Graduate Studies

Procedures and Guidelines

The CSU, Chico Student Research Competition gives students the opportunity to develop their presentation and communication skills while showcasing their scholarly and creative achievements. Students present their work before a panel of judges; winners advance to the statewide CSU Research Competition, where they will compete against other outstanding scholars in the California State University system.

The 34th Annual CSU, Chico Student Research Competition will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 5:00p.m.–9:00p.m. at Colusa Hall 100. 


Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at CSU, Chico as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall 2018 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 “Guidelines”)
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health, Nutrition, and clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

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 Student Application (PDF) (if you need special accommodation to access this document, please contact the Office of Accessible Technology and Services.) and Summary of Your Project by the Application Deadline (February 26, 2020) via email to

How to prepare the Summary of Your Project:

  • The summary must include the name(s) of the student(s) and the title of the presentation.
  • The description of your project 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 Eligibility. 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:

Judging Criteria

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


Statewide Competition

Ten local delegates will be selected to compete at the prestigious system-wide competition which is typically held in late April at one of the 23 CSU campuses (2020 date and location TBD). Cash prizes are 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. See 2019 Statewide Results.

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Questions should be directed to Rosemary White, CSU, Chico campus assistant by email or telephone 530-898-5413.