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Celebration of Academic Excellence

    Be a part of the Saint Leo University Community for a Celebration of Academic Excellence

    The Celebration of Academic Excellence, formerly Academic Excellence Day, will be held on University Campus on Thursday, April 2, 2020, from 1:00 - 3:50 PM with an awards ceremony at 4:00 PM Classes will have a shortened schedule to allow all to participate in the event starting at 1:00 PM.

    This important day is an opportunity to gather as a community and showcase the academic achievements of our University College students.

    Students must have the sponsorship of a Faculty Mentor who has overseen the student(s)’ work, who attests to its readiness for the event, and who will complete and submit the electronic submission form (below) on their behalf.

    Students may present in one of two categories: (1) presentation or (2) poster/artwork session, but may not participate in more than one session. Presentation sessions will be held concurrently, with each presentation lasting 10 minutes. Poster/artwork sessions will be held in the Exhibition Hall (Kirk Hall 123 and 124), with two rotating sessions.

    Excellence for an Oral Presentation Award: Students wishing to be considered for the Excellence for an Oral Presentation award must have their faculty Mentor indicate this on the submission form. The Academic Excellence Committee will select four finalists from the abstracts submitted to present in the same session. The four finalists will each receive a certificate of distinction and one will be awarded the Excellence for an Oral Presentation Award.

    Oral presentations will be judged for creativity, organization of content, oral presentation, knowledge of material, clarity of artwork (charts, graphs, slides), and overall presentation. Students are given 10 minutes for their presentation and 5 minutes for questions from the audience and/or judges.

    Excellence for a Poster Presentation Awards: Poster presentations will be judged for organization and creativity, organization of content, technical procedures employed (when applicable), oral delivery, knowledge of material, clarity of artwork (charts, graphs, images), appearance of poster, and overall presentation.

    Out of those that are submitted, only ten finalists will be selected and be judged at the Poster Session.

    Certificates will be given to the second and third place winners. The first place winner will receive the Excellence for a Poster Presentation Award, along with a certificate provided to the Faculty Mentor.

    A People's Choice Award will be given to one out of the ten finalists based off of the audience's vote. 

    Completed submission forms for all presentations and posters/artwork must be submitted by the Faculty Mentor no later than Friday, March 6th, 2020 by 5:00 PM No submissions will be accepted after the March 6th deadline.

    Faculty Mentors will receive confirmation of the acceptance of their submissions and follow-up instructions shortly after the deadline.

    For more information on submission criteria, please see the event submission form.

    Faculty who are interested in moderating a session or have any questions concerning the event, please contact Jennifer Toole, Assistant Professor of Multimedia Management, at We hope that you will join us for this special day to celebrate the hard work and the many successes of our students.

    Submission Deadline: Friday, March 8th, 2019 by 5:00 PM;

    Only This Online Submission Form Will Be Accepted.

    • Faculty mentor is responsible for reviewing this form for completeness and to ensure the quality of the abstract. All sections are required.
    • Faculty mentor is responsible for submitting this form by the submission deadline Friday, March 6th, 2020 by 5:00 PM.
    • Submission will not be accepted if the form is incomplete or received after the submission deadline. Students are limited to ONE presentation/poster/artwork.