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Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation

Symposium Announcement

Congratulations to all the finalists of the 2021 Symposium on Student Research, Innovation, and Creative Activities. These finalists advance to the 35th Annual California State University Student Research Competition held virtually on April 30-May 1, 2021, by California State University Polytechnic, Pomona.

Symposium Information

Each year CSUSM hosts an annual symposium for undergraduate and graduate scholarly activities. This symposium promotes excellence by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments across the disciplines at CSUSM. Students’ research projects can be independent study or class projects that meet the research criteria for the competition.

Presentations from all disciplines are invited. There will be separate undergraduate and graduate sessions. Projects completed during the prior spring and fall semesters are eligible to apply. Student participants will make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities in California.

Up to ten finalists receive cash awards and paid travel expenses to compete against fellow CSU students from the twenty-three campuses at the statewide competition. This year, the 35th Annual CSU Student Research Competition will be held by California State Polytechnic University, Pomona on Friday, April 30th  and Saturday, May 1st, 2021.

2021 Application Process:

Applications Due:
Sunday, Febuary 28th by 11:59pm

Prep Session:
Tuesday, March 9th during U-Hour (12 - 1pm)

Virtual Presentations: 
Friday, March 19th
Presentations: 1 - 4pm
Awards Ceremony: 6:00 - 6:30pm

Applications CLOSED 



Presentations CLOSED

Fill out the application and include the written summary.  If you do not already have an InfoReady account, you will be prompted to create one. Please use your school email and check it regularly, as all correspondence will be sent through this address.

If you are submitting as a group, please designate one person to submit and list all other group members and emails in the group presentation space on the application.

Written Summary Guidelines:

The written summary is limited to five pages using one inch margins, double space, and 12 point font. Appendices (i.e. bibliography, graphs photographs or other supplementary materials) may not exceed three pages. These guidelines recommendations follow the CSU statewide competition requirements.

Your paper submission is final, make sure you have submitted the most updated version.

Faculty Mentor Approval:

Within two business days of submitting, your faculty mentor will be sent a notification from our office that you have submitted. They will need to confirm your submission by responding to the email they receive within 3 days. You may want to check with your advisor to ensure they receive and confirm your submission. Upon approval, you will receive a confirmation with details regarding the event.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

All presentations at the symposium must be pre-recorded. Each participant will record their presentation via Zoom in Shared Screen with Speaker View. Each presentation must be  eight minutes. Presenters are required to have their presentation captioned for accessibility using YouTube captioning. Captioned YouTube videos are due to our office no later than March 12, 2021. Visit Helpful Tips for more information.

The Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation is organized by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the Committee for Undergraduate Research.