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Senior Legacy Symposium

The Senior Legacy Symposium allows the entire Saint Louis University community — including faculty, administration, staff, students and alumni — to see the academic possibilities and contributions of our graduating seniors.

Each year, graduating students from academic units across the University present research and papers, perform creative works, and share internship and service learning experiences. In doing so, they leave behind a major contribution to their field of study and to the University.

Virtual 2021 Symposium

In 2021, based on the ongoing public health measures made necessary by COVID-19, the Senior Legacy Symposium will be held virtually.

Student work will be organized and presented on a special website dedicated to the 2021 Senior Legacy Symposium, to be opened the week of May 3, 2021. Additionally, students will be able to participate in selected interdisciplinary virtual panels during this week to engage and present their research with peers across the University. The website URL will be shared on this page, once complete.

For an example of what the 2021 Senior Legacy Symposium website will look like, please view last year's Digital Abstract Collection. We will build upon this model and create new and more extensive ways to display student work, but the overall look and feel will likely remain the same.

Students are selected to participate in the symposium by faculty in their degree program. Each department/academic unit may select up to three students to present during the event.  Once selected, students are notified of their nomination, and they must submit a proposal/abstract that describes their project.  Students can share their work in one of three presentation types: abstract submission, static poster or artifact, or a recorded presentation. 

Disciplinary conventions in a student's field, intellectual property concerns, or personal preference might dictate participants' choice, but any of the three options below is acceptable to be included in this year's symposium.

All participants will also have the option of volunteering to participate in live Zoom panel presentations during the week of May 3. The panels are intended to foster interdisciplinary conversation among participants about their research process, the relationship between the project and SLU's mission, and the projected significance of the research in one's field of expertise and society, at large. Participation in the live panels is not compulsory.

Abstract Submission

Similar to last year’s Senior Legacy Symposium, students will  have the option to submit only an abstract of their project to be uploaded to the Legacy Symposium site. 

For an example of what this looks like, navigate last year’s symposium here.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission 

250 word limit. The abstract should summarize the project, including outcomes (if applicable). In addition, abstract should clearly state the significance of the project in terms that can be understood by a general scholarly audience and clearly convey the student’s original analytical, critical, or creative contribution to the discipline. 


Full Artifact Submission

Students may upload a static image of their project along with an abstract (e.g., .pdf version of a poster presentation/paper or pictures of a creative artifact).

Guidelines for Full Artifact Submission

Students are advised to be sensitive to intellectual property concerns when uploading images and any other copyrighted content and must agree to have their work displayed on the Legacy website. Maximum size is 1GB per submission, with a maximum of five separate artifacts.

In addition to the artifact itself, students should also submit an abstract of their work (250 word limit). The abstract should summarize the project, including outcomes (if applicable). In addition, abstract should clearly state the significance of the project in terms that can be understood by a general scholarly audience and clearly convey the student’s original analytical, critical, or creative contribution to the discipline. 


Recorded Oral/Poster/Creative Presentation

Students may create and upload a short video-recording of your project to be posted along with your abstract on your project page of the Senior Legacy Symposium site (approximately 5-8 minutes).

Guidelines for Recorded Presentation

Recordings should be less than 1GB. If recordings exceed this amount, please email a link to your recording to legacy@slu.edu.  Students should record in a well-lighted, quiet location.

In addition to the artifact itself, students should also submit an abstract of their work (250 word limit). The abstract should summarize the project, including outcomes (if applicable). In addition, abstract should clearly state the significance of the project in terms that can be understood by a general scholarly audience and clearly convey the student’s original analytical, critical, or creative contribution to the discipline. 

For questions about the Senior Legacy Symposium, email legacy@slu.edu.