Scholarship awards

The 2012 scholarships and awards winners (and Spencer Wells)

Competitive scholarships, made possible by donors to the MCC Foundation, are available to participating students. We distributed $8,000 in scholarship awards in 2013 and will have at least that much available for 2014. First-place scholarships are worth $1,000 and are not limited to continued enrollment at MCC. However, only currently enrolled students at MCC are eligible to receive a scholarship (students who are enrolled in the fall 2013 semester but not spring 2014 will still be eligible for 2014). Additional awards other than scholarships were available in 2013 and might also continue to be available.

In addition to the judged distribution of scholarship awards, this year we will have two $250 awards for the most popular student presentations (as voted by attendees), one for Brighton and one for Damon presentations, so make sure to bring your friends.

Student presentations eligible for scholarship awards will be judged on the following criteria:
  1. The presentation's originality and creativity. Presentations that contribute original research or make some other original contribution will be preferred over those that do not contain original work or interpretation.

  2. The impact of the work on the student's future. Presentations that have the potential to contribute meaningfully to the career of the student will be preferred.

  3. The depth of understanding the topic shown in the presentation. Well-researched presentations combined with thorough understanding of the topic, including as shown in response to audience questions, will earn the highest marks.

  4. The degree of responsibility taken by the student for the project. Students who develop the presentation independently, or who are more instrumental in developing a collaborative project, will have advantages over those who are only presenting faculty-developed material.

  5. The effectiveness of the presentation. Professionalism, clarity, and overall quality of delivery will be assessed. (For information about effective presentations, see the MCC Library Guide on presentations.)

  6. If presenters wish to be considered for a shared, group scholarship (see our application for choices available), individuals within the group or team will not be judged for personal contributions, though combined student contributions along the dimensions listed above will; each group award will be divided equally among group members.

  7. Poster presentations should be well-organized, carefully-designed (for visual appeal), comprehensive, and clearly written; the poster's authors are expected to respond intelligently to viewers. (For information about creating effective posters see the MCC library guide on posters and this external link.

Scholarship awards are usually competitive within a category (listed on the Scholars' Day Application), into which presenters self-select. The Scholars' Day Committee reserves the right to combine categories if there are too few entries for a meaningful awards process.

The 2014 scoring rubrics for scholarship judging will be made available here when finalized:

A variety of faculty, staff, and administrators have volunteered to serve as judges for determination of scholarships, and though we can't list them here (to protect their anonymity), we are extremely grateful for their participation.

The 2013 Scholars' Day scholarship winners:

First place, receiving $1,000 or a share thereof (in case of team presentations):

  • "Floating Deck Cable-Stayed Type Bridge" Steve Sutton, Austin Mack, Phillip Rock (All Engineering Science)

  • "Lego NXT Autonomous Robot" Raza Shah (Engineering Science)

  • "Tell-TALE Signs: Inducing Mutations to Identify Gene Function" Elizabeth Kennedy (Chemistry)

  • "Living in the City: Where Have We Been? Where are We Going?" Jessica Boothman (Liberal Arts)

  • "The Future of Music" David Schuh (Music Performance)

  • "Long Term Effects of a Positive Body Image Program Among College Students" Susan Fenn and Samanthae Donnelly (Both Liberal Arts)

  • "Oral Pathology: An Art Exhibition" Karen Finewood, Diana Rox, Lindsay Klaus, Paola Arcuri (All Dental Hygiene)

For a complete list of 2013 scholarship recipients, see the attached pdf pdf icon:

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