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CSU Student Research Competition (SRC)

Description

The 2020 CSU Student Research Competition will be held here on campus at Cal State East Bay on April 24-25, 2020(more info on our website coming soon). To be considered for the student research competition, CSU East Bay students will need to submit their research summary by 5:00 pm, February 10, 2020. 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 late February or beginning of March 2020 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 2020 Annual CSU Student Research Competition is Cal State East Bay.

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 10, 2020
Late submissions will not be considered.

RUBRIC FOR SCORING 5-PAGE RESEARCH SUMMARIES

CRITERION WEIGHT 1 2 3 4 5 SCORE
Clarity of Purpose 20% There is not an identifiable central purpose, research question or central premise to the proposal. Central purpose fairly clear, research question or central premise is not clear or specific enough. Clearly stated central purpose, research question or central premise is clear and readily apparent to the audience.
Appropriateness of Methodology (*or alternative mode of inquiry / rigor of approach, keeping in mind the requirements of a particular field) 20% The methodology and/or design did not support the central purpose, hypothesis or research question. Methodology was not clear or was lacking altogether. Methodology and/or design were discussed, but there was some difficulty understanding them; methodology lacked some detail; did not clearly support the central purpose of the research. Methodology and/or design for exploring the central purpose clearly stated; presented logical steps and/or appropriate information that clearly addresses the central purpose of the research with adequate detail provided.
Interpretation of Results (Criteria do not imply that the project must be data-driven; creative and non-empirical projects may earn high scores. For empirical projects: no data 1 point, preliminary data/data collection in progress 2-3 points, data collection and interpretation 4-5 points.) 20% Very limited to no interpretation of results and a vague link to the central purpose, hypothesis, or research question. Appropriate information or data were collected, described and linked to the purpose of the research; more in-depth analysis was needed to provide the audience with deeper or more complex insights. Appropriate information or data were collected, clearly described, and interpreted with a demonstrable understanding and clear link to the purpose of the research; shows a thoughtful, in-depth analysis that provides the audience with insights.
Value of the Research or Creative Activity 20% There is no discussion or very limited discussion of the value of the research. Research is not original nor significant inside or outside the discipline. Value of the research is mentioned; insufficient discussion of the background and scope to be able to determine the value of this research. Research lacks originality or significance inside or outside the discipline. Value of the research is persuasively argued within the established background and limitations of the research topic, or another persuasive way. The results are original and have significant contribution inside or outside the discipline.
Ability of the Presenter to Articulate the Research or Creative Activity and Organization of the Presented Materials 20% Had difficulty communicating about the research project, proposal lacked organizational structure, was well outside of page limits Demonstrated ability to communicate about the research, but not always clearly; discussed some aspects of the research more cogently than others; somewhat organized. Demonstrated ability to make complex ideas understandable using appropriate language and examples for readers both in and outside the discipline. Well-organized, clear, interesting and easy to follow.
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