Lafayette College has a variety of programs for supporting research activities that incorporate students.

Fall 2020 Virtual Student Poster Session


Monday, September 14th – Friday, September 18th

View poster showcases at any time and send messages to presenters

Friday, September 18th

Interact with live presenters from 4:10 – 6 pm

Poster preview

Image source: Acadiate

Schedule of Events 

Monday, September 14th – Friday, September 18th

The entire Lafayette community is welcome to asynchronously (at any time) view student posters online using the link that will be provided in Lafayette Today. After viewing a student’s poster all are welcome to send a supportive message by selecting the “Contact” button on the student’s profile page. All members of the community are encouraged to return to the virtual poster session on Friday, September 18th to attend the live sessions and interact with the student presenters. 

Friday, September 18th, 4 – 6 pm EDT

During this time the community is invited to join live, online student poster presentation events using the poster session link provided in Lafayette Today to access the platform, and the individual live video chat links of the student presenters on their profile pages. Students in Group 1 present live from 4:10 – 5 pm and students in Group 2 present live from 5:10 – 6 pm. Please see the program linked below for more information.  


The program contains information about student presenters, titles of posters, poster numbers, and scheduled times for the live, online sessions. 

Description (adapted from Acadiate)

During these times of social distancing, students and junior researchers need virtual environments that are safe, but easy to access for both authors and attendees. Acadiate’s virtual venue is designed to be robust to manage high volumes of attendees, but also enabled to support strong human interaction and human contact if attendees so choose. During this virtual event you will be able to easily browse student poster showcases at your own pace, drop into poster showcases to access more detailed background information and to directly connect with the student during their published live connection hours to hear about their research and creative works and ask questions. Please keep in mind that the poster session is keyword searchable. We hope you enjoy this new, virtual experience and hearing about the wonderful work being done by our Lafayette students. 

  • Through August 27th – Start developing your poster and showcase materials and becoming accustomed with the Acadiate platform using the instructions that were sent to you. If you did not receive instructions or cannot find them, contact Dr. Addy ( 
  • August 27th, 12 – 1 pm EDT – Attend the virtual information session being run by Acadiate using the Zoom link provided in the calendar invitation that you were sent and ask any questions. 
  • August 27th – September 11th – Finalize poster showcases. Be sure to include the link to your live, online session for your scheduled time. 
  • Friday, September 11th – Share your final poster showcase with the Lafayette poster session per instructions provided to you. 
  • Friday, September 18th – Be prepared to present your poster at your live, online session time slot. 

Brochures for past student research posters sessions held at Lafayette can be viewed by clicking on the following links: 2012 Student Summer Research Poster Symposium, the 2013 Student Summer Research Poster Symposium, and the 2014 Student Research Poster Symposium.


Online applications for the programs described below can be found on the ARC forms page.

The EXCEL Scholars Program

Lafayette’s EXCEL Scholars Program enables high-performing students to assist faculty members with their scholarship.  The purpose of the EXCEL Program is to encourage collaboration in learning between faculty and students.  The work of the student must, therefore, be research-oriented and not administrative in its primary emphasis.  EXCEL Scholars may work part-time during the academic year or full-time during the Summer and the Interim Session.

Participation in the EXCEL Program is an honor reserved for those students who have achieved distinction in their academic program at Lafayette.  To be eligible as an EXCEL Scholar, students should have completed their first year at Lafayette and should maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

There is a streamlined process for Faculty members who have external funding to support Excel scholars.  In addition to only needing to complete the beginning portion of the application above, ARC does not have a minimum GPA requirement for externally funded Excel Scholars.

The Research Assistants Program

After two years of piloting this program, the Academic Research Committee voted to make the Research Assistants program a regular form of support.  Faculty members desiring research assistance, which does not rise to the stated level of Excel work, may apply to have short-term research assistant.  As examples:  data entry, translation work, information gathering, or technical assistance would all be considered reasonable tasks for a research assistant to undertake.  Research Assistants will not be provided to faculty members that are working with Excel Scholars.

Student Initiated Research

This program is intended to support student-initiated research (i.e., thesis and independent studies) rather than faculty research projects that involve student assistants (i.e., EXCEL).  Its purpose is to help cover expenses that typically can not be covered by the departmental budget.

Student Conference Travel

Students who have undertaken original research are eligible to apply for travel support up to $600 to present the results of their research at a professional meeting. (There is a separate process for students interested in presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.) Normally, departments are expected to pay the costs of conference registration, and students are expected to pay their own meal costs. In exceptional circumstances ARC may fund a student for two trips in an academic year (including NCUR).

Please note: The College has policies and procedures for student travel for research and for attending conferences.  If student travel is involved in your project, please consult:

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Lafayette College has a long tradition of active participation in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.