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FAQ for COSA 2020

What is the Celebration of Student Achievement?

This is a month-long showcase for student scholarly and creative work, providing an opportunity for students to share their work with TCNJ’s community. During the Main Event on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, hundreds of students will present their work in papers, panels, poster sessions, demonstrations, and other forms of scholarly or creative activity.

Main Event: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
23rd Annual Celebration of Student Achievement
Featuring Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity


UPDATE 4/9/20:

For Celebration of Student Achievement 2020, we have moved the event online. We will be creating a virtual gallery to present student work, as well as hosting Zoom video sessions. More information will be posted as we finalize the details.

To student participants – different departments may be holding their own private events, so please check with your department and faculty mentor if you should be submitting a project to the main COSA or not.


What kind of student work will be presented at the Main Event?

The Celebration is appropriate for significant work that results from deep engagement in the scholarly or creative process. For the most part, students will be presenting work that they have already prepared or presented for another purpose such as Independent Research, a Senior Design, Thesis, or Capstone course, a conference presentation, or some other outstanding scholarly/creative experience. In many cases, this will be work done in collaboration with a faculty mentor, but the student must be the primary author and presenter of the work at the Celebration.

Types of possible presentations include:

  • Paper (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions). Student presenters and their faculty sponsors may ask that papers be grouped into panels by theme or issue. Panels may represent a single discipline or be interdisciplinary.
  • Poster. A scholarly presentation in a visual format (36×54″). All poster sessions will be between 11:00am and 4:00pm. In order to allow students not only to present their own work, but also to see the work of others, each presenter will be assigned a 50-minute period within the session. Although posters should be displayed for the entire three hours, students should remain with their posters only during their assigned time to discuss their work or answer questions.
  • Technical or engineering presentations
  • Other (5-20 minutes)

Where do I go if I have questions about participating?

If you have questions, see your faculty mentor, or view the Celebration FAQ page.

For questions that liaisons are unable to answer, contact Curt Elderkin at, or email Annemarie Sanders at

How do I register to participate?

Students should complete the 2020 Celebration of Student Achievement registration form once it is available.

Registration link:

Complete the registration form no later than April 10, 2020.

How should the form be filled out if there is more than one author or presenter?

The first author or presenter should fill out the form and serve as the contact person for the group. List other presenters’ names at the bottom of the form.

What technical resources will be available?

Papers and panels will be given in “smart classrooms” with computer and audio-visual capabilities. If other equipment or resources are needed, students normally are expected to provide their own.

How do I make an effective poster?

Different disciplines may have their own standards and approaches to creating and presenting posters.

What happens if I have special scheduling needs?

If you need to make your presentation at a certain time or are unavailable at specific times, indicate this on your registration form and also let your faculty mentor know.

How will the times and locations for presentations be announced?

A copy of the full schedule for the Main Event will be available online by April 29th at

How rigorous is the 20-minute limit on papers and presentations?

Because presentations are scheduled on a 20-minute basis (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and answers), if you take too long, you are taking away time from the students who are scheduled after you. Therefore, please prepare your presentation with the time limit in mind.