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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. This year's 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition will be hosted by San Francisco State University on April 29th and 30th, 2022 (format tbd).

The CSUSB Student Research Competition will be held virtually on Friday, February 11th, 2022.


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. 


This table 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: October 24th, 2021

Application Closes: Extended Deadline: January 10th, 2022

Application available through InfoReady



Congratulations to the winners of the 36th Annual CSUSB Student Research Competition! These students will represent CSUSB at San Francisco State University. 

College of Arts & Letters

Alexia B. Martinez

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mariam Betlemidze

Department: Communication Studies

Title: Unapologetically Her: A Nomadic-Intersectional Analysis on Lizzo and Jillian Michaels

College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Alyx Duckering

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Lewin

Department: Clinical Psychology

Title: The Relationship Between COVID-19 Stress, Psychological Inflexibility, and Psychological Well-Being

Anabell Ramos

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dr. Roderick O'Handley

Department: Psychology & Human Development

Title: Variables Linked with School Psychologists’ Use of Empirically Supported Social Skills Training Practices with Students with Autism

Brittany Mondragon

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tiffany Jones & Dr. Jeremy Murray

Department: History

Title: Flora’s Forth Child: Race, Gender, and Nature in the Colonial British Caribbean

I Gusti Ngurah Raka Bhaskara & Rey Zavala

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Mallari

Department: Biochemistry

Title: Development and Optimization of Selective Click Chemistry Probes to Investigate the Function of Falcilysin

Rosemary Rojas

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brittany Bloodhart

Department: Psychology

Title: One of Us: Monoracial Latinx Perspectives of Multiracial Latinx-White Individuals

Viviana Alvarez Rodriguez

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Pedro Santoni

Department: History

Title: Preservation of Afro-Mexican History in Contemporary Veracruz

College of Natural Sciences

Isabela Vigil-Montano

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amanda Rymal & Dr. Nicole Dabbs

Department: Kinesiology

Title:  Imagery and Observation

Kailyn Alari

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amanda Rymal

Department: Kinesiology

Title: How to Recruit Female Sports Officials: A Qualitative Exploration

Yelissa Fuentes

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mahmood Nikbakhtzadeh

Department: Environmental Health Sciences

Title: The Effect of Glyphosate on the Larval Development of Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae)