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The 2021 CSUNposium

The 2021 CSUNposium will be a virtual conference. All oral and poster sessions will be hosted in session-specific Zoom rooms. 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 the 2020 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).

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 2021 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 Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by 12:00 PM and your faculty advisor's approval must be completed by Wednesday, February 3, 2021 by 5:00 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 transition.
  • 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 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 through a session-specific Zoom room.

Poster Presentation Instructions

Students that select this presentation format will design a poster that showcases their work. Students will present in either the morning (10-11:30 AM) or afternoon (1-2:30 PM) poster session and will have up to five (5) minutes for their presentation and up to three (3) 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:

  • 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 visually appealing

Each virtual poster session will take place using Zoom. Students will log in to their assigned Zoom room at the beginning of the session and present their poster to the judges. After presenting their poster to the judges, students will have the opportunity to respond to questions from the judges. Students are expected to be in their assigned Zoom room for the entire poster session (i.e. the entire 90-minute session). At the end of the session, CSUNposium judges will submit their scores for each student and the poster session winner will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Zoom Resources

Below are some short Zoom video tutorials:

Awards

The CSUNposium award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 1 PM on Zoom. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past CSUNposium

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