CSUSB Student Research Competition

The CSUSB Student Research Competition gives students the opportunity to develop their presentation and communication skills while showcasing their scholarly achievements. Students present their research before a panel of judges; winners advance to the statewide CSU Research Competition, where they will compete against other outstanding scholars in the California State University system.

The 2018 CSUSB Student Research Competition will be held on Friday, February 23rd.


Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled on campus, as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees Spring, Summer or Fall of the previous year are eligible.


Application deadline to be announced. Please contact Danielle White at the Office of Student Research for an application (909-537-5058).


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 fewer than three entrants, in which case undergraduate and graduate divisions will be combined.) The categories are:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business and Public Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students will present their work before a jury. Students will compete by discipline category and class standing (undergraduate/graduate). Each student will have ten minutes to give an oral presentation and five minutes to respond to questions. All entrants may use audio-visual material 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.

Each entry (oral presentation and written summary) will be judged on the following:

  • clarity of purpose - 15%
  • appropriateness of methodology - 15%
  • interpretation of results - 15%
  • value of the research or creative activity - 15%
  • ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity - 15%
  • organization of the material presented - 15%
  • presenter's ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience - 10%


Winners will advance to the CSU Student Research Competition as representatives of CSUSB. A prize award will also be provided contingent upon funding.



Office of Graduate Studies
Phone: (909) 537-5058
Email: gradstud@csusb.edu
Chaparral Hall, Room 123