Academic Festival

2019 Academic Festival

2019 Academic FestivalThe annual Academic Festival, held every April and organized by the Committee for Undergraduate Research, is the culmination of all the activities related to undergraduate research at the University.

This year’s Festival will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in the University Commons. Registration opens on January 15. Stay tuned for more details.

Visit the 2019 Academic Festival Website

Awards and prizes will be given in the following categories:

Best Writing
For the best-written paper (analysis of existing research; experimental project; interview, survey, or ethnographic project; creative work or portfolio; or textual analysis). Criteria include: purpose, performance of language, adherence to standard writing expectations and rhetorical practices, accuracy of citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago).

Best Multidisciplinary Research or Collaboration
For projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries with regard to the question or problem it considers, the methodology it employs, or its conclusions or implications, especially for groups of students from different Colleges or major areas of study.

Most Meaningful
The most significant research analyzing social injustices or the connection of personal and social well-being, with preference for projects that develop implementable action plans.

Best Visuals
The most visually appealing poster, especially related to the sense of scale in the elements, breathing space, and color palette.

Most Creative
For projects that are unique or innovative with regard to their research questions, method or approach, suggested applications, and presentation or style.

Most Scholarly Impact or Potential
Criteria include: how the study fills the gaps in the literature, the quality of the research design or question, and the likely implications for the field or field of study. Special consideration will be given to research that has been presented at or accepted for a conference or submitted to or accepted by a journal.

Campus Choice
The most popular paper or poster, voted on by the attendees of the Festival.

In addition, there will be a Dean’s Prize for the best poster or paper from each College and the Provost’s Prize, selected from the top College submissions.