Ignatian Scholarship Day

Ignatian Scholarship Day

Ignatian Scholarship Day - FAQs

Why should students participate in this scholarship day?

Students will get much satisfaction from presenting at a student conference such as this. It is a good way to discuss their ideas with other scholars or to demonstrate their creative ability. It is a great asset in building resumes or graduate school applications. A celebration such as Ignatian Scholarship Day helps students see their fellow students as peers in a great variety of academic pursuits.

A student’s presentation may be the outcome of substantial work which had its origin in an assignment for a course either this semester or a prior one but which has been developed above and beyond a class requirement.

What are the differences among the various types of possible presentations? What are the requirements for each?

This is a good method to display work in certain fields where diagrams, formulas, pictures, etc., assist in the sharing of information. Many students find it helpful to purchase a tri-fold poster board which is self-supporting. Posters should be designed to stand no more than four feet high on a card table or one-half of an eight-foot table. Make sure the formal title and the author’s name is clearly visible.  You may also wish to prepare a paper handout so that viewers can walk away with details of your work.  It is our expectation that you will provide any materials you will need to display your work. However, if you do need any materials such as foam board, clips, etc., you must make this known on your online submission form;  otherwise, it is presumed that you are able to supply your own materials. Students must be ready to stand by their posters during their scheduled one-hour time period to answer questions.  There are no screens, computers or electronic equipment in the poster room.  If your presentation requires any of the above, please follow the digital presentation directions.

An Oral paper is the presentation of a paper without the aid of media; no projector, computer, presentation software, etc. is used.  The paper will be delivered from a podium in a conference room.  A microphone will be placed at podiums in larger presentation rooms.  A period of twenty minutes is allotted to include both the presentation and any follow-up questions. There will be a 10 minute walk time between the different sessions. A schedule of assigned times and rooms will be published before the day.  Each room will have a presider who will keep time and adjourn the session so the audience has time to rotate to another session.    Please note:  If any type of media/computer/electrical equipment other than a podium is needed, the paper is considered a digital presentation.  Please follow instructions for this type of presentation.

A digital presentation utilizes a projector and screen for display of the student’s work from a laptop computer.  A microphone will be placed at podiums in presentation rooms.  Laptops are provided for use in each presentation room. Network access will be provided upon request.
Types of digital presentations:
  • PowerPoint
  • PowerPoint Presentation w/ embedded audio or video file (MP3, Quicktime, Windows Media Video, etc.)
  • Prezi
  • Keynote
  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
  • SMART Board Presentation (using SMART Notebook Software)
  • Video file played from a laptop (Quicktime, Windows Media Video, etc.)
  • Video file played online (Youtube, etc.)
  • DVD
These will be works of painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, fiber, or other visual communications. In general, the work should be free-standing or be able to fit on one card table or one-half on an eight-foot table.

It is our expectation that you will provide for yourself any materials you will need to display your art. You are to work closely with your faculty mentor on how the artwork will be shown. Art will be on display for the entire day.

These expressions (poetry, drama, dance, vocal or instrumental music) should be up to 15 minutes in length with time for 2 to 3 minutes of questions.  The abstract should specify the equipment that will be needed such as props, music stands, accompaniment, or recordings, as well as an approximation of the length of the performance and number of ensemble members (for scheduling purposes). Please work closely with your faculty mentor.

What is an abstract? 

An abstract is a brief summary of the work to be presented.  It gives the audience a clear expectation of the expression they will see or hear.  It expands upon the formal title of the work by giving specifics such as works to be analyzed, the authors or composers involved, the type and titles of the artwork being displayed, program notes, methodology, results, discussion.  For printing purposes, abstracts are to be limited to 100 words.  Abstracts are submitted by students through an online submission form that is available from January 31st to March 3rd on the myCanisius portal under the Need to Know area.  Students must make an appointment with their ISD mentor before submitting their online abstract.  Students and mentors should meet several times prior to Ignatian Scholarship Day to work on finalizing details of the presentation.  

How many students can co-author a presentation? 

A maximum of three authors may be associated with any one expression.  Timed events are not extended for works with multiple authors. (Musical ensembles may be larger than three; please indicate the number of participants in the group on the online submission form.)

How many presentations may a student make?

In order to allow as many students as possible to participate in the day, as well as to be sure students do their best work on what they submit, students may be an author/co-author or presenter on two expressions (this number does not include participation as a member of a larger musical ensemble).

What type of recognition do students receive for participating in the conference?

Participants will receive certificates acknowledging their contributions to the day. These are extremely worthwhile to note on applications for fellowships, graduate school admissions, employment resumes and the like. A conference program containing all submitted abstracts will also be published, and a list of participants will be posted on the Ignatian Scholarship Day website.

What are students required to do on the day of the event?

Students displaying a poster must bring their materials no later than 20 minutes before their scheduled time to organize and set up their posters. If they are presenting artwork, pieces must be on display by 10:00 a.m. that morning.  Presenters of papers, digital presentations or artistic performances should arrive 15 minutes before their assigned start time to familiarize themselves with their surroundings.

Students must dress appropriately for the day (business attire representative of your discipline). Please check with your faculty mentor and discuss what is suitable attire for this event.

Faculty Mentor’s Responsibilities

Each presentation must have a faculty mentor. Your involvement in a student’s work to be presented at the conference is therefore essential; without you, there can be no Ignatian Scholarship Day. You should know about the responsibilities of mentoring as well as the significant benefits it can confer.
  1. Please familiarize yourself with the presentation types and submission guidelines. There is no central review process—virtually all submissions that have faculty endorsers will be accepted. This means that, before you agree to be a mentor, you should be sure the proposed work is eligible and, after agreeing, you should work with the students involved in preparing the abstract and getting ready for the presentation. You may endorse a student’s work from any semester.  The faculty mentor will receive an email once the student submits the abstract.  The email will contain the link the faculty mentor needs to use to endorse the abstract.

  2. At the minimum, faculty should proofread the abstract of no more than 100 words before the student submits the form, give appropriate feedback and editing, and formally approve the abstract for submission. Stay in touch with students you are mentoring so you can preview presentations, giving appropriate feedback to enhance their quality.

  3. For oral paper presentations and digital presentations on Ignatian Scholarship Day, you will introduce your student at the beginning of his/her talk. Work with your student on selecting an appropriate presentation time that works for both of you.  If you have a conflict, please arrange for a colleague to fill in for you as the student’s mentor on Ignatian Scholarship day.

  4. Additionally, you may wish to consider ways of using the day as a teaching resource. Some professors require students to attend one or more presentations, including both those from the class discipline and those from outside the discipline, and to turn in reports on them. Reports may include brief summaries of each presentation, as well as reflection. Students from a wide variety of disciplines will be presenting their best work. Different presentation methods also will be on view. All who attend the conference can meet and question students who present posters, technology displays, or studio or performing art. It's a great way to catch up on what's happening at the college in other fields besides your own.
Important mentor responsibilities during the two weeks prior to Ignatian Scholarship Day include:
  1. Be sure your student is ready to present.

    If they have poster displays, are they clearly assembled and visually pleasing? Is their objective clearly defined? 

    If they are presenting an oral paper, have they practiced speaking in a loud, clear voice without “reading” the paper? Do they make eye contact with their audience?

    If their work will be a digital presentation (using technology), have they emailed their presentation to Bob Grabowski in ITS by the deadline date to have it ready on the desktop in the room in which they are presenting? Instructions for this are on the Ignatian Scholarship day portal page for participating students under the Academic Affairs community page.  As Ignatian Scholarship day approaches, students will receive an email from the Ignatian Scholarship Day with complete instructions for their ISD responsibilities.

  2. Remember that you are expected to introduce your student if he/she is presenting an oral paper or a digital presentation.   If your student is presenting a poster display, remember to come to the location and join your student during the poster time to help answer questions from our guests. Remember: your name is on this project, too!

  3. Be sure to bring your classes that are meeting that day to the ISD presentations.  Academic departments will receive a schedule listing all presentations relevant to that department.   It is extremely disheartening for students who have worked very hard on their presentation and then have no one in the audience as they present their work. Include this day in your assignments for the balance of the semester.