CSU Research Competition

36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition April 29 & April 30 2022 hosted by San Francisco State University

The 2022 CSU Student Research Competition will be held virtually by San Francisco State University April 29 & April 30, 2022. Student presenters will virtually present their work in 8 minutes and participate in a 5-minute Q&A session with faculty jurors on February 28-March 4, 2022.

San Francisco State University Campus Level Competition

Participating in the CSU research competition at the university level is an excellent way to gain experience communicating your research at conferences and symposia, and to enhance your resume or curriculum vitae. The university selects up to ten campus winners to compete in the CSU-wide competition held in spring. The competition recognizes outstanding accomplishments of student researchers from among all 23 CSU campuses. The 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition will be held over two days on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2022, hosted by San Francisco State University.

  • Register here by February 11, 2022, 11:59pm PST
  • SFSU Virtual Competition: February 28-March 4, 2022
  • CSU Competition: April 29 & April 30, 2022
  • Read Guidelines and Submission information below BEFORE registering

Purpose The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU).

  • First-place winners in each category will receive $100
  • Up to ten students will be selected by the Dean of Graduate Studies (upon recommendation from jurors in each category), from among the first and second-place winners to compete in the 36th Annual CSU Statewide Student Research Competition held virtually at San Francisco State University on April 29 & April 30, 2022.

Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus and alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer or fall 2021 are eligible. The research presented should be appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. Proprietary research is excluded. Presentations from all disciplines are welcome. There will be separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each category (unless a division has four or fewer entrants, in which case the divisions may be combined). The San Francisco State steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories, or to move an entrant from one category to another, as necessitated by submission numbers. The ten categories are:

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

A campus delegation may include up to 10 entries. A small team of students making a single presentation counts as a single entry. See registration instructions for how to register a single entry or a team.

Register for the competition by 11:59pm PST, February 11, 2022, here

San Francisco State University students that are interested in applying to participate in the CSU Student Research Competition will need to submit a 5-page research summary. The Division of Graduate Studies will review the summaries based on the criteria below.

The rules governing the written summary include:

  • The summary must include the name(s) of the student(s) and the title of the presentation.
  • The narrative may not exceed five doubled-spaced pages and must use fonts and margins that ensure legibility.
  • Appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs or other supplementary materials) may not exceed three pages.
  • Research that involves human or animal subjects must have appropriate institutional review.
  • It is expected that a student will not make a presentation by simply reading directly from the written summary.

Students will present their work orally before a live jury and an audience via zoom. Presentation dates and times will be scheduled based on discipline categories.

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

Home to the nation’s first College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State has a longstanding commitment to inclusiveness and social justice as expressed every day through University programs, initiatives and services. 30,000 students enroll each year and every day our network of more than 275,000 graduates contributes to the economic, cultural and civic life of the Bay Area and beyond. SF State alumni are leaders in business, science, journalism, creative writing, film, government, education and many other fields. The University is consistently one of the top feeder schools for employees. Home to the nation’s first College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State has a longstanding commitment to inclusiveness and social justice as expressed every day through University programs, initiatives and services.

Students will present their work virtually via zoom and participate in Q&A with a live jury. Students will compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by division (undergraduate/graduate), as described above in “Who May Participate.” Each student will have eight (8) minutes to present their work and five (5) minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. All entrants may use audiovisual materials as appropriate. All entrants should focus on the rationale, historical context, analysis, and/or interpretation of their work. Each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) will be judged on the following:

  • 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 the jury and general audience
  • February 11, 11:59pm: Deadline to register online and submit complete written summary.
  • February 28-March 4: Student presenters will present their work in 8 minutes and participate in a 5-minute Q&A session with faculty jurors
    • SFSU Competition schedule by category TBA

You will have 8 minutes to present your project. Do not read your written summary. Instead, aim to memorize your presentation (to the best of your ability). You may use a PowerPoint (or a similar software) and note cards to aid in your presentation at the campus-level competition level, but you will not be able to use cards at the CSU-wide competition. At the end of 8 minutes, judges will have five minutes to ask questions about your work.

Suggestions for Presentation:

  1. Speak to a general audience
    1. Define key terms that someone outside of your discipline may not know. Judges may not be from your particular discipline, so you need to clearly articulate your ideas. Try to avoid discipline-specific jargon, when possible.
  2. Presentation Structure
    1. State your name, class standing (undergraduate/graduate) and field of study (include this information on your first slide, along with your project title)
    2. State your topic or project focus
    3. Provide general background on your topic and describe how your project fits into your field/discipline
    4. Explain your objectives or research questions
    5. Describe your methods or artistic medium(s)
    6. Describe key findings or project results. If you have multiple small findings, provide a general summary of the findings
    7. Explain why the findings or creation are important and how they can be applied to your field (e.g., can your project results help in the prevention of disease? Do your findings help better educate children? Does your choreography push past disciplinary obstacles? Does your drawing challenge conventional notions?)
  3. Presentations for Creative Activities
    1. If you are presenting a creative activity (e.g., dance performance, poetry), present an analysis of your work. To do this, you may include a visual representation of the work (via images or videos), and provide a rationale for your topic, historical context, artistic medium(s) and how this piece matters to your particular art discipline.
  4. Make sure your PowerPoint slides are easy to follow. Do not include too much text or too small text
  5. Represent ideas with pictures, graphs and/or charts when possible (versus only text)
  6. Avoid reading from your slides. Keep the information on the slides minimal and speak to the audience
  7. Rehearse your presentation multiple times to stay within the 8-minute limit
  8. Anticipate possible questions from the judges
  9. Judges at the SFSU competition will be from a broad range of disciplines. Judges at the CSU competition will be from your general academic or professional disciplines, but they may not be familiar with your specific area of study. For example, civil engineering students may be judged by mechanical and electrical engineers.

You will be judged on the following criteria (at the SFSU and CSU system-wide competition):

  • Clarity of purpose of research or creative activity
  • 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 the jury and general audience

Please note: You will be judged on both the written and presentation components of your project.

At the CSU-wide competition: Based on the recommendations of the jurors, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions of each category. If the undergraduate and graduate divisions of a category have been combined, awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up without regard to class standing. In the event that there are five or fewer presenters in a session, only the outstanding presenter will receive an award.

2020 CSU Research Competition Winner: Anna Costanza

2020 CSU Research Competition Winner: Justin Phan

2020 CSU Research Competition Winner: Matthew Sweeney

2020 CSU Research Competition Winner: Laura Lu

2020 CSU Research Competition Winner: Katherine Gelinas

2020 CSU Research Competition Winner: Benjamin Holt