CSUSB Student Research Competition

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

The CSUSB Student Research Competition will be held on Friday, February 23rd, 2018. The 2018 guidelines

are listed below. The 2018 CSU Competition will be held at Sacramento State University on May 4th- 5th, 2018.


Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled on campus, as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer or fall of the previous year are eligible.


Application deadline extended to Monday, January 29th, 2018.

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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 fewer than three entrants, in which case undergraduate and graduate divisions will be combined.) The categories are:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business and Public Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students will present their work before a jury. Students will compete by discipline category and class standing (undergraduate/graduate). Each student will have ten minutes to give an oral presentation and five minutes to respond to questions. All entrants may use audio-visual material 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 and written summary) will be judged on the following:


Component Percentage
Clarity of purpose 15%
Appropriateness of methodology 15%
Interpretation of results 15%
Value of the research or creative activity 15%
Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity 15%
Organization of the material presented 15%
Presenter's ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience 10%



Winners will advance to the CSU Student Research Competition as representatives of CSUSB. A prize award will also be provided contingent upon funding.