Loyola University Maryland

Academic Events

Academic Excellence Weekend

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Schedule of Events | Guidelines | Parking Information | Directions

Student academic excellence is at the heart of our University’s mission and our purpose as scholars and educators. Loyola is committed to celebrating student achievement and building the campus culture that spurs our students, graduate and undergraduate alike, to think more about their own creative and scholarly voices and to aspire to make their own marks as researchers, artists, and scholars.

Loyola University Maryland’s 2nd annual Academic Excellence Weekend will be held Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. In addition to a reception for students and faculty, several honor society inductions (including Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Nu), the Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium and Emerging Scholars scholarship symposium for graduate students, we aim to expand how we celebrate all types of student academic achievement in a variety of venues and for all students. Students to participate in the following events:

*Student panels wherein the students will share their research, scholarship, or experience (even a project or experience in progress) and discuss its role in their broader learning at Loyola.

*Student poster presentations of individual or collaborative work (research, scholarship, visual art) or classroom projects wherein students (or even paired Messina classes) would discuss their projects in poster format: Contact Arthur Sutherland

Schedule of Events *tentative*

Friday, April 21

 2 - 4 p.m. Speech Honor Society Induction   4th Floor Program Room
 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Colloquium

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Oral Presentations
Maryland Hall 241 - Arts
Maryland Hall 244 - Humanities 1
Maryland Hall 247 - Humanities 2
Sellinger Hall 221 - Natural and Applied Sciences
Sellinger Hall 223 - Social Sciences

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. McGuire Hall
Poster Presentations and Reception

6:30 p.m. McGuire Hall
Keynote and Awards Presentation
Keynote Speaker: Amy Wolfson, Ph.D. Vice President for 
Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology
 5 p.m. Emerging Scholars Graduate Research Symposium Loyola/Notre
Dame Library
 7 p.m. Phi Mu Epsilon Induction  4th Floor Program Room
 8 p.m. Earth Day Movie  TBD

 Saturday, April 22

 12:15 - 2:45 p.m. Forensic Conference: Student Research Posters Donnelly Science 1st Floor Foyer
 12:30 - 4 p.m. Fine Arts Student Exhibit Julio Fine Arts 
 12:30 - 2 p.m. Excellence in Interdisciplinary Work  TBD
 12:30 - 2 p.m. Excellence in Applied Business Learning  TBD
 12:30 - 2 p.m. Excellence in Engaged Scholarship and Learning  TBD
 2 - 4:30 p.m. Beta Gamma Sigma Induction

2 - 3 p.m. Reception

3 - 4 p.m. Induction Ceremony
McGuire Hall Atrium
and McGuire Hall
 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Academic Excellence Reception Reitz Arena
 6 - 9 p.m. Honors Wine Tasting 4th Floor Program Room
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Financial Management Association Induction Sellinger VIP Lounge
7 - 9 p.m. Coffeehouse Reading  Hug Lounge and Refectory

Sunday, April 23

 9 - 11 a.m. Alpha Sigma Nu Induction 4th Floor Program Room
 1 - 3 p.m. Upsilon Pi Epsilon Induction  Sellinger VIP Lounge
2 - 5 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction

2 - 3 p.m. Alumni Memorial Chapel
Induction Ceremony

3 - 5 p.m. Hug Lounge and Refectory

Alumni Memorial Chapel
and Hug Lounge &

Guidelines for how to participate in the 2017 Academic Excellence Weekend


All students are welcome to participate in the 2017 Academic Excellence Weekend. Please contact Kristen Fisher by March 1 with the number of students, format of presentation, date preferences (Saturday or Sunday), and time preference (morning or afternoon). 
To participate in Friday's Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium, please visit loyola.edu/joinus/usrsc/application.


Each sponsoring group, department, or faculty member plans their own event. Academic Affairs coordinates and publicizes the overall weekend of events, while events services helps coordinate the campus space.


The majority of presentations/performances will be held in departmental areas due to high volume of campus events taking place this weekend.

Program Information:

Students: Final presentation titles are due to mentors by March 4.
Faculty: Please submit the information to Kristen Fisher by March 7. When submitting the information please include Names, Class Years, Names of Courses if applicable, and Titles of Presentations.

Contact Kristen Fisher with any questions.

Parking Information for Families and Guests

Parking, with shuttle service, will be available at the York Road Lot (5104 York Road), and on North Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane. Limited parking will be available in the Jenkins Parking Lot on Saturday, April 21.