Festival of Excellence

Frequently Asked Questions

General Event 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 while providing an interdisciplinary forum for dissemination and encouraging lifelong learning. The vision is to create a culture of achieving excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate.

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

All presentation types are scheduled for 15 minutes.

  • 10 min for presentation
  • 3 min for Q&A
  • 2 min for transition to the next presentation

There will be 4 presentations during each session.

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 question period between presentations. Audience members should also pay attention to presentations and be prepared to ask informed questions regarding the presentations.

The Pecha Kucha event is an auxiliary component of the Festival of Excellence. If you would like to participate in the Pecha Kucha event, please register through the Festival of Excellence website, Pecha Kucha Registration Form. The Leadership Engagement Center will organize, schedule, and run the Pecha Kucha event, and make final approval decisions for presentations. For further information, please contact The Leadership Engagement Center at leadership@suu.edu or (435) 586-1910.

Please contact festivalofexcellence@suu.edu if you’d like to explore this option. Pecha Kucha is an event connected to the Festival of Excellence, not directly related. There are two separate registration forms, and scheduling each presentation for the presenter can become complicated.

General Student Questions

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.

When registering, please select “Class Project” in Project Type field. Also your mentor will be the professor that made the assignment of presenting.

General Faculty/Staff Questions

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.

All other requests or questions should be emailed to festivalofexcellence@suu.edu.

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 20th 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 primary 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. Global Scholarship
  4. Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  5. Scholarship in the Outdoors
  6. Scholarship to Increase our Physical and/or Mental Well-being
  7. Digital and Information Literacy in a Technological World
  8. Innovation in Specialized Disciplines

An oral session 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 session 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, class projects, 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 30” x 40”. 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.

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/.

A Class Project is a project that fulfills a class requirement, assigned by a Professor. These are typically smaller than Independent Projects, Senior/Capstone Projects, and EDGE Projects.

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.