Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Daemen College is pleased to announce the campus-wide 2017 Academic Festival to be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The 2017 Festival is the 17th year for this event. The Festival is a celebration of the academic year through student presentations, exhibitions and performances. Students from all majors and faculty members will have the opportunity to present their academic and artistic achievements to the College community. Because students and faculty are expected to attend the Festival, classes will not be held between 8AM and 4PM. Other special campus events will be scheduled in conjunction with the Festival.

An Invitation to Participate

Begin thinking now about doing a Festival project. Projects may take a variety of forms. The Festival has been scheduled to accommodate work completed in either 2016 or 2017 semesters. Presentations may be given by students alone or in collaboration with faculty. They may be based on term papers, class projects, senior theses, research or independent study projects, and internships. Presentations may also include art displays, musical or theatrical performances. Need ideas? Look at the program from last year's Academic Festival.

Faculty Sponsorship

Each student proposal must receive a faculty sponsor's approval in order to be accepted by the Academic Festival Committee. Each student who wishes to participate in the Academic Festival should consult with a faculty member prior to submitting a proposal. The faculty sponsor will provide guidance to support the student's preparation of a project, discussing the student's work-in-progress and offering suggestions for improvement. The faculty sponsor should determine that the student's work is of acceptable quality, based on the standards of the academic discipline. The student project should also meet all of the criteria appropriate to the submission category.

Presentation Formats

Presentation - This is a presentation given jointly by 1 or 2 people (please supply the name of the other presenter on the submission form). You will be able to give a 20 minute presentation in a seminar/classroom setting in front of a group of faculty & students. You may use computers, technology or displays to enhance your presentation. You may ask for questions from the audience. Please see suggestions.


Group Presentation - This is a presentation given by 3 or more people. Depending on the size of the group, you will be given approximately 40 minutes for your presentation(s) on your project or experience. You should divide up time for each person. Submit your proposal with the names and emails of everyone involved. You may use computers, technology or displays to enhance your group talk. If you will need more than 40 minutes, please state this on your proposal.


Poster Presentation-You will prepare your information on a large printed poster (a template is on this website), which will be tacked on a large exhibit board. All posters will be displayed on exhibit boards in the Gym during the Poster Session (9 – 10:30 AM). There may be 80 – 100 other posters displayed at this session. You are expected to stand in front of your poster for the entire time, to discuss your project. If you are submitting a project with another person, add that person’s name and email to your proposal.  See requirements for poster sessions. Deadline for the Daemen Print Shop is no later than Friday, April 7, 2017. Please send to Posters cost $50, and will receive $10 off if the final poster is printed by Friday, April 7.


Debate - Each group will have 40 minutes total. This debate must represent at least two conflicting viewpoints. The group will provide its own moderator. Time should be allotted within the 40 minute block. Only one proposal form should be submitted. All participant's names must be provided.


Exhibit - Describe the project or design, type of location requested, and special requirements. Exhibits should be displayed for the entire day. You will be scheduled for a 20 minute artist talk as part of your exhibit. Please prepare a one page "Exhibit Notes" handout.


Performance - Time allotted may be 20 minutes, 40 minutes or 1 hour. Describe the project or design, type of location requested, and special requirements. Names and e-mail addresses of all participants must be provided


Other - Describe the project or design, the time and type of location requested, and special requirements. Names and e-mail addresses of participants must be provided.

Preparing Your Proposals

All proposals must be submitted electronically from this web site. We cannot accept handwritten or typed Proposal Forms. The actual projects or presentations do not need to be finished when the Proposal Forms are submitted, although the abstract must be complete. The Abstract is a brief paragraph describing your project. Please limit your description to 160 words (1000 characters). All abstracts will be published in the Academic Festival booklet. In March, you will receive confirmation of the time and location for your presentation. You must be responsible for sharing this information with co-presenters or team members. Any substantial changes to a Proposal must be brought to the committee’s attention as soon as possible. If there are any problems in submitting your proposal, contact Special Events at 839-8527.

Steps for Submitting a Proposal

  1. Please complete the Proposal Form with all the contact information requested and include your completed Abstract.
  2. Select submit and form will be sent to the Academic Festival Committee. You should receive an automatic reply upon submission. If a section of your Form has not been completed, you will receive notice so that you may provide the missing information. Your faculty sponsor will automatically receive notice of your Proposal.
  3. Ask your Faculty Sponsor to send approval to the Academic Festival Committee. No action can be taken on your Proposal until this formal approval has been received from your faculty sponsor.
  4. Proposals are due no later than Tuesday, February 21, 2017. No exceptions so please plan ahead.
  5. Watch the Festival website for more information!