Student Research and Creative Activities

Spring Symposium

 March 2019   |   University Union

  The Student Research 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 May).


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 in addition to the lead student participant (three student presenters total per project). All student presenters listed must be registered students or 2018 alumni.  

Presentation Formats and Competition: Students may choose to make oral or  poster presentations, and they 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 at the 32nd Annual CSU Student Research Competition, which will be held at Sacramento State (May 4-5, 2018), 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. Students who choose to make oral presentations must submit a five-page 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.

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 Academic Technology Center (ATC) will assist with poster preparation and printing. Posters must be submitted for printing at least one week prior your presentation date. Students must be present to discuss their work with audience and jurors. Faculty jurors will use this rubric to score poster presentations. Read the jurors' criteria and prepare accordingly. 

ATC's "Create a Poster"  ATC's Poster Printing Form  

ATC's Poster Printing Details: Your poster will be ready one week after the submission. ATC will email you a notification when your poster is ready for pick up. You can pick up your poster in AIRC 2004 (open between 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday - Friday).


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 and poster 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. 


Call for Submissions: Will Open Spring 2019!

Spring Symposium entries must be received online by the deadline (TBA) in order to participate. Students must also be available on the day of the Spring Symposium.

  • All Spring Symposium 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 choosing judged oral presentations must submit a five-page project summary.




2018 Spring Symposium Program2018 Spring Symposium Winners

2017 Spring Symposium Program


Last Updated 5/29/2018.