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CSU Student Research Competition

The California State University Systemwide Student Research Competition is an annual event that brings together scholars from the 23 campuses of our California State University system. The competition showcases undergraduate and graduate research, scholarship, and creative works by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments. Undergraduate and graduate student participants from all disciplines are judged by experts for their oral presentations and written narratives. Students who compete in the CSU Student Research Competition can win monetary prizes for first place and second place recognition in their session.

The 38th Annual Student Research Competition will be hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27, 2024.

2023 Winners and Student Participants

CSUN is pleased to share that two students won second place during the competition! The students' names are below:

  • Joseluz Sosa
    Faculty Mentor: Jose Vargas

  • Adam McCrory
    Vocal Performance
    Faculty Mentor: Mercedes Juan

The CSUN Team:

Top Row: Noelle Simpson, Dr. Sussman-Dabach, Michelle Anderson, Jessica Peria, Joseluz Sosa
Bottom Row: Jander Cruz, Yoselin De Leon-Lazo, Christy Rodriguez, Christian Corvera, Diana Ibrahim, Kate Ridgewell

Top Row: Dr. Sussman-Dabach, Noelle Simpson, Adam McCrory, Diana Ibrahim, Joseluz Sosa
Bottom Row: Kate Ridgewell, Christy Rodriguez, Yoselin De Leon-Lazo, Jessica Peria, Michelle Anderson,
Christian Corvera

Information video

Please click HERE to view the Statewide Competition Information Video.

Competition Categories/Criteria

There are 10 categories in which students will be placed for the competition; they are:

  • Behavioral, Social Sciences, and Public Administration
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business, Economics, and Hospitality Management
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

Competition Criteria each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) will be judged on the following:

  • Clarity of purpose
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Interpretation of results
  • Value of the research or creative activity
  • Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience

CSUN’s Campus Coordinator

CSUN’s campus coordinator for the competition is Dr. Elizabeth Sussman-Dabach, professor of Nutrition and CSUNposium Director. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sussman-Dabach with any questions you may have.

Interested in Participating

Please select CSU Student Research Competition to access the Interest Form.