Week of April 5, 2021

What is the Celebration of Scholarship?


The SSU Celebration of Scholarship features students in baccalaureate and graduate programs from different colleges across SSU's campus who deliver academic presentations showcasing their exceptional projects. Students are mentored 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 will take place over the week of April 5, 2021. During this week there will recordings of student presentations available to watch along with live presentations for the Trustees’ Award.

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 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 authentic and valuable feedback. Intellectually, it is refreshing, rewarding, and motivating.

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 15-minute presentations. Presentations are grouped together by the Celebration of Scholarship committee, and students who commit should take that obligation seriously as a professional endeavor.

What’s new for 2021?

Even though we are still living in a COVID-19 world we are excited that we will be able to hold the Celebration of Scholarship 2021 Conference. In order to adapt to social distancing guidelines, we’ve had to make a few changes to the event that we want to outline for those of you that have participated before.

We will still be able to have single and group presentations – these presentations will be uploaded to the Digital Commons at the Clark Memorial Library and will be viewable by our community in an asynchronous fashion. The Trustees’ Award will continue to be live with opportunities for questions and answers.

Unfortunately with social distancing the poster sessions will be cancelled this year – but the good news is that posters can be easily adapted and converted into an oral presentation.

We hope that these changes will preserve the essence and spirit of the Celebration of Scholarship Conference as we navigate COVID-19.

How to submit your abstract:

We are using the Digital Commons in the Clark Memorial Library to upload our presentations to. Please watch this video for a brief demonstration on submitting your abstract to the Digital Commons, and click the Submit an Abstract link when you are ready to submit your abstract.

As you prepare your abstracts, remember that you need a faculty mentor to sponsor your submission. Be sure to ask your faculty mentor to review your abstract and submission before you submit it.

All submissions received will go through a mandatory peer review process.


Abstracts must be submitted by March 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Submit an abstract

Contact Information:

Erik Larson
Phone: (740) 351-3144