Celebration of Scholarship

Should You Participate? (FAQ)

What kinds of works will be considered for the Celebration of Scholarship?

Scholarship takes many forms and occurs in every academic discipline. Therefore, the Celebration of Scholarship welcomes any work that presents the academic product of your field. Examples of the kinds of work you can present that will be considered for inclusion in the symposium include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Original research focused on an issue or problem in your field
  • A scholarly project you developed individually or as part of a group
  • A painting, illustration, photograph, or other visual work
  • A musical composition you will perform at the symposium
  • A poem, short story, or other literary work you will read at the symposium
If you are a student, you must perform this work with the support of a faculty sponsor.

Who is eligible to participate?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni who graduated in Academic Year 2014-2015 or later are invited to apply to present at the Celebration of Scholarship. Faculty and Staff may also apply. Preference will be given to current undergraduate and graduate students during the review process, but opportunities for faculty, staff, and recent alumni to participate will exist as space allows.

What must I submit to be considered?

On the Apply page, in addition to information about you and your field, you will asked to provide the following information:

Specify a title for your work that gives even the non-expert an idea of your work's topic. Avoid jargon or confusing terminology. Make the title succinct, captivating, and clear.

Faculty Sponsor
If you are a student, you must identify the faculty member who will mentor you through the development of your work. Your faculty sponsor will help guide you through the creation and implementation of your project, helping make sure you are ready to present it at the event. PLEASE NOTE: Your faculty sponsor MUST approved your application prior to your submission being accepted for review. It is important that you discuss this with your faculty mentor and accurately enter your mentor's email address, as this is how your mentor will be notified your submission is ready for review.

Brief Description
This is a two- to three-sentence summary of your work. This will be the text the event program will include with your title and author information. The brief description should explain the purpose of your work and its results. There should be only minimal coverage of methodology in this brief description.

This a comma-separated list of words or phrases that identify the focus or topic area of your work. Its purpose is to help the event committee group similar presentations together. It will not be included in the event program.

Abstract or Creative Works Description
This is the principal document the event committee will consider when deciding your participation in the event. It must be no more than 250 words. In writing it, you should follow the guidelines presented on the "Plan Your Abstract or Create Works Description" part of this site. Strive for clarity and brevity, recognizing that the intent is to engage the reader to learn more about your work.

Submission Type
You have a few different options for what to present at the symposium. You may show your work as part of an oral presentation in a concurrent session, as a poster, or as a performance. Consult the "Presentation, poster, or performance?" tab on this page for more information on these options.

What is the timeline?

To apply to present as part of a concurrent session, poster or performance, your application must be submitted by you and approved by your faculty mentor by the February deadline. If you and/or your faculty mentor do not meet this deadline, your submission will not be eligible for review by the Celebration of Scholarship Review Panel and will not be able to be considered for presentation. Please work closely with your faculty mentor to assure adequate time for the mentor to review and approve your submission. You must apply online by accessing the "Abstract and Application Submission" page.

The application deadline is February 15, 2017.

Concurrent session, poster or performance?

An important decision you must make is whether to present your work as part of a concurrent session, a poster, or a performance.

If your work involves performing, or the spoken word, you may choose "Performance" as your presentation type. The visual arts may be considered exhibit.

If you want to present your work to several people at once and field questions from them in a formal setting, then choose "Concurrent Session" as your presentation type. If you want to present your work in a less formal setting in a more conversational way to individuals or to smaller groups of people, then choose "Poster" as your presentation type.

For the Celebration of Scholarship, there is no difference in perceived value among a concurrent session presentation, poster presentation, and performance. The decision is simply a matter of how you would like to present your work to others.

Please note: the number of applications accepted for poster presentation will be limited this year, so submissions should be made as soon as possible.