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CERCA

Celebration of Excellence in Research + Creative Activity

UW-Eau Claire's Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) is designed to give UW-Eau Claire students the opportunity to present the results of their research and scholarly creative activity. The event highlights student research accomplishments and contributions to the academic community.

CERCA 2021

CERCA 2021 will be held virtually on April 19-23, 2021. Presentations are due to CANVAS April 16th. 


29th Annual CERCA:

Virtual Posters Presentations, Films, Displays, and Performances of student scholarly work

We would like to invite everyone to (virtually) attend our 29th annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) the week of April 19-23, 2021. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's CERCA will be taking place virtually on Canvas. There will not be a physical CERCA event. This site will be open and accessible to anyone -- UW-Eau Claire affiliates and otherwise -- that has the link. We invite visitors to leave thoughtful comments/questions and constructive feedback, and presenters to respond accordingly.

Link for UW-Eau Claire student, staff, faculty and administrators for CERCA 2021 Page (please choose ‘UW Employee/Faculty/Student) 

Link and further instructions for non-UW-Eau Claire guests

Link for uploading your CERCA presentation to CANVAS site

 

Provosts Remarks for CERCA 2021* 

*Provosts Remarks Coming Soon

2021 Virtual CERCA Program**

CERCA 2021 Presentations

*Please note that this program list is subject to change.

*Presenters and mentors, please check for accuracy, including how your presentation appears on Canvas. Please contact the ORSP office via cerca@uwec.edu, if changes are needed.

*"CERCA 2021 Virtual Event" Canvas site will be available to view after 04/23/2021.

CVTC Presentations

Link to CVTC presentations on Canvas

Companion Events and Presentations

All of these events will have their own modules on the CERCA Canvas site. 

  • WiSys Quick Pitch - April 7th, 4:30-6:30 pm
    • Contact: Matthew Jewell (jewellmc@uwec.edu)
  • Nursing 428 Symposium - April 19th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, see the full agenda here.
    • Contact: Pam Guthman (guthmapl@uwec.edu)
  • Math Retreat - April 21st, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    • Contact: Shanise Walker (walkersg@uwec.edu)
  • English Panel - April 21st, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, see the full agenda here.
    • Contacts: Jan Stirm (jstirm@uwec.edu) or Theresa Kemp (tkemp@uwec.edu)
  • Global Experiences and Domestic Immersions Presentations -  April 23rd, 1:00 to 1:50 pm, see the full agenda here.
    • Contact: Jeff DeGrave (degravjr@uwec.edu)

CERCA Presentations

CERCA presentations will have their own module on the CERCA Canvas site and will be split up by the project's faculty mentor's department (see "2021 Virtual CERCA Program"). 

  • A single PowerPoint Slide setup as a large format poster with the option of including a ~2-minute voice-over.
  • A series of Powerpoint slides with audio VoiceOver.
  • A 10-15 minute video recordings. 
  • Other formats such as short films or streaming of live performances are possible. Please contact cerca@uwec.edu for a discussion. 
  • Information about the PowerPoint poster process can be found here (Mac) or here (Windows). Information about adding audio to PowerPoints can be found here

If you have particular questions about uploading your presentation to Canvas, please contact CERCA (cerca@uwec.edu)

 


The Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) is here to support your CERCA project. We encourage you to schedule an online appointment to meet virtually, in “real-time,” with a CWE Writing Assistant. You can schedule an appointment at uwec.mywconline.com. If you experience any difficulty when setting up an appointment, or if you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 715-836-2644.

When you meet your Writing Assistant, they can help you:

  • Prepare your oral presentation—from writing your talk to delivering it orally. 
  • Address questions related to organization and clarity of content on your poster or presentations slides
  • Discuss ways to tighten and polish your writing, at the sentence level. 
  • And more! 

   **Please note that the CWE takes a conversational approach (not an editorial one).

Students can register for training on the offered workshop training site here. All training will be hosted online and can be accessed through the following link. Dates for the CERCA Poster Workshop are as follows:

  • 3/24 at 10:00 am
  • 3/25 at 1:00 pm 
  • 3/29 at 3:00 pm
  • 3/31 at 10 am
  • 4/2 at 4:00 pm 
  • 4/6 at 3:00 pm
  • 4/7 at 2:00 pm 
  • 4/8 at 9:00 am 
  • 4/12 at 4:00 pm 
  • 4/14 at 3:00 pm 

 Further, for technical questions related to the formatting of your poster, please contact Learning Technology Services (LTS). 

 

UW-Eau Claire's Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) is designed to give UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire-Barron County students the opportunity to present the results of their research and scholarly creative activity. The event highlights student research accomplishments and contributions to the academic community. CERCA encourages the dissemination of research results from all disciplines represented at the university.

The first UW-Eau Claire student research event, known as Student Research Day, was in 1992 with 60 posters presented. Since 1992, the event has expanded and evolved. In 2020, CERCA highlighted 236 poster presentations and 19 recorded presentations from 30 departments and programs were explored on Canvas by 957 enrollees.  CERCA continues to grow every year.

CERCA Abstract Books 1994-Present 

Any UW-Eau Claire or UW-Eau Claire-Barron County student engaged in collaborative or independent research or scholarly creative work is eligible to apply. Chippewa Valley Technical College students are also welcome. Researchers in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

All projects must make new knowledge by building from previous knowledge or creating new perspectives.

Your presentation should explain how your project meets this definition. This definition is intentionally broad in order to encompass all the scholarship that takes place on campus. For example:

  • A kinesiology project examining the effects that a short term dynamic core exercise program may have on agility.
  • A research project that critically examines how scholars perceive the role of Virgil through a survey of scholarship on The Divine Comedy in English.
  • An art project inspired by relational art, a field within contemporary art.
  • A geography project analyzing the land use/land cover changes in the lower Chippewa River watershed.
  • A critical performance of G.B. Viotti transcribed for two bassoons in order to examine how aspects of Classical musical style translate across instrumental genres.
  • A research project studying the effect of cyber bullying on school climate.
  • Assessment of research needs with a community partner and plan for implementation.

The application process can be broken down into 3 key parts:

  1. Write your abstract, work with your mentor to polish.
  2. Decide on a presentation format.
  3. Submit your application for the mentor's final approval.
  4. Mentor submits the application to ORSP.

1. Write your abstract
A key component to your CERCA application is your abstract (200 words maximum). For details on writing your abstract, please read the Abstract Writing Guide.

An abstract summarizes the important qualities of your project. Successful abstracts, in every discipline, will typically achieve four key goals:

  1. State your research question, aim, or scholarly goal. (~1 sentence)
  2. Contextualize your project within existing knowledge or ideas. (~1 sentence)
  3. Describe the methods or approach you used or will use. (~2 sentences)
  4. Describe your main conclusions, outcomes, products, or recommendations or expected outcomes. (~2 sentences)

Your CERCA abstract should:

  • Be 200 words or less.
  • Be pasted into your CERCA application.
  • be upload as a Microsoft Word document if your text includes any special characters or italics and/or if formatting has been lost by the form. LaTex users may attach a pdf to guide the formatting of mathematical characters. Include title and authors in attached versions.

Since your CERCA abstract will be published, it is important to:

  • Use terminology that will be clear to a general, non-expert audience.
  • Define abbreviations not universally understood upon first use (include the abbreviation in parentheses immediately after you first use the term; thereafter you can use the abbreviation).
  • Be concise and strive for clarity.
  • Carefully proofread your work.

The Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) is here to support your CERCA project. We encourage you to schedule an online appointment to meet virtually, in “real-time,” with a CWE Writing Assistant. You can schedule an appointment at uwec.mywconline.com. If you experience any difficulty when setting up an appointment, or if you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 715-836-2644.

When you meet your Writing Assistant, they can help you:

  • Prepare your oral presentation—from writing your talk to delivering it orally. 
  • Address questions related to organization and clarity of content on your poster or presentations slides
  • Discuss ways to tighten and polish your writing, at the sentence level. 
  • And more! 

**Please note that the CWE takes a conversational approach (not an editorial one). Further, for technical questions related to formatting of your poster, please contact Learning Technology Services (LTS). 

2. Decide on a presentation format
In addition to attaching your abstract, you will need to decide which presentation format will best suit your research. CERCA has 3 presentation formats:

i.CERCA Presentation: CERCA presentations will have their own module on the CERCA Canvas site, and will be split up by the project's faculty mentor's department (see "2021 Virtual CERCA Program"). 

Different versions can include:

  • A single PowerPoint Slide setup as a large format poster with the option of including a ~2 minute voice-over.
  • A series of Powerpoint slides with audio VoiceOver.
  • A 10-15 minute video recordings.  
  • Please e-mail cerca@uwec.edu if you require any other accommodations or have questions. Note: If your presentation is being nominated for the Provost's Honors Symposium, there is no need to also submit to CERCA. If not accepted to the PHS it will be automatically included in CERCA.

ii. Art or Other Display with Explanation: For presenting art or other creations not conducive to a 'poster only' format as well as displaying supplementary materials related to specific presentations (e.g., model of a product described in a poster presentation). Materials can be displayed in the McIntyre Library entrance in their display case. If you wish to have your items displayed here contact cerca@uwec.edu.

iii. Performance or Film with Lecture: Recordings of performances or film screenings are welcomed and streaming of live performances possible. Please contact cerca@uwec.edu to discuss details. 

3. Submit your application
The Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity application is processed in BP Logix and must be initiated by a student. To start an application, the lead student will need to log into BP Logix, (1) select Start New form and (2) choose ORSP as the department. From there, (3) select "Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity". A new form should open.

To edit, submit, or resubmit a form you have previously started or a form which has been returned to you, access the form from the My Tasks tab. Once you have submitted a form, it will be viewable from the View Forms In Process tab and will no longer appear in your My Tasks tab. Please visit the Using eForms and BP Logix page for a detailed explanation of the eForm system.

Your application will also require a faculty mentor to sign off on your application. For independent research (research that wasn't performed with a faculty mentor), the applicant must find a faculty mentor to sign off on their project.

Projects with multiple co-authors

The CERCA form is set up so that the lead student author submits a single application. Student co-authors should not submit a second application and do not need to formally approve the form. Once the lead student author submits the form, it will be sent to the faculty mentor for approval or revision before being sent to ORSP. Due to technical limitations, co-authors will not receive notification of approval and cannot edit or view the form themselves. The lead student is responsible for communicating with co-authors, and correctly including their names on the form.

Publishing

If you are presenting a poster or display with poster, UW-Eau Claire would like to publish your poster in an online, searchable database called MINDS@UW. To publish a poster, both the lead student author and faculty mentor will need to sign off on permission in the application.

Still need help?

Please visit the Using eForms and BP Logix. If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact ORSP at 715-836-3405 or email cerca@uwec.edu.

Deadline for Application:

Applications for CERCA 2021 must be submitted online by March 5th.

If you choose to do a poster presentation, you will need to design and print a large format poster after your application has been approved. The recommended sizing for the posters is 42" x 46". It is not recommended to go smaller or larger than 42" x 46".

Poster design, preparation, and printing assistance is available. Sign up for a Poster Design Workshop through LTS, view a video tutorial, or contact training@uwec.edu. The poster printing policy (Knowledge View) is also available for viewing. For usable poster templates, please go to  W:Drive/LTS/Poster/Templates if you are on campus. If you are off-campus, go to https://files.uwec.edu/ and log in with your UW-Eau Claire username. Click on the sidebar and navigate through LTS/Poster/Templates.

All posters should include the UW-Eau Claire Power of AND brand and wordmark in agreement with the University Communications Graphic Standards Guide. Each poster should list the title of the project, the student(s)' names, the faculty mentor name(s), and the department name(s). The poster dimensions should not exceed 46x46 inches to fit the poster board; posters printed through LTS are limited to 42x46 inches. The acknowledgments section should mention the source of your research funding, if applicable. 

If you are going to submit a voice-over with your poster, please also submit a PDF (without embedded audio) alongside your voice-over. Some posters may lose resolution quality and the poster may not be able to be read. 

CERCA Abstract Books 1994-Present

CERCA Posters Archived on Minds@UW

 

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