Scholars Day committee
Fr. David Pratt, chair
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Getting started: First steps • Presentation formats
Guidelines for abstracts and research statements
Guidelines for individual and co-authored presentations (1-2 presenters)
Guidelines for topic-centered panel presentations (2-3 presenters)
Guidelines for group/team presentations (3+ presenters)
Guidelines for poster sessions (1-2 presenters)
First steps: How to prepare for Scholars Day
Begin preparing preferably in the fall or early spring.
- Find a faculty sponsor:
Speak to one of your professors or
instructors (preferably in the fall or
early spring) about presenting your work
at this year’s Scholars Day.
- Identify a strong piece
of research you have completed, or are
about to finish:
This could be your senior
thesis, a really good paper, a group
research project, or a presentation that
you want to develop further. You want to
offer your best scholarship in either
your major or your minor. Being selected
to present is an accomplishment.
Remember, participating in Scholars Day
is an award that you can include in your
resume and CV.
- Check the submission open
and close dates
which are posted on the right on each
- Start drafting your TITLE,
These are the only three things you need
to submit with your application form.
You do not have to submit
your finished paper or project!
That means you have time to get your
final draft ready after you submit your
Using the tools provided on this
website, you’ll find it’s not hard to
write a solid abstract and research
statement. Also, please feel free to
Center for Student Learning, Writing and
Advising, in the lower level of
O’Grady Library, if you need assistance
with your writing.
*** Remember, the maximum word
count for the abstract is 75. The
research statement is a short 200-300
word statement, which works out to about
- Begin preparing your paper
Work up some drafts now
and discuss them with your faculty
sponsor. Make a working plan to get your
paper or project done on time. You need
to work with your faculty sponsor on the
application form and your abstract and
research statement. He or she will help
you prepare the submission.