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CSUSRC 19 Delegation

34th Annual Student Research Competition

Each year the California State University System organizes a statewide student research competition. The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University. Students are nominated to participate by their home campus and present written and oral overviews of their research projects at the two-day competition. This year, the 34th Annual CSU, Student Research Competition will be held virtually on April 24th. 

Thank you to CSU, East Bay for their efforts in hosting the 34th Annual Student Research Competition. We wish all presenters good luck at this years's Student Research Competition! 

If you are interested in applying to future competition, please view the information below and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates on when to apply! 

 The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University.

(Note: If you apply for this competition, you MUST apply through Fresno State)

  Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus and alumni who received their degrees in spring, summer or fall 2019 are eligible. The research presented should be appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. Proprietary research is excluded. Presentations from all disciplines are welcome. There will be separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each category (unless a division has four or fewer entrants, in which case the divisions may be combined). The Sacramento State steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories or move an entrant from one category to another, as necessitated by submission numbers.

The ten categories are:

• Behavioral and Social Sciences
• Biological and Agricultural Sciences
• Business, Economics, and Public Administration
• Creative Arts and Design (creative projects are welcome—see "Competition Guidelines")
• Education
• Engineering and Computer Science
• Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
• Humanities and Letters
• Physical and Mathematical Sciences
• Interdisciplinary 

  Each CSU campus appoints a campus coordinator and develops its own procedures for selecting student delegates to the system-wide competition. Interested students should contact their campus coordinator for more information. Only those students endorsed by the campus coordinator can enter the system-wide competition.

CSU, Fresno Campus Coordinator: 

Kim Camarena | 

 Students will present their work orally before a jury and an audience. Students will compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by division (undergraduate/graduate), as described above in “Who May Apply.” Each student will have 10 minutes for an oral presentation of his or her work and five minutes to listen and respond to the 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.

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
• The 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

  Based on the recommendations of the jurors, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions of each category. If the undergraduate and graduate divisions of a category have been combined, awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up without regard to class standing. In the event that there are five or fewer presenters in a session, only the outstanding presenter will receive an award.

  • Travel expenses are covered, however, student must arrange their own travel to and from CSU, East Bay. If you plan to drive, you must have a license, complete the Defensive Driving Course, and submit your certificate to the Campus Coordinator. If assistance is needed, or if you have any questions, please contact your campus coordinator. 
  • Meals (up to $55.00 per day are covered). Students must turn in all receipts and they MUST be itemized. 
    • Please note that if itemized receipts are not submitted, there is a possibility you may not be reimbursed for that expense.  
  • Hotel expenses are covered and arranged by the Campus Coordinator. 

Please note that in order to receive your reimbursement in a timely matter, you must submit all of your original receipts within 2 weeks after traveling.