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Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity

Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (CURSCA)

What is the Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity? It is an annual showcase of student scholarly and creative work, and provides a forum for students to share their work with, and be celebrated by, the Marist community. The first celebration was held in April 2002 and was limited to a display of posters.

Who must present? All students who have received any financial support for their research, scholarship and creative activities from the College are required to present at CURSCA, and will be given priority if space and time constraints arise. Students must have a faculty sponsor to submit and present their work.

What types of work may be presented? Students may present research or scholarly/creative activity that they have already prepared or presented for another purpose, such as an independent study or senior project, a conference presentation, or a recital. We prefer that students present work that goes beyond a course assignment; that is, work that represents a higher level of independent scholarship; however, work that was undertaken as part of a course is acceptable. A Faculty Committee will review and prioritize submissions based on available time and space. Please indicate any special needs (e.g., audio-visual or room configuration) regarding your presentation on the registration form.

What types of presentation are possible? (Please indicate your preference for presentation type on the registration form):

  • Oral presentations will occur in the Performing Arts Room(SC3101) and will be limited to 12 minutes (10 minutes for presentation, with 2 minutes for a question & answer session).
  • Posters should be set up between 10:30-11:00 AM in the designated spaces (SC3102-5) on easels and should remain up until 1:30 PM.

How much space is available to display posters? We can accommodate posters up to a size of 48 inches wide x 36 inches high. We will supply easels and presentation boards, but presenters should bring their own push pins or thumb tacks.

  • Works of artistic expression (paintings, digital media, sculpture, music, dance, theater) will also be accommodated.

What if there is more than one author or presenter on my project? All co-authors may act as co-presenters. The registration form asks you to indicate one of the authors to serve as the Contact Person for the group. List other presenters' names after yours. Remember, each submission must have the approval of a faculty sponsor to present their work; this faculty sponsor will validate the quality of your work

How do I/we register? By completing the registration form and submitting it electronically.

Further questions? First see your faculty sponsor. For questions that they are unable to answer, contact a CURSCA Committee member from your school:

CURSCA 2019 Committee:
Jessica Boscarino 
Associate Professor of Political Science
Kate Donham Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Neil Fitzgerald Assistant Dean of Science and Professor of Chemistry
Raymond Kepner Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Biology
Elizabeth Reid Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Yuwei Wang Associate Professor of Finance
Elisa Woolridge Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Chemistry