Student Research Symposium

Important Dates for 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Deadline to register for Student Research Symposium
Registration is now live!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Sacramento State Student Research Symposium 
University Union 1st and 2nd Floors
9:00am- 1:30pm 

Friday, April 28-29, 2017
31st Annual CSU Student Research Competition
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


The Student Research Symposium is an event to celebrate and recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of our Sacramento 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.

2017 Symposium Info for Students:

Eligibility:  All currently registered undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Alumni who received their degrees in the spring, summer, or fall of 2016 are also eligible and encouraged to participate.

Presentation Formats:  Students may choose to make an oral presentation or a poster presentation and to be judged or not. Up to 10 students giving oral presentations and electing to be judged will be selected to compete at the 31st Annual California State University Student Research Competition. Due to the rules of this Competition, only students doing oral presentations are eligible. Travel expenses will be covered for those selected to participate.

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. 
    • This rubric will be used to score the presentations for those wishing to be judged. 

Poster Presentations:

    • Posters should be a maximum of 6’ wide by 4’ 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 jurors.
    • This rubric will be used to score the poster presentations for those wishing to be judged.

Entry Materials: All participating students must complete and submit the requested materials by Tuesday, February 7th at 5pm.    

Students giving oral presentations who elect to be judged must also submit a five-page summary of their work and a 300-word abstract. The rules governing the summary are as follows:

  • The summary must include 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.
  • Summaries and abstracts should be submitted as pdf documents to
  • Research that has human or animal subjects involvement must have appropriate institutional review.

Provost’s Awards for Research Excellence:  Monetary awards of $500 will be made to the top two student participants (or student teams) in the Symposium’s undergraduate and graduate divisions for those students making oral presentations who elect to be judged. Faculty mentors (or team mentors) will receive $500 in professional development funds.

Awards of $250 will be given to the top two undergraduate and graduate students (or student teams) making poster presentations at the Symposium who elect to be judged. Faculty mentors (or mentor teams) will receive $250 in professional development funds.

The 2017 Registration is now Live!

Program Schedule - 2016 Student Research Symposium