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SURCA 2021 Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Frequently Asked Questions About Judging

I don’t work at WSU, but can I judge at SURCA?

Yes!  We welcome anyone with expertise and work experience from industry, government, other universities, non-profit organizations, and other entities outside of WSU.

I don’t work at WSU; where can I park when I’m judging for SURCA?

For virtual SURCA 2021, you will be able to judge from wherever you are–there will be no in-person judging so you don’t need to come to the WSU campus.

For in-person SURCA events in the future, parking will be available in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) parking garage, located a short distance from the CUB where SURCA is traditionally held. A campus map showing the entrance to the Smith CUE parking garage can be found here. Please notify the Office of Undergraduate Research at UG.research@wsu.edu if you will need parking so that we can make sure you will not be charged for parking during SURCA.

I am traveling to Pullman and will need to stay the night somewhere. Where should I go for lodging?

For virtual SURCA 2021, you will be able to judge from wherever you are and do not need to come to the WSU campus.

For in-person SURCA events in the future, there are many hotels in the area and many provide complimentary transportation to and from campus. If you need to locate lodging, we encourage you to plan ahead and reserve a room early. Please feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at UG.research@wsu.edu if you require assistance.

One of my students whom I mentor will be presenting at SURCA. Can I still serve as a judge?

Absolutely. We will make sure that you are not assigned to your student’s presentation for judging in order to avoid any conflicts of interest. There is a place on the online application to judge at SURCA where you can list any undergraduate students who you are mentoring currently.

I am a graduate student. Can I judge at SURCA?

No, sorry, but we do not allow graduate students to judge–but we are always looking for helpers during SURCA and we would appreciate your help in other areas than judging. If you are able to help, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at UG.research@wsu.edu.

I’d like to judge at SURCA. How much time does it typically require?

All judges must be present for the entire oral presentation session on March 29, which runs online from 3:00-4:15 p.m. During this time, 3-4 students will present their research and be judged by you, according to a rubric we will provide to you. Then, from 4:30-5:30 that same day, you will follow up  with each of the students you observed in the oral presentation session to ask them additional questions about their presentations; this might take 10-15 minutes per student. We then ask that all judges submit their scores for each presenter by 7:00 p.m. that evening. In addition to scoring the students, we encourage you to provide written constructive feedback to the students. Some judges may prefer to do that orally with each student they are judging. If you have any questions, please contact us at UG.research@wsu.edu)