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REXPO PART I: Presentation Session

Faculty and Student(s) can work independently or jointly to incorporate learning from different disciplinary fields and present together or on their own. Faculty advisor(s) must review and validate the research topic and plan before the proposal application is submitted.


The application submission period is now CLOSED.

Timeline of Submissions:



Gallaudet students, faculty (including instructors and adjuncts), and staff are eligible. Activities may be by an individual or a team.

Students may apply for a four-minute presentation or poster.   Faculty/staff can apply for a poster only.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Approved Interdisciplinary research proposal

  • Research from any academic discipline

  • Thesis and dissertation studies

  • Honors and capstone projects

  • Independent study projects

  • Course-related studies

  • Faculty-led research studies


Four-minute Presentations Submission Information: Construction of an Interdisciplinary Proposal Plan


The research proposal requires the perspectives of two or more disciplines that enhance understanding of the topic and lead to more in-depth conclusions. It is not necessary that the research proposal be current or recently completed; rather, it should be an acceptable proposal for research under the supervision of the faculty advisor. Students need to demonstrate convincingly that their study will make a contribution to the research questions or issues.

For example, consumer food purchases and consumption practices (such as behavioral aspects of nutrition) are dependent on a number of factors including social, psychological, educational and economic influences. Research in these areas often requires input from several scientific areas blended into an interdisciplinary approach. It provides some thought and suggestions that may aid potential researchers in writing interdisciplinary research proposals.

Four-minute presentations at the Research Expo must focus on a preliminary interdisciplinary research proposal plan based on the Five-Plus-One Gallaudet Research Priorities (see last page). Your topic should fit one of these 5-plus-one priorities. Again THIS IS NOT A RESEARCH PROJECT, instead, you should be able to provide a research proposal plan.

Applicants will select only one of the two submission options for their 4 minutes presentation:

  1. Written PP Proposal - A written description of the project, up to three pages, describing the proposal which must comply with the Interdisciplinary Proposal requirements (see below).

  2. Video Proposal - The video option enables applicants to visually explain their work along with up to five Power Point slides. Applicants are encouraged to combine footage of themselves with other relevant material. The presentation should be based on the Interdisciplinary Proposal, clarified below. Each video proposal must be uploaded t YouTube as unlicensed (e.g., must be uploaded to the "Creative Commons") Include the URL link within the proposal application form.

In producing a video proposal for the Expo, applicants are asked to follow certain guidelines. Specifically, the video:

  • Should not exceed four minutes.

  • Should include relevant material, such as footage of themselves, images, animation, lab footage, and ASL citations.

  • Should be understandable and accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing audiences outside of the immediate research field. Signing and narration explaining visual content should be clear. Avoid using a small font that may be difficult to read.

  • Should be accompanied by a transcript or captions. (This is not required, but encouraged to ensure accessibility by all audience members.)

Once the proposal has been accepted by the review team, students will use the Power Point template below.


Interdisciplinary Proposal Requirement for written/video and Power Point slides:

The Interdisciplinary proposal presentation should present the following:

a. Power Point slide 1:       

          Proposed interdisciplinary research proposal topic, student’s name, status, department and faculty advisor.

b. Power Point slide 2:       

          Research question/issue. Objectives and goals of research question/issues should be clearly described.

c. Power Point slides 3-4:   

          A written response to the following statement:

“Interdisciplinary methods for research are needed because a study that is based on one discipline alone does not meet the full potential outcome of a question/issue.”

  • Description of WHY an interdisciplinary approach is being pursued and what outcomes are anticipated. Interdisciplinary suggests establishing connections between different disciplines in order to advance understanding beyond the scope of a single discipline. Such as original and innovative ideas or research approaches are always sought.

  • Description of HOW the interdisciplinary research will be conducted and the design of the research plan. The investigator should provide preliminary information or supporting evidence to convince audience that the new approaches are feasible in view of present study and that they promise a new and better way to investigate the problem.

d. Power Point Slide 5:     

         Anticipated a very brief conclusion.


Please note slides should be created using the Google Slides templates provided.

Click on the slide to access the Google Slides, then click on File --> Download as --> Microsoft Power Point.




To gain a better understanding of what an interdisciplinary research proposal may look like, please take a few moments to watch this proposal sample provided by Bradley White, PhD Candidate.

Video Transcript:

The Role of Auditory Experience in the Neurobiological Systems for Effortful Listening

This project was developed as an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to advancing scientific questions beyond what is possibly by one discipline alone.

Here, we aim to advance two scientific questions. 1. What are the effects of listening to degraded speech across the whole lifespan on the language processing areas of the brain?  2. What is the strength of the relationship between brain activation for language processing, subjective mental effort ratings, and self-reported global health?

Related to these research questions, the fields of audiology and hearing sciences inform us about psychoacoustics and the principles underlying hearing amplification and prosthetic devices, such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Likewise, there is a lot we can learn from lifespan development and psychology, especially as we look at hearing aid and cochlear implant use from early ages well into adulthood.

Clinical health outcomes provide us with another lens through which we can look at how hearing aid and cochlear implant use effects behavior and self-reported symptoms, such as stress and fatigue.

Lastly, cognition and neuroscience informs us of the underlying mechanisms for speech processing. However, each of these disciplines only gives us one small piece of the puzzle about those who use hearing aids and cochlear implants. By integrating theoretical and methodological approaches across disciplines, we are able to investigate the interaction of different factors.

For example, we can look at how using different hearing technologies, such as hearing aids and cochlear implants, throughout life plays a role in the neural networks that work together to process language.

We can also ask questions about how self-reports of global health relate to different brain [activation] patterns.  Together, we get a much more clear picture of how different [neurobiological] systems work together. The innovative nature of this study provides several critical implications for science and society.

For science, we learn more about sensitive periods for neuroplasticity, language processing in hearing aid and cochlear implant users, and listening-related stress and fatigue.

There are also several impacts for society. Specifically, this interdisciplinary work has implications for educational policy and practice, clinical outcomes for stress and fatigue, and clinical approaches used with those who receive hearing aids and cochlear implants.

-End of Video/Transcript-


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