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Student Design Showcase

Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-7:30pm
University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

You are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference Student Design Showcase. The purpose of the showcase is to promote and publicize excellence in medical device design by teams of undergraduate and graduate students conducted as part of their course work. Outstanding student designs will be selected for presentation at the showcase held during the Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minneapolis, April 11, 12-14, 2016.

Showcase Presentation Information

• All Accepted Papers will be presented in the 2016 Student Design Showcase
Tuesday, April 12, 5:30pm-7:30pm in University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

• Please be dressed appropriately in business attire

• Set-up time is on Tuesday, April 12 from 4:00pm-5:00pm

• There will be space available to store your posters during the conference. Please see conference staff at the registration desk if you wish to store your poster. *NOTE* pre-shipment of posters is NOT available.

• Professional judges will review entry documents and the presentation by the students at the showcase to determine prize winners.

Three cash prizes: $500, $300, $200. At least one member of the student design team must be present at the Design Showcase at all times to be considered for a prize.

of the Student Design Showcase will also be invited to present their work during the Scientific Poster Session on Wed., April 13 from 5:15pm-6:45pm, in the DQ Room, TCF Bank Stadium.

NOTE: All authors of accepted papers must register to present: If your paper is accepted, you will receive a complimentary full 3 day registration, including all 3 lunches.


Poster Presentation Instructions

• Minor changes to presentations are acceptable.

• One of the authors must be present at the poster during the entire poster session.

• The allotted tackable poster space is 91” wide x 45” tall.

• Please follow good design principles in preparing your poster. Click here for helpful tips.

• Push Pins will be provided.

• There will be space for table-top displays or prototypes next to your poster board.
(there will not be table top space on the night of the Scientific Poster Session)

• There is no guarantee you will have AC power next to your board.
(there will not be AC power on the night of the Scientific Poster Session)

• There will be space available to store your posters during the conference, please see conference staff at the registration desk on the 2nd Floor of The Commons Hotel if you wish to store your poster. *NOTE* pre-shipment of posters is NOT available.


Certificate of Presentation

If you require a Certificate of Presentation, e-mail Trisha Huntosh ( with the subject heading "Showcase Presentation Certificate Request" AFTER April 21, 2016.


Direct your questions to:

Dr. William Durfee, Technical Program Chair
University of Minnesota
Matthew Johnson, Contributed Papers Chair
University of Minnesota

Showcase Details & Registration:
Trisha Huntosh, Conference Coordinator
University of Minnesota

2017 Tentative Details


  1. Design was done by an undergraduate or graduate student design team
  2. Design was done as a project in a regular course
  3. Design was not a graduate or undergraduate research project or thesis project
  4. Design is a medical device

Submission Timeline:

  • October 1, 2016: Submissions Tool Closed!
  • January 30, 2017: Submissions are due no later than midnight submitters time.
  • week of February 13, 2017: Reviews will be completed and author notifications will be made

Author Instructions & Submission Process:

  • A document containing concise engineering writing that describes the design.
  • You are free to format the paper in the style you think is best for an engineering reader to understand your design. Entry must have:
    • Cover page with title (80 character limit), name of each student designer, university, department, course name and course number, and contact information for corresponding authors (email and telephone)
    • Two to three pages with three sections:
      Section 1- A description of the problem you are trying to solve, including describing current or competing solutions
      Section 2- A description of your design, including a rendering that best describes the concept
      Section 3- An evaluation, including results of testing, that demonstrates your design does or could work to its intended purpose. As appropriate, include a high-quality image of your prototype
  • All content, including figures, charts and reference list must be contained in the three page limit.
  • For readability, margins must be at least one inch all around and body text must be no smaller than 11 point.
  • Submisson entry must be a single PDF file.

The entry document is confidential and will only be seen by conference reviewers. Public disclosure of your design does not occur until the conference showcase event and is limited to whatever you choose to include on your poster.

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