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CSUSB Student Research Competition


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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 12th, 2021 from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm.


Students who wish to participate in the CSUSB Student Research Competition are required to submit the following:

  • Online Application form
  • Summary (no more than 5 double-spaced pages and each page must include: student's Name, coyote ID, and title of the presentation)

The rules governing the written summary are as follows:

  • The summary must include the names(s) of the student(s) and the title of the presentation.
  • 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 has human or animal subject’s involvement must have the appropriate institutional review.
  • It is expected that the student will not make an oral presentation by simply reading directly from this summary. 

The table below shows how each entry (oral presentation and written summary) will be judged:

Component Percentage
Clarity of purpose 15%
Appropriateness of methodology 15%
Interpretation of results 15%
Value of the research or creative activity 15%
The 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 the general audience 10%


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.


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


Application Opens: August 17th, 2020

Application Closes: December 15th, 2020

CSUSB Student Research Competition Guidelines

Submit Application for Student Research Competition