The 2022 Team Manual supersedes any previous manuals or handbooks.
Print out the manual and keep it at your team’s workstations.

Read it through at least one time as a team and review it regularly as you step through contest preparation.

The 2022 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
  • Contingency arrangements, in case travel to the contest is not possible
  • Helpful hints for a successful contest experience.

2022 WERC Team Manual

2022 Manual coming soon. New for 2022:

  • All teams will submit a preliminary report
  • New economic analysis guidelines follow TEA (Techno-economic Analysis) format
  • TEA short course (optional) will be offered
  • New judging rubrics

Below is a previous years’ manual, for reference until the 2022 manual is published.

2021 Team ManualUpdated 1/14/21. Click for pdf file

Technical Report Template and Manuscript Preparation

WERC is returning to the traditional double-spaced formatting used at the contest for 30 years.
We will not use the IEEE format, unless your team is selected to publish in IEEE Xplore. In that case, we will provide the template needed for IEEE.

Flash Talk Information–Go to page

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

  • PowerPoint template
  • Flash Talk updates
  • PowerPoint submission instructions

General Resources

Sample Winning Papers

The technical reports below are those submitted by teams that won first-place awards over the past few years. Each is from a different university, reflecting different styles.
Awards are not based solely on the merits of the technical report, but also include results of the oral, bench, and poster presentations. Therefore, the papers will vary in quality and content. Teams are advised to review all papers and glean the best from each.

Formatting: Do not follow the formatting used in the papers provided below. They were written under older formatting guidelines and are provided to help your team with content only. Follow the IEEE Technical Report Template accessed through the button above.

Safety Guidelines

ESPs through WERC are not required of any teams in 2021 due to the virtual format of the contest.

Teams are expected to follow their institutions laboratory safety policies.

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.
  2. Desktop Study (Virtual Contest) Awards. (First, Second, Third Place amounts TBA)
  3. 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.
  1. Judges’ Choice Award ($500)
  2. Peer Award ($250). Pending–if adequate Zoom functionality is available. Competing students vote on their favorites.
  3. Terry McManus Outstanding Student Award. ($500-$1000, according to funding).
    All participating students are eligible for the Award. Recipients chosen based on letter from Faculty Advisor.
  4. Flash Talk competition ($1000-$500-$250-200). Separate team of judges.


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