Research and Development

Welcome to Cal State LA’s
Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

The Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (ORSCA), a unit of the Office for Research and Academic Personnel in the Division of Academic Affairs, provides research development support services to the university community. ORSCA helps Principal Investigators identify external funding opportunities, and provides assistance at every stage of proposal development. To ensure the highest conformity with University and Federal policies, ORSCA provides support and guidance for compliance issues related to the use of human subjects and animal subjects in research, conflicts of interest, and research misconduct. As the products of research come to fruition, ORSCA assists PI's with intellectual property and technology transfer processes.

ORSCA also highlights and supports campus research activity by administering the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award program, the Student Symposium on Research Scholarship and Creative Activities, Seed Grants, Research Seminars at ORSCA Cafe, a semi-annual newsletter, and the campus research magazine, Research at Cal State LA. Through these activities, ORSCA increases opportunities for faculty and students to engage in research, scholarship and creative activities, supporting the academic mission of this comprehensive university.

Take advantage of our resources and links for faculty and students interested in our programs and services. From forms to frequently asked questions, we want to provide you with current information you need.

25th Annual Student Symposium on RSCA

The 25th Annual Cal State L.A. Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activityies, sponsored jointly by the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, The Gamma Epsilon Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and UAS – Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has been scheduled for Friday, February 24, 2017.

The event is held annually to recognize student accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative activities, and to provide a local forum for our students to gain experience in delivering a professional presentation. The top undergraduate or graduate student will be awarded the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Travel Award used towards attendance of a professional conference. Also 10 students will be selected to represent Cal State L.A. in the CSU Student Research Competition Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, 2017 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The Symposium is open to all majors and to both undergraduate and graduate students. All students who are engaged in scholarly research or creative activity, including term projects and independent study endeavors should participate.

Students can participate in the University Symposium in two ways – by delivering a 10-minute oral presentation or by exhibiting a poster presentation. The subsequent statewide competition is limited to oral presentations. 

Students can enter by applying online beginning Thursday, December 1, 2016.  The deadline for submitting the online application is Friday, January 27, 2017. The application procedures and guidelines, as well as, the online application linkare below:

NOTE:  Students who plan to present research involving human subjects must also obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board – Human Subjects prior to conducting the research. Students who are conducting research involving animals must submit the IACUC number for the protocol that they are working on.

For more information and to apply to the 25th Annual Cal State L.A. Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities click the button below. 


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Jessica Pope

260 student researchers from throughout the CSU Universities presented at the 29th Annual Student Research Competition at Cal State San Bernardino May 1-2. The contest showcased the significant research done by undergraduate and graduate students. Congraduations to Jessica Pope Mayers who won 1st Place in Behavioral and Social Sciences, Kevin Parducho who won 2nd Place to in Biological and Agricultural Sciences, and all of the representatives from Cal State Los Angeles.

   - Alma Olaguez
   - Gabrielle Aroz
   - Jessica Pope Mayers
   - Miguel Arriola
   - Karen Koocharian Pekacheky
   - Hoover Zariani
   - Dalton Meena
   - Andre Leon
   - Kevin R. Parducho
   - Edith Soto
   - Angela Wu


Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant Program