Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) is an annual showcase for OSU undergraduates to present their research, scholarship and creative projects to the broader university and Corvallis community.  Undergraduates from all academic disciplines, in all years of study and all stages of research will present a diversity of topics, approaches and interests at OSU.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) 2020! Due to changes in campus operations, and with respect for our need to remain socially distant, we will be changing the format of CUE to a virtual symposium. Even with this change, students will have the opportunity to share their research to the broader OSU community and receive questions and comments about their work. We hope this event will bring our community closer during this time of social distancing. 
This year, each student will record a 3-minute lightning talk and post it on a central Canvas page where the symposium will be hosted. Lightning talks should be made in PowerPoint. If you do not already have PowerPoint, follow the directions here to download a free copy through OSU’s license (https://is.oregonstate.edu/microsoft). Greg and Sophie from the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA) will be hosting an optional help session over Zoom on May 4 from 5-6 p.m. if anyone wants to join! Here’s the link to join.


April 6: Registration opens
May 1: Deadline to register
May 3: Acceptance notifications sent to applicants
May 4 from 4-5 pm (PST): Virtual lightning talk workshop (how to make one) – Here’s the link to join via Zoom.
May 7 from 4-5 pm (PST): Virtual lightning talk help session (get specific questions answered) – Here’s the link to join via Zoom.
May 11-15: Canvas open for videos and transcripts to be uploaded.
May 15: Deadline to upload videos and transcripts into Canvas.
May 21 and May 22: The Canvas page will be distributed to OSU community members who will be able to view presenters’ recordings, ask questions, and engage in dialogue via the Canvas discussion board function. Presenters will be required to watch at leave five videos made by other presenters and post a comment or question.

Instructions to students

Creating your Lightning Talk

  1. Download PowerPoint. If you do not already have PowerPoint, follow the directions here to download a free copy through OSU’s license at https://is.oregonstate.edu/microsoft.
  2. Make a few slides about your research. Keep in mind your talk must be 3 minutes or less. For more information on creating a lightning talk visit: https://undergraduate.oregonstate.edu/research/resources/students/present-your-work/lightning-talk.
  3. You will be asked to upload a transcript of your talk along with the recording for accessibility purposes. We recommend writing out what you plan to say and using it as a script as you record your voice-over.

Recording your voiceover
(For a video overview please visit: https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_4sqlaew3)

  1. Beginning on May 11th, you will have access to the CUE Canvas page. This is where you will access the Kaltura Software that will be used to record your voice-over presentation.
  2. Open the Canvas site and navigate to the “My Media” tab on the column on the left side of your screen.
  3. Click “Add New” then select “Recording Tools/Capture” on the drop down menu.
  4. This will prompt you to authorize and download the Kaltura app that will be required for you to record your voice over.
  5. Open Kaltura and give the necessary permissions to allow for screen recording.
  6. Open your PowerPoint presentation and press the record button when you’re ready to deliver your presentation.
  7. Press the square stop button on the Kaltura window when you’re finished recording. Use your first and last name (e.g. “Sophie Pierszalowski”) as the name of the video.
  8. Upload your recording when prompted. Be sure the progress bar reaches 100%.
  9. Open the CUE Canvas page and navigate back to the My Media tab, your new recording should show up here.
  10. Click on the video title to bring up your recording. Scroll down and click on “Share” below the video preview.
  11. The “embed code” should automatically be highlighted. Copy this text.
  12. Click on “Modules” on the left hand column in the CUE Canvas page and find the module with your college listed.
  13. Find your name and project title and click to open your personal discussion. It should appear blank.
  14. Click “reply” to open a text box. Click on “HTML editor.” Paste the embed code that was copied on the previous page.
  15. Select “Post Reply.” Your video should now show up with a preview in your discussion post. Once you’ve made the post, click the three dots on the right side of the post and select “edit” on the drop down menu to add your typed transcript below your recording. On the day of the symposium other students and other OSU community members will post comments and questions. You will be asked to check back regularly to provide as close to real-time answers/feedback as possible.

For additional assistance, please contact:

Sophie Pierszalowski, Associate Director of Undergraduate Research, Sophie.Pierszalowski@oregonstate.edu
Greg Heinonen, Undergraduate Research Coordinator, at heinoneg@oregonstate.edu
Bethany Ulman, Student Success Coach, Ecampus, at bethany.ulman@oregonstate.edu

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA) in the Office of Undergraduate Education and organized by University Events.