March 27–28, 2014
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Registration table sign-in
Students are asked to sign in at the formal Registration Table in front of the Provost's Office Thursday starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 3:30 pm. You will receive your program, a beautiful Celebration of Scholarship carry-bag, a matching ink pen, your name tag and lanyard, as well as a certificate of participation. If you are a Friday presenter, you may pick your registration packet up at the door before the dinner, or you may get it Friday morning at the Registration Table between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Be sure you check in before you begin your presentations. Poster presenters may come to the Registration Table and we will also bring your registrations to you in the Poster area before the poster session opens to the public. Mentors and Moderators should also get their folders at the Registration Table.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 (participants, faculty mentors, and guests invited)
6pm UC Ballroom
An RSVP to Misty Spicer is requested by NOON, Friday, March 21, 2014 or before
Keynote Dinner Speaker
Thursday, March 27, 2014
7pm UC Ballroom
Friday, March 28, 2014
11 am–noon Flohr Lecture Hall
What is an undergraduate Conference?
An undergraduate conference features students in baccalaureate programs from different colleges across SSU's campus and visiting from neighboring
universities who deliver academic presentations showcasing their exceptional projects. Students are sponsored by a faculty member and present the results
of their original work in oral and poster presentations before their peers, faculty and the public. Students present work related to research in their
field, creative work in the visual and performing arts, community service, and study abroad. The event begins on Thursday afternoon and includes an honorary dinner for presenters and their mentors (Thursday evening), and continues throughout Friday morning. An honorary guest, a
well-known academic researcher, closes the presentations Friday afternoon, and the Celebration culminates with a university-wide campus event.
Why should students participate in the Celebration of Scholarship?
The SSU Celebration of Scholarship is an opportunity for students to learn to present academic work in a formal setting, receive feedback from faculty and scholars in
the field, exchange ideas with other undergraduate scholars, and build a resume. Furthermore, effective presentation skills are valuable for all future careers. Thus, the
conference provides an excellent public forum to practice skills, to explore strengths and identify areas for improvement. Students should also regard the Celebration of
Scholarship as an opportunity to share their work, see the work of others in the same field and other areas of study, and to give and receive valuable feedback.
Intellectually, it is refreshing, rewarding, and motivating. Undergraduate students at prestigious universities across the nation participate in conferences, and Shawnee
State's students also have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of such an experience.
Who is eligible to participate in the Celebration of Scholarship?
All students from Shawnee State are eligible to present if they have a faculty sponsor to mentor them through the process. Presentations may be done individually or in small groups.
Oral sessions are presented in both panel and discussion format. Each individual or group should plan on fifteen minutes per individual or fifteen minutes per small group. Presentations
are grouped together on the day of the event by the Celebration of Scholarship committee, and students who commit should take that obligation seriously as a professional endeavor. Poster
sessions are arranged by discipline and topic, and, although there is no formal presentation, individuals are asked to be with their posters for informal discussion with visitors during a
brief period of time during the event. Participation in this academic event is a wonderful way to share the excitement of learning and thinking with fellow students and faculty members.
It is also a good way for students to grow and mature into the professionals they aspire to become.