Festival of Excellence

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

The Festival of Excellence is a 1-day event dedicated to celebrating scholarship in all forms on campus. Our mission is to celebrate SUU's scholarly efforts through interdisciplinary dialogue to encourage life-long learning. We encourage students and employees to present their major projects, research, performances, displays, and any other type of scholarly activity to the general SUU community.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate.

You can present an oral presentation, a poster presentation, a performance, a display, a demonstration, or a remote presentation. For definitions of each, see below.

Oral, gallery talk, demonstration, and performance presentations are 15 minutes. Those 15 minutes include the presentation and questions. After the 15-minute presentation (including questions), there will be a 5-minute transition period before the next presentation.

Displays may be left up throughout the day.

All posters will be displayed throughout the day of the event. Presenters will be assigned to present their posters (stand by their posters and answer questions from the campus community) for one session, which will last one hour.

You can register to present using the Registration Form on the Festival of Excellence Website. Please refer to the Registration Form Definitions for additional help with registration.

Read through the Frequently Asked Questions to see if others have the same question. If not, feel free to send your questions to festivalofexcellence@suu.edu.

Presenters are encouraged to prepare their presentations for a general audience. We should all be able to discuss the importance of our disciplines with audience members from different areas of campus. Also, presenters should dress professionally, and they should be prepared to discuss their research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. Student presenters are expected to work with their faculty/staff mentors to prepare appropriate presentations. Faculty/staff mentors have the responsibility of ensuring an appropriate level of quality.

Audience members should be courteous to presenters. Please do not enter or leave a room during a presentation. Instead, wait until the transition period between presentations. Audience members should also pay attention to presentations and be prepared to ask informed questions regarding the presentations. Try to connect your interests to those of the presenter.

Yes, you are expected to attend. SUU classes will be suspended during the Festival of Excellence so students can learn about the research, scholarship, and creative activities in which the SUU community is participating.

Faculty/Staff Questions

We encourage major projects that require a semester or more of students’ effort. If your class project requires students to engage in the project for an entire semester or more, it will be a welcome contribution to the Festival of Excellence. Please use your discretion to choose the most appropriate type of presentation for each project.

If your students' projects are not clearly defined by the registration deadline, perhaps their presentations should wait until the following Festival of Excellence. Works-in-progress are encouraged for the Poster Session, but they should at least be clearly defined and partially completed.

Each college has separate requirements for faculty members who have received funding. Please consult the dean of your college.

As stated in the FDSF guidelines, awarded faculty must present the results of their proposals to other faculty at the annual SUU Festival of Excellence to be eligible for future FDSF grants.

Registration Questions

If you need to edit a submitted registration form, please send your edits to festivalofexcellence@suu.edu. Only edits submitted by February 19th will be accepted.

An abstract is a self-contained, short, and powerful statement that describes a larger work. Components vary according to discipline. An abstract of a social science or scientific work may contain the scope, purpose, results, and contents of the work. An abstract of a humanities work may contain the thesis, background, and conclusion of the larger work. An abstract is not a review, nor does it evaluate the work being abstracted. While it contains key words found in the larger work, the abstract is an original document rather than an excerpted passage. (From The UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center)

In developing this year’s program, the committee has created session categories to assist in facilitating an interdisciplinary learning environment. Participants can choose a preferred and secondary category in which they feel their scholarly work is best represented. The committee hopes that these categories create common themes that promote creative, interdisciplinary discussions.

  1. Community Engagement
  2. Creative Expression
  3. Digital and Information Literacy
  4. Global Engagement
  5. Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  6. Outdoor Engagement and Environmental Stewardship
  7. Research to Increase our Physical and/or Mental Well-being
  8. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  9. Innovation in Specialized Disciplines

An oral presentation is a venue for presenters to share their work in a 15-minute block of time. Oral presentations should last 12 minutes, leaving 3 minutes for questions and transition time for the next presenter. Presenters may use a PowerPoint presentation to provide visual aid, but such aid is not mandatory.

Oral presentations should be completed, high-quality projects. Faculty mentors are responsible for ensuring appropriate quality. To aid in scheduling, the Festival of Excellence may request that a registration indicating an oral session preference be moved to the poster session.

A poster presentation is a venue for presenters to share their work using a poster. Examples of poster presentations include small completed research/EDGE projects, research/EDGE projects that are near completion, etc.

Presenters will stand with their poster during the entire poster session to answer questions and discuss their work with interested colleagues and visitors. The poster will remain in place throughout the day (before and after the poster session) to maximize viewing time. Presenters may have accompanying handouts, but handouts are not required.

SUU's Festival of Excellence requires posters to be no larger than 40" x 60". Printing costs will be covered by the Festival of Excellence. Printing instructions will be provided to all poster presenters. Faculty mentors are responsible for helping students create posters that meet professional standards. Posters not conforming to the Festival's specifications will not be displayed.

Posters must be submitted to the SUU Copy Shop with mentor approval by March 27.

Posters must include:

  • Presentation Title
  • Student Name(s)
  • Faculty Mentor Name
  • College and Department Affiliation (e.g. "College of Science & Engineering - Computer Science and Information Systems")

A performance is a project in which students, faculty, and/or staff perform a work in the fields of music, theatre, dance, movement, poetry, and/or film. The Festival of Excellence will work to find the most appropriate venue for each performance.

A display allows campus members to present projects most often associated with the visual arts. Campus members who wish to display any type of artwork, such as paintings, sketches, ceramics, etc., should register for this category. The Festival of Excellence will work to find the most appropriate venue for each display.

A demonstration allows campus members to present projects that involve structures and/or moving parts that aren't associated with the visual arts. Examples include engineering projects, etc. The Festival of Excellence will work to find the most appropriate venue for each demonstration.

Remote presentations are delivered by students, faculty, and/or staff from off-campus locations in rooms equipped with proper audio/visual materials. Presenters giving remote presentations will work individually with the Festival of Excellence Committee to ensure success. Remote presentations will be delivered using Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect Presenter instructions

An EDGE Project is a project that fulfills the EDGE requirement. For more information about the EDGE program, go to http://www.suu.edu/uc/edge/.

An Independent Project is a project that is not tied to a course, EDGE, or a student's major (i.e. Senior/Capstone Project).

A Senior/Capstone Project is a significant project that occurs within a student's major, typically done during the Senior/Capstone course within a student's major.

An Honors Thesis follows the requirements provided by the SUU Honors Program. Please see the Honors Office for details.