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 students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students produce creative interpretations of research conducted by Cleveland Clinic summer 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. Plus, it gives high school students and their teachers the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate credit, respectively, from Northeast Ohio universities.

  2. What is the eXpressions™ Language Program?

    The eXpressions™ Language Program is an interdisciplinary program that utilizes written communication to engage high 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 summer 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. Plus, it gives high school students and their teachers the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate credit, respectively, from Northeast Ohio universities.

  3. What is the eXpressions™ Math Program?

    The eXpressions™ Math Program utilizes project-based, peer-to-peer learning to engage high school students in an interdisciplinary exploration of mathematics, science, art, and literature. Program participants select a scientific research project and both an artistic and literary interpretation of this project – all of which have been produced by fellow high school students through other Cleveland Clinic initiatives. After examining these three bodies of work, the program participant's challenge is to tie them all together by demonstrating how mathematics plays a key role in each. Tied to state and national academic standards, this innovative program gives participants a deeper, real-world understanding of these four disciplines while promoting creativity, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork. Plus, it gives high school students and their teachers the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate credit, respectively, from Northeast Ohio universities.

  4. What are the criteria to participate?

    The programs are available to all high 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.

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

    Teacher registration is completed online at www.clevelandclinic.org/eXpressions. Click on your program of choice at the top of the page – Art, Language, or Math – and select the Teacher Registration tab. This online form only takes a few minutes to complete.

  6. When are the teacher registration deadlines?

    Art and Language are fall programs that run concurrently; each year the teacher registration deadline for Art and Language falls around September 15. Math is a winter program; each year the teacher registration deadline for Math falls around January 15.

  7. When are the student submission deadlines?

    The student submission deadline for Art and Language is usually the beginning of November; the student submission deadline for Math is usually the beginning of March. Please see the Student Submission Form for the current year’s exact deadline.

  8. Is there an eXpressions™ curriculum?

    Yes. For each program, there is an eXpressions™ curriculum tied to Ohio and national academic standards in a variety of subjects. To download a copy, visit the Virtual Teacher Workshops web page.

  9. 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 summer 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.

  10. 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 www.clevelandclinic.org/eXpressions, select your program of choice – Art, Language, or Math – and click on the Interns tab.

  11. 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 virtual student-research presentations through a program called mRi™: myRESEARCH illuminated. The mRi™ website is www.clevelandclinic.org/mRi.

  12. How can I become an intern?

    High school students interested in applying for a Cleveland Clinic summer internship with the Office of Civic Education Initiatives should visit www.clevelandclinic.org/CivicEducation for guidelines and criteria.

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

    There are no fees to participate.

  14. How do students and teachers earn undergraduate and graduate college credit, respectively, for participating in eXpressions™?

    Information is available on the Virtual Teacher Workshops web page. On this page, students should click on the "Post Secondary Enrollment Option for Students" link; teachers should click on the "Graduate Credit for Teachers" link.

  15. 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.

  16. My teachers don't know about eXpressions™. Who can they contact to learn about the program?

    First ask your teachers to visit the eXpressions™ web site:www.clevelandclinic.org/eXpressions, If they still have questions after reviewing the online information, they can email Bryan Pflaum at pflaumb@ccf.org

About the Process

  1. What are the criteria for submission?

    A complete list of submission criteria is available at the beginning of the Online Submission Form. Please note that all Art and Language submissions must be interpretations of science projects from the same year. (Art and Language projects submitted in the fall of 2010, for example, must interpret research projects from the summer of 2010.) Math projects, which are submitted in the spring, must analyze a research project from the previous summer, as well as a work of art and a piece of literature that were inspired by the research. (A Math project submitted in the spring of 2011, for example, must analyze a research project from the summer of 2010, as well as an artistic and a literary interpretation of that research project selected from the 2011 eXpressions™ Art and Language eXhibition.)

  2. Is this a competition?

    Yes. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of judges.

  3. 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 according to the following criteria:

    • Interpretation

      For eXpressions™ Art and Language, how effectively does the submission communicate one or more of the key issues surrounding the selected scientific research project? What problem or disease is the research trying to solve or cure, and what goals are trying to be achieved? How does this relate to the broader community?

      For eXpressions™ Math, how effectively does the submission demonstrate the connections between mathematics and the research project, the work of art, and the piece of literature?

    • Presentation

      What level of technical proficiency is demonstrated through the submission? Do writing submissions demonstrate correct grammar? Are diction and syntax consistent with content, audience, and purpose? Do math submissions demonstrate proper mathematical notations, symbols, and vocabulary? Do diagrams and charts aid in the understanding of the mathematics?

    • Creativity

      How innovative is the artist's interpretation?

    • Initiative

      How much effort is evident in the submission?

  4. 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, and each white-ribbon winner will receive a $50 gift card. Ribbon-winning work will be featured in a publication of all the award-winning submissions, and will also be included in an eXpressions™ eXhibition. Each year, the Art and Language eXhibition opens with a formal reception and dedication in mid January; the Math eXhibition opens with a formal reception and dedication in mid May. In addition, all teachers who mentor an award-winning student will receive a $100 educational grant.

  5. 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 her students' submissions to be charcoal drawings rather than marble sculptures.)

  6. 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.

  7. Can I submit multiple pieces?

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

  8. I can't think of different formats for poetry or prose. Can you help?

    Visit Virtual Teacher Workshops web page and click on the Literary Formats tab for ideas.