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34th Annual CSU Student Research Competition

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34th Annual California State University Student Research Competition

Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) is honored to host the 34th Annual California State University Student Research Competition on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th, 2020. This system-wide competition showcases the innovative research and creative activities of CSU undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. Student participants make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities of California.

The competition is held annually to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity. It recognizes outstanding student accomplishments from throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University.

Interested in entering the competition? Review the Overview and Guidelines and contact your CSU campus office of student research for more information.

Competition Information

Who May Apply

Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus, as well as alumni/alumnae who receive their degrees in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2019, are eligible. Research and/or creative activities 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 too few entrants; undergraduate and graduate may be combined). The CSUEB steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories, or to move an entrant from one category to another, as submissions necessitate.

The ten categories are below:

  • 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

Any campus delegation may include up to ten entries across the ten categories. A small team of students making a single presentation counts as a single entry. See Registration instructions for how to register a single entry or team.

How to Apply

Each CSU campus appoints a campus coordinator and develops its own procedures for selecting its student delegates for the system-wide competition. Interested students should contact their campus coordinator or office of student research for information. Only those students endorsed by a campus coordinator can enter the system-wide competition. 

Written Summary

The rules governing the written summary are as follows:

  • The title page must include the title of the presentation and the names(s) of all student and faculty currently involved on the project. 
  • The narrative may not exceed five double-spaced pages and must use fonts and margins that ensure legibility. 
  • Appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) may not exceed three pages.
  • Research that involves human or animal subjects must have appropriate institutional review approval.
  • It is expected that the student will not make an oral presentation by simply reading directly from the written summary.

Save your Written Summary as a PDF file with your last name and campus abbreviation (e.g., Romero_CSUEB). For teams, include each team member’s last name (e.g., Romero_Claudia_CSUEB)

Title of Presentation

The title of your presentation must be 25 words or fewer. 

Project Synopsis

Provide a brief summary of the project that can be distributed across campuses (25 words or fewer).


The deadline for campus coordinators to send their selected student delegate information is 5:00pm on Friday, March 13, 2020. Detailed instructions will be emailed to campus coordinators.

The deadline for students to register is Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Campus coordinators will be notified in writing by CSUEB of the times of their student delegate presentations, local hotel and transportation options, and program details. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Check the website periodically for updates.

How to Register

Once you have been selected by your university to represent your campus, go to the Register drop down accordion menu. The deadline for students to register is Sunday, March 15th.

Student Delegates Presenting Alone: Fill out one registration form.

Student Delegates Presenting as a Team:  Select one person as the team’s representative. That person completes one registration form with the contact information for every team member. The representative begins the registration form and adds the team members as “co-applicants”. Please note that although you can list as many student team members as you wish, only up to 2 students from your team are permitted to present your work at the competition.

More information on registering to be posted soon.

Extended Stay America 

31950 Dyer St, Union City, CA 94587

Rate: $154.99/night plus Taxes/Fees

Dates Applicable: April 23-25, 2020

Call 877.701.3383 and tell them you are part of the CSU Student Research Competition to get the above rate. To get the group rate you must book no later than 3/24/2020


Hampton Inn

31040 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City, CA 94587

Rate: TBD

Dates Applicable: April 23-25, 2020

Will have phone number and group name soon.


Holiday Inn Express

31140 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City, CA 94587

Rate: TBD

Dates Applicable: April 23-25, 2020

Will have phone number and group name soon.






Juror and Moderator Information

Cal State East Bay will be hosting the 34th  annual CSU Student Research Competition on April 24 and 25, 2020. This system-wide competition will showcase research conducted by the top CSU students from the 23 campuses that comprise the CSU system.



We are seeking knowledgeable experts from institutions of higher education, preferably outside of the CSU system, PhD candidates outside of the CSU system, industry, nonprofits, or public agencies to serve as jurors. Jurors will be asked to review a 5-page research summary for each presenter in their assigned session, listen to the 10-minute oral presentations during the session, and work with other jurors to select first and second place winners. Jurors will receive a $200 stipend per day.


Moderators will keep presentation sessions organized by introducing student speakers and keeping time during each presentation. You do not need prior experience moderating presentations. Moderators will be volunteer only.

Event Dates and Times:

  • Friday, April 24 11:30am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 25 8:00am to 1:00pm

And of course, there will be coffee, food, and snacks!

Interested? Contact the Cal State East Bay Center for Student Research:

To be posted soon.
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