The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO (est. 1947)
Sacramento State thrives as California’s capital university by fostering intellectual curiosity and a passion for innovation. By inspiring students and developing them as leaders, the university prepares its graduates to communicate, collaborate and innovate in the global marketplace. At the forefront of their education is a prowess in research. Sac State in 2016 established a student research center to expand opportunities for undergraduates and graduates to collaborate with faculty, placing a premium on creativity. The university’s more than 30,000 students are provided many avenues into public service and internships as a part of a well-rounded educational experience. US News & World Report named Sacramento State the West’s fourth-most-diverse university and one of the West’s top public universities for 2018. Sac State also plays a vital role in the region’s economics, generating an annual financial impact of nearly $930 million.
Who Can Apply?
Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus and alumni
who received their degrees in spring, summer or fall 2017 are eligible. The research
presented should be appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. Proprietary
research is excluded. Presentations from all disciplines are welcome. There will be
separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each category (unless a division
has four or fewer entrants, in which case the divisions may be combined). The Sacramento
State steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories
or move an entrant from one category to another, as necessitated by submission numbers.
The ten categories are:
• Behavioral and Social Sciences
• Biological and Agricultural Sciences
• Business, Economics, and Public Administration
• Creative Arts and Design (creative projects are welcome—see "Competition Guidelines")
• Engineering and Computer Science
• Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
• Humanities and Letters
• Physical and Mathematical Sciences
How Do I Apply?
Each CSU campus appoints a campus coordinator and develops its own procedures for selecting student delegates to the systemwide competition. Interested students should contact their campus coordinator for more information. Only those students endorsed by the campus coordinator can enter the systemwide competition.
What are the Competition Guidelines?
Students will present their work orally before a jury and an audience. Students will
compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by division (undergraduate/graduate),
as described above in “Who May Apply.” Each student will have 10 minutes for an oral
presentation of his or her work and five minutes to listen and respond to juror and
audience questions. All entrants may use audiovisual materials 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 plus written summary) will be judged on the following:
• Clarity of purpose
• Appropriateness of methodology
• Interpretation of results
• Value of the research or creative activity
• Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
• Organization of the material presented
• Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience
Based on the recommendations of the jurors, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions of each category. If the undergraduate and graduate divisions of a category have been combined, awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up without regard to class standing. In the event that there are five or fewer presenters in a session, only the outstanding presenter will receive an award.
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