Student Research Symposium

Student Research Symposium, March 5, 2018, University Union, 1st & 2nd Floors, 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Application Process & Deadline (TBA) 

The spring Student Research Symposium celebrates and recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of our Sac State students.  Central to the University's mission are the promotion of scientific discovery and the pursuit of scholarly and creative activity by our faculty and students.  


2018 Symposium Information for Students

All registered undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Alumni who received their degrees in the spring, summer, or fall of 2017 are also eligible to participate.

Presentation Formats: Students may choose to make oral presentation or  poster presentations, may choose to be judged (compete) or not be judged. Up to 10 sudent participants, who choose to make judged oral presentation, are selected to compete at the 32nd Annual CSU Student Research Competition, which will be held at Sac State (May, 2018), per the rules of the CSU Competition.

Oral Presentations: Students will be given 10 minutes to make their presentations and 5 minutes for questions and answers. It is expected that the student will not make an oral presentation by simply reading directly from their summary. Faculty jurors will use this rubric to score the presentations for those wishing to compete. 

Students giving oral presentations who elect to compete must submit a five-page summary of their work. The summary must include the following:

  • The name(s) of the student(s), their major, and the title of the presentation.
  • The narrative may not exceed 5 doubled-spaced pages. Use fonts and margins that ensure legibility.
  • Appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) may not exceed 3 pages.
  • Research that has human or animal subjects involvement must have appropriate institutional review.


Poster Presentations: Posters should be a maximum of 4’ wide by 3’ tall, and will be placed on easels, dividers or a wall in the viewing areas. The Student Tech Center will assist with poster preparation and printing. Students must be present to discuss their work with audience and judges. Faculty jurors will use this rubric to score the poster presentations for those wishing to compete.


Provost’s Awards for Research Excellence:  Monetary awards of $300 will be made to the top two student participants (or student teams) in the Symposium’s undergraduate and graduate divisions for students making oral presentations who elect to compete.  Awards of $100 will be given to the top two undergraduate and graduate students (or student teams) making poster presentations at the Symposium who elect to compete. 

Call for Submissions: Entries must be received by the deadline (TBA) in order to participate. Students must also be available on the day of the Symposium from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.

  • All participants (including those who do not wish to be judged) must register online (TBA).
  • Separate registration forms must be submitted for those with multiple presentations.
  • Students making judged oral presentations must also submit a five-page summary.




Last Updated 9/16/2017.