INtopFORM Competition

To emphasize the collaborative nature of the QEP initiative at ETSU, a faculty/student INtopFORM contest is being held. The competition is designed to demonstrate excellence in the ability to seek, use and communicate information. See sample project ideas!


Each registered contestant (faculty member and student) will receive an INtopFORM gift package. Additionally, great prizes will be awarded to the top 3 submissions!

Prize Faculty Student
1st Place 40" Samsung SyncMaster H40B LED TV (1080p) 40" Samsung SyncMaster H40B LED TV (1080p)
2nd Place iPad 32 GB (3rd Generation) iPad 32 GB (3rd Generation)
3rd Place Apple TV Apple TV
Sample Projects

Here are some example projects that could be submitted to the contest. This is not an exhaustive list. These are just suggestions to help you get started on your submission ideas!

  • Art: a student may work with a faculty member to create a piece of art in the realism style. The student must seek information about the realism style and evaluate that information to determine what to paint and how to paint it so that it conveys the appropriate message to the viewer.
  • Music: a student may work with a faculty member to write music or lyrics for a song. The music and/or lyrics must be written in such a way as to communicate effectively and the student must recognize the importance of writing unique material and not copying from other singers/songwriters.
  • Math or Science: a student may work with a faculty member to evaluate a dataset from an experiment or problem and using skills to accumulate and synthesize that information, he/she may demonstrate a unique and creative way to demonstrate that dataset.
  • Computer Science or Business: a student may work with a faculty member to create a solution for a customer. The student must do a good job of questioning the client to ensure that he/she understands the problem at hand. The student must then evaluate that information and be able to successfully communicate with the customer to produce a working solution.
  • Any Discipline: a student may work with a faculty member to create a video to inform, entertain or market. The student must evaluate the purpose of the video and seek out sources of information on what style should be used to create the video so that the message and meaning of the video is clearly communicated.
  • Any Discipline: a student may work with a faculty member to write a paper about a topic in a specific discipline. The student must seek out sources of information during the research process. He/she must also use that information successfully to address the points of the paper and generate a coherent publication. The student must also recognize the ethical responsibility in properly citing all sources.
Contest Guidelines

The following criteria must be met to participate in the INtopFORM media competition:

  • Each entry into the contest must be a team of 1 faculty member and 1 student.
  • The faculty member should serve as a mentor/collaborator to the student in developing and submitting a project that will demonstrate excellence in information fluency.
  • The entry should be related to a current on-going project or a newly created project.
  • Submissions may include papers, posters, video, audio, creative performance or combination of any media.
  • Submissions should reflect collaboration between one ETSU student and one ETSU faculty member.
  • Submissions must include an abstract (maximum 350 words) indicating how the project demonstrates EXCELLENCE in at least two of the outcomes described below.
  • The faculty member and the student should be present at the contest on March 20, 2013.
  • The faculty member and the student should be ready to discuss, with the judges, how the submission demonstrates excellence in information fluency.
About Information Fluency

Information fluency encompasses six abilities central to every academic discipline at ETSU and essential for students' professional success and active citizenship:

  • Questioning Students ask questions that facilitate the solution of problems and the pursuit of opportunities.
  • Seeking Students identify information sources appropriate to questions of interest.
  • Evaluating Students apply critical thinking skills in evaluating information, information sources, and their own search processes.
  • Using Students accumulate, synthesize and/or create information to address questions of interest..
  • Communicating Students communicate information effectively.
  • Recognizing Students recognize the responsibilities and consequences related to information ethics and intellectual property.
Dates and Deadlines
Event Deadline
Registration and Abstract Submission
December 14, 2012
All Project Electronic Content submitted March 18, 2013 (by Noon)
Project Demonstration, Judging and Award Announcements March 20, 2013
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