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31st Annual CSULB Student Research Competition

Based on the generous support of the Office of the President and Academic Affairs, we are pleased to announce CSULB will hold its 31st Annual Student Research Competition. The purpose is to showcase excellence in scholarly research, and highlight creative activity conducted by CSULB undergraduate and graduate students. The Student Research Competition will feature oral presentations to an audience of fellow students, university community members, and a jury of distinguished faculty.  

About the Competition

  • Participant presentation on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 9am-2pm
  • Competition is located in the College of Business building
  • First-place winners in each category will receive $100
  • Up to ten students will be selected from among the first and second-place winners to compete in the 33rd Annual CSU Statewide Student Research Competition at California State University, Fullerton on April 26-27, 2019.
  • An Awards Reception for all participants, faculty mentors, and jurors will follow immediately after (Anatol Center: AS-119) when the winners will be announced.

Who Can Participate

  • Students must be enrolled at CSULB either for the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 semester
  • Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

How to Register for the Research Competition 

  • Please fill out the online Registration Form online by Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM.
  • You will receive an email confirmation if your submission is complete. If you have any questions please email
  • If submissions are not in before the December 5th deadline, they will not be accepted for the Student Research Competition.
  • First-place winners in each category will receive $100
  • Up to 10 students will be selected from among the first and second-place winners to compete in the 33rd Annual CSU Statewide Student Research Competition at California State University, Fullerton on April 26-27, 2019.

Rules and Guidelines

  • There is no registration fee for participating in either the campus or statewide competition
  • Group paper summaries must include ALL the students’ names along with the title of the presentation.
  • The paper summary should not exceed five (5) double-spaced pages in length, not including appendices. Appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) should not exceed three (3) pages. File size should not exceed 25mb.
  • A student may submit a paper on any academic topic, provided that the student has not previously submitted the same paper to this competition.
  • Entrants in the Creative Arts and Design category may enter an audio and/or visual record of a performance they have given or work of art they have created (file size not to exceed 25mb), provided they focus their papers and oral presentations on the historical or cultural context and rationale underlying their interpretation of the subject matter involved.
  • Supporting audio-visual materials are encouraged in all categories, but please note that equipment needs must then be identified on the Registration Form so that the presentation rooms may be properly equipped.

2019 Presentation Schedule

Competition Format

The format, in short, is intended to resemble a professional academic meeting and exactly replicates the setting of the statewide competition. Jurors will evaluate the:

  • Clarity of purpose in each paper submitted (15%)
  • Appropriateness of the methodology (15%)
  • Interpretation of the results (15%)
  • Value of the research or creative activity (15%)
  • Ability of each presenter to articulate the work involved (15%)
  • Organization of the material presented (15%)
  • Ability of each presenter to respond to questions from the jury and the general audience (10%)

Each student will have five (5) minutes to set up their computer for the PowerPoint presentation, ten (10) minutes for an oral presentation and five (5) minutes to respond to juror and audience questions.

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
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences

The Division of Academic Affairs reserves the right to adjust (i.e., combine or divide) these categories as numbers of submissions necessitate.

2019 Program

2019 Winners

Behavioral and Social Sciences: Keelin Dunn

Behavioral and Social Sciences: Yohanna Brown

Biological and Agricultural Sciences: Alyssa Clevenstine

Business, Economics, and Public Administration: Kristen Way

Education: Jennifer Montepeque Diaz

Engineering and Computer Science: Subramaniam Seshadri

Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences: Alexandra Mazza & Victoria Cimo

Humanities and Letters: Avery Amerson

Interdisciplinary: Brenda Villafana, Alexandra Gutierrez, & Scott Lee

Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Phillippe Ly & Codi Pace