University Research & Creative Achievement Program




Emily Gajda Earth Sciences Fall 20176

Emily Gajda Earth Sciences URCAD presentation Fall 2016

Original Research

Research in the academic sense typically refers to scholarly or scientific study of a focused subject. This broadly fits the criteria for URCAD. Typically, the work should be done either independently by the student, or in collaboration with a faculty mentor. The work should not be from a typical lecture course, though this is not a hard and fast rule. Many projects start as proposals from “research methods” or “practicum” courses. The main criteria are that the work be original and performed under the direction or supervision of a full-time member of the CCSU faculty.

In artistic fields, work is more often created from within the individual than pieced together from outside sources. While substantial research may be involved in the final product, the result is more personal and reflects individual feelings and expression. Often a summary of work is not sufficient for these types of presentations. Instead, students will submit tapes, manuscripts, or the like. Creative work includes, but is not limited to: original compositions, artwork, dance, plays, and manuscripts. Student interpretations of published work may be considered; however, the student and faculty advisor should make a strong case as to why this constitutes original work.

Please be aware that if your research is or may be considered "generalizable" (in other words, if you plan to present or publish the results of your findings outside of CCSU, either at a conference or in a peer-reviewed publication), and if your work also involves human or animal subjects, you should seek review and secure approval for the project through the appropriate institutional review board, the HSC for human subjects, or the IACUC for animals. Failure to do this *before the research begins* will render your work ineligible for publication or presentation, and contravenes federal regulations on research protections.

Poster Presentations
There will be an art and poster session for students who wish to present in this format. Typically a poster presentation shows a series of figures or tables that tell a story with minimal text. The onus falls on the presenter to “fill in the blanks” for an interested person. Poster presentations are much more intimate and informal than oral presentations. There is about a 48 w x 72 h space for posters, we recommend posters be prepared that are between 36-48 inches wide and 24-42 inches tall (generally landscape layout).  Posters must be printed as a single large sheet to be considered for judging. Several sheets of 8.5 x11 paper will not be considered for the judging.

Students presenting art or other presentations that require different displays should contact Dr. Maurer in advance to discuss these needs.

Poster examples

Poster checklist

Posters will be judged using a rubric, the best presentations in each school (CLASS, SEPS, SEST, SOB) will receive awards. Graduate students will be judged separately from Undergraduates.

Poster Rubric

University Research and Creative Achievement Day 
In the afternoon we will hold multiple simultaneous sessions specific to individual fields of study. These sessions will encompass both research presentations and performance pieces (art, music, theater, and dance). There are no restrictions to student class rank or academic discipline for these sessions. Students simply need to submit their work before the appropriate deadline (March 10) and will be notified when their presentations will occur. All presenters will be alotted 15 minutes for the presentation and questions.

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