We are excited to announce that the Ninth Annual Celebration of Scholarship: Confronting Challenges through Scholarship, Faith, and Love will be held in a completely virtual format and will take place on April 15, 2021. All presenters and attendees will participate in the event through online interactions. The Celebration of Scholarship is open to all undergraduate and graduate Lewis students.

Although all presentations will be held online, presentation formats will be the same as in previous years. Formats include poster sessions, concurrent sessions, creative works, and the Br. Joel Damian Business Plan & Business Pitch Competitions. A virtual Plenary Session with a to-be-announced keynote speaker will precede the day’s events.

Virtual Poster Sessions: Poster presenters will organize their work into a an electronic poster display and will present their research to an online audience of Lewis students, alumni, and faculty. Each poster presentation will last a total of 10 minutes and will include a 3-5 minute audience Q&A period. Presenters will share their screens to make their posters visible on the day of the event.

Virtual 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, Virtual Concurrent Session Presenters will have an additional 5 minutes to answer questions from an audience of Lewis students, alumni, and faculty. Concurrent Sessions will be live (not pre-recorded). It is not necessary to uploaded presentations prior to the date of the event. 

Virtual 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 virtual gallery talk to address questions about their work. 

Virtual 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.

Virtual 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.

Please note that students who were accepted to present at the 2020 Celebration of Scholarship (which was cancelled due to COVID-19) will need to reapply in order to be considered for the 2021 Celebration of Scholarship. We will begin accepting applications on December 1, 2020. 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

Mary-Beth Desmond, PhD, RN, MSN, MA, AHN-BC
Co-Chair, Celebration of Scholarship