Welcome to the 28th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship!

The event will be held on Thursday, April 18th, 2024, in Jamrich Hall.

The Celebration of Student Scholarship is an annual event held on the Northern Michigan University campus to recognize the academic contributions of undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. Students share their work with the NMU and Marquette communities by presenting research posters and oral presentations, which include creative written work and artwork. The event is free and open to the public. Students interested in participating should speak with their faculty advisors for assistance in planning their submission.

This event is an important opportunity for student scholars to share their work in a way that is accessible to the general public. Our mission is to improve how we communicate about academic topics and ideas while recognizing the hard work done by NMU students under the guidance of faculty. Join us to discover and celebrate student scholarship.

Scholarly activity is considered any intentional and/or systematic creative inquiry required to create performances, artwork, creative writing, and so much more.

Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry is fundamentally a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. The Council for Undergraduate Research defines undergraduate research as “a mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by undergraduates that seeks to make a scholarly or artistic contribution to knowledge.” 

Registration and Abstracts

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

Please follow this link to submit your abstract. To revisit your abstract submission responses for edits PRIOR to the deadline, use the link provided in your original submission confirmation message. 

**Abstract submissions received after the above deadline will not be included in the event program or event proceedings.

  • An information session focused on presenting your work will be held at noon on Friday, February 23.
  • An information session about the oral presentation styles, including the Up Goer 5 presentation method, will be held at noon on Friday, March 15.

Final Products

Final Products will be in one of two categories: 

  • Posters: Scholarly work in all subjects will be eligible for presentation via posters. A physical poster is required for this submission type; go to BEACON or CURAH for assistance in creating your poster, and see the guidance below for printing. 
  • Oral Presentations: Scholarly or research presentations that visuals may accompany (some restrictions apply). The two types of oral presentations include traditional presentations and Up Goer 5 presentations. 
  • For more details on these two products, please review the product requirements. 

To be considered for a Celebration award, you must deliver your final poster between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on April 18th at the welcome table in Jamrich. (NOTE, however, that if you use the sponsoring printer, they will deliver the poster for you - see details in "Poster Printing" below.) This deadline allows adequate time for juror review. Posters are not required at the time of registration. (i.e., the March 29th deadline is only for the abstract.)

**Posters received after the above deadline will not be considered for awards and, depending on time constraints, may not be included in event proceedings. 

 

All abstracts must be submitted online through the link on the Celebration of Student Scholarship homepage. To revisit your abstract submission responses for edits before the deadline, use the link provided with your original submission confirmation message. For the 28th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship submission for abstracts will open Monday, February 26th and close Friday, March 29th, 2024.

Please follow this link in order to submit your abstract. Link will be live when the abstract window opens. To revisit your abstract submission responses for edits prior to the deadline, use the link provided with your original submission confirmation message.

**Abstract submissions received after the above deadline will not be included in the event program or in event proceedings.

Information sessions will be held on Friday, February 23 at 11a and on Friday, March 15th, at 1:30p.

Attendance for the 28th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship is open to all members of the NMU and Marquette communities. 

Abstracts should:
  • Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project.
  • Provide relevant context that demonstrates a unique contribution to the field. 
  • Provide a brief description of the research design and methodology. 
  • Abstracts for visual art should be a brief artist's statement.
  • State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. 
  • Include text only. (No images or graphics.)
  • Be well-organized and proofread for errors. 
  • Be an organized work created solely by the author(s).
Other formatting guidelines:
  • References may be included but are not required. 
  • The form will not process all formatting and special characters (e.g., scientific symbols). Use plain text format for your abstract.
    • Paste your abstract into a simple text editor, like Notepad, to remove formatting, then copy and paste from the text editor into the submission form. 
  • The abstract word limit is 250 words. 

Have the following information available when submitting your abstract: 

  • Name and email address for each faculty mentor and co-author(s) and the academic major for each co-author. 
  • Presentation type: traditional 10-minute oral presentation, Up Goer 5 oral presentation, or poster. 
  • Field of study.
  • One abstract per primary author is permitted. There is no limit on the number of abstracts submitted per co-author. 
  • Note: The title and author(s) of your abstract will appear EXACTLY as they are entered in the abstract submission form. Please proofread for correct punctuation and spelling before submitting. Capitalize your title. 
  • This slide set provides a quick overview and tips about writing an abstract. Contact your research mentor or the NMU Writing Center for help writing an effective abstract. 

 

Product Requirements - More details coming soon!

All scholarly work must meet submission requirements. Please see the guidelines below to ensure your submitted scholarly work meets the requirements. 

Posters and Up Goer 5 oral presentations submitted by the deadline will be judged for awards. Entries will be judged on content, clarity, and the quality of visual display. Winners will be notified in advance and celebrated at the Opening Ceremony. 

Questions should be directed to studentcelebrate@nmu.edu

Posters

  • All poster submissions must be 48" (wide) x 36" (high). You can follow THIS guide to assist you in completing your poster. 
  • If you submit a poster, you should be prepared to discuss your work, including your research design, methods, process, and findings. 
  • Download a template for the 48" x 36" PowerPoint slide. You are not required to use this template, but please note that your PowerPoint canvas size must be 48" x 36". 
  • Poster printing options, to be determined. See more information below.

Oral Presentations

  • Students should select a traditional 10-minute or Up Goer 5 oral presentation style. 
  • The time limit for oral presentations is 10 minutes. The Up Goer 5 presentation is 5 minutes and must follow guidelines.  
  • Use of visuals for your presentation is not required, but highly recommended. Visuals, like a slideshow, an item related to your research, movements exemplifying your topic, or other, will improve your presentation quality and viewer experience. 
  • Traditional 10-minute oral presentations may be submitted by recording in special circumstances. Please contact studentcelebrate@nmu.edu with questions.

Art Work

  • Artwork can be submitted as either a poster or oral presentation, highlighting the research, intended outcomes, methods, and results of your scholarly project. 
  • If you prefer to use a video file to present your artwork or visual art performance, we suggest you follow the oral presentation requirements above. 
  • Visual representation of work will be allowed either by poster display or as a visual during an oral presentation. Actual artwork may be displayed during the event, but it will depend on display and space limitations. Please contact studentcelebrate@nmu.edu if you wish for your actual artwork to be displayed. 

Essay or Creative Written Work

  • You may submit essays or creative writing work as either a poster or oral presentation, highlighting the research, intended outcomes, methods, and results of your scholarly project. 
  • A visual representation of your work will be allowed either by poster display or as a visual during your oral presentation. Pending display and space limitations, your actual artwork may be displayed during the event. Please contact studentcelebrate@nmu.edu if you want to display your actual artwork. 

More details on poster options are forthcoming.

Of course you may choose to print posters on your own, delivery to Jamrich will be your responsibility.