Student Information

How Can I Register for the Campus Student Research Competition?

Students must be nominated by a faculty advisor Students must enter the competition using a registration form.pdf To register, enter the tentative project title, a synopsis of the research (25 words or less), and describe the audio-visual equipment needed for the presentation. The faculty advisor??s signature is required.

Attach four (4) copies of the narrative, not to exceed five (5) double-spaced pages. In addition, you may add appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) not to exceed three (3) double-spaced pages. Each copy must include the name of the student and the title of the presentation. Use a font size of 12 point Times New Roman or equivalent size and one inch margins on the top, bottom, left, and right of the paper.

Papers and registration forms are due to Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in Mary Stuart Rogers Building 250 by February 15, 2013.

Who May Present?

Undergraduate, Master's or 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 categories for undergraduate and Master's qualitative and quantitative research along with a Doctoral level category.

Competition Guidelines

Students present their research work before a jury and an audience. In all categories, oral presentations of papers may not exceed 10 minutes, with an additional three minutes allowed for questions from the jury and the audience. All entrants may use audio-visual materials as appropriate, and presenters are encouraged to use delivery techniques that promote interaction with the audience.

Top presenters will be selected to compete at the system-wide competition. (A small team of students making a single presentation counts as one "entrant.")

Campus Research Competition

Students selected by faculty advisors will present their work at a Student Research Competition on Friday, March 8, 2013 in 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 Level

  • Natural and Social Sciences (Quantitative Design)
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (Qualitative Design)


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%