Purdue Writing Showcase

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2018 Showcase! We’ll have an update on the 2019 Showcase in August 2018.


A Print and Digital Media Symposium

10 April 2018 | Stewart RM 302-306 | 10:00-1:00

Register to participate!

What is the Purdue Writing Showcase?

Every spring, the Introductory Composition and Professional Writing programs at Purdue University host a Writing Showcase. The Writing Showcase is a day-long symposium that displays posters representing the year’s most innovative print and digital projects produced by English 106 and 108 students, professional writing students, and instructors.

Why should I participate?

The Writing Showcase gives you the opportunity to:

  • Professionalize and share your work
  • Demonstrate your research and creativity
  • Network with other undergraduate leaders

Many members of the Purdue community, including university deans, department heads, professors, graduate and undergraduate students, and even President Daniels attend the Showcase! Sharing your work in this forum provides you the opportunity to network with these individuals and to professionally share your research and writing, skills that will be important to you both in your future courses at Purdue and in your future careers. Also, cash prizes will be awarded for the winning posters in 10 categories!

How can I get involved?

Register to participate in Showcase by filling out the online registration form. All are welcome!

Instructors, you can nominate students to participate by simply sending student names and emails to Carrie Grant, ICaP Assistant Director.

In which categories can I submit my poster?

You can choose one of the following categories to submit your poster. You will be considered for a prize only in the category that you enter.

Undergraduate Prize Categories:

Best Remediation to Presentation Design
This prize is based on how well you recreate your original project for a visual display.
Best Multimedia Project
This prize is for projects that include digital media.
Best Primary Research
This prize is for projects that include any form of original, primary research.
Best Visualization of Research
This prize is for projects that utilize primary and/or secondary research and display the audience, purpose, method, and results of that research.
Best Creative Project
This prize is for any poster that displays an original composition and explains the rhetorical situation of that creative work.
Best Collaborative Project
This prize is for projects completed by more than one student. At least two members of the group should contribute to the Showcase version of the project.
People’s Choice
All projects will be automatically eligible for this prize and will be based on Showcase attendees’ votes.

Instructor Prize Categories:

Best Assignment Scaffolding Design
This prize is for posters which demonstrate how an instructor has planned, structured, and executed an assignment cycle. It will be evaluated based on how the various concepts, activities, and lessons of an assignment cycle work together to help students to meet ICAP outcomes.
Most Innovative Syllabus Approach Application
This prize is for posters which demonstrate specific innovations that an instructor has developed within his/her syllabus approach to reach ICAP outcomes.
Best Application of Pedagogical Theory
This prize is for posters which demonstrate how an instructor has adapted pedagogical theories and research for implementation in their course.


What should I include on my poster?

Exactly what you include on your poster is up to you. However, think carefully about the public audience who will be viewing your work. The idea is to give Showcase guests a visually-oriented overview of the project, allowing them to “get” the project quickly and easily. Students might create a poster where they highlight key research questions or findings, or they might represent the research in a visual way, either through collage, selected quotes, or other visual aids.

What details do your readers need to know about your project? How can you organize these details into sections on your poster that are easy to understand? What should you include on your poster that will distinguish it from the others in your prize category? What makes your project unique? How can you represent your original work in a visually appealing and professional way?

Your poster will be set up on its own small table, so if you would like to bring a laptop to display a digital component of your project in front of your poster, that is great!

Your English instructor, or a tutor at the Writing Lab, would also be a valuable resource in helping you to design your poster.

See also our resource on Transforming Your Project into a Showcase Display.