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 2019 will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 5 to 6 p.m. on the Charles M. Vest Student Street on the first floor of the Stata Center (Building 32), immediately following the SuperUROP Showcase undergraduate poster session. A brief awards ceremony will follow the poster session at about 6:15.

 

Q. Who is eligible to participate in Masterworks?

A: Masterworks 2019 is open to graduates who received their SM or MEng degrees after June 2018, or expect to receive them in June 2019.

 

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 3, 2019. Submit your poster on the same site by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019.

 

Q. I've heard there's a workshop that will help me prepare my presentation. Can you provide details?

A. The EECS Communication Lab will hold a workshop open to all Masterworks participants on Friday, April 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. in 26-168. Pre-registration is requested.

 

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 5 p.m. sharp. The posterboards will be in use for the SuperUROP Showcase session right up until 5 p.m., but we still recommend arriving 10 to 15 minutes early to pick up your name badge from the reception desk and find your assigned spot by 5 p.m.  Arriving early will also give you time to see a few SuperUROP presentations.

 

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

A: The session will run from 5-6 p.m., followed by a brief awards ceremony. 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. During the short awards ceremony starting at about 6:15 p.m., we will present prizes to the audience-choice winners and to the winner of a scavenger hunt answering questions about specific research. Voting instructions for both will be provided onsite. The faculty-choice awards, the 2019 Morris Joseph Levin Award for Outstanding Masterworks Thesis Presentations, will be announced later.

 

Q: Will the event be photographed or videotaped?

A: Yes, a photographer and videographer will be documenting the event. If you don’t wish to be photographed or recorded, simply tell the photographer or videographer so.

 

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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