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The 29th Annual Virtural Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, sponsored by the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, has been scheduled for Friday,  March 12, 2021.

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. 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 campus 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 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 Wednesday, November 25, 2020.  The deadline for submitting the online application is Friday, February 12, 2021.

Application procedures and guidelines

Faculty Advisor 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 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.

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 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 five-minute pre-recorded student presentations explaining their posters and read their abstracts by Thursday, March 11, 2021. Judges can email students questions.

Judges should be available for:

  • Poster Judging Process meeting
  • Judges’ meeting per group of posters