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The 2024 CSUNposium

The 2024 CSUNposium will be held in person at the University Student Union. More information about the event can be found below.

About the Event

The CSUNposium, also known as the 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. Given the success of previous CSUNposium interdisciplinary themed sessions, we are excited to continue with organizing selected sessions 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). Therefore, since some sessions will be interdisciplinary, it is important participants ensure their presentation is understandable by judges in different disciplines.

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 2024 CSUNposium application. Your advisor must electronically approve your application and this will serve as your faculty approval. Only complete applications will be considered.

Each student may submit only one application. If a student submits more than one abstract/application, only one will be accepted for presentation. However, students are welcome to be listed as a co-applicant on more than one submission but may only submit one application as the primary author.

SPECIAL NOTE: Your student application must be submitted by Wednesday, January 31, 2024 by 12:00 PM and your faculty advisor's approval must be completed by Thursday, February 1, 2024 by 5:00 PM. Late submissions will not be accepted.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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 2024 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 transition.
  • If you are using prerecorded audio and visual materials, they should be embedded in your presentation.
  • All oral presentations will be hosted in person in the University Student Union.

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. If a student is placed in an interdisciplinary session, one or more of the judges will not be from their discipline. Therefore, talks should be prepared for a general college-educated audience.

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; predicted results/outcome and possible interpretations 
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenters ability to answer questions from judges/audience

A few things you should know:

  • Students will be allotted a 15-minute time slot; this includes 10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions and answers.
  • 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 in person in the University Student Union.

Poster Presentation Instructions

Poster presenter(s) must be available to discuss your poster with the faculty judges during your poster presentation session. Please see the schedule below.

Morning Poster Presentation Session: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Set up: 9:30 AM
Poster Presentation: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Breakdown: 11:30 AM

Afternoon Poster Presentation Session: 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Set up: 12:30 PM
Poster Presentation: 1:00PM – 2:30 PM
Breakdown: 2:30 PM

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

Note: Judges will be selected from either within the student’s academic discipline, area of study, or college; please note some sessions may be interdisciplinary. If a student is placed in an interdisciplinary session, one or more of the judges will not be from their discipline. Therefore, talks should be prepared for a general college-educated audience.

A few things to note before you create your poster:

  • Your poster should be 3 feet tall by 4 feet long
  • Do not use foam boards
  • Pushpins will be available on site to attach your poster to the poster board
  • 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 from a distance of three feet or more
  • Use lettering that is 1⁄4” to 1⁄2” high. Heavier typefaces are easier to see at a distance
  • Graphs, charts and tables help to make the presentations more interesting

Poster Printing:

  • Posters must be of professional quality
  • Use a poster printer to print your poster
  • Please contact your department to see if they are able to print your poster

Note: Limited funds are available in our office to print posters. If your department is unable to print your poster, please contact Wendy Brown-Danks in the Graduate Studies Office for instructions; she can be reached by calling (818)-677-2138.

Recommended Workshops

To assist you in preparing for the CSUNposium, the Office of Graduate Studies has organized various workshops to help you prepare for the event. We encourage you to take advantage of all the workshops. All workshops will be recorded.

How to Create and Present a Poster for a Professional Conference
Speaker: 
Dr. Allen Lipscomb, Department of Social Work 
Date: Thursday, March 7th 
Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom
Workshop Description: This presentation will cover (1) why conference presentations are important, (2) ethical considerations, (3) different types of conference presentations, (4) how to best present yourself at the conference during the poster session, (5) how to make the poster visually appealing, (6) different types and sections of poster sessions, (7) materials and transporting posters, (8) how to cite your poster on your resume/vita, and (9) excellent resources for poster presentations (including templates).

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvcuqtqj4pGdSIZIoskifQROvNzY0ajP2W

Presenting and Designing a Research Presentation for a conference (College of Health and Human Development)
Speaker:
Dr. Bobbie Emetu, Department of Health Sciences
Date: Thursday, March 7th
Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom
Workshop Description: During this workshop, students will learn how to present their research to a professional audience. Attendees will gain a better understanding of (1) the planning phase of presenting a research project, (2) tips for creating/including tables, graphs, and other visual illustrations, and (3) communicating information that attracts attention, highlights pertinent aspects of the study, and demonstrates the big picture or how the research is impactful in a clear and concise manner.

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAode-pqzMqEtx4txCf1bPR_kQX0c-xAq_V 


Presenting and Designing a Research Presentation for a conference (College of Education)

Speaker: Dr. Wendy Murawski, Department of Special Education
Date: Friday, March 8th
Time: 2:30pm-3:30 pm

Location: Via Zoom
Workshop Description: Never been to a conference? Been bored at a conference? Nervous about presenting? If any of these questions was a "Yes" for you, you need to attend this session! In just one hour, you will learn how to design a poster or PowerPoint that grabs audience attention and a presentation that holds it. We will discuss common pitfalls and issues and how to come prepared to avoid them. Communication, presentation, and audience engagement strategies will all be reviewed. The presenter will model strategies as she presents them so be prepared to laugh and learn!

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvceqorTIrH9Wn_kiSN6aXpkrg8a0Oz3xL


Presenting and Designing a Research Presentation for a conference 
(College of Science and Mathematics)
Speaker: Dr. Tyler Luchko, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Date: Tuesday March 12
Time: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom
Workshop Description: 
We will discuss creating an engaging oral presentation for a conference, including the overall structure of the presentation and best practices for constructing slides. Attendees will be instructed on how to create an abstract and introduction using the and-but-therefore method, identify what material they want to highlight, and tailor the talk to different audiences. Attendees will create a first draft of their abstract and introduction as an activity during the workshop. The best-practices discussion will include guidelines to create slides that will help keep the audience focused on your key research points.

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwod-6rqjkqHdTg9tiq0i2TzMy6sGIx9W0V 


Presenting and Designing a Research Presentation for a conference 
(College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Speaker: Scott Plunkett, Department of Psychology 
Date: Wednesday March 13
Time: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Location: Via Zoom
Workshop Description:TBD

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsdeqvqDMvGd2VMiA3LvPSHXLbphV57ohM 


Presenting and Designing a Research Presentation for a conference 
(Engineering and Computer Science)
Speaker: Dr. Jamie Booth, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Date: Wednesday March 13
Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom
Workshop Description: TBD

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsce2pqz4pGtQw8PN5CNMG1KawxJqUBQ_9 


Presenting and Designing a Research Presentation for a conference (College of Business and Economics)

Speaker: Dr. Kristen Walker, Department of Marketing 
Date: Thursday March 14th
Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Location: Via Zoom
Workshop Description: Not all presentations in business need to be like an episode of Shark Tank. Yet certain things about presentations hold true, whether you present research or a business idea:

  • Why is what you’re talking about important?
  • Who cares and who should care?
  • What evidence do you have to support your claims, findings, results, etc.?
  • How did you find, gather, collect, and analyze this evidence?
  • Why does your research matter?

This workshop will help you consider ways to present your research as an opportunity to move an audience from “what is” to “what is possible.”

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcumorTIpGNZtmBiSpaSHV0gKh6Y3AQr0

Interested in being a Faculty Judge

Judges Interest Form

Please click HERE to complete the Judge's Interest Form. Faculty will be notified that they are a judge in early March 2024.

Information Session
Date:
 Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Via Zoom
The information session will be recorded and sent to all of the judges

Awards

The CSUNposium award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 2:00 PM in the USU, Grand Salon. For those that are not able or do not want to attend in person, the award ceremony will also be broadcast virtually.

A committee consisting of faculty members and/or CSUN alumni will judge the presentations. Based on recommendations of the Judges, cash awards will be presented to the outstanding oral and poster presenters. Submissions with completed data will be eligible for monetary prizes. Submissions in the proposal or preliminary stages will be judged by faculty and upon request, feedback will be given after the event, however they are not eligible for monetary prizes.

2023 At-A-Glance Schedule, Program and Winner's List

Past CSUNposium

If you would like to request a copy of past programs or Winner's list, please email Wendy Brown.