Celebration of Scholarship

We are excited to announce that the Twelfth Annual Celebration of Scholarship will take place on April 17 and April 18, 2024 at the main Romeoville campus.

Wednesday April 17, 2024
Community Hour 12-2pm
Thursday April 18, 2024
10am-6pm, specific event times TBA
Three Minute Thesis Poster Sessions
Schlachter Award Finalist Presentations Concurrent Sessions
  Creative Works Presentations/Performances
  STEM and HASS Slams
  Business Plan and Pitch Competitions
  Art Gallery Talk
  Awards Program

The Celebration of Scholarship is open to all undergraduate and graduate Lewis students. Because this is a student-focused event, Lewis faculty are not eligible to present at Celebration of Scholarship. Presentation formats include all the same categories as previous years:

Poster Sessions: Poster presenters will organize their work into a poster display and will present their research to an audience of Lewis students, alumni, and faculty.

Concurrent Sessions: Students who present in this format will host a 15-minute formal presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, or other presentation software. After the presentation is completed, Concurrent Session Presenters will have an additional 5 minutes to answer questions from an audience of Lewis students, alumni, and faculty. Students who are fully remote this semester are eligible to present via Zoom; all other students are expected to present in-person at the Romeoville campus.

Panel Discussions: In this presentation format, a group of presenters will gather to discuss a particular topic. A faculty mentor will guide the discussion. Each panel presentation will be 45 minutes to one hour in length and will include opportunities for audience questions. Faculty mentors, in collaboration with student presenters, will determine the specifics of how each panel will be conducted. To apply for this presentation format, one member from the panel will complete a single application that includes the names and information of all presenters in the panel.

Creative Works: Students presenting a Creative Work may do so in either of the two formats listed above, or they can take the form of visual art presentation or a live performance. Presentations and performances will be limited to 10 minutes, followed by a 5-minute question and answer session. Students will also have the option of submitting 2D and 3D artwork to the President's Art Show competition. Winners will participate in a gallery talk to address questions about their work.

Br. Joel Damian Business Plan Competition: The Business Plan Competition invites students to formulate an idea, develop a business plan, and pitch their idea to a panel of judges. Students will have up to 15 minutes to present their business plan, followed by a 5-10 minute question and answer session with the judges.

Br. Joel Damian Business Pitch Competition: Participants will have 7 minutes to present their idea to the panel of judges. Unlike the Business Plan competition, students will not be required to have a faculty/alumni mentor, and a formal business plan is not required. The winners from the Business Plan and Business Pitch competitions will be competing for cash awards totaling $25,000 and space in the Lewis University Regional Business Incubator to help launch their ideas.

Three Minute Thesis: This presentation category is open to graduate students only. Graduate students must present their research in a concurrent or poster session in order to be considered for this additional presentation category. Students presenting in this format will present their original research (or scholarship) in 180 seconds, in a form that can be understood by individuals without any background knowledge in the research area, using only one presentation slide.

STEM and HASS Slams: These events are similar to the Three Minute Thesis presentations but are open to undergraduate students only. Undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Computer Science) students and Undergraduate HASS (Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences) students will present their original research in three minutes, using only one presentation slide. Undergraduate students must present their research in a concurrent or poster session in order to be considered for this additional presentation category.

The online application portal will open on December 1, 2023 and will close on February 14, 2024. Please see the Schedule of Events on the left sidebar for more important dates.

We look forward to assisting you,

Matthew Domico, PsyD
Co-Chair, Celebration of Scholarship

Marie Meyer, PhD
Co-Chair, Celebration of Scholarship

Questions? Please contact us at celebrationofscholarship@lewisu.edu

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