Community Engagement

Annual Research and Service Learning Symposium

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12:45pm to 4:00pm

Main Lobby at the Great Hall of the Soraya: The Valley Performing Arts Center


On Thursday, April 25th, CSUN’s Office of Community Engagement will host our Annual Research and Service Learning Symposium to recognize the exemplary work and outstanding achievements of our students, faculty, and community partners over the last academic year.

The Office of Community Engagement's Annual Research and Service Learning Symposium will take place in the beautiful Main Lobby at the Great Hall of the Soraya: The Valley Performing Arts Center on April 25th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Check-in begins promptly at 12:45pm.

We're excited to have our CSUN students showcase the incredible work they've done for their service learning projects. And on top of showcasing and celebrating their work, they can win prizes up to $500. All of our Service-Learning Faculty grantees from 2018-19 academic year are required to nominate at least one student or student group to participate. And ALL Service Learning faculty are welcome to nominate their students as well.

As always, we are inviting all of our community partners and would like to extend a special invitation to those who worked closely with your students. When nominating your students or student groups, please list the community organizations that would be interested in attending. 

Lastly, we are inviting Graduate Students who have participated in community engaged research or service learning projects to present their work for the graduate student award. Graduate Students, while judged on the same criteria, will be in their own award category. 

Below this message, please find all of the symposium details. If you have any further questions, contact us at We appreciate your participation at this year's special event!  


Community Partners, Student Nominees and all other guests please RSVP for the event here.

Faculty Members nominate your students to present at the symposium here

Submissions and RSVPs must be received by April 15th.


Preparing for the Symposium

in keeping with our eco-friendly Symposium, the format of the symposium will be a PowerPoint or Prezi Presentation Session where each student or student group will showcase their service learning projects from a designated tabling area and present their work on a laptop. The judges and all attendees will be able to view your presentations throughout the event.  

Your 4-5 minute PowerPoint or Prezi Presentation will be judged based on the clarity of the following criteria:

  • Community Partner/Community Organization
  • Community need or issue your service addressed
  • Project or program mission or goals
  • Methods of achieving these goals and services provided
  • Impact of your project – how the community and/or community organization benefitted from your project and what you learned/ experiences gained in the process


  • PowerPoint creativity and design
  • 4-5 minute presentation

First place: $500
Second place - $250
Third place - $100
Graduate Student Award - $500