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Information for Applicants

The 16th annual Celebrating Collaborations event will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The event is designed to highlight the variety of research and collaboration with faculty members done by Smith students.

The Application Process

Students wishing to display a poster, make a presentation, do a performance, curate an exhibition, or otherwise share their other collaborative work with faculty during this year's Celebrating Collaborations event should complete and submit the appropriate online application form when it is available.

If you have questions about applying, please email


Application forms must be submitted submitted online. Every effort will be made to include students who submit a completed application form. Please note that forms received after the deadline will not be considered.

Participation Guidelines

Who can participate?

Students in all classes and all majors (including those who are undecided) are encouraged to submit proposals.

What types of proposals are included?

Proposals deriving from course projects and papers, special studies projects, honors theses, fellowships, Concentrations, performances and other student-faculty interaction are all welcome. Please note that works-in-progress are welcomed and encouraged.

How is work presented?

Students are encouraged to be creative in considering how best to present their work. Here are three possibilities:


A poster session will be held in the Campus Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. In this session, students stand by their posters and discuss their work with visitors as they walk by.


From 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4 p.m., there will be a series of extended and concurrent sessions for presentations and performances; most of these sessions take place in Seelye Hall. Presenters describe their work to an audience and may also answer questions. Types of presentations may include:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Paper presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Art presentations/exhibits
  • DVD, slide or video presentations
  • Panel presentations: For panel or group presentation proposals, only one form needs to be submitted. Name and contact information should be listed for each participant.
  • Workshops

Performances will be scheduled during one of the extended or concurrent sessions at appropriate locations on campus. Types of performances may include:

  • Poetry readings
  • Story readings
  • Films
  • Play readings or other theatrical performances
  • Dances
  • Musical works/concerts
  • Performance art

Student-curated exhibitions of visual art may be included in Collaborations as space and time allows.

How long are the presentations?

Presenters prepare a brief explanation of their work (45 seconds to a couple of minutes) that will be accessible to all visitors, and are prepared to respond to questions.

Presentations are 15 minutes long and presenters should be prepared to answer questions. In some situations, more time may be alotted for selected presentations. If you need additional time, please indicate how much and why on your application form.

The length of individual performances may vary, but are typically 15 minutes long. On some occasions, additional time may be alotted. If you need additional time, please indicate how much and why on your application form.

Student-curated exhibitions may be displayed on the day of Collaborations only or may be available for viewing for a longer period depending on their location and the arrangements made with faculty & departments out side of Collaborations.

What equipment is provided?

Space and materials to hang posters are provided for the Poster Session in the Campus Center. All classrooms include computers, projection equipment, and Internet connections. Additional equipment may be available upon request.

What are the deadlines for participation?

Deadlines for the 2017 event will be announced later this year.

Those participating in the poster session need to submit their poster file and a completed poster request form to the appropriate science poster liaison.

Those who will use computer files to project PowerPoints, videos, images, or other materials in presentations should be emailed to

Notification Information

Students will be notified of the schedule for Celebrating Collaborations in March 2017.


If you have questions about Collaborations or completing the proposal form, please contact Associate Dean of the Faculty Danielle Ramdath, 413-585-3000.