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32nd Annual CSULB Student Research Competition

The purpose of the Annual Student Research Competition 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. 

2020 Competition Details

About the Competition

  • Participant presentation on Friday, February 21, 2020 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 34th Annual CSU Statewide Student Research Competition at California State University, Easty Bay on April 24-25, 2020.
  • 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

  • Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at CSULB, as well as alumni/alumnae who receive their degrees in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2019, are eligible. Research and/or creative activities presented should be appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. Proprietary research is excluded.

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.

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.

2020 CSULB Winners

  • Olivia Brush - Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Kevin Travis - Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Nicholas Roy - Business, Economics, and Public Administration
  • Briana Stanley - Creative Arts and Design
  • Alexander Ordonez - Education
  • Jeremy Satterfield - Engineering and Computer Science
  • Josh Murillo - Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Anastasia Nesbitt - Humanities and Letters
  • Ricky Lee - Physical and Mathematical Sciences

2020 Event Program

2019 Competition

2019 Statewide Winners

Avery Amerson – First place in Humanities and Letters
Title: Wittgenstein, Extended Cognition, and the Problem of Other Minds
Graduate program: MA in Philosophy

Yohanna Brown – First place in Behavioral and Social Sciences
Title: The Role of Glucagon Like Peptide 1 Receptors on the Rewarding Effects of Oxycodone in Male and Female Adolescent Rats
Undergraduate major: BA in Psychology

Phillippe Ly – Second place in Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Title: Rapid Enantiomer Ratio Determination of P-Chiral Compounds with Eu(hfc)3
Graduate program: MS in Biochemistry

Jennifer Montepeque Diaz – First place in Education
Title: Cebolla que Hace Llorar, da Sabor a la Comida: Promoting College Enrollment for Latinas with Disabilities
Graduate program: EdS in School Psychology

2019 CSULB Winners

Keelin Dunn - Behavioral and Social Sciences

Yohanna Brown - Behavioral and Social Sciences

Alyssa Clevenstine - Biological and Agricultural Sciences

Kristen Way - Business, Economics, and Public Administration

Jennifer Montepeque Diaz - Education

Subramaniam Seshadri - Engineering and Computer Science

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

Avery Amerson - Humanities and Letters

Brenda Villafana, Alexandra Gutierrez, & Scott Lee - Interdisciplinary

Phillippe Ly & Codi Pace - Physical and Mathematical Sciences

2019 Event Program