Things to Know Before You Apply

What kinds of work can be presented at 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 generate this work with the support of a faculty sponsor. All student applications must be approved by the faculty sponsor before they are reviewed for acceptance into the symposium.

Who is eligible to participate?
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni who graduated in Academic Year 2016-2017 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. All work presented must be current; work generated after last year’s application deadline (February 2017) will be eligible.

What must I submit to be considered?

In order to have your application considered, you will need to provide information about your work, as well as information about the author(s) or developer(s) of the work and the faculty mentor.  First, consider what type of presentation is most appropriate for your work.  Consult with your faculty mentor and determine if it is the best fit to present as part of a Concurrent Session, Poster Session or as a Creative Work Performance or Exhibit.  Students participating in the Stahl Center Business Plan Competition can also participate in Celebration of Scholarship by applying to the Business Plan Competition part of the Symposium.  For more information about the differences in these presentation types, and the specific requirements for the associated applications, see the Getting Started and Application page.

Before you begin your application, make sure you know the following information pertaining to your project:

  • Presentation Type
  • Title
  • Abstract and Summary OR Description (depending on Presentation Type)
  • Keywords
  • Names, Lewis University email addresses and mailing addresses of all authors/developers that will be involved in the presentation
  • Name and Lewis University email address of your faculty sponsor (student submissions only)
  • Knowledge of whether your project has been funded by any Lewis University granting parties (Doherty Center, Lasallian Research, Caterpillar, Faculty Scholar, Faculty Development Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)

Please Note: The number of applications accepted for Poster Presentation will be limited this year.  Once evaluated for merit, applications for this presentation type will be determined for acceptance based on the order in which they were received.  Please make submissions as soon as possible.

What is the timeline?

To apply to present as part of this year’s Celebration of Scholarship, your application must be submitted by:

11:59pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (student and faculty submissions)

Student submissions only:  Your faculty sponsor MUST approve your application before your application will be taken under review.  It is important that you discuss your project with your faculty mentor before you submit your application so they are not surprised by your entry.  It is also important to accurately enter your mentor’s email address, as this is how your mentor will be notified your submission is waiting for their approval.

Deadline for Mentor Approvals: 11:59pm on Friday, February 16, 2018

If you and/or your faculty mentor do not meet this deadline these deadlines, 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 "Getting Started and Application" page.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance in mid-March, and will be asked to confirm their acceptance in a timely fashion. Applicants for Poster Presentations will be provided with instructions and the deadline for submitting their poster for printing. 

Please Note: ALL posters must be printed using the Celebration of Scholarship directions, using a template provided on the PowerPoint and Poster Templates page.

What presentation type is best for me?

An important decision to make is choosing the best format for presenting your work.  To help you select the best fit for your presentation, check out the Getting Started and Application page. Once you determine the presentation type, you will then be provided with details about developing the particular requirements for applying in that presentation group. You will then be able to designate the type of presentation you have selected as part of your application.

Important “Do’s and Don’ts” for participating in Celebration of Scholarship

Whether this is your first time participating, or you’re a seasoned pro, the Committee hopes this will be a rewarding experience.  To help make this year’s Celebration of Scholarship a success, a few things to keep in mind:

  • Think outside the box – scholarship comes in many different forms.  Help increase the diversity in types of work that is presented as part of the symposium.
  • Review previous programs and talk to participants from years past – they can be a great source of information and you prepare to participate this year.
  • Individual projects are welcome, as are group projects.  However, as you are submitting applications, do not over-extend yourself and take on too many projects.  Please Note: In order to make scheduling possible, ONLY the first listed author on submissions will be considered when checking for conflicts of multiple presentations at the same time.
  • Remember to Save the Date: April 19, 2018!  Please block out the day and make sure you will be available to present your work between 12-6pm. 
  • Plan to arrive in advance of your presentation time so you can become familiar with the space (and check out some other great presentations!).  Make sure to be present for the entire session to which your work is assigned.
Ready to start working on your application?

Visit the Getting Started and Application page for help with determining the best presentation type for your work, as well as information for helping you prepare a strong application.