Scholars Day

What is Scholars Day?

Two students display their Scholars Day presentation

Scholars Day is a venue for students and faculty from across all academic disciplines to share the results of their work with the college community. This is accomplished via a poster presentation. Students design research posters that serve as visual representations of their full research projects. Presenters stand with their posters and talk with viewers about their work, usually starting with a brief, 2-minute overview. Scholars Day is an ideal place to present projects completed (or in progress) for: 

  • Honors Program Coursework
  • Capstone Courses
  • Study Abroad Experiences
  • Field Placements and Internships
  • Research Projects
  • Independent Studies
  • Other Forms of Experiential Learning

Deadlines for Scholars Day 2014

This year's Scholars Days will be held April 30, 2014 on the Jamestown Campus, and May 1, 2014 on the Cattaraugus County Campus.

March 25, 2014 - Applications and supporting materials due
April 7, 2014 - Applicants selected to present are notified
April 21, 2014 - Updated abstracts due for program

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Can presentations be completed by a group?

Yes! Group presentations are encouraged. Only one application form should be submitted for each group presentation, but be sure the name of every contributor and presenter is listed. 

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How will I make my poster?

You'll create a digital version of your poster using PowerPoint (or a Mac equivalent). Check the deadlines section for the date when the digital file must be submitted. We also have some resources to help you develop your poster, including some helpful dos and don'ts for poster creation. Printing arrangements and fees will be taken care of for you. (Printing fees usually cost about $50!)

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Can faculty present their work as well?

Faculty are also encouraged to present their work, and may take part in a student group. Faculty members may not receive any type of monetary award; however, if they are part of a student group, the students are still eligible to receive monetary awards.

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What if I've already presented my work at another venue?

It is acceptable for the work to have been presented at other venues.

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What if my project is a work in progress?

A poster presentation is a perfect opportunity to outline your project goals and methods and articulate where your project is at and what you hope will come of it.

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Can North County and Warren Center students take part?

Yes, North County and Warren Center students may choose to have their presentations affiliated with either the Jamestown or the Cattaraugus County campus by checking the appropriate box on the Scholars Day Application form.

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What do I get if I win?

The best poster presentations from each campus will be awarded $100. On the Jamestown Campus, $25 gift certificates will be given to the best poster from each category, and awards will be given on both campuses to the best oral or tabletop presentations.

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How is the day structured?

Students set up their posters in the morning and stay with them throughout the day when possible (i.e., when not in class). Each student is given a specific, 10-minute presentation time when s/he presents their research to the event’s judges. Students are then required to stand with their posters from 11:50 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. and talk about their work to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

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Where do I sign up?

If you're interested in being a part of Scholars Day, check out our application and resources page for information on how to apply and how to make your poster.

If you have questions about whether a project could be presented during Scholars Day, please e-mail Felix Muzza or call him at 716.338.1381.