Annual Student Symposium on RSCA

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Submission Deadline - February 12, 2021
Virtual Symposium - March 12, 2021

The 29th Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, sponsored by the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities will take place virtually on Friday, March 12, 2021.

The event is held annually to recognize student accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative activities, and provide a local forum for our students to gain experience in delivering a professional presentation. Three winners will be presented the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Awards for first, second, and third place. Also, the top 10 presentations will be selected to represent Cal State LA in the 35th Annual CSU Student Research Competition to be hosted by Cal Poly Pomona on April 30 - May 1, 2021.

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

Students can participate in the Symposium in two ways: 1) delivering a 10-minute oral presentation or 2) delivering a 5-minute poster presentation. The subsequent statewide competition is limited to oral presentations.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Learn more about the Application Procedures and Guidelines.
Review the Faculty Advisor Approval Page.
Applicants must use Cal State LA credentials when applying.

Send your questions to: [email protected]




  • Students who plan to present research involving human subjects must be listed on an approved IRB protocol for that study.
  • Students who are conducting research involving animals must be listed on an approved IACUC protocol for that project.

Email questions to: [email protected].

Volunteer Judges

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, please email [email protected] and you will be contacted with further details.

Oral Presentation Judges will be asked to watch a set of 10-minute pre-recorded student presentations and to read their abstracts by Thursday, March 11, 2021. On Friday, March 12, 2021 Judges will meet virtually with students to ask questions.

Judges should be available for:

  • Oral judging process meeting
  • Question and answer session
  • Judges’ meeting per session
  • Judges’ final voting

Poster Judges will be asked to watch a set of 5-minute pre-recorded student presentations explaining their posters and to read their abstracts by Thursday, March 11, 2021. Judges can email students with questions.

Judges should be available for:

  • Poster judging process meeting
  • Judges’ meeting per group of posters