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A student must be nominated by a faculty advisor. It is the department and faculty advisor’s responsibility to review the student proposals for technical quality.

Who May Present?

Faculty advisors should encourage students in research, methods, or graduate courses to apply! Undergraduate, Master's, and Doctoral students currently enrolled at CSU Stanislaus, as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall 2012 are eligible.

Students may submit a paper on any academic topic, provided the research is appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. There will be separate undergraduate and Master's qualitative and quantitative categories along with a Doctoral category.

Competition Guidelines

Students present their research work before a jury and an audience. Each student has ten (10) minutes to present their work and three (3) minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. All entrants may use audio-visual materials as appropriate, and presenters are encouraged to use delivery techniques that promote interaction with the audience.

Campus Student Research Competition

Students selected by faculty advisors will present their work at a Student Research Competition on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Mary Stuart Rogers Building. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. Faculty jurors will evaluate both the oral and written presentations and select students to advance to the system-wide competition. The presentation rooms will have a data projector connected to a computer, as well as an overhead projector and VCR (if necessary). Students who plan to use the video projector should bring their presentation on a flash drive or CD or provide their own laptop.

Presentation Categories:

  • Undergraduate and Master's Natural Sciences and Social Sciences Quantitative
  • Undergraduate and Master's Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Qualitative
  • Doctoral

Note: Individuals with mixed methods design should select the social science category for which s/he wishes to emphasize in the presentation. Also note that individuals from the MA/MS Interdisciplinary Studies Program should select the graduate category that best fits her/his research.

Judging Criteria:
At the local competition and the CSU system-wide competition, the student'€™s presentation and written summary will be judged according to the following:

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