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Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

The Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities will be held in person on Friday, March 3, 2023. 

The Symposium will be open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students involved in scholarly research or creative activities, including term projects and independent study endeavors. Participants can either deliver a 10-minute oral presentation or exhibit a poster. See Symposium Details below for more information.

Gamma Epsilon Chapter will present a Phi Kappa Phi Award to the first-, second-, and third-place winners, with the top 10 presentations representing Cal State LA in the upcoming 37th CSU Student Research Competition which will be hosted by the San Diego State University campus April 28 - 29, 2023.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Four students presentes showing excitement about their work

Applications open:
Monday, November 7, 2022
Applications due:
Friday, January 27, 2023, by 11:59 PM PST
Event:
Friday, March 3, 2023
University-Student Union and Golden Eagle Ballrooms

Required Application Materials

  • Presenters must upload an Abstract and the Approval Page Form to the online applications.
  • Students who plan to present research involving human subjects must have IRB approval for the research being presented.
  • Students who are conducting research involving animals must have IACUC approval for the research being presented.

If selected as a Cal State LA Delegate to the CSU Competition, you will be required to submit a five-page research summary.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

All presenters must submit a maximum 200-word, one-paragraph research abstract. Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, abstracts should be written for a general audience. Do not re-use abstracts or write in the same style as you might use for abstracts written for and submitted to niche technical conferences or disciplinary society meetings.

Please use the following format:

  • Must be formatted in MS Word
  • Single-spaced
  • Arial font
  • 10-pt. font
  • Student name (First name, Last name) bold and 12-pt. font
  • Name of presentation in italics
  • One-inch margins
  • Align justified
  • Save as "Last name, First 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)

Review examples on how to format your abstract. 

Faculty Approval Page

Applicants must use DocuSign to obtain Faculty Mentor signature and upload the provided approval page as a PDF. 

Approval Page Form

Learn more about using DocuSign
 

Symposium Details

Who May Apply?

Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled Cal State LA undergraduate or graduate students
  • Recent Cal State LA graduates who received their degrees the previous year's spring, summer, or fall term

All students who are engaged in scholarly research or creative activity, including term projects and independent study endeavors should participate. 

Students may 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 seven colleges.

Categories:

  • 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

How to Apply

Applicants must use Cal State LA Credentials to apply.

Online applications can be accessed through the following steps:

  1. Go to Cal State Los Angeles Applications and Competitions for Grant Funding.
  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.

 

Presentation Categories

Presentations from all disciplines are invited. The nine categories are:

  • 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

Each participant is limited to one presentation as the lead presenter.
Proprietary research is excluded.
The steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide the categories above, move an entrant from one category to another, or move a presentation to a poster session as the number of submissions necessitate.

Presentation Procedures

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, three winners will be awarded the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi first, second, and third Award.

Poster Presentations

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

Students will be judged 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



student in front of his poster presentation          student explaining poster to faculty member

Two student winners showing certificates

Student Symposium Awards

Our panel of judges will present the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Awards for first, second, and third place.
The top 10 presentations will represent Cal State LA in the Annual CSU Student Research Competition.