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Celebration 2020
An Interdisciplinary Academic Symposium

3-8 p.m., Friday, April 17
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 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 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 17 – 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 now closed.

This year’s symposium will be 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 17. 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,

Robert Fahrenholtz, President of the Society of President’s Scholars
Elyssa Ford and Mohammed Meziani, Sponsors of the Society of President’s Scholars

Past Programs

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