PW Showcase 2019

This year the Professional Writing Showcase will be partnering with ICaP (Introductory Composition at Purdue) and the Office of Undergraduate Research to allow students to submit their work to both Showcase and the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference Poster Symposium simultaneously. This new format will give professional writing students the opportunity to display and receive recognition for their work in front of a larger, university-wide audience. The Poster Symposium will be held on April 9th, 2019. 

More information on the Undergraduate Research Conference can be found on their website: Those who are accepted to participate in the Poster Symposium will have their posters displayed alongside other PW/ICaP posters and will be eligible for both PW and university wide awards. 

Professional Writing will be sponsoring the following awards for the 2019 Poster Symposium:

  • Best Overall Student Presentation
  • Best Research Project
  • Best Use of Visuals
  • Best Overall Poster Design

There will be a cash prize given to the winner in each category.

Students who want to participate in Showcase should submit an abstract of their project through the link available on the “Apply” webpage of the conference website by March 1st, 2019:


How is this different from last year’s showcase?

The Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC) is run by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), not by the PW and ICaP programs. As such, students will submit their projects through OUR’s system and become part of the university-wide pool of students presenting at the conference. ICaP/PW presentations will still have their own area at the conference, and we will still be handing out PW-specific awards. For students, the main difference from last year will be a different submission process, a new venue, and a larger audience for their work.

I see several different events on the PURC website. Which one should I be applying to?

Professional Writing is specifically partnering with the Poster Symposium being held on April 9th in the PMU Ballrooms. Though students may participate in any other parts of the conference, ICaP/PW will only have an official presence at the Poster Symposium.

What kinds of projects can I submit?

Any kind of research project is eligible. Research in professional writing sometimes looks different than research in other fields, so feel free to interpret the term “research project” broadly. If in doubt, send in an abstract! Most major projects assigned in PW courses will be eligible for the symposium, including research-based proposals and white papers, posters, instructions, and other materials designed for a specific audience.

What should/can my presentation look like?

Students whose abstracts are accepted into the Poster Symposium will need to create a 3’x5’ poster to present their work, but this poster does not need to be finished in order to submit submit an abstract for consideration. Professional Writing is planning upcoming workshop(s) on poster printing and design to help students prepare their posters for symposium.

What kind of a time commitment is the symposium?

The Poster Symposium will be held in two sessions, one in the morning from 9:00-11:30am and the other in the afternoon from 1:00-3:30pm. Students will only be asked to present at one of the two sessions and usually get to choose which session works best for them.