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FAQs

About the Program

 

  1. What is the eXpressions™ Art program?

The eXpressions™ Art program is an interdisciplinary program that utilizes the arts to engage high school (and also middle school) students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students produce creative interpretations of research conducted by Cleveland Clinic science interns. Tied to state and national academic standards, this innovative program gives participants a deeper, real-world understanding of art and science while promoting creativity, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork.
 

 

  1. What is the eXpressions™ Language program?

The eXpressions™ Language program is an interdisciplinary program that utilizes written communication to engage high school (and also middle school) students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students produce literary interpretations of research conducted by Cleveland Clinic science interns. Tied to state and national academic standards, this innovative program gives participants a deeper, real-world understanding of language and science while promoting creativity, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork.
 

 

  1. What is the eXpressions™ Math program?

The eXpressions™ Math program is an interdisciplinary program that utilizes mathematics to engage high school (and also middle school) students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students produce mathematical interpretations of research conducted by Cleveland Clinic science interns. Tied to state and national academic standards, this innovative program gives participants a deeper, real-world understanding of math and science while promoting creativity, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork.


 

  1. What are the criteria to participate?

The programs are available to all high school and middle school students; in order for a student to participate, though, the student's teacher must first register for the program. Only work from students whose teachers have officially enrolled in the program will be accepted for review.
 

 

  1. As a teacher, how do I register for the program?

Please visit our Teacher Program Registration page, and submit your information via our online form.
 

 

  1. When is the teacher registration deadline?

The eXpressions™ registration deadline typically falls around the end of September. Please visit our Teacher Program Registration page for the current year's exact deadline.
 

 

  1. When is the student submission deadline?

The student submission deadline usually falls in the beginning of November. Please see the Student Submission Process page for the current year's exact deadline.
 

 

  1. Is there an eXpressions™ Teacher Guide?

Yes. Go to the eXpressions™ Program Resources page and click on Teacher Guide. This document will provide step-by-step recommendations on how to implement the program.
 

 

  1. How can my students learn about one of the scientific research projects?

The best way for your students to learn about a scientific research project is to have a science intern from your high school deliver a classroom presentation. This will give your students the opportunity to speak directly with the intern, and to ask questions.
 

 

  1. How do I know if a student from my high school participated in a Cleveland Clinic internship?

To find out if a student from your high school participated in a Cleveland Clinic internship over the summer, visit the Program Resources page, and select "Cleveland Clinic Science Internship Program Projects List."
 

 

  1. I'm a teacher at a school that did not have a student participate in one of the internships over the summer. Can my students and I still participate in eXpressions™?

Yes. Schools that did not have a student participate in an internship over the summer will be able to access intern research posters and video lectures through myRESEARCH™, an online gallery of research projects completed by the Civic Education Department's Science Internship Program interns.
 

 

  1. How can I become a Science Internship Program student?

High school students interested in applying to the Civic Education Department's Science Internship Program should visit the Clinic-Based Programs page for eligibility criteria and application guidelines.
 

 

  1. Are there any fees involved with participation in eXpressions™?

There are no fees to participate.

 

  1. I am a senior in high school and I graduate next year. Can I still participate in eXpressions™?
Yes, you can participate as long as your teacher registers for the program.


  1. My teachers don't know about eXpressions™. Who can they contact to learn about the program?
First ask your teachers to visit the eXpressions™ home page. If they still have questions after reviewing the online information, they can contact Bryan Pflaum at pflaumb@ccf.org or 216.448.0602.


 

About the Process


  1. What are the criteria for submission?

A complete list of submission criteria can be found in the "Submission Guidelines and Instructions" document found on the Student Submission Process page. Please note that all Art, Language, and Math submissions for the 2017-2018 eXpressions™ program must interpret research conducted by Science Internship Program students during the summer of 2017. Creative submissions that interpret research from any other year will NOT be accepted for judging.
 

 

  1. Is this a competition?

Yes. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of judges.
 

 

  1. Who are the judges and what criteria do they use?

Each year, submissions are judged by an esteemed panel of content specialists: arts educators, professional writers and editors, scientific researchers, and mathematicians. All work submitted to Cleveland Clinic through eXpressions™ will be evaluated on four main criteria: interpretation, presentation, creativity, and initiative. For program-specific submission evaluation guidelines, visit the Program Resources page.


 
  1. What do winners get?

Selected pieces will receive a ribbon award. Each blue-ribbon winner will receive a $100 gift card, each red-ribbon winner will receive a $75 gift card, each white-ribbon winner will receive a $50 gift card, and each honorable mention-ribbon winner will receive a $25 gift card. Ribbon-winning work will be featured online and in an annual publication, and will also be included in an eXpressions™ eXhibition. The eXpressions™ eXhibition opens with a formal reception and dedication in February. In addition, all teachers who mentor an award-winning student will receive a $100 educational grant.
 

 

  1. Is there a specific medium or genre that has to be used for eXpressions™?

No. Students are free to choose whatever medium or genre they prefer. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos, poems, essays, short stories, and musical compositions have all earned awards. Teachers and students should keep in mind, however, that they will be responsible for shipping or delivering the actual project to Cleveland Clinic in the event the piece is selected for an award. (An art teacher in Alaska, therefore, may want their students' submissions to be charcoal drawings rather than marble sculptures.)
 

 

  1. Is there a specific language required for eXpressions™ Language?

No. A student may submit a literary work in any language provided the student is studying that language in school and the student's language teacher is enrolled in the eXpressions™ Language program. For example, a student whose native language is English may submit a story in Spanish if the student is enrolled in a Spanish class and the student's Spanish teacher is enrolled in the eXpressions™ Language program. An English translation of the piece must also accompany the submission.
 

 

  1. Can I submit multiple pieces?

A student may submit more than one project. Each submission, though, requires a separate submission form.

 

  1. Can more than one student work on a project?
Yes. Students are able to work in groups of six or fewer members.