Student Research Competition

36th 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.

2024 Competition Details

Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at CSULB, as well as alumni/alumnae who receive their degrees in Fall 2023 are eligible to present. Research and/or creative activities presented should be appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. Proprietary research is excluded.

  • Register for an SRC Info Session. This year's Info Session will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, from 1pm-2pm via Zoom.
  • Please fill out the online Proposal Submission online by Monday, February 5, 2024 at 11:59pm. If submissions are not submitted prior to the February 5th deadline, they will not be accepted for the Student Research Competition. Students will receive an email confirmation once your submission is complete. Please email any questions to
  • For those students whose proposals are accepted for presentation, they must be available to present their research in-person and participate in a 5-minute Q&A session with faculty jurors on the day of the event, March 8, 2024.
  • Jurors will evaluate each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) based on the following rubric/criteria (PDF).
  • First-place winners in each category will receive $100.
  • Winners will be announced at the SRC award ceremony on March 8, 2024.
  • Up to 10 students will be selected from among the first-place winners from the CSULB Student Research Competition. The first-place winners will have an opportunity  to compete in the 38th Annual CSU Statewide Student Research Competition to be hosted by California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo from April 26 – April 27, 2024. Those students selected from the CSULB campus event will be expected to present at the Statewide Student Research Competition.

  • 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.
  • Please note that any accomodations must then be identified on the Proposal Submission.

The format, in short, is intended to resemble a professional academic meeting and exactly replicates the setting of the statewide competition. Jurors will evaluate each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) based on the following 

36th CSULB SRC Rubric/Criteria (PDF).

(adapted from CSU Statewide Competition).

Each student will submit a proposal prior to the event. On the day of the event (March 8th), presenters will participate in an in-person presentation and 5-minute question and answer session 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.

Hauth Center

The Hauth Center offers individualized assistance to help students become effective public speakers. Consultants at the Hauth Center use their expertise and multimedia technology to provide feedback in order to improve one’s presentation skills.

In preparation for the Student Research Competition on March 8, 2024, the Hauth Center is offering 15-minute coaching session to work with participants on how to more effectively communicate their message using the SRC rubric and criteria.

To schedule a 15-minute coaching sessions to practice, visit (students can schedule multiple coaching sessions).

Previous Competitions

  • 2023 Stateside Winners: 
    • 1st Place Winner: Kalani Lopez, Behavioral and Social Sciences
    • 2nd Place Winner: Justin Gamoras, Business, Economics, and Public Administration

2023 CSU Systemwide SRC Winners


  • 2023 CSULB Winners
    • Kalani Lopez – Behavioral and Social Sciences 
    • Katrina Jensen – Biological and Agricultural Sciences
    • Justin Gamoras – Business, Economics, and Public Administration
    • Mary Catherine Wilbur – Creative Arts and Design
    • Tuyet-Suong Sabrina Nguyen – Education
    • Ricardo Bazurto – Engineering and Computer Science
    • Madeleine Phan – Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
    • Raya Torres – Humanities and Letters
    • Lauren Tran – Physical and Mathematical Sciences

  • 2022 Stateside Winners: Meet our CSU Student Research Competition Winners
  • 2022 Event Program (PDF)
  • 2022 CSULB Winners
    • Kunaal Sarhaya and Cory Arnold – Engineering and Computer Science
    • Aleece Hanson – Behavioral and Social Sciences (two winners)
    • Katherine Palaeologus – Behavioral and Social Sciences (two winners)
    • Makena Pollon – Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
    • Nicholas Lozano – Physical and Mathematical Sciences
    • Cassandra Jones – Education
    • Vaishalee Chaudhary – Humanities and Letters
    • Matt Acosta – Biological and Agricultural Sciences (two winners)
    • Emma Siegfried - Biological and Agricultural Sciences (two winners)

  • 2021 Stateside Winners: 
    • Creative Arts and Design: Shenaya Yazdani (2nd Place)
    • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences: Diana Pham (2nd Place)
    • Behavior, Social Sciences, and Public Administration: Brianna Rios (2nd Place)
  • 2021 Event Program (PDF)
  • 2021 CSULB Winners:
    • Behavioral, Social Sciences, and Public Administration: Brianna Rios
    • Biological and Agricultural Sciences: James Chhor
    • Business, Economics, and Hospitality Management: Elena Kotanchyan
    • Creative Arts and Design: Shenaya Yazdani
    • Education: Katherine Lacy
    • Engineering and Computer Science: Nelson Minaya
    • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences: Diana Pham
    • Humanities and Letters: Kelly Sturgeon
    • Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Steven Guillen

  • 2020 Stateside Presenters: 
    • Beda Castillo - Behavioral and Social 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
    • ​Ricky Lee - Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • 2020 Event Program (PDF)
  • 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

  • 2019 Stateside Winners: 
    • Avery Amerson – First place in Humanities and Letters
    • Yohanna Brown – First place in Behavioral and Social Sciences
    • Phillippe Ly – Second place in Physical and Mathematical Sciences
    • Jennifer Montepeque Diaz – First place in Education
  • 2019 Event Program (PDF)
  • 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