Masterworks: Frequently Asked Questions

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 5:00pm

Q: What is Masterworks?

A. Masterworks, a poster session, is the annual EECS celebration of thesis research leading to the master of science (SM) and master of engineering (MEng) degrees. Learn more on the EECS Masterworks home page.

 

Q: When and where will Masterworks be held this year?

A. Masterworks 2020 will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 3-4 p.m. in the Grier Rooms (34-401 A & B) on the fourth floor of the 50 Vassar Street complex. The spring SuperUROP Showcase poster session will immediately follow in the same location. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend.

 

Q. Who is eligible to participate in Masterworks?

A: Masterworks 2020 is open to graduates who received their SM or MEng degrees after June 2019, or current students who expect to receive them in May 2020.

 

Q: Where and when do I sign up? When is the deadline to upload my presentation?

A: Declare intent to participate by signing up on the Masterworks registration site by 11:59 p.m. on April 2, 2019. Submit your poster on the same site by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2019.

 

Q: What are the specifications for my presentation?

A: You'll find these on the Masterworks registration site, along with logos and a presentation template.

 

Q: How do I update my presentation after the upload deadline?

A: If your presentation changes, you will be able to connect your computer to the monitor at Masterworks to upload a new version.

 

Q: What time should we show up?

A: You should be at your posterboard by 3 p.m. sharp. We recommend arriving 10 to 15 minutes early to pick up your name badge from the reception desk and find your assigned spot before 3 p.m.

 

Q: How long will our presentation session last, and how will people find individual participants?

A: The session will run from 3-4 p.m. Event attendees will receive a printed agenda so they can locate the presenters and presentations they wish to see.

 

Q: Do I need to prepare an hour-long talk, or this it a poster session where we stand by our posters and people stop by and ask questions?

A: There’s no need to prepare an hour-long talk. This is indeed a poster session where you will stand by your poster and answer questions about your research. You might want to prepare a 1- to 2-minute pitch explaining your work so you can describe it concisely as people stop by.

 

Q: Will we be presenting one by one or simultaneously?

A: Simultaneously. All Masterworks presentations will be uploaded on the electronic posters at the same time.

 

Q: What awards will be given and when will they be announced?

A: Audience members will cast their votes for the best posters during the session and we will announce winners shortly after it ends. Voting instructions will be provided onsite. The winners of the 2020 Morris Joseph Levin Award for Outstanding Masterworks Thesis Presentations, which will be presented at the annual EECS Celebrates ceremony in May, will be announced later.

 

Q: Will the event be photographed or videotaped?

A: A photographer will be documenting the event. If you don’t wish to be photographed, simply let the photographer know.

 

Q: What is the dress code?

A: “Business casual” will be appropriate.
 

Q: Will there be a keyboard/clicker to advance the slides?

A: Each posterboard will have a Microsoft Surface tablet computer for this purpose.

 

Q: What if I have other questions?

A: Email eecs-masterworks@mit.edu.

 

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