Organized by the Xavier University of Louisiana Center for Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (CURGO), the Festival of Scholars is an opportunity for Xavier students and faculty to present their research and creative work to the entire campus community.
CURGO and Xavier’s Student Government Association (SGA) are hosting an in-person kick-off event on April 8, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the UC Yard. Limited lunches are available, with a performance by the Xavier Pom Squad and a prize raffle. Masks are required to attend, and COVID-19 safety compliance will be enforced.
The 2021 Festival of Scholars will be held virtually, with pre-recorded presentations available to view starting April 5 and live presentations from April 8-9th. Around 60 students will be presenting their work.
Presentation options are made available to all Xavier students and faculty. Xavier is recognized as the number one producer of African American graduates who become physicians, but it also has excellent award-winning programs in the liberal arts. The Festival of Scholars exists to highlight not only the STEM disciplines but also the fine arts.
Though the Festival has to be primarily virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains a way to uplift the community, allowing Xavierites to strengthen their bonds with their peers and professors.