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Celebration of Quality

Celebration 2023
An Interdisciplinary Academic Symposium

4-8 p.m., Friday, April 14
3rd Floor, J.W. Jones Student Union

Celebration of Quality Call for Papers (and other Projects)

The Society of President’s Scholars, the Honors Program, and the Provost’s Office are proud to sponsor the Celebration of Quality, an interdisciplinary symposium spotlighting exceptional student work throughout campus.

The symposium is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Northwest and may include work completed either this semester or over the last year. Faculty and staff are encouraged to recommend the symposium to students and to sponsor their best work, and students are encouraged to submit their work. The Celebration takes place later in the semester to accommodate projects undertaken this spring term. If you are working on project this semester and believe you will have a completed or mostly completed project to present by April 14 – and if the consulting faculty member is willing to sponsor you and your project – we encourage you to submit your work.  The project itself does not have to be finished by the submission deadline!  We especially encourage you to ask graduating seniors who are working on final senior projects to think about this.

Submissions are due by Wednesday, March 1 before 11:59 p.m.

Submission Application Form

This year’s symposium will be 4 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 14. Sessions will take place throughout the afternoon and evening while posters, artwork, and other projects will be displayed throughout the event. There will be awards for the top project presentations and door prize drawings for attendees.

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. Mohammed Meziani at or Ethan Shutts at

Thank you,

Ethan M. Shutts, president of the Society of President’s Scholars
Mohammed Meziani, sponsors of the Society of President’s Scholars

What You Need To Know

Here's why you should participate

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

Here’s what you need to do to participate

Submission Application Form

  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Submit the form. Available online from February 7 - March 6.

Here’s how you can be judged and win

  • Although always dependent on the funding available each year, there usually are cash prizes for the top presentations and posters/displays at the Celebration. 
  • Judging is conducted by Northwest faculty and is based on the materials you submitted with your application, the quality of the work produced, and your presentation on the day of the event. 
  • The judges may be from within your field or from outside of it – or possible both – so judging also is based on your ability to express the importance and quality of your work to an expert and to a novice.

Past Programs

Not sure what qualifies? View our past programs for examples of previous presentations.