to capture your team’s work in a lasting, public-facing piece.

A team profile is a ~500-word narrative summarizing your team’s work and should include an overview of your research question and team structure, key research findings, reflections on team successes and challenges, as well as team photos, posters and other outputs (e.g., website, digital exhibit, pre-recorded presentations, video, white papers), where applicable.

Please see these team profile examples from our 2020 and 2021 digital exhibits:

Please submit your team profile using this online form by April 30. If you have questions about team profiles, please contact Meghan O'Neil (