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"Meeting of the Minds" Student Research Symposium

Submit Application for Meeting of the Minds

The 12th annual "Meeting of the Minds" will be held on April 13th, 2023, form 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.


Deadline: March 5th, 2023 at 11:59 pm


  • All students from all disciplines are welcome to participate.
    • Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at CSUSB and alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022 are eligible. Works that are either preliminary, ongoing or completed are accepted.
  • Students may elect to present a poster presentation or oral presentation. 
    • Poster presentations will be held in person from 11:00 am - 12:15 pm in SMSU North Conference Center. 
    • Oral presentations will be held virtually from 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm. 
    • Those who wish to have an art display or performance are encouraged to contact Danielle White ( 
  • Students must have a faculty sponsor to participate. You will be required to submit information about your mentor on your application. 
    • Faculty's name
    • Email
    • Department
  • All entries must provide an abstract of at least 200 words and a maximum of 250 for the event's program. Abstracts should be reviewed by your faculty mentor.
    • ​​​​​​​The abstract contains a hypothesis or problem statement, methods, results or outcomes, and a conclusion.
  • Duplicate entries will be returned—one application per student, per team. 
    • ​​​​​​​Group presentations are defined as two or more presenters. During the group presentation, all members are expected to present.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be live and virtual on Thursday, April 13th, between 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm. You will be assigned to a session based on the category you selected on your application.  Please note that we cannot accept time requests or changes due to the number of presenters.  

Presentation Guidelines 

  • Please log on at least 10 minutes before your presentation. 
  • The panel of judges will consist of three faculty from various disciplines. They have access to your abstract for background information. 
  • Each team will have 10 minutes to present their research via Powerpoint, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. 
  • The session moderator will ensure that you can share your presentation slides during your time. 
  • Students will be placed into sessions by categories and class standing
  • Students will be notified by email of the time and session they’ve been assigned.
  • This is a formal presentation; you are asked to dress in business attire.
  • Please keep in mind that the presentation sessions are open to anyone. You are allowed to invite people to your session. However, please share the links with only those you trust to avoid zoom bombers. 
  • Please make sure to read the Oral Presentation Guidelines.


A panel of faculty will judge each session. These faculty will judge your presentation based on the following criteria: 

  • Coverage of the Topic 
  • Organization 
  • Clarity and Purpose 
  • Appropriateness of Methodology 
  • Interpretation of Results 
  • Ability to Handle Questions 
  • Value of Research or Creative Activity 

There will be one awardee per session. Each will be presented with an award and recognized during the Recognition of Faculty Mentors and Student Researchers on April 14th at 12 pm. A notification regarding awardees will be sent to you on the night of April 13th.  

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations will be in-person on Thursday, April 13th, 2023, from 11:00 am - 12:15 pm in SMSU North. 

  • Poster set-up will begin at 9:00 am.
  • The OSR will provide one free printing for all poster presenters. However, posters must be submitted by April 3rd at 11:59 pm. If you choose to submit your poster for free printing, note the following Printing Services guidelines:
    • All files must be saved in PDF format and titled “MOTM _Poster#_FirstName_LastName.” (Ex. MOTM_22_Shirley_Knotts)
    • Printing Services is not capable of simply printing a document at a larger size. The original document must be created at the intended print size.
    • Posters should be sized at 48x36.
    • The poster must be designed using PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, or Inkscape.
    • Please do not use Word, Publisher, Pages, etc., to create your poster.
    • You are allowed only one print job. · Please use one of the following templates found here.
    • Note if it includes the CSUSB’s logo, it must be approved by strategic communications before submission.
  • Students interested in participating in the competition portion of the conference must indicate so on their application. Only those students will be considered for the best poster presenter awards. Jurors will visit each poster and answer questions about your research during the poster session.
  • Please note that students may be asked to upload their presentation on the virtual platform Symposium. More information to follow.
  • Please make sure to read the Poster Presentation Guidelines.

Poster Templates Provided by the Office of Strategic Communications:


For more information, please contact our office at (909) 537-3728.