Participation Criteria

Who is eligible? Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at Cal State San Marcos are eligible, as well as graduates who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall 2013. Presentations from all disciplines are invited.  Collaborative/team entries are accepted.

How does the symposium work? Students submit a five-page summary (double-spaced, 12 pt font), which may be accompanied by up to 3 pages of appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials).  These students are then scheduled to deliver a 10 minute oral presentation approximately two weeks later. It is expected that the student will not make an oral presentation by simply reading directly from the summary.  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.


The paper and oral presentation are evaluated by faculty judges based on the following criteria set up by the CSU

  • 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%
  • the presenter's ability to handle questions from the jury and the general audience 10%

Top ranked students qualify to go on to the CSU state-wide competition.

The Student Symposium for Research, Innovation, and Creativity (SSRIC) is organized by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the Student Affairs Committee of the Academic Senate.
For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, 760-750-4066 (gradstudies@csusm.edu)

Each spring the California State University hosts the CSU Student Research Competition at one of its 23 campuses. The purpose is to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments. Each campus holds its own competition to select a group of student researchers to send to the statewide competition. Finalists in the campus symposium will receive cash awards and travel to the Statewide Competition in late April/early May. Finalist in the Statewide Competition receive certificates of recognition and cash awards.

2013 Finalists

2013 Program

Dates and Deadlines

Applications Due: February 9, 2014

Prep Session:
February 18, 2014

Oral Presentations: February 28, 2014

2014 Finalists will travel to the Statewide Competition at Cal State East Bay on May 2-3, 2014

Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation
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