Call for Student Presenters 2024

for the 22nd Annual MOUNT DAVID SUMMIT

Celebrating Student Academic Achievement in All Its Forms

  • Friday, April 5, 2024
  • Presenter registration is open from January 16th to February 14th.

The Dean of the Faculty invites interested students in all disciplines in all class years to present recent academic work at the Mt. David Summit.

At the Summit, concurrent sessions feature 15-minute talks, poetry or prose readings, poster presentations, and venues for visual and performing arts. Think of it as a track meet of the intellect: share the fruits of your hard work in a campus-wide celebration!

2024 Summit Schedule

The 2024 Summit takes place on Friday, April 5. All students are encouraged to attend poster sessions, talks, and other events –support your friends! Presentations in the arts are the focus of the evening events.

IMPORTANT! You May Make Only One Presentation in the Daytime Sessions!

Each student registering to present at the Summit may make ONLY ONE presentation during the daytime sessions: i.e., only one poster or talk or panel discussion or screening, etc. Otherwise it’s impossible to build a Summit schedule that can accommodate the needs of students making more than one presentation. If you are required to make a presentation in more than one discipline, you need to discuss this with your advisors. You may, however, make one presentation in the daytime session and also present or perform in the evening events.

The Summit is popular and time is limited!

Many students  wish to present at the Mount David Summit and there is limited time available for the event, so be sure to get your registration in. We accept registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations must include abstracts and must be approved by faculty members in order to count you in!

You may ask:

Q:  What, exactly, do you mean by “recent academic work”?

A:  Recent academic work done in a recent summer or the current academic year, including:

  • Individual research
  • Community-engaged research
  • Research while studying abroad
  • Course-based research or projects
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Theater and performance art
  • Musical performance
  • Visual art
  • Film and media
  • Internships

Q:  Who can be a presenter?

A:  Students in all disciplines and all classes may present work pursued in a course, thesis, summer fellowship program, or off-campus study program, provided they have pre-registered and secured the endorsement of a faculty advisor.

Q: Can I present both a poster and a talk?

A: No. Each student who presents at the Summit may make one presentation in the daytime session (one poster, one talk, or one reading, etc.). If you are required by professors to make two or more presentations at the Summit, you must make arrangements with them for an alternative activity so that you are making only one Summit presentation. This applies to group presentations as well as individual presentations. You may, however, make a presentation in the afternoon and also perform in an arts event scheduled for the evening.

Q:  What’s in it for me, as a presenter?

A:  You will have a chance to share your work with a supportive audience. You can gain valuable experience in delivering a public presentation of your work. And you can be an important player in an event spotlighting the intellectual vitality of the Bates community!

Q:  Will the 2023 Summit be in-person or virtual?

A: We are planning to hold the Summit in person in Pettengill Hall. But we keep watching the public health situation: If we find that it is unsafe to hold a large, event in person, we will hold the Summit via Zoom. We will keep you posted. But for now, plan on in-person!

Q:  Well… okay! So sign me up!

A:  To register, you must complete the online registration form. Make sure to provide an abstract of not more than 100 words describing your presentation. You MUST secure the online endorsement of a faculty member. Submit the registration form as early as possible; registration closes February 14Late registrations are not accepted!

For more information, contact

If your abstract or title changes after your registration has been approved,
send revisions to:

Sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty’s Office and the Student Research Program.
And remember the Bates motto: Amore Ac Studio!