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Student Research Center

Important Dates for 2017-18

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sacramento State Provost’s Fall Forum Redwood Room, University Union 9:00am- 1:00pm 

Monday, March 6, 2018 

Sacramento State Student Research Symposium University Union 1st and 2nd Floors 8:00am- 1:30pm 

Friday, May 4-5, 2018 

32nd Annual CSU Student Research Competition, University Union, Sacramento State University 

The Student Research Center provides support for Sacramento State students to participate in discipline-based research experiences. The Research Center focuses on both undergraduate and graduate student research opportunities, delivers professionalization workshops and offers opportunities for research dissemination.

What is Student Research?

Student research is an in-depth experience that complements and/extends learning in your coursework; this experience can consist of examining, generating and sharing new knowledge or works in ways consistent with practices in the disciplines. These practices may include:

  • Laboratory research in sciences
  • Text-based research in the humanities-both primary and secondary sources
  • Fields research in the natural and social sciences and in some of the humanities, such as history or communication studies.

Research Experience

Different disciplines identify research differently, they may even call it scholarship or creative activity. However, the overall process is similar. The research experience is the collaboration between students and faculty to examine, generate and share new knowledge.

girl doing experiment

The Student Research Center can help you find the best research opportunities on or off campus. We also offer workshops on “Summer Research Opportunities”.

Sharing Research Results

The method for presenting research work is decided between the faculty and the student researchers. These methods include poster and oral presentations in local, regional and national meetings. The focus of these presentations is to disseminate new knowledge generated through the research experience and contribute to the ever-growing body of knowledge.

The Student Research Center, together with the Office of Research Affairs, hosts two annual events for students to present their work: (1) the Provost’s Fall Research Forum and (2) the Student Research Symposium held in spring. The Student Research Center also offers workshops on “Designing and Presenting Effective Research Posters” and “How to Give an Effective Presentation”.

woman presenting poster

Research Community

As a researcher, you will have the opportunity to interact with other student researchers with similar backgrounds and interest within your discipline. You will directly work with faculty researchers who may become your mentors. You will attend conferences, meetings and symposiums at the local, regional or national level, where you will share your findings, network with other researchers and contribute to the ever-growing body of knowledge. Lastly, you may join student or professional organizations that foster research experiences, like SACNAS at Sac State.

Why Research?

Participation in research enhances student learning. For some disciplines, it is required to advance to graduate school. But, research is not easy. It is a commitment between a faculty mentor and the student participant to work together on new topics and generate new knowledge. Most times, researchers will feel unsure about their choice to participate in research – it is a time-consuming, extra-curricular activity that never works on the first (or second) try. However, research is fascinating! Researchers develop critical thinking skills that cannot be learned in the classroom. They become problem solvers and quick thinkers.