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Week of April 8, 2024

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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 8, 2024. During this week, there will be live presentations as well as recordings of student presentations available to watch and special days for the Trustees' and Humanities Awards nominees' presentations. 

Why should students participate in the Celebration of Scholarship?

The SSU Celebration of Scholarship is an opportunity for students to learn about presenting academic work in a formal setting, receiving feedback from faculty and scholars in the field, exchanging ideas with other scholars, and building 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 to 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 by individuals or groups and they should plan on 15-minute presentations. Poster sessions are presented by individuals or groups and they should plan on 5-minute presentations.

Presentations are grouped together by the Celebration of Scholarship committee, and students who commit to participating in Celebration of Scholarship should take that obligation seriously as a professional endeavor.

What’s new for 2024?

We will still be able to have single and group oral presentations – both in person and online. The online 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 live oral presentations will be scheduled throughout the week for all students wishing to present live events that are not nominated in the Trustees' and Humanities award categories.

The live poster presentations will be held in the University Center on April 9, 2024. The Trustees' and Humanities Awards will continue to be live and in-person with opportunities for questions and answers. 

Important Due Dates:

  • Abstracts: March 15th, 2024
  • Award Nominations: March 29, 2024
  • Recordings: March 29, 2023

Contact Information:

Marie Richey
Phone: (740) 351-3139

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The Celebration of Scholarship logo was created by Shawnee State University students Casey Linder and Kristina Workman with guidance from Matt Cram.