Pioneer Showcase proposals due today
Mon Apr 3, 2023
Student presenting research

By Abby Hudson 

The Pioneer Showcase is an annual forum and university-wide event in which participants present their research, experiential learning, and creative projects in all disciplines in a formal setting. Dr. Patrick McMunn, sponsor of the event, says, “Many graduate programs and career fields require strong evidence of ability to conduct, collect data for, analyze, and report findings of scientific and artistic research. This venue brings students and scholars together to present their expertise in their interests." The forum is open to all students enrolled at Glenville State University. The Pioneer Showcase Committee invites GSU students of all levels and majors to submit an application to present their research and/or creative projects at the annual Pioneer Showcase on Tuesday, April 11. 

On Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4, Dr. Jennifer Wenner will be presenting workshops for Pioneer Showcase participants. These workshops will focus on presenting academic works to general audiences and be held in AB 309A. It will last about 50 minutes and all students planning to present are encouraged to attend. However, everyone from the campus community is welcome. McMunn inputs, “students who participate in the Pioneer Showcase benefit from the experience by gaining practice in the research process, writing up their results, and presenting them in a professional conference-like forum. For the art program, students are afforded this opportunity to showcase their talents and works in front of an audience.” 

 Presentations will be judged, and monetary prizes awarded. Please submit your application to present via the online form located here: 

You can present: 

  • Posters 
  • Oral Presentations 
  • Demonstrations  
  • Performances  
  • Presentations. 

All applications must include a project description of no more than 300 words. It is a brief description of the work to be presented. The nature of the this will vary with the type of work that is presented. In writing; students are encouraged to consult with a professor familiar with the material proposed. In general, a project description will give information to put the presentation into context. They are being accepted through April 3, 2023.  

The judges are the committee members of the Pioneer Showcase which inlcude all of the disciplines at GSU: Adam Black (Land Resources), Dr. Mark Sarver (Business), Dr. Schuyler Chapman (Honors), Dr. Elizabeth Matory (Criminal Justice), Duane Chapman (Fine Arts), Dr. Gerda Kumpiene (Education), Dr. Amanda Chapman (Language and Literature), Dr. Josh Squires & Dr. Patrick McMunn (Social Sciences), Dr. Shalika Silva (Science and Math). 

Once judges have conferred, the top three presentations from the different categories, (poster presentation, oral presentation, or performance) are awarded cash prizes and scholarship funds to continue their research. Last year, top prizes were $100 per student for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third. 

Additional information about the Pioneer Showcase: All questions regarding this year’s event should be directed to Dr. Patrick McMunn at

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