Celebration of Student Achievement
The Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA) is an all-day campus-wide event which aims to engage the entire Ursinus community in the presentation, discussion and celebration of all forms of intellectual and creative work done by Ursinus students at all levels of their college careers. The day consists of oral presentations, poster presentations, performances, and other displays of student accomplishment.
This year's event will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014; last year's event featured over 130 presentations from some 300 students. Presentations ranged from group presentations on environmental issues to poster presentations showcasing student research to performances in dance. View last year's schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is student achievement?
For purposes of the Celebration of Student Achievement, student achievement is defined in one of the following ways: (1) a project completed for course or ILE credit, (2) an independent--whether individual or group--student-designed and driven project (not for credit), (3) a collaborative project between student(s) and faculty, or (4) a non-academic project that highlights student achievement outside of the classroom.
Does the work presented have to be new? Can it be something previously presented?
Students may present new and never presented material such as original writing, a paper, a painting or other work-in-progress or previously presented material, such as work they have presented in a class, at a conference, or at Summer Fellows.
What kinds of student work will be included and what form might it take?
Examples of appropriate areas for presentation include but are not limited to the following: Honors, independent study, research, academic coursework, internships, study abroad, service-learning, performance, creative projects, leadership activities, and capstone projects. Presentations may take different forms including individual or group oral, visual and multimedia presentations, screenings, panels, debates, poster sessions, performances, readings, exhibitions, and interactive demonstrations. We also encourage creative proposals that may not follow the examples cited above.
How long will presentations and scheduled sessions be and how will they be organized?
- Individual oral presentations will be grouped into sessions of up to three individual presentations, lasting no longer than ten minutes each and allowing time for questions and answers after each one.
- Each discussion panel and/or debate featuring several student presenters will be allotted its own session.
- Posters will be grouped in manageable numbers to be attended in each fifty-minute session. Poster presenters will be expected to discuss their work for the duration of one session.
- Group presentations should fit into sessions of ten-minute increments and will be scheduled accordingly.
While most presentations will fit into fifty-minute sessions, students with a compelling need for a longer period (e.g. performance, longer group presentation) may include their rationale for such accommodation in their proposal for consideration.
What is the review process?
Students interested in participating in CoSA should first work with a faculty or staff mentor to determine the form and scope of the presentation. Since disciplines have different standards for what constitutes a presentation, the CoSA working group depends upon the mentor and the student to determine and adhere to the quality and format standards for individual presentations. Once the student has enlisted the support of a faculty or staff mentor, s/he should submit a completed application. The CoSA working group will review all proposals and organize them into sessions. In order to facilitate scheduling and to accommodate as many participants as possible, we ask student presenters to submit no more than two presentation proposals.
How do I apply to participate?
Applications are available online.
What if I cannot find a faculty or staff mentor?
The first step in approaching a prospective mentor is developing a feasible and appropriate project that would make the job of the mentor easier and more relevant. Once you have developed a strong proposal, think about faculty and staff who you know well, know your work well, and know your subject. If you still have not found a mentor after approaching some prospective mentors, consider asking them for other staff or faculty who serve as appropriate mentors; if you still cannot find a mentor, contact Greg Weight for assistance.
What will student presenters and participants gain from this experience?
By attending the presentations and performances of your classmates, you will
- learn more about the exciting work they do both in and out of the classroom
- support your friends and classmates with your presence
- discover ideas that may inspire your own work.
By presenting or performing your own work, you will
- get the opportunity to share your accomplishments with a wider audience
- gain valuable experience in public speaking
- have an experience to add to your resumé and applications for graduate school, internships, and jobs.
Finally, the entire day will be fun, festive and worthy of its name—Celebration of Student Achievement.