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WSU Undergraduate Education SURCA 2020

Information About SURCA: Awards for Student Presenters

Levels of SURCA Awards

The following levels of awards may be given in each of the eight SURCA presentation categories.


Crimson Award

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.


Gray Award

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.

Additional Awards

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 five $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.

Award Sponsors

Thank you to our award sponsors for SURCA 2019!

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Alturas Analytics, Inc.

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Robert H. (’77 Engineering and Honors) and Mary L. Rieck

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WSU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President