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31st Annual, CSU Student Research Competition

January 1, 2014


The CSU Student Research Competition is held each year in May to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the CSU system.

This important annual event offers CSU students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in presenting their work while enriching their academic knowledge. Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall of the previous year are encouraged to participate.


Research presentations are grouped into the following nine categories: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biological and Agricultural Sciences; Business, Economics, and Public Administration; Creative Arts and Design; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences; Humanities and Letters; and Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Students will present their work orally before a jury and an audience. Students will compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by class standing (undergraduate/graduate). Each student will have ten minutes for an oral presentation of his or her work and five minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. All entrants may use audiovisual materials as appropriate, and presenters are encouraged to use delivery techniques that promote interaction with the audience. Entrants in the Creative Arts and Design category may present an audio and/or visual record of a performance they have given or a work they have created; their oral presentation should focus on the rationale and historical context underlying their interpretation of the material. A small team of students making a single presentation counts as a single entry.

Each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) will be judged on the following:

  • Clarity of purpose
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Interpretation of results
  • Value of the research or creative activity
  • Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience

As many as ten local delegates will be selected to participate at the prestigious system-wide competition. Cash prizes will be awarded to the outstanding presenter and runner-up in each category of the undergraduate and graduate divisions. Lodging and travel expenses are funded through the Office of Graduate Studies with IRA funds.


The 31st Annual California State University Student Research Competition will be held in 2017 (date pending), at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.





Humboldt State


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