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CSU Student Research Competition (SRC)

Description

The 2018 CSU Student Research Competition will be held at Sacramento State University on May 4-5. To be considered for the student research competition, CSU East Bay students will need to submit their research summary by 5:00 pm, February 2, 2018. The research summary should be emailed to the Center for Student Research (csr@csueastbay.edu). Support for students representing CSU East Bay in the competition will be provided by the Center for Student Research.  Please read the following information carefully.

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.

PURPOSE

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.

WHO MAY APPLY

Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in Spring, Summer, or Fall of the current academic year 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 four or fewer entrants, in which case undergraduate and graduate divisions may be combined). The California State University, East Bay, steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories or to move an entrant from one category to another, as numbers of submissions necessitate. The ten categories are as follows:

  • 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
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

A campus delegation may include up to ten entries in the ten categories. A small team of students making a single presentation counts as a single entry but each student participant must fill out the Student Delegate Registration Form with demographic and contact information.

HOW TO APPLY

CSU East Bay students that are interested in applying to participate in the CSU Student Research Competition will need to submit a 5-page research summary to the Center for Student Research. The CSU East Bay Committee on Research will review the summaries and select a delegation of ten individuals or teams to attend the system-wide competition. To submit your research summary for consideration or for more information contact csr@csueastbay.edu.

The rules governing the written Summary are as follows:
The summary must include the name(s) of the student(s) and the title of the presentation.

  • The narrative may not exceed five doubled-spaced pages. Use fonts and margins that ensure legibility.
  • Appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) may not exceed three pages.
  • Research that has human or animal subjects involvement must have appropriate institutional review.
  • It is expected that the student will not make an oral presentation by simply reading directly from this summary.

We will notify student applicants by February 2018 about whether they have been chosen to represent CSU East Bay at the Statewide Student Research Competition.

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

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), as described above in “Who May Apply.”  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.

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

COMPETITION SITE

The competition site for the 2018 Annual CSU Student Research Competition is Sacramento State University. More information about the statewide competition will be available on the Sacramento State University website: http://www.csus.edu/studentresearchcenter/.

AWARDS

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 because there are fewer than four presenters in one division, awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up without regard to class standing. In the event there are five or fewer presenters in a session, only the outstanding presenter will receive an award.

QUESTIONS

Student questions should be directed to the Center for Student Research. Please e-mail csr@csueastbay.edu or telephone (510) 885-7335

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 5:00 pm February 2, 2018
Late submissions will not be considered.

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