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Division of Research and Graduate Studies


36th Annual Student Research Competition

Dates: April 29 & April 30, 2022 

Hosting Campus: San Francisco State University 


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Research Competition Award Winners

Deadline: Sunday, March 6th, 2022 

Click Here 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/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer or fall 2021 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 San Francisco State University steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories, or to move an entrant from one category to another, as necessitated by submission numbers.

The 10 categories are:

  • Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business, Economics and Hospitality Management
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • 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 through a pre-recorded video and be ready to participate in a live

(virtual) Q&A with a jury and an audience. Students will compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by division (undergraduate/graduate), as described above in “Who May
Participate.” Each student will have eight (8) minutes for the pre-recorded portion of their work and five minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. All entrants may use audiovisual
materials as appropriate. All entrants should focus on the rationale, historical context, analysis, and/or interpretation of their work.
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

The deadline to submit a pre-recorded presentation is Friday, April 15th at 11:59 p.m. (PDT). 

SFSU competition coordinators will email all registered 2022 CSU Research Competition competitors instructions for uploading pre-recorded videos to an unlisted YouTube Channel.

  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.

This schedule is tentative and more details on sessions will be posted as soon as campuses submit student delegation information.


April 29

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Opening Plenary Session

1:15 - 4:00 pm | Session 1

4:15 - 5:30 pm | Judges Panel The Graduate School Experience


April 30

9:00 - 11:30 am | Session 2

12:30 – 3:00 pm| Session 3

3:00 – 4:00 pm | Winner selection

4:00 – 5:00 pm | Awards Ceremony