Things to Know Before you Apply

Welcome Luther Students!
You are invited to apply to participate in the Learning @ Luther Showcase.


What kinds of work can be presented at the Learning @ Luther Showcase?

Scholarship takes many forms and occurs in every academic discipline. Therefore, the Learning @ Luther Showcase welcomes any work that presents an academic product of your field.

Examples of the kinds of work you can present that will be considered for inclusion in the showcase include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Original research focused on an issue or problem in your field, either completed on your own or as a part of a faculty research project.
  • A scholarly project you developed individually or as part of a small group.
  • A creative work that you will share as part of the showcase and/or describe your process for creating the work.
  • An experiential-learning project that involved an evidence-based exploration of a question.
  • A mentored or internship experience that resulted in the creation of new knowledge or a new product.

How do you participate?
To present your work at the showcase, you will need to provide information about your work in the application. The application will ask you for:

  • The names(s) of the presenter(s) and author(s) of the work. Only one application needs to be submitted for each presentation, even if there are multiple presenters. Acknowledge everyone who contributed to the work as an author and specifically indicate who will be presenting the project.
  • The name of the faculty sponsor for the work. Many student projects involve the mentorship of a Luther College faculty member, either directly related to the work or indirectly through creating an external connection with a mentor. You will be asked to include the name of this faculty member. Please consult with your faculty sponsor before submitting your application.
  • A title for your work. Make sure your title clearly and concisely indicates the nature of your work. Use keywords, but do not use abbreviations or acronyms.  
  • An abstract or description of the project (depending on presentation type). See below for more information.
  • A few keywords. Include the field(s) of study you would place your work into as well as a few words that describe the focus of the work to help us place your presentation into a session.

What is included in an abstract?
An abstract should include the following key pieces of information:

  1. Introduction of the topic
  2. Purpose for the work or research goals
  3. The approach or methods employed
  4. Outcomes of your work

An abstract should be concise and precise (200 words or less). Keep in mind that you will be presenting to a general audience and therefore need to broadly describe the topic. There is no need to be overly technical in your abstract. Depending on where you are in the process of your work, you may or may not have outcomes to include. If you do not have outcomes, instead include what you expect to produce or learn from your work.

Before writing your abstract, it can be helpful to look at some exemplary student abstracts from previous years. You might also consult your faculty mentor for feedback on your abstract.

You may also find it helpful to ask a writing tutor at the Barry Writing Center for feedback on your abstract. You may schedule an in-person appointment, an online appointment, or participate in eTutoring, where you can share your abstract draft and ask a specific question.

What is included in a project description?
The project description requested for the lightning talks should include a brief overview of what you plan to present. It should be a maximum of 75 words.