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CSU Student Research Competition Information

The CSU Student Research Competition (SRC) is the premiere showcase for student research in the CSU. Undergraduate and Graduate students are eligible to participate in the SRC. Each CSU campus is allowed up to 10 projects. Projects can be individually or multiply authored.

At CI, the Student Research Advisory Committee (SRAC) is responsible for choosing the projects that represent CI at the SRC. Selections are made in two rounds. In 2018 the Student Research Competiton will be held at CSU Sacramento.

SRC 2018 General Timeline

  • November 8, 2017 Research Abstracts Due
  • November 15, 2017 SRC notifications/Invitation to submit complete research summary
  • February 2018 complete research summaries are due
  • February 2018 (approximately third week) selections are announced
  • Students revise after consulting the Multiliteracy and Writing Center
  • March 2018 submission of final research summaries
  • April 2018 students prepare oral presentations

First Round

Student projects are nominated by faculty. In the first round, we request an abstract describing the research. The purpose of this round is to determine whether the project represents disciplinary standards of “research.” Projects presented at the SRC are more than “term papers;” they are original research of extraordinarily high quality. Projects that appear to meet the standard of “research” are approved for a second-round submission.

Only FACULTY can submit initial proposals. Submit your nominations here.

Second Round

In mid-February, students must submit a five-page research summary. The format of the summary is prescribed by the SRC.

The research summary must adhere to the following guidelines:

 ·         It is limited to 5 pages of text, double-spaced.

·         3 additional pages are allowed for a bibliography, figures, tables, and/or graphics

·         Student authors should keep in mind that they are writing for an interdisciplinary audience

The 5-page summaries are judged by panels including a subcommittee composed of members of the SRAC, with the assistance of faculty drawn from other disciplines.

Panels use the first six of the SRC’s categories assigning each project a score within each category. They then summarize feedback providing anonymous comments for the students and faculty advisors.

The SRSC determines the CI team, taking into account: 1) the panels’ assessments of the research summaries and 2) the goal of fielding a team that is broadly representative of academic disciplines.

Competition Categories

  1. Clarity of Purpose
  2. Appropriateness of Methodology
  3. Value of Research or Creative Activity
  4. Ability to Articulate the Research or Creative Activity
  5. Organization of the Presented Materials
  6. Interpretation of Results
  7. Ability to Handle Questions
Scoring Guidelines

  • Superlative: 15
  • Excellent: 12 – 14
  • Very Good: 9 – 11
  • Good: 6 – 8
  • Fair: 3 – 5
  • Poor: 0 – 2


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