SJC's Undergraduate Colloquium: Celebrating 10 years of Student Achievement

April 5, 2013

Tuesday, April 16 marks the 10th anniversary of the Saint Joseph's College Undergraduate Colloquium. To celebrate the occasion, this year's event will feature an exciting new offering - the 2013 Colloquium Scholarship Competition: Connecting to Core. The competition is being sponsored through a generous donation by NIPSCO.

The purpose of the Colloquium is to provide an opportunity for undergraduates from departments across campus to discuss their work with interested students and faculty. The presentations may include completed studies or works in progress. Students participate by making either an oral presentation or a poster session presentation. Each student has a designated faculty sponsor. This year's event will see 183 presentations, the most in its history.

As part of the Scholarship Competition, the College will award scholarships to the top two presentations in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. For the sophomore and junior classes, the first place award will be a $500 scholarship. Second place earns a $200 scholarship. The first place senior award will be a $500 gift certificate to the College Store towards the purchase of a tablet computer or other merchandise; second place will receive a $200 gift certificate to the College Store. Entering into the competition was optional for the presenters.

The presentations for the competition will be judged in two rounds. Both oral presentations and poster presentations are eligible, and students from any major were allowed to apply. The first-round judging was based on the description of the project contained in the student's abstract, which was submitted at application time, and the description of how the project is connected to the Core Program, also submitted at application time.

The second-round judging will be based on the quality of presentations, such as presentation skills and poster quality, and the significance of the work completed for the project. First-round judges will consist of current Core directors or their delegates. Second-round judges will include SJC alumni, marking the first time alumni have been involved in the Colloquium.

Oral presentations will be scheduled every 15 minutes, with approximately 10 minutes allotted for the presentation plus two-three minutes for questions from the audience. Oral presentations will occur between 1:00 and 4:00 pm CDT. Poster session presentations will include art displays, interactive demonstrations, and representations of research. The poster session will run from 11:30 to 1:00 pm with presenters encouraged to attend as long as possible. Posters will remain on display until 4:00 pm in the Evans Arts and Science Building Robinson Memorial Library.

Measure, the creative arts magazine of Saint Joseph's College, will hold a used book sale in the Library in conjunction with the event. The proceeds from the sale will support the printing of the magazine. If you have books you would like to donate to the book sale, you can drop them off at the library circulation desk.
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Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

Explore the Core
  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.