CSU Student Research Competition

The CSU Student Research Competition is held each spring to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments across the 23 CSU campuses. The next competition will be held at CSU Fullerton April 26-27, 2019. Application portal will open late December 2018.

CSU Research Competition guidelines for 2019

Eligibility for spring 2019 competition. See CSUMB Internal Selection Process information below.

Students currently enrolled, as well as alumni/alumnae who receive(d) their degrees in spring, summer or fall of 2018. Research may be complete or preliminary with final findings included.

The research presented should be appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. Proprietary research is excluded. Presentations from all disciplines are invited. There will be separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each of the categories listed below (unless a division has four or fewer entrants, in which case undergraduate and graduate divisions may be combined). Important Note: Research that involves human or animal subjects must have appropriate institutional review approval.

The hosting California State University steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories or to move an entrant from one category to another, as numbers of submissions necessitate. A campus delegation may include up to ten entries in the ten categories. A small team of students making a single presentation counts as one “entrant” but each team member must complete a Student Delegate Form with demographic and contact information. The ten categories are:

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business,Economics, and Public Administration
  • Creative Arts and Design (creative projects are welcome)
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

Applicants must submit an application including:

1.) Student Delegate Online Application, acknowledged by the faculty mentor(s).

2.) Summary Narrative of the research, and Appendices as appropriate (see below for more information on the summary narrative).

The Summary Narrative

*Must include the name(s) of the student(s) and the title of the presentation as well as headers: Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion.

*May not exceed five double-spaced pages . Use fonts and margins that ensure legibility.

*Include appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) that does not exceed three pages.

Note: Faculty mentors must approve summary narratives and application, so it's strongly recommended to have your faculty mentor review your application and summary narrative before attending an Application Review Session (ARS).

CSUMB Exemplar Archive Creative Arts, CSU Fullerton Creative Arts, CSU Northridge

Competition Criteria


Students will present their work orally before a jury and an audience. Students will compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by class standing (undergraduate/graduate). Each student will have ten minutes for an oral presentation of his or her work and five minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. All entrants may use audiovisual materials as appropriate, and presenters are encouraged to use delivery techniques that promote interaction with the audience. Entrants in the Creative Arts and Design category may present an audio and/or visual record of a performance they have given or a work they have created; their oral presentation should focus on the rationale and historical context underlying their interpretation of the material.

Each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) will be judged on the following:

• Clarity of purpose

• Appropriateness of methodology

• Interpretation of results

• Value of the research or creative activity

• Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity

• Organization of the material presented

• Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience (oral)

CSUMB Internal Selection Process & Competition Timeline

The Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) reviews all applications. Up to a total of 10 entries will be selected by the committee to participate in the statewide CSU competition held CSU Fullerton in Spring 2019.


Interested applicants will need to attend an information session to learn more about the application process as well as an application review designed to give feedback on all areas of the application. The CSUMB selection committee will only review applicants who have attended both sessions/ and or have worked with UROC staff on the application. Faculty mentors are encouraged to attend sessions as well. Application information sessions are offered December 2018-January 2019; application review sessions are offered February 4-21, 2019.


Thursday, December 6 from 12:30-1:30pm, Tanimura & Antle Library, Second Floor, Suite 2150

Thursday, December 6 from 2-3pm, Tanimura & Antle Library, Second Floor, Suite 2150

Wednesday, December 12 from 12:30-1:30pm, Tanimura & Antle Library, Second Floor, Suite 2150

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 2-3pm, Tanimura & Antle Library, Second Floor, Suite 2150

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 6-7pm, Tanimura & Antle Library, Second Floor, Suite 2150

Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 3-4pm, Tanimura & Antle Library, Second Floor, Suite 2150

If you have missed a session: contact uroc@csumb.edu to make a 20-minute initial appointment.


February 26, 2019 at 3pm: Internal CSUMB Competition Deadline. No applications will be accepted after the application deadline.

February 26 - March 12 2019: Research Scholarship Creative Activity (RSCA) Committee Review; Delegates selected to advance to the competition at CSU Fullerton.

March 17, 2019: All select delegates register for competition at CSU Fullerton.

April 12, 2019: Delegate Feedback Session at the Spring Research & Creative Activity Showcase at CSUMB (Mandatory for all delegates).

April 26-27, 2019: Delegates present at CSU Fullerton.

Questions can be directed to Natasha Oehlman, UROC Writing and Professional Communication Associate at noehlman@csumb.edu or 831-582-4031


Based on the recommendations of the jurors, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions of each category. If the undergraduate and graduate divisions of a category have been combined because there are fewer than four presenters in one division, awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up without regard to class standing. In the event there are five or fewer presenters in a session, only the outstanding presenter will receive an award.

Past CSU Student Research Undergraduate Delegates

2018 CSU Student Research Competition

Katrina Conen, Psychology; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Danielle Burchett; Impact of MMPI-2 versus MMPI-2-RF Booklet Administration on the Internal Structure and Predictive Utility of MMPI-2-RF Scales in a Forensic Inpatient Setting

Shelby Delcambre, Kinesiology, Nathan Sanders, Mathematics Rosalba Saavedra, Kinesiology; Faculty Mentors: Dr. Eric Martin & Dr. Stephen Kim; 6th Vital Sign App: Testing Validity and Reliability

Jenny Hatch, Psychology; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Danielle Burchett; Cognitive Symptom Trajectories among Forensic Inpatients Diagnosed with Psychotic Disorders

Melissa Meridith, Biology; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Logan; Effects of Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia on Larval Brown Rockfish Transcriptome

*Yollete Merritt, History/SPED; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Debian Marty; The Unknown History of the 19th Century California Underground Railroad~ *Second Place Winner!

*Rebekah Newman, Psychology; Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jennifer Lovell and Dr. Christine Valdez; Increased Citizenship and Professional Development: Undergraduate Psychology Students Experiences with Service Learning ~ *First Place Winner!

Nicholas Prew, Business; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin; The Impact of Temperature on Public Service Announcement Message Effectiveness

Bryan Sierra-Rivera, Biology; Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Goeltz; The roles of antibiotics in modulating secondary metabolite production of Streptomyces when grown in co-culture

2017 CSU Student Research Competition

Delegates and 1st place winners for the competition.

(lf to rt) Cecilia Garcia, Char'Mane Robinson, Sarah Coffin, Katrina Conen, James Vongsaroj, Jayme Luna

Congratulations to the following research delegates selected to represent CSU Monterey Bay at the state-wide competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on 4/28 and 4/29. Congratulations to the first place winners! See full list of winners and event photos. Sarah Coffin, Environmental Science & Psychology Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Dyer-Seymour Seeing through the Eyes of an Albatross: Perspective-Taking at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Katrina Conen & Jayme Luna, Psychology Faculty Mentor: Dr. Danielle Burchett Impact of Using Raw Versus Uniform T Scores in MMPI-2-RF Descriptive and Inferential Research Cecilia Garcia, Biology Faculty Mentor: Dr. Henrik Kibak RNA interference (RNAi) control of whitefly, Bemisia tabaci MEAM1 Char' Mane Robinson, Environmental Science Faculty Mentor: John Silveus A statistical and spatial analysis of chemical contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam 1st Place Award James Vongsaroj, Kinesiology Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brian Cook Examining Temperament in Exercise Dependence and Eating Disorders 1st Place Award

Kinesiology & Marine Student win 1st prize.

James Vongsaroj (Kinesiology) and Char' Mane Robinson (Environmental Science) with their first place awards.

Students and Faculty at 2017 competition.

(lf to rt) Dr. Brian Cook (Kinesiology); Dr. Danielle Burchett (Psychology); James Vongsaroj; Sarah Coffin, Cecilia Garcia, Char'Mane Robinson, Katrina Conen, Jayme Luna, Megan Bassett (UROC)

2016- CSU Bakersfield

UNDERGRADUATE DELEGATES Briana Bercerra, Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy; Productivity of Juniper and Pinyon Woodlands in La Joya, New Mexico; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Suzy Worcester Jordan Collignon, Mathematics; Simulating the Reintroduction of the Extinct Passenger Pigeon; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lipika Deka Jesirae Collins, Marine Science; Impact of seafloor structure on a dominant marine organism of the sandy habitat; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Corey Garza Gina Dabbah, Biology; Field Observation of ascospore discharge of monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi in northern highbush blueberries; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Miles Charlie Farber and Carl Thacker, Biology; Utilization of in vivo Plasmid Assembly in the Transformation of S. Cerevisiae; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan Madison Heard, Marine Science; Effects of Climate Change on the Larval Development of Haliotis rufescens (red abalone); Faculty Mentor: Dr. Corey Garza (Winner, 2nd Place!) Elizabeth Hensley, Human Communication;Stop the Press: A case study using critical race theory to unpack and challenge the barrier of whiteness in newspapers; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sam Robinson Bethany Schulze, Environmental Science; Technology and Policy~ Modeling and mapping habitat suitability for bat foraging activity; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Fred Watson GRADUATE DELEGATE Jewel Sean Gentry, Masters of Art in Education; Measuring Visitor Engagement in the Mission Museums; Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kerrie Chitwood

Students presenting at the 2016 conference.

CSUMB Research Delgates at CSU Bakersfield (2016): (lf. to rt.) Gina Dabbah, Madison Heard, Jesirae Collins, Carl Thacker, Charlie Farber, Elizabeth Hensley, Jewel-Sean Gentry

2015- CSU San Bernardino

UNDERGRADUATE DELEGATES Briana Becerra, Marine Science; Factors Contributing Seedling Regeneration Subsequent to a Large Scale Clear Cut Compared to a Reference Forest Stand in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire Elizabeth Alger, Biology; Investigating Panicle Architecture Variation in Grass Panicum Hali Jade Fackler, Kinesiology; Fatigue Index vs.Peak Power as an Accurate Predictor of Mountain Biking Performance in High School Mountain Bike Athletes Isabella Romero & Nasreen Toorbally, Psychology; Construct Validity of MMPI-2-RF Scales in a Forensic Inpatient Hospital Setting Megan Golbek, Mathematics; Submerged Obstacles and Linear Wave Propagation

Dr. Lipika Deka and Megan Golbek (Mathematics) at CSU San Bernardino.

Dr. Lipika Deka and Megan Golbek (Mathematics) at CSU San Bernardino for the CSU SRC Competition

2014- CSU East Bay


Alexis Ingram, Human Communication; Courting the Shippers: Community and the Changing Media Landscape

Breanna Orozco, Kinesiology; Evaluation of a Worksite Based Walking Competition on Perceived Stress and Physical Activity Participation Among Female University Employees

Daniel Muratore, Biology; Impact of Management Type on Emissions of Nitrous Oxide within a Sprinkler Irrigated Lettuce Crop

Kyle Firek, Psychology; Teens Whose Families Use Friendly Sarcasm and Teasing Have Nicer Friends

Lilyana Staight Gross, Mathematics; Modeling the Spread of Methamphetamine Use: A Compartmental Approach


Gwen Miller, Environmental Science; Do Temperature and Dissolved Organic Carbon Play a Role in Nitrate Removal within a Treatment Wetland