Annual Penn State Mont Alto Academic Festival: Friday, April 20, 2018

Annual Penn State Mont Alto Academic Festival: Friday, April 20, 2018

The Academic Festival is an opportunity for students to share their best and most interesting work.

This exciting event displays academic highlights that were researched, developed, and created throughout the 2017-2018 school year to the campus community, Penn State families, and the public.


Project proposals must be submitted by March 2, 2018. Project proposals will be reviewed in late March and students will receive further details in early April. Individual and group projects can cover a wide range of topics and can be shared as an informational exhibit, a research-based poster, an oral presentation, or performance. The organizing committee also welcomes all other forms of academic or creative accomplishments including works of poetry, writing, artwork, and dance.  Students submitting artwork should ensure the piece is ready to hang and submit it to Art Instructor Freya Qually by April 11, 2018. For more information, contact Freya.

**Before submitting your proposal, please be sure to review all project guidelines and judging criteria. Prizes will be awarded in each category. In addition an Information Literacy Award will be presented by the Penn State Mont Alto Library. 

Reasons to Participate

  1. You get to share your work with the campus and surrounding community
  2. Have fun while gaining valuable experience
  3. Develop connections with faculty and staff
  4. Prizes will be awarded

We're done accepting proposals for the 2016-2017 Academic Festival.  Thank you!

Guidelines and Judging Criteria

The Academic Festival provides four project categories for you to submit and display your work. Click on each category below to learn about the recommendations, guidelines, and suggestions for submitting projects.  Prizes will be awarded in each category. In addition, an Information Literacy Award will be presented by the PSU Mont Alto Library. 

Schedule of Events

12:00–3:00 p.m. — Student presentations and displays in the Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC).Judging of projects also takes place at this time and students will be available to discuss the details of their projects. Oral presentations and performances will be in 122 MAC.

2:30–3:30 p.m. — Student Art Exhibit opening and reception in The Museum of Temporary Art in the Student Success Center, located on the first floor of the General Studies building.

3:30 p.m. — Awards for the poster and oral presentations as well as student artwork will be announced in the General Studies Building Auditorium.

Undergraduate Research

The Academic Festival began in 2006. The Penn State Mont Alto Academic Festival Proceedings contain photographs and details of projects presented by previous students. There are also opportunities to present your research at University Park!

Previous years

Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Academic Festival Committee Members

  • Anthony Betonte
  • Beth Brantley
  • Patty Gouchenauer
  • Kim Herrmann (Co-Chair)
  • Greg Mahlon
  • Jacob Moore
  • Andrea Pritt (Co-Chair)
  • Freya Qually
  • Tom Reinsfelder
  • Charlene Saeman
  • Brian Sensenig
  • Stephanie Unger
  • Robin Yaure
  • Sherry Goertz
  • Eileen Strausner