Lafayette College has a variety of programs for supporting research activities that incorporate students.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Lafayette College has a long tradition of active participation in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.