10 Tips for Scholarsí Day Faculty Sponsors
- Website: Sponsor and student presenters should familiarize themselves with the Scholarsí Day website content at the inception of their project, and use it as a resource for success. The sponsor can start with the suggestions for promoting student work link.
- Event date: Note the date of Scholarsí Day. Get an up-front commitment from prospective student presenters that they will attend on that date.
- Application deadline: Note the application deadline. Submit the form online by the deadline, with a detailed, proof-read abstract 100-200 words in length that specifically describes and succinctly summarizes the entire presentation.
- Application form: Each separate presentation requires a separate form, which includes the sponsorís name, even if presentations address the same content. Each student interested in the competitive scholarship award should determine whether he or she meets the eligibility criteria, and if so, select that option on the application form.
- Presentation planning: Discuss and agree upon the best presentation format with the student(s). Both sponsor and student should view all the material at the MCC Library Guide on presentation and keep these principles in mind when selecting a format and preparing the presentation. Each presentation is limited to 20 minutes.
- Sponsor paperwork: Sponsors should be prepared to characterize the originality and significance of the project, and the balance of work between sponsor and student for the project on a form submitted to the judging panel prior to the presentation (a copy can be found on the awards page). For student groups, a scholarship award would be split evenly among all eligible student authors, regardless of each individualís degree of responsibility during the project and presentation. The sponsor may be instrumental in facilitating constructive teamwork.
- Judging criteria: Go over the judging forms with the students early in the project, so they can develop the project and prepare the presentation accordingly.
- Student focus: At presentation time, the stage belongs to the students, not the sponsor. Plan and prepare accordingly.
- Presentation tactics: Good presentation requires eye contact and enthusiasm; students should not just read the paper. Relevant visual aids that reflect professionalism are recommended.
- Supported practice: Students should practice presenting and taking questions with the sponsor, other discipline specialists, and non-specialists in practice audiences. Students should try to anticipate likely questions and be prepared with informed answers. If this process reveals gaps in the presentation itself, help the students recognize this and revise accordingly.