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You have had great beyond the classroom experiences!  What did you really get out of them? How do your experiences relate to what you are learning in class or to your personal goals? When you describe the significance of your experiences to others, you develop professional skills and create a new level of understanding for yourself!

Presentation Expectation

One of the Graduation with Leadership Distinction requirements is to present one or more beyond the classroom experiences related to your GLD pathway. Creating and delivering an interactive presentation helps you re-think what you learned and provides practice in formally communicating your ideas. You can complete your presentation whenever you have completed a significant portion of your beyond the classroom experience, typically in the senior year.

Your presentation should start with a meaningful beyond the classroom experience and include background, activity description, and reflection. Learn more about the criteria in this handout. Most students take a course (UNIV 401 GLD, SOWK 484) for the opportunity to reflect with fellow students and receive structured guidance in developing their presentations.  If you are not in a course, you can work with your GLD Advisor to receive feedback on your presentation.

For the purpose of meeting the GLD requirement, presentations in which students have a brief time to discuss their work (e.g., Discover USC poster, or oral presentations in other venues) cannot have more than two presenters. Although people definitely learn from one another - each person constructs his/her own knowledge as an individual.  This requires that each presenter have sufficient time to explain processes/conclusions and/or respond to questions. 

Discover USC

Every April Discover USC showcases students’ scholarly pursuits in and out of the classroom. Undergraduates in all years, all disciplines and at all campuses are welcome to participate. GLD students only make poster presentations at Discover USC. 

Steps to Register to Present
Before you register to present, you need to write an abstract or summary/description of your project/activity/experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides abstract writing workshops each semester, click on Workshops for Researchers tab.

Review and Edit
Have your UNIV 401 instructor, GLD advisor, faculty mentor, supervisor for your experience or a USC faculty or staff member knowledgeable about your activity review and help you edit your abstract (this might take a few drafts). This person’s name is included on your registration to present.

When your abstract is complete, you are ready to register.

Poster Template
Presentation posters should be at minimum 2’ x 3’. Templates are available to help students showcase their within and beyond the classroom experiences.  You can also create your own design rather than using a template.  Details on poster cost, ordering, and content are available in the Presentation Expectations handout.  You will need to use this form to print your poster at Printing Services on campus. 

Fall Showcase

Every November the USC Connect office hosts the Fall Showcase to provide fall graduates only an opportunity to present their pursuits within and beyond the classroom. Students must register to present by Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Have your UNIV401 instructor, GLD advisor, or staff member knowledgeable about your experience review and help you edit your abstract prior to completing your registration.  Sample abstracts are available in this handout

When your abstract is complete, you are ready to register.

Alternatives to a Discover USC Presentation

The Summer Research Symposium (sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research) and the USC Connect Fall Showcase (reserved for December graduates) offer a limited number of opportunities for students to present for GLD.

Other alternatives include a publications, submissions for a scholarships, or another campus, regional or national conference. Alternative presentations should still relate to your primary GLD experiences, and should have an open audience. Students completing publications or national scholarship applications should submit those documents in their application for GLD. Students completing an alternative conference presentation should submit this completed form.

All presentations must meet these criteria. It is recommended that you meet with a GLD Advisor in USC Connect to ensure that an alternative presentation you are considering will count.