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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
  • A laptop will not be provided for your presentation, you will need to bring one
  • An LCD projector will be available in your presentation room; please bring an adapter that works with your laptop in order to project your presentation

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
  • A laptop will not be provided for your presentation, you will need to bring one
  • An LCD projector will be available in your presentation room; please bring an adapter that works with your laptop in order to project your presentation

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

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 ¼” to ½” 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 S. Brown-Danks in the Graduate Studies Office for instructions; she can be reached by calling (818)-677-2138.

Awards

A committee consisting of faculty members and/or CSUN alumni will judge the presentations. Based on the 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.

Award winners will be announced during the award ceremony at 4:00 PM in the USU Grand Salon.

Past CSUNposium