2018 UIC Student Research Forum – Faculty Judges Needed

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to ask you to encourage your students to participate in the 2018 UIC Student Research Forum (SRF), which will be held on April 11, 2018.  This annual event showcases undergraduate, graduate, and professional student research.  The SRF provides students with the opportunity to present a research poster one-on-one to a broad audience.  The environment is friendly, and students will also have a chance to win a cash prize.  More than 250 students presented at last year’s SRF, and the event allows UIC colleges to showcase their student research activity.

Beyond encouraging your students to participate, please also consider serving as a faculty judge. Serving as a faculty judge is an enjoyable and time-limited commitment.  Judges simply spend an hour or two at the event, engaging one-on-one with each student whose presentation they are assigned to judge.  You will be given a simple judging evaluation sheet for each of these student presenters. You do NOT need to be an expert in the areas you judge; you will be assessing the student’s work in terms of their ability to convey the subject matter and key background, motivation, results, techniques, etc.

If you have students from your courses presenting at the SRF, please consider this all the more reason to judge! You will not be assigned to judge your own student; but just as your students need to be judged by faculty, so too do the students of your colleagues need your help to make the event a success.

You can register as a faculty judge at the following website:  http://research.uic.edu/srf/fjudges.

Event logistics are as follows:

UIC Student Research Forum
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Lunch and Orientation)
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (Judging and Presentations)
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Reception and Prizes)

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Details about the Student Research Forum can be found at:  http://research.uic.edu/srf.

Thank you in advance for your support of this important event.


Mitra Dutta, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research
Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sponsored by:  The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Research, Center for Student Involvement, Honors College, Career Services, University Library, and the Graduate College.


For more information, please contact:
Jacqueline Berger

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