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Division of Research and Graduate Studies

2004 California State University - Student Research Competition

The 18th Annual California State University Student Research Competition

At CSU Northridge
April 30 - May 1, 2004

Congratulations to the following seven students (listed with their faculty mentor) who have been selected to represent Fresno State at the 18th Annual CSU Student Research Competition at CSU Northridge: Diganta D. Adhikari (Dave Goorahoo), Careyn Armitage (Carolyn Jackson), Genett Carstensen (Goorahoo), Samantha Hageman (Mamta Rawat), Sandra Hammond (Glenn DeVoogd), Denise Lopez (Rawat), and Ron Severson, Jr. (Karl Runde).

Purpose of the 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-two campuses of the California State University.

Purpose of this Website

This web site provides information about the 2004 CSU Student Research Competition - its purpose, who may apply, how to apply, information about CSU Northridge - the host campus for 2004, as well as information about the City of Northridge, and more. For information on how your campus will select undergraduate and graduate students to present their research papers at the May 2004 Competition at CSU Northridge, check with your campus coordinator.

Procedures & Guidelines • Who May Apply

Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled on any CSU campus, as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall 2003, 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 invited. There will be separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each of the following categories (unless a division has fewer than three entrants, in which case undergraduate and graduate divisions will be combined). The nine categories are:

  1. Behavioral and social Sciences
  2. Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  3. Business, Economics, and Public Administration
  4. Creative Arts and Design (creative projects are welcome—see Competition guidelines)
  5. Education
  6. Engineering and Computer Science
  7. Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  8. Humanities and Letters
  9. Physical and Mathematical Sciences

These nine categories are intended to encompass all degree programs offered at CSU campuses. If you are not sure how your research paper should be categorized, you may use the "other" category on the Student Delegate Registration Form, and the competition organizers will place the paper in the appropriate category. A campus delegation may include up to ten entrants in the nine categories. (A small team of students making a single presentation counts as one "entrant"). Every CSU campus is encouraged to submit as many entries as possible, up to the maximum of ten.

How to Apply

Each CSU campus appoints a campus coordinator and develops its own procedures for selecting its student delegates to the statewide competition. Interested students should contact their campus coordinator for more information. Only those students endorsed by a campus coordinator can enter the statewide competition.Each CSU has a different deadline for its campus competition and it is important that students check immediately with their campus coordinator to ensure they do not miss the deadline. If a student’s work has been selected by the local campus for the systemwide competition, the student will submit a Student Delegate Registration Form and seven copies of a written summary of the research to the campus coordinator.

Competition Guidelines

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


Based on the recommendations of the juries, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions of each category. In any division with just three entrants, only one award will be given. In divisions with more than ten entrants, two runner-up awards will be presented.

Poster/Visual Presentation

Written papers should be five double-spaced pages in length, or approximately 1250 words, not including references. A student may submit a paper on any academic topic, provided that student has not previously submitted the same paper to this competition. Entrants in the Creative Arts and Design category may enter an audio and/or visual record of a performance they have given or work of art they have created, provided the focus of their papers and oral presentations is on the historical and cultural context and rationale underlying their interpretation of the subject matter involved. In all categories, oral presentations of the papers must not exceed ten (10) minutes, with an additional five (5) minutes allowed for questions from jurors and the audience. Supporting audio-visual materials are encouraged in all categories, but please note that equipment needs must be noted on the registration form, so that the presentation rooms may be properly equipped.

Competition Site

California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,300 faculty and staff, sited on a 353-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. For a map, including nearby highway routes, click here.

Questions/Contact Information

Questions should be direct to the local campus coordinator, Doug Carey at 559-278-0856.

Past Competition Results