Festival of Scholars Questions


1. What is the Festival of Scholars?
The Festival of Scholars is a campus wide exhibition of the research done by Xavier students over the academic year and during the summer.

2. When is the Festival?
The Festival of Scholars is held each spring. 2016 Festival of Scholars is scheduled for April 14th and 15th.

3. Where?
The event is held on the second floor of the University Center.

4. What is the timeline?
The Festival will begin at noon on Thursday April 14 with an opening session, featuring remarks from President, Dr. C. Reynold Verret and FREE FOOD! The Festival will wrap-up by 4:00pm on Friday, April 15.

5. Who can participate?
Any Xavier student can participate. The Center for Undergraduate research also welcomes exhibits and presentations students in the community at-large, including area college students and high school students. The Center also welcomes any and all collaborations between Xavier students and individuals from from other institutions.


Deadline to submit poster print requests: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

1. How can I get my poster printed?
The Center for Undergraduate research prints posters for free. It is, however, first-come, first-served; so get your poster requests in early. For more information, call the CUR office at x5066.
All posters must conform to certain criteria (such as size, white-only background, etc.) so it is best to have your poster approved before you submit it.

2. Will poster stands be available?
Yes. The Center for Undergraduate Research provides double-sided poster stands. We even provide the pushpins.

3. Is a particular poster board assigned to me, for my specific poster?
No. It’s first-come, first-served. Find a space that’s vacant, and put up your poster. There’s usually plenty of room.

4. When should I put up my poster?
You can put your poster up as early as Thursday morning, April 14. If that is not convenient, you can put up your poster at most anytime during the Festival.

5. When should I take down my poster?
You should take down your poster at the end of the day your poster is scheduled to be displayed. If you do not, the CUR office will remove your poster and you can pick it up at the CUR office at any point after the Festival.
If there are a lot of participants, space becomes important and it is necessary to take down posters to make room for others. But this is seldom a problem. Everyone gets their time to display their work.

6. What are my responsibilities?
You should take the responsibility of putting up your poster, and then taking it down. You should also plan to spend at least one hour at your poster to explain your work to interested parties. Most of this is done on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.
Feel free to spend as much time at your poster as you like. CUR encourages the interaction and explanation. Keep in mind, no one knows more about your research than you.


1. How are presentations generated?
It is almost always the initiative of a faculty member to set up a presentation. Students more often than not present to a class—often end-of-semester research projects.
But FOS presentations are not limited to such classroom-style events. Often students (in collaboration with faculty advisors) register to present their research to anyone who will attend.

2. How will I know when my presentation is scheduled?
Once the registration has closed, the FOS committee will compile the Festival program and put it up on the CUR and FOS web sites. Your presentation and scheduled time should be included in that program. If you have any problems or conflicts, you should notify the CUR office as soon as possible.

3. Is there A/V equipment available?
Yes. Each room will have a laptop, a projector, and a screen. Most students simply bring a flash drive and hook into the system.

4. Can I bring my own laptop?
Yes. That’s particularly advisable if you use a Mac. Please note that Mac users should provide their own VGA adaptors to connect to the projector.

5. Can anyone attend these presentations?
Yes. CUR encourages outside participation. Family and friends are


1. How do I participate?
The FOS submission form are available on the CUR website under the Festival of Scholars tab. Just fill-in the requested fields and submit! Your submission will automatically register for you for FOS. You will be notified once the presentation schedule is posted.

2. Do I need to register again at the Festival?
Yes. We want to know that you came! And we usually have a small gift for you. So drop by the registration table when you arrive.

If you have any questions, call the CUR office at 504.520.5066, or come by St Joe 308.