CSU Statewide Student Research Competition

28th Annual Student Research Competition at CSU Eastbay, May 2-3, 2014

The Twenty-Eighth Annual California State University Student Research Competition will be held May 2-3, 2013, at California State University, East Bay.

About the Competition

This system-wide competition showcases excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSU undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. Student participants make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities in California.

Winners List (DOC)

Link to CSU East Bay

CSU Chancellor's Office Communication

Competition Announcement: Procedures and Guidelines (DOC)

List of Campus Coordinators (PDF)

How to Apply

Each CSU campus appoints a campus coordinator and develops its own procedures for selecting its student delegates to the system-wide competition. Interested students should contact their campus coordinator (DOCX) for information on how their work is to be considered at the campus level. Only those students endorsed by a campus coordinator can enter the statewide competition.

If a student’s work has been selected by the campus for presentation in the system-wide competition, the campus coordinator will submit their name and email address and written Summary for each student to California State University, East Bay, by Monday, March 17, 2014 to csusrc@csueastbay.edu.  Students will then be contacted and directed to a website where they will register.

Who May Apply

Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2013 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 invited.  There will be separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each of the following categories (unless a division has four or fewer entrants, in which case undergraduate and graduate divisions may be combined).  The California State University, East Bay, steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories or to move an entrant from one category to another, as numbers of submissions necessitate.  The ten categories are as follows:

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business, Economics, and Public Administration
  • Creative Arts and Design (creative projects are welcome—see "Competition Guidelines")
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

You may access more information at the California State University, East Bay website. 

A campus delegation may include up to ten entries in the ten categories.  A small team of students making a single presentation counts as a single entry but each student participant must fill out the Student Delegate Registration Form with demographic and contact information.

The rules governing this written summary are as follows:

  • 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. Use fonts and margins that ensure legibility.
  • Appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) may not exceed three pages.
  • Research that has human or animal subjects involvement must have appropriate institutional review.
  • It is expected that the student will not make an oral presentation by simply reading directly from this summary.

Competition Guidelines:

Students will present their work orally before a jury and an audience.  Students will compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by class standing (undergraduate/graduate), as described above in “Who May Apply.”  Each student will have ten minutes for an oral presentation of his or her work and five minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions.  All entrants may use audiovisual materials as appropriate, and presenters are encouraged to use delivery techniques that promote interaction with the audience.  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.

Campus coordinators will be notified in writing by the California State University, East Bay’s steering committee of the times of their student delegates’ presentations, local hotel and transportation options, and program details.

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


Competition Site: CSU East Bay

California State University, East Bay is known for award winning programs, expert instruction, a highly personalized learning environment and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study.  Known as one of the most beautiful, fastest-growing and diverse campuses within the CSU system, Cal State East Bay's motto is, "where all your possibilities come into view."

Hotel Information (PDF)

Transportation and Shuttle Information (PDF)


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 because there are fewer than four presenters in one division, awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up without regard to class standing.  In the event there are five or fewer presenters in a session, only the outstanding presenter will receive an award.


Student questions should be directed to the local campus coordinator.  Coordinators may contact Dr. Jason Singley or Anne Wing by email or telephone (510-885-4212).