Student Research Competition

Stanislaus State Annual Student Research Competition


Procedures and Guidelines

The Stanislaus State Student Research Competition promotes excellence in student research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student scholarship across all disciplines. Students present their research before a panel of faculty judges; top presenters in each category earn monetary awards; and delegates are nominated to compete at the statewide CSU Research Competition, where they compete against other outstanding scholars in the CSU system.

The 34th Annual Student Research Competition will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 in MSR 130.


Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at Stan State, as well as alumni who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall 2019 are eligible. All applicants must be nominated by a faculty sponsor. Presentations from all disciplines are invited, as well as group presentations. The SERSCA office reserves the right to exercise discretion in grouping presentations by affinity to create equitable categories. The categories are as follows:

  • Undergraduate Arts & Humanities
  • Undergraduate Social Sciences
  • Undergraduate Natural & Physical Sciences
  • Graduate Arts & Humanities
  • Graduate Natural, Physical, and Social Sciences


Applications are due via InfoReady by Monday, February 17, 2020 at 11:59pm

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Each competitor must submit as part of their application a Written Summary paper.

Guidelines for the Written Summary:

  • Maximum 5 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1” Margins
  • Up to 3 additional pages of bibliography, appendices, tables, figures, or other supplementary materials may also be included
  • Research that has human or animal subjects’ involvement must also submit proof of appropriate institutional review and approval


Procedures and Guidelines (pdf)

Students will present their work before a faculty jury and an audience. Each student will have 10 minutes for an oral presentation by his or her work and 3 minutes to respond to questions from the jury and audience. All entrants may use audiovisual materials as desired.

Each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) will be judged on the following:

  • 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 materials presented (15%)
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience (10%)

Statewide Competition

As many as 10 delegates will be nominated to compete at the CSU statewide competition which will be held at CSU East Bay on April 24 - 25, 2020. Monetary awards are available to the outstanding presenters in each category. Transportation and lodging expenses for delegates are provided by the SERCA program.