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Northwest Missouri State University

Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)

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What You Need To Know

Celebration 2016
An Interdisciplinary Academic Symposium

3-9:30 p.m., Friday, April 1
3rd Floor, J.W. Jones Student Union

Celebration of Quality Call for Papers (and other Projects)

The Society of President’s Scholars and Honors College are again joining forces to sponsor the Celebration of Quality, an interdisciplinary symposium spotlighting exceptional student work throughout campus.

The symposium is open to all Missouri Academy, undergraduate and graduate students at Northwest and may include work completed either this trimester or any time during the previous year. Faculty and staff are encouraged to recommend the symposium to students and to sponsor their best work, and students are encouraged to submit your work. The Celebration has been moved back this year to accommodate projects undertaken this spring term. If you will have a completed project by April 1 and a faculty member who is willing to sponsor you, please submit your work!

Submissions are due by Friday, March 4. The application form is available online.

This year’s symposium will be 3 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 1. Sessions will take place throughout the afternoon and evening, and there will be a banquet to which all Celebration participants and their faculty sponsors are invited; tickets may also be purchased for guests. Posters, artwork, and other projects also will be displayed throughout the entire event.

The symposium gives the University community a chance to see the work students are completing across disciplines, and it gives participating students an audience beyond the classroom. In past years, students have presented creative writing, original research, and analytical papers. They have given speeches, conducted panel discussions, and displayed original works of art and visual summaries of their projects in science, education and business. They also have presented dramatic readings and played or analyzed music, and some have presented other original work or projects completed in class or during internships. The selection committee is open to new and innovative approaches in what students want to present and how they would like to present it!

Please address any questions to Dr. Elyssa Ford ( or Dr. Mohammed Meziani (

Thank you,

Brianna Wilmes, President of the Society of President’s Scholars
Elyssa Ford and Mohammed Meziani, Sponsors of the Society of President’s Scholars
Gregg Dieringer, Director of the Honors Program

Submission Application Form

Here's why you should participate:

  1. You will get an opportunity to hear people ooh, aah, clap, smile, and generally respond positively to your work.
  2. You can list your participation on your resume. This type of involvement looks great to potential employers.
  3. You will impress your family and friends.
  4. You will be even prouder of your work than you are now, truly believing all your hard work did pay off.
  5. And, you will get a free dinner!

Here’s what you need to do to participate:

  1. After you find a faculty member to be your sponsor, fill out the application form. (Faculty are quite happy to do this, and it doesn’t have to be the teacher for whom you completed your work.)
  2. If you are presenting with other students who worked on the same project, please put all of your names on a single form. If you and a friend want to present different projects but at the same session, please submit separate forms and indicate your preference to present at the same time.
  3. Submit the form.

We look forward to seeing you and your work!

Application Form

Application Deadline: By 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016

You can also submit your application via email or hardcopy View PDF to Dr. Elyssa Ford,, Valk 53.

Participant Information

Full Name:

Entry Information

Class or Major:
(for which this work was originally created)
(when the project was completed)
Missouri Academy     Undergraduate     Graduate
Sponsoring Faculty Member:
Sponsor's Email:
Title of Presentation or Display:
Write a short description of your presentation or display:
Type of Entry: Display (ex: 2D art, sculpture, poster)
Presentation (ex: paper, performance, speech)
Would you be willing to stand by your display to answer questions?
Yes      No
Length of Presentation:
10 min     15 min     20 min

Are there any times between 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. that you are not available?

List anyone else who would like to present at the same time as you:

If you have any specific needs (audio-visual equipment, tables, etc.) for your presentation please indicate them here:

Event Options

The banquet will be held on April 1 at 5:45 p.m. Indicate which banquet tickets you will need:

For yourself (free): Regular     Vegetarian     None
For your faculty sponsor (free): Regular     Vegetarian     None
For any guests ($10 each): Regular   Vegetarian    

Would you like to be considered for a Celebration of Quality award?
Yes     No

What were your goals for this project?

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Why does it deserve an award?

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