Information for Our Student Participants
Check List for Participants and Mentors
If you have any questions, please contact us at UGresearch@wsu.edu.
- Review the Application Guidelines.
- Decide what work you are going to present. All research, regardless of whether it was carried out at WSU or anywhere else, is welcomed.
- Write an abstract with the help of your mentor.
- Carefully review all 8 participant categories with your mentor and select a category.
- Decide with your mentor whether you are going to need a table, electricity, or other special needs so that your work can best be presented.
- Submit your abstract by the Feb. 22 deadline using the online submission process. Each abstract is reviewed, and submitters will be notified by mid-March as to whether they are accepted to present at SURCA.
- Prepare your poster. Look for scheduled workshops to illustrate creating a poster, from concepts to design and printing.
- Practice delivering short and long versions of your poster presentation with your mentor and other students both in your discipline and not. Being able to describe your work and results to those not in your field is important, too.
- Review the judging rubric. It details how all presentations will be rated by judges; note the poster, project, and presenter elements, criteria, and “excellent” through “absent” ratings, plus the overall rating at the bottom.
- Hang your poster during the allotted time or ask a friend to hang it for you.
- Be at your poster for both the judging time and the time during which the event is open to the public.
- Enjoy the event and the award ceremony.
A Note to Students in Business, Communications, Humanities, and Creative Arts
Science and engineering fields have traditionally used a poster format to present their research, but many students (and even faculty) in other fields are less familiar with this format.
A poster is really just a visual aid containing a summary of your work in very large type that facilitates an effective discussion of your activities. One helpful way to conceptualize it is to envision it as a series of PowerPoint slides integrated into a single poster. You generally start with the abstract, which summarizes your work. This is followed by an introduction which provides some background and addresses the “why” driving your work. Your methods would be whatever you did to accomplish the activity. Perhaps your method was to go to the archives of the library or a history museum to gather information. It could be as simple as using an oil paint on a canvas, or as complicated as a rigorous statistical analysis. The results of your work should be presented next, and might consist of a book, an article, a piece of art, a sculpture, an item of clothing, or any number of possibilities. Finally, the conclusions of your work would generally tell us what you learned—and thereby explain to us what we should learn from your work and how human knowledge was advanced by it.
The poster presentation itself is simply an oral presentation that has been prepared for many different individuals with many distinct interests. However, one of the key strengths of the poster presentation format is the increased capacity for back-and-forth discussion between the presenter and the audience.
Format: Some work just demands a space that goes beyond the poster. Tables and electricity are available and your need for these should be indicated in your on line application.
A Note to Students Who Do Not Yet Have a Lot of Data
The purpose of SURCA is to give students an opportunity to present their work. Awards are available for students with various experience and education levels. Take advantage of this opportunity. Perhaps SURCA will lead to a national presentation. Plus, being a presenter adds an important activity to your resume.