The links below provide detailed instructions for task deliverables, including general information, technical criteria and judging criteria.

2020 WERC Team Manual

The 2020 Team Manual supersedes any previous manuals or handbooks.
Print out the manual and keep it at your team’s workstations.

Review it regularly as you step through contest preparation.

The 2020 WERC Team Manual is your one-stop source for:

  • WERC policies
  • Specifications, requirements, and judging rubrics for:
    • Written report
    • Oral presentation
    • Bench-scale demonstration
    • Poster presentation
    • Preparing and submitting the ESP
    • Flash Talks
  • Helpful hints for a successful contest experience.

Safety Guidelines

Flash Talk FAQs and More Information

Get special information needed to prepare the Flash Talk that is not included in the TEAM manual, including:

  • PowerPoint template
  • Photo of the slide presentation area and the .
  • Flash Talk updates.
  • PowerPoint submission instructions.

General Resources

Award Categories

Each year, the WERC Design Contest and its sponsors award more than $25,000 in prizes in the following categories.
Amounts shown are minimum amounts and may increase, according to funding.

  1. Task awards (First, Second, Third Place; minimum amounts: $2500-$1000-$500, respectively).
    The number of awards will depend on the number of entries in each task.
    Awards are based on the judging rubric for written, oral, poster, and bench-scale components.
  1. Freeport-McMoRan Innovation in Sustainability Award ($2500)
    The selection process centers primarily on the bench-scale demonstrations and identifies the final product or solution that best contributes to sustainability.
  1. WERC Resources Center Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency Award ($500)
    Recognizes the team that best utilizes the concepts of P2 (pollution prevention) and E2 (energy efficiency) in their solution. Primary considerations: Reduction/elimination of waste, greenhouse gases, hazardous materials; Conservation of water and air; utilization of sustainable materials; energy efficiency.
  2. Judges’ Choice Award ($500)
  3. Peer Award ($250). Voted by all students who participate in the contest.
  4. Terry McManus Outstanding Student Award. (Minimum: $500, according to funding).
    All participating students are eligible for the Award. Recipients chosen based on letter from Faculty Advisor.
  5. Flash Talk competition ($1000-$750-$500-$250). Separate team of judges.


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