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CSU Student Research Competition

The 31st Annual CSU Student Research Competition will be held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2017.

Internal competition: On a Saturday, February 18, 2017, from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., students nominated by their college deans will present their work to a panel consisting of the Cal Poly Academic Senate Grants Review Committee. This panel will determine which of the student presentations will be sent forward to represent Cal Poly at the CSU system-wide competition at Cal Poly on April 28 and 29, 2017.

A student may submit a paper on any academic topic. Papers will be grouped for presentation in the following categories, which will also be used in the statewide competition:

  • 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
  • Interdisciplinary

You may access more information at the the Cal Poly Competition website.  Also, see the statewide competition guidelines (doc).

The written summary of your research may not exceed five (5) double-spaced pages. Use fonts and margins that ensure legibility. Each copy must include the name of the student and the title of the presentation. In addition, you may add appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) not to exceed three (3) pages.

In all categories, oral presentations of the papers must not exceed 10 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes allowed for questions from the review committee and the audience. Supporting audiovisual materials are encouraged in all categories. The presentation room will have a video projector connected to a computer. Students who wish to use the video projector should bring their presentation on a flash drive.

The format is intended to resemble a professional academic meeting and closely replicates the setting of the statewide competition.  See the statewide competition guidelines (doc). The review committee will judge the presentations using the following criteria:

  • the clarity of purpose in each paper submitted
  • the appropriateness of the methodology
  • the interpretation of the results
  • the value of the research or creative activity
  • the ability of each presenter to articulate the work involved
  • the organization of the material presented
  • the ability of each presenter to respond to questions

To participate in the February 18 review, students and their advisors should contact their respective college Dean's Office in order to determine the college's deadline for submission of projects.  After the colleges have reviewed and prioritized the submitted projects, an electronic copy of each paper and a Student Delegate Registration Form (doc) for each student are due by email to abwalter@calpoly.edu no later than January 23, 2017.

Up to ten presentations will be selected to compete in the statewide competition at CSU Bakersfield and the selected participants will be notified shortly after the February 18 on-campus presentations

If necessary, the Office of Research and Economic Development will pay the costs of travel for those students selected for the system-wide competition. In addition, the CSU Student Research Competition will provide, at no cost to the student participants, their guests and mentors, a reception on Friday evening, April 28, and an awards luncheon on Saturday, April 29.

Please contact the Office of Research and Economic Development (Bldg. 38, Room 154) at (805) 756-5153 if you have questions concerning the competition.

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