Annual Student Symposium on RSCA

Cal State L A logo, The 28th Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities


The 28th Annual Cal State LA Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities, sponsored by the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, has been scheduled for Friday, February 28, 2020.

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 34rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition which will take place at the East Bay campus on April 24-25, 2020.

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 Friday, November 15, 2019.  The deadline for submitting the online application is Friday, January 31, 2020.

Application procedures and guidelines

Faculty Mentor Approval Page

Online applications can be accessed through the following steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Login at the upper right hand side corner. 
  3. Click on the blue button that says "Cal State LA Login" and login using your Cal State LA credentials.
  4. DO NOT Login for Other Users
  5. On the top menu, click on the Calendar Tab. 
  6. On the right hand side click on "List View" to find the application.
  7. Complete the application form.


  • 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. If you need to add personnel to an existing approved IRB application, follow instructions on IRBNet User’s Guide, page 8, section III.
  • 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, email Dr. James Rudd to be contacted with further details.