Showcase your best research and experiential learning projects, hone your presentation skills and win cash prizes.
The DEAL (Display of Efforts, Aptitudes and Leadership) Expo is an exclusive competition for our undergrads to present work in poster format and compete for cash prizes.
You can highlight class projects, research you conducted with a faculty member or experiential learning activities (like internships, jobs or other business-related experiences).
At the expo, you'll present your project to a judging panel of School of Management alumni, faculty and staff, and display your project for prospective students and their families at UB's spring open house.
By participating in DEAL Expo, you'll gain valuable experience presenting your work in a professional setting that will help you in the future, whether you're defending a dissertation, or speaking at a conference or to your company's board of directors. Working solo or with a team, you can boost your public speaking skills, share your research with a wider audience and network with students and professionals.
Here's what past students have said:
“The DEAL Expo is a great opportunity to network, showcase your experiences and brush up on your presentation skills. Through talking with many prospective students and their families, I was able to share my experiences and reflect on all the great things I was able to do in the School of Management." — Rohan Kapoor, BS '16, a two-time Open House Choice award-winner
"Each year the competition has been an engaging learning experience that has allowed me to test my career interests. I’m currently interested in moving forward with social media in the entertainment industry, where being able to distinguish myself from others through well-developed presentation and collaboration skills will be essential for success." — Jacob Schupbach, BS '17, a past winner for Best Experiential Learning Poster
"Performing research with a faculty mentor on an important issue has given me a great deal of knowledge on the challenges of conducting business worldwide. The DEAL Expo brought that experience full circle and helped me recognize the skills I gained from it.” — Matthew Ricotta, BS '16, a past winner for Best Research Poster
Judges award cash prizes—usually from $500 to $1,000—for Best Research Poster and Best Experiential Learning Poster. Open house attendees also vote for their favorite presentation to win the Open House Choice award and an additional cash prize. Top finishers routinely earn the opportunity to showcase their work at the university-wide Celebration of Academic Excellence.
The DEAL Expo is held annually during UB's spring open house. More information and updates will be posted here as they become available.