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 scholarly activity 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.


2024 Event Program is coming soon

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

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.” Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry is fundamentally a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. 


Oral Presentation

Creative Written Work


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 email. 

**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.
  • A workshop on the Up Goer 5 presentation method will be held from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 (Room 2806, Seaborg Center - please bring your laptop).

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 may include visuals (some restrictions apply). The two types of oral presentations include traditional presentations and Up Goer 5 presentations. Click here for Up Goer 5 instructions.
  • For more details on these two products, please review the product requirements below. 

To be considered for a Celebration award, you must deliver your final poster several days before April 18th; the time and place will be specified soon. (NOTE, however, that if you use the sponsoring printer, they will deliver the poster for you - see details in "Poster Printing" below.) The deadlines allow for adequate time for juror review. Posters are not required when you register (i.e., the March 29th deadline is only for the abstract).

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


Please follow this link in order to submit your abstract. To revisit your abstract submission responses for edits prior to the deadline, use the link provided with your original submission confirmation message. Submission for abstracts will be open until Friday, March 29th, 2024.

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

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. 
  • 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).
  • Abstracts for visual art should be a brief artist's statement.
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, as well as 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 by co-authors. 
  • 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 of, and tips about, writing an abstract. Contact your research mentor or the NMU Writing Center for help writing an effective abstract. 


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

Posters 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 on the event day. 

Questions should be directed to studentcelebrate@nmu.edu


  • 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". 
  • For poster printing options, see information below.

Oral Presentations

  • Students should select a traditional or Up Goer 5 oral presentation style. 
  • Traditional presentation have a time limit of 10 minutes. 
  • Up Goer 5 presentations are limited to 5 minutes, and they must only use the 1,000 most common words in the English language.
  • Use of visuals for your presentation is not required, but highly recommended. Visuals can be a slideshow but many other things, such as an item related to your research, movements exemplifying your topic, and more. Visuals will improve your presentation quality and the viewers' experience. 
  • Traditional 10-minute oral presentations may be submitted as a recording in special circumstances. Please contact studentcelebrate@nmu.edu with questions.

Art Work

  • Artwork or visual representations will be allowed either as a poster 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. 
  • 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. 

Essay or Creative Written Work

  • You may submit visual art, essays or creative writing work as either a poster or oral presentation, highlighting the process of creation (creative work’s equivalent of “methods”), sources of material and inspiration (“research”), goals for your project (“intended outcomes”), and results of your creative scholarly activity.

Please follow this link to print your poster. NMU Printing Services will print and deliver your poster to the event venue. 

FREE printing for posters has been extended: be sure to upload your poster to Printing Services by Monday, April 8 at 5 p.m.

Of course, you may choose to print posters yourself, but you will be responsible for delivering them to Jamrich. Please contact studentcelebrate@nmu.edu to schedule your delivery no later than the morning of Tuesday, April 16.