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Celebration of Learning FAQ

COVID-19 and Celebration of Learning

Q; Can I choose to present virtually?

A: Maybe. Poster presentations must be in-person. Panel presentations may be presented virtually but you will have to work with your advisor and the chair of your panel to determine if that is possible. 

Q: What if I come down with COVID-19 when I am scheduled to present?

A: Contact your advisor, the chair of your panel, and Mariano Magalhaes as soon as possible.

Presenting at Celebration of Learning:

Q: If presenting at Celebration of Learning is a requirement for a Senior Inquiry project (or research fellowship or paid internship), do I need to submit a proposal on the Celebration of Learning form?

A: Yes! Every presentation, whether or not part of a class, needs to have a form submitted. It's the only way it will get onto the schedule and be included in the program book.  

Q: Do I need to submit the whole paper or poster now to the Digital Commons in order to be considered to present at Celebration of Learning?

A: No. We just need your title, abstract, and type of presentation (panel, poster, performance, exhibition). If you have the paper/poster ready to submit now to Digital Commons, you can, but you can also submit it any time, including after Celebration of Learning. Presentations submitted to Digital Commons should represent the best of what students do and will need advising faculty endorsements separate from inclusion in Celebration of Learning.

Q: Who can see my presentation?

A: It depends. All abstracts and artist statements for Celebration of Learning presentations are included in the program book that will be available online and included on the Digital Commons. Anyone with Internet access could see your name, abstract/artist statement. If you submit your completed project to Digital Commons, the paper/poster/images would be available for anyone to see; otherwise, it's whoever shows up at your presentation. 

Q: Will there be room for poster presentations?

A: Yes. Please note that posters take time to print and are not printed over weekends or evenings so posters need to be ready for printing no later than Monday, May 1.

Q: How long are panel presentations?  

A: Roughly 15 minutes each, including questions. Performances, group presentations and other presentations that cannot fit into that time can be accommodated. Let us know when the presentation is submitted about any special needs. Where possible we will be scheduling hours as panels of four speakers and session moderators will keep the sessions on track.

Q: I want to present at Celebration of Learning, but I have no idea where to start!

A: See the registration form. If you are still confused, contact Mariano Magalhaes, or the faculty mentor of the project you want to present. 

Who, what and when

Q: Do I need to be a senior to present? Can I only present an SI? Is it only funded work?

A: No. Our goal is to showcase the best work our students do. It should be original scholarship and have the endorsement of a faculty mentor. While the presentations will primarily be from SIs, funded research/creative scholarship, Honors capstones, and the like, presentations are not restricted to those.

Q: Can I only present work completed at Augustana?

A: No. As long as you are a current student and the work is endorsed by an Augustana faculty member, you can present. For example, students who completed summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) elsewhere are encouraged to present that work here.

Q: Can I present after graduating?

A: Maybe. If the work was completed since the last Celebration of Learning and you completed your degree requirements in summer or fall of this year, yes. Not sure? Contact Mariano Magalhaes

Q: Can I be part of more than one presentation?

A: Yes. When you make your submissions, please indicate whether you will give more than one presentation. Thus far, we've been able to accommodate everyone's schedules.