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Due to health concerns relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 CSUNposium will be a virtual conference. All oral session will be hosted in a session specific Zoom room while the posters will be displayed on CSUNBox. We thank you for your flexibility regarding this event.

2020 Program

About the Event

The CSUNposium, also known as the 24th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, is a student conference featuring oral and poster presentations. The purpose is to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN students across all academic disciplines.

Historically, the CSUNposium oral sessions have been organized by department and/or college. This year, we are excited to announce that some of the oral sessions will be organized around a theme rather than by discipline. The theme will not be set prior to the abstract submission but rather, submitted abstracts will be reviewed and grouped into themes by the CSUNposium committee members (if applicable).

Who May Apply

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at CSUN.

How to Apply

A complete application includes an online submission and your faculty advisor's approval. Once you submit your application, your faculty advisor will receive an email notification of your 2020 CSUNposium application. Your advisor must electronically approve your application and this will serve as your faculty approval.

SPECIAL NOTE: Only complete applications will be considered. Both your application and your faculty advisor's approval must be completed by January 29, 2020 by 5 PM. Late submissions will not be accepted.

 

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Participation Selection

All submissions will go through a review process, overseen by the CSUNposium committee members. Ideally, all submissions will be invited to participate in the symposium. If the number of submissions exceeds maximum capacity, a selection process will take place. Primary authors will be notified in late February 2020 if their abstract has been accepted for presentation. Based on preference and availability, accepted abstracts will be assigned to one of the following: 3-minute oral presentation, 10-minute oral presentation, or poster presentation.

Abstract Requirements

An abstract is a brief summary of your research/project/creative work. It is a well-developed, concise paragraph and reflects the main points of your research/project/creative work. Abstracts can not exceed 1000 characters (approximately 150 words) and should not include any charts, tables, or figures.

3-Minute Oral Presentation Instructions

Students that select this presentation format must present their research or creative works within three (3) minutes in a language appropriate to a group of judges outside of their academic discipline.

Students will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Delivery
  • Content
  • Organization
  • Enthusiasm
  • Audience understanding

A few things you should know:

  • Students will be allotted a 6-minute time slot; this includes 3 minutes for the presentation, 2 minutes for questions and answers, and 1 minute for equipment removal and preparation
  • Presenters can use 3 slides during their presentation (this does not include their title slide)
  • If you are using prerecorded audio and visual materials, they should be embedded in your presentation as they will also be counted towards your 3 allotted slides
  • All oral presentations will be hosted through a session-specific Zoom room.

10-minute Oral Presentation Instructions

Students that select this presentation format will have ten (10) minutes for their presentation and five (5) minutes to respond to questions from the judges. Judges will be selected from either within the student’s academic discipline, area of study or college; please note some sessions may be interdisciplinary.

Students will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Clarity of study/creative work purpose
  • Significance/value of the research or creative activity
  • Appropriateness of methodology or creative project design
  • Analysis of project or Interpretation of results
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenters ability to answer questions from judges/audience

A few things you should know:

  • Students will be allotted a 20-minute time slot; this includes 10 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for questions and answers, and 5 minutes for equipment removal and preparation
  • Presenters may use audiovisual materials as appropriate.
  • Presenters may use an audio-visual recording of a performance if appropriate
  • All oral presentations will be hosted through a session-specific Zoom room.

Zoom Resources

Below are some short Zoom video tutorials:

Poster Presentation Instructions

Poster Session: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Posters will be presented in CSUNBox

Students will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Question of interest
  • Background information
  • Stated objective and/or hypothesis
  • Appropriateness of methodology or creative project design
  • Clarity of analysis and/or results; predicted results outcomes and possible interpretations
  • Stated summary and/or conclusion (if applicable)
  • Contribution of the research or creative activity to the field
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Ability to answer questions from judges/audience
  • Legibility of poster

A few things to note before you create your poster:

  • If you are using PowerPoint to create your poster, we suggest the size settings to be set at 3 feet tall (36”) by 4 feet long (48”)
  • Your poster should include the following items: title, name of author(s), department, and a description of the research/creative work. The narrative should highlight the major elements covered in the abstract of your work
  • Illustrations should be readable
  • Graphs, charts and tables help to make the poster more interesting

The virtual poster session will take place using a shared CSUNBox folder. Students will upload their poster as a PDF document to this folder before the CSUNposium. The following format must be used to name the uploaded PDF file: Last name, First name (stage of completion) – Poster #. Faculty judges will view and score the poster session anytime on Friday, March 27, 2020 between 8 AM and 3:30 PM. Since there will not be a question and answer period, it is imperative that student posters are self-explanatory.

Awards

Unfortunately, there will not be an awards ceremony for this CSUNposium. You will be notified via email of the session winners the week after the CSUNposium.

Past CSUNposium