Judging Criteria for the BH Research Symposium

Judging Criteria for the
BHSU Research Symposium
(revised 2-22-2011)


IDENTIFICATION AND STATEMENT OF RESEARCH QUESTION (25%)

The topic is an appropriate subject for research within its discipline.    

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The research question or hypothesis is clearly identified and focuses on a specific question, i.e.,  sufficiently narrow.
The thesis or interpretative claim was clearly stated and easily recognizable.    

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The presenter grounded the research question or thesis in the theories and literature of the field.
The presenter offered a coherent representation of the pertinent conversations in their field.

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The significance of this research and its contribution to the appropriate discipline is discussed.

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The research project is the result of careful planning and the important phases of the research are presented in an orderly fashion.

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RESEARCH DESIGN, METHODOLOGY, RESULTS, AND FINDINGS (35%)

 

The method of investigation is appropriate to the problem, thesis, and/or research question.

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The objective of the research question or problem is thoroughly research.
The research is grounded in a plausible network of interpretation or theoretical framework.      

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Sufficient data was collected and/or adequate literary sources were utilized in the presentation.
The information presented was accurate and sufficiently documented for the particular discipline.                               

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The research project was conducted with sufficient rigor (for example: controls maintained, assumptions being established, and results being verified).

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The student shows evidence of laboratory, computational, observational, literary, logic, or aesthetic design skills.

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The designed purpose of the research was carried out to completion and within the scope of the original intent of the project.

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The interpretation of the results were clearly stated and supported by the data.
The results and/or findings directly addressed the research hypothesis, question, or thesis.       

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DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS (15%)

The conclusions are logically stated and show clear relevance to the research problem or question. The discussion of the research is linked to and supported by the collection of the data.

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The theoretical, literary and/or practical implications of the research is recognized and discussed. The presenter provided credible evidence of the knowledge learned from the research.

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This presenter stated new questions raised by their research and the discussion and/or conclusions provided new insight into the research topic.

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SKILL IN COMMUNICATING AND PRESENTATION OF KNOWLEDGE (25%)

The presenter gave a clear description and concise analysis of the overall research project. The presentation was able to effectively describe or display a complete and coherent story.

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The presenter effectively articulated her/his ideas.        
The presentation was well planned and organized.  

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The visual aids (graphics, tables, etc.) were effectively used and aesthetically pleasing.
If no visual aids were used, the presenter’s style of delivery successfully enhanced the overall  communication of the research material.

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The presenter communicated effectively to the audience and demonstrated a thorough
understanding of the research in their oral responses to audience questions.                                                  

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Rate your overall impression of the student’s research achievement.

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1: Unsatisfactory  2: Weak   3: Satisfactory   4:  Strong     5: Excellent           TOTAL _____________