Students can win awards at SURCA for making exemplary presentations of commendable research, scholarly, or creative activities. In general, awards are given based on the quality of three aspects of the student’s work: 1) the student’s ideas, methods, and output reflected in the research, scholarly or creative project; 2) their delivery of the presentation; and 3) their fielding of questions and feedback from the judges and other audience members. Moreover, quality is specifically evaluated according to the field the student is working in. For more information about how awards are given, you can view the SURCA Judge’s rubric for a detailed breakdown of how presentations are evaluated.
Levels of SURCA Awards
The following levels of awards may be given in each of the nine SURCA presentation categories.
Students receiving the very top scores will receive this level of award. Typically, one to five crimson awards may be made in each of the eight categories.
This level is the second-highest award at SURCA. One or more gray awards may be made in each category.
Early Career Award
This level is for first-year students and sophomores who receive excellent scores from the judges. An early career award(s) may be made in each category.
Novice Researcher Award
This level is given to students who have been working on their project for two semesters or less, and who receive excellent scores from the judges. The novice researcher award(s) may be made in each category.
In addition to awards presented at the SURCA Awards Ceremony, some programs may make additional awards to presenters, such as WSU LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) and the WSU Global Campus. Additionally, the WSU Emeritus Society grants several $500 Undergraduate Research Awards that require participation in SURCA as part of its eligibility criteria; these awards must be applied for directly to the WSU Emeritus Society, which is separate from SURCA.
Thank you to our award sponsors for SURCA 2021!
Robert H. (’77 Engineering and Honors) and Mary L. Rieck