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Donor Appreciation Lunch at Showcase

Showcase 2024


Donor Appreciation Lunch

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 –11:30 a.m., DeLand Campus

You are cordially invited to join us for an exclusive appreciation lunch featuring Stetson students, Showcase keynote speaker Dr. Judith Bense, and Stetson President Dr. Christopher Roellke.

Showcase Program


What Is Showcase?

Stetson Showcase is a celebration of achievement that was established to foster an appreciation for academic excellence at Stetson University.  Established in 1999, the event has grown to be one of the oldest and most distinctive comprehensive undergraduate research days in the United States.

Student presenters share their research through presentations, portfolios, posters, readings, music and theater performances, art shows, and multimedia work.  They present their knowledge in professional settings for audiences that include judges, faculty, fellow students and interested members of the community.

Showcase Stories

Read about Showcase 2023 in the Stetson Today article

Read about this year’s Keynote Speaker, Dr. Judith Bense,
President Emeritus and Professor of Anthropology/ Vice-Chair
of the Florida Historical Commission: University of West Florida

Florida Women’s Hall of Fame bio 



The Importance of Showcase

“Since its debut in 1999, Showcase has been one of the most distinctive comprehensive Undergraduate Research Days in the United States. Not only is it one of the oldest of its kind, but it has also proven itself distinctive nationally from its inclusiveness. Other campus Undergraduate Research Days are designed for Honors students, or graduating seniors, or STEM majors or posters or academic presentations only.  Stetson, with its significant emphasis on undergraduate research opportunities in all years and its mandatory capstone in all fields of Arts, Sciences, Creative Arts, Music and several of Business degrees, has a wealth of student posters, presentations, recitals, art exhibits, dramatic performances and business ventures every year. On top of that, Showcase welcomes first and second-year Honors projects, the best junior recitalists, theatrical performances and entrepreneurial projects. The day is an amazing kaleidoscope of Stetson’s undergraduate excellence, academic rigor and cutting-edge creativity in ways that other schools can only envy.”

Professor Kimberly Reiter, Chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee at Stetson University.


Showcase Program 

The full schedule of events, including details regarding poster sessions, presentations, and performances, is available at the link below. This will provide the necessary information for your convenience and planning purposes. 



The Warren and Barbara Carr Stetson Room, 2nd floor 

Carlton Union Building

131 E. Minnesota Ave.
DeLand, FL 32723

Parking is available for guests behind Flagler Hall and Allen Hall on West Minnesota Ave. Golf cart assistance to the Carlton Union Building will be provided. 


8:30–9:30 a.m. 

Morning Coffee and Danish in the Faculty/Staff Lounge,

First floor of CUB (optional)

9:00–11:30 a.m. 

Student Poster Presentations 

Brown Hall (optional)

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 

Donor Appreciation Lunch

Stetson Room–Second Floor of CUB

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Formal student presentations

DeLand Campus different locations (optional)

5:45 p.m. 

Evening Reception and Awards Ceremony 

Rinker Welcome Center (optional)

6:15 p.m. 

Grady Ballenger Lecturer – Keynote speaker, Dr. Judith Bense 

Rinker Welcome Center (optional)



In conjunction with Showcase, Donor Relations offers you the opportunity to meet your scholarship recipient before the end of this semester.

If you are part of the Stetson Leadership Society, have an established scholarship, and would like to meet your students, please contact Director of Donor Relations Brian Piazza directly at [email protected] or 386-822-4259.