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CSU Student Research Competition



will  be held on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015, 5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. - Location TBA

May 2-3,2014 Statewide Competition @ CSU-East Bay

27th Student Research Statewide Competition

Pictured left to right: Chaz Kelley, Audrey Denney, Masaki Hamada, Martin Salgado,Katlyn Perugini, Mitchel Davidovitz
Not pictured: Katherine Moore, Bryan M. Ervin, Lindsey Rein, Catherine Yasuda

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2015 Student Research Application form


The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments.


Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at CSUC as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall 2014 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.  The California State University, Chico, 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 (creative projects are welcome-see “Competition Guidelines”)
  • 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.



Please submit the Application and written Summary to the Office of Graduate Studies by Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by 4:00pm.

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.


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 the 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 rational 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


As many as ten local delegates will be selected to participate at the prestigious system-wide competition being held at California State University, San Bernardino  on  May 1st and 2nd, 2015  Cash prizes will be awarded to the outstanding presenter and runner-up in each category of the undergraduate and graduate divisions.  Lodging and travel expenses are funded through the Office of Graduate Studies and IRA funds.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Sharon Barrios, CSU, Chico campus coordinator by email or telephone 530-898-4473.

Previous Winners