Student Research & Creative Activity

Spring Symposium

 March 4, 2019   |   University Union   |   9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  The Student Research & Creative Activity Spring Symposium celebrates and recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of our Sac State students.  Central to the University's mission are the promotion of research, scholarship and creative activities by our faculty and students.  Spring Symposium winners receive monetary prizes and move on to represent Sacramento State at the annual CSU Student Research Competition (held every late Spring).


Spring Symposium Information for Students

All Sacramento State registered undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Alumni who received their degrees in the spring, summer or fall of 2018 are also eligible to participate.

Students must be sponsored by a faculty mentor overseeing their work. Each presentation may have up to two co-presenters (two student presenters total per project). All student presenters listed must be registered students or 2018 alumni.  

Presentation Format and Competition: The 2019 Spring Symposium will only showcase oral presentations (no posters). Students may choose to be judged (compete) or not be judged. Up to 10 student participants, who choose to make judged oral presentations, are selected to compete in the 33rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition, which will be held at CSU Fullerton (April 26-27, 2019), per the rules of the CSU Competition.

Oral Presentations: Students will be given 10 minutes to present their work and 5 minutes for questions and answers. Students are expected to prepare with their mentors and give effective presentations (not simply reading directly from their slides). Faculty jurors will use this rubric to score presentations. Read the jurors' criteria and prepare accordingly. All Spring Symposium participants must submit a project summary, including 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.

Students will select to participate in one of the following presentations categories: [1] Arts & Letters; [2] Engineering, Science & Math; [3] Health & Human Services; [4] Education, Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary; and [5] Biological Sciences. 

Provost’s Award for Research Excellence:  Monetary awards will be made to the top student presenters (or teams) from the undergraduate and graduate divisions for oral presentations who elect to compete. Faculty mentors of Provost’s Award winners receive a professional development award in recognition of their contributions to the student's work. 

The monetary prizes include $300 first place and $150 second place awards for judged oral presentations in the five categories to both the undergraduate and the graduate student levels. The top undergraduate and graduate students from each category will be selected to represent Sacramento State in the 33rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition.

Call for Submissions: Opens January 22, 2019!

Spring Symposium entries must be received online by the extended deadline (February 18, 2019) in order to participate. Students must also be available on the day of the Spring Symposium.



2018 Spring Symposium Program2018 Spring Symposium Winners


Last Updated 10/23/2018.