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The Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and UAS - Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are pleased to announce the

26th Annual Student Symposium

on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities


Friday, March 2, 2018

Oral Presentations
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
University – Student Union
Poster Presentations
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Golden Eagle Ballrooms
Reception
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Golden Eagle Ballrooms

Schedule is Subject to Change


The 26th Annual Cal State LA Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, 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, March 2, 2018.

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 LA in the CSU Student Research Competition Friday and Saturday, May 4 - 5, 2018 at CSU Sacramento.

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.  Please note, poster presentations can be interpreted in ways appropriate for documenting the discipline, such as video and musical recordings and slides, as well as posters. Previous winners have come from a cross-section of departments representing all six colleges. The topics of presentations can be in any of the following categories:

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business, Economics, and Public Administration
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Education
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

Students can enter by applying online beginning Friday, November 3, 2017.  The deadline for submitting the online application is Friday, January 26, 2018. The application procedures and guidelines, as well as, the online application link are 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.

Faculty members from all disciplines are encouraged to volunteer as judges.  Due to the wide range of topics that are covered in student presentations, judges from various departments are essential.  If you wish to participate as a judge, simply email Dr. Gomez at fgomez2@calstatela.edu with one of the above disciplines as your prefered category.

Thank you in advance for your participation and assistance in the Symposium.

PROCEDURES-AND-GUIDELINES

The online application can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3451941/26th-Annual-Cal-State-L-A-Symposium-on-Research-Scholarship-and-Creative-Activities

The option to save has been added to the top of the application.  You will receive a comfirmation email after submission. 

 

Who May Apply

Currently enrolled Cal State LA undergraduate or graduate students, as well as recent graduates who received their degrees the previous year’s spring, summer, or fall term are eligible. Each participant is limited to one presentation as the lead presenter. The Symposium is open to students from all majors, and to both undergraduate and graduate students. Proprietary research is excluded. Presentations from all disciplies are invited. The steering committe reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories or to move an entrant from one category to another, as numbers of submission necessitate. The ten categories are as follows:

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business, Economics, and Public Administration
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

Application Materials

Presenters must upload the following materials to the online application:

ABSTRACT

All presenters must submit a maximum 200-word, one paragraph research abstract. 

Please use the following format: 

  • Must be formatted in MS Word
  • Single-spaced
  • Arial font
  • 10-pt. font
  • One-inch margins
  • Left and right justified
  • Save as "First/Last name, Abstract"

The following information must appear single-spaced on the upper left portion of the page:

  • Name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Degree objective and major
  • Title of presentation (in italics)
  • Faculty mentor(s)

Example: calstatela.edu/orad/symposium-sample-abstracts

Approval Page

Applicants must scan and upload the provided approval page as a PDF with faculty mentor signature.

Here is Approval Page Form to complete:

Approval Page Form

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • If selected as a Cal State LA Delegate to the CSU Competition, you will be required to submit a 5 page research summary.
  • Students who plan to present research involving human subjects must also obtain approval from the IRB 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.

Procedures for Oral Presentations

Student oral presenters will deliver their talks before an audience and a jury. They will compete by discipline category. Each student will be allotted 10 minutes for the presentation and three minutes to respond to juror and audience questions. Standard forms of audiovisual equipment (e.g., Power Point program and projector) may be used. 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.

Students will be judged both on their oral presentations and their written abstracts using the following criteria:

  • Clarity of purpose
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Interpretation of results
  • Value of the research or creative activity
  • Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from jury and audience

Judges will select one outstanding presenter in each discipline category. The top 10 presentations will be selected to compete in the statewide competition during the spring semester.  In addition, one overall winner will be awarded the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Travel Award to attend a professional conference.

Procedures for Poster Presentations

Student poster presenters will set up their posters on the 3½’ x 5’ poster boards and easels provided for their use.  Any additional equipment requiring an electrical outlet must be arranged in advance. At minimum, one author must be stationed alongside the poster during the assigned time to respond to inquiries from judges and other viewers.

Students will be judged both on the poster and their responses to questions using the following criteria:

  • Legibility of material on poster
  • Organization of poster
  • Sufficient background information
  • Stated objective and/or hypothesis
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Clarity of results
  • Stated summary and/or conclusion
  • Contribution to the field
  • Effective and engaging presentation
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from judges and audience

Judges will select one outstanding poster in each discipline category.