35th Annual Virtual Student Research Competition
Dates: April 30 and May 1, 2021
Hosting Campus: California State University, Polytechnic, Pomona
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)
Who Can Apply?
Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus and alumni
who received their degrees in spring, summer or fall 2020 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 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")
• Engineering and Computer Science
• Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
• Humanities and Letters
• Physical and Mathematical Sciences
How Do I Apply?
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the Competition Guidelines?
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
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
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.