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 2021. Presentations from all disciplines are invited. Collaborative/team
entries are accepted. There will be separate undergraduate and graduate divisions
for each category, unless the category has four or fewer entrants.
The ten categories are:
- Behavioral, Social Sciences, and Public Administration
- Biological and Agricultural Sciences
- Business, Economics, and Hospitality Management
- Creative Arts and Design
- Engineering and Computer Science
- Health, Nurtrition, and Clinical Sciences
- Humanities and Letters
- Physical and Mathematical Sciences
How does the symposium work? Students must submit a summary.
- Should not exceed five pages (double-spaced, 12 pt font)
- Can be accompanied by a maxium of three pages of appendices (bibliography, graphs,
photographs, or other supplementary materials)
These students are then scheduled to deliver a ten 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
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
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. Finalists in the Statewide Competition receive certificates of recognition and