Excerpts taken from original story: GradShow offers new virtual platform and community this year, The SOURCE, By Theresa Barosh
Using a new specially designed virtual platform, Colorado State University graduate students representing programs across all eight colleges will present their research, creative works, and entrepreneurship on the week of Nov. 16. All members of the university community are invited to attend the live poster presentations, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, to interact with student presenters, who will be available to answer questions and network. To participate, create your profile on the virtual platform any time before the event at the CSU Innovates website.
A truly interdisciplinary space
The annual interdisciplinary graduate showcase is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of Vice President for Research, while the new virtual platform is powered by CSU Ventures, the technology transfer arm of the University. This year, in addition to sharing a poster, student presenters will share pre-recorded videos of their 30-second elevator pitches and 3-minute talks.
“The platform provides opportunities that offer some of the benefits of in-person delivery, and allows students and faculty to connect with each other,” said Sarah Hibbs-Shipp, director of outreach and communications at CSU Ventures. “We wanted a platform with the capability to maximize a person-forward feel and create opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement – that feeling of being part of a large, interactive event that brings together students from all disciplines, sparking ideas, collaborations, and building community.”
Professional development, virtual networking
The virtual platform provides student presenters an opportunity to build their online networking skills and prepare for national and international conferences that are using similar formats in the coming months. “We are lucky to partner with CSUVentures on this project,” said Webb. “Our platform vendor, bitsurf, specializes in giving a personalized feeling to virtual events and making it easy to connect with others.”