Call for outstanding thesis/student researcher/outstanding senior nominations

Outstanding Thesis Nominations

College of Applied Sciences and Arts students who completed a thesis in the 2014-15 academic year are encouraged to apply for the Outstanding Thesis Award, due to the dean’s office on March 3 by 5 p.m. The one to two thesis writers who are selected as winners will receive $500 each and will be presented at the University’s commencement ceremony in May, with a seat on the stage with the President’s platform party.

Students can download the Outstanding Thesis Award Information Form (PDF.) Students should include electronic copies (PDFs) of their nominated thesis, a minimum of two signed reference letters (electronic signature or hand-written signature accepted) and the form with their submission to the dean’s office.

Each college is allowed one nomination for consideration, with students completing degrees in May, August, December 2014 or May 2015 eligible to apply. The CASA committee will review nominations and select one to forward on to the Graduate Studies and Research Committee for the final selection.

Email submissions to Melissa Anderson at by March 3 at 5 p.m.

SJSU Student Research Competition 2015 and University Student Research Forum

Undergraduate and graduate research students have an opportunity to present their work and compete for selection as an San José State University representative at the annual California State University Student Research Competition at California State University, San Bernardino in May.

To apply, students should include a summary with the names of students and title of the presentation; a narrative that may not exceed five double-spaced pages, appendices (including bibliography, graphs, photographs or other supplementary materials) that may not exceed three pages; and the appropriate institutional review if the research has human or animal subjects involved.

Nominations are due to the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dean’s Office on Feb. 25, by 5 p.m. Email nominations to Melissa Anderson at by Feb. 25, by 5 p.m.

Each college may forward four student projects representing outstanding research and creative activity. Students must be currently enrolled or a graduate from May 2014, August 2014 or December 2014.

The SJSU and CSU-level competition will be divided into two groups with behavioral and social sciences; business, economics and public administration; creative arts and design; education; humanities and letters and interdisciplinary majors competing against each other. The second group will include biological and agricultural sciences; engineering and computer science; health, nutrition and clinical sciences; and physical and mathematical sciences.

SJSU students who are invited to present their research on campus will present on March 11 or March 12, from 1:30-6 p.m. in IRC 101. Each student will have 10 minutes to present her or his research and 5 minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. Students in creative arts and design may present an audio and/or visual record of a performance or work created.

SJSU will host the 36th Annual University Research Forum on April 8, in ENG 285/287, where students selected to represent the university at the CSU competition will be honored along with  faculty mentors. Students selected will receive a small monetary award to help them cover some of the cost of travel to the CSU Student Research Competition that will be held May 1 and 2, in San Bernardino.

Outstanding Senior Award

Nominations are also being accepted for the 2015 Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards for recognition at this year’s SJSU Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 23.

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate deserving students for this award which is based on both academic excellence and service to the University and the community. Four students will be recommended to President Qayoumi, who will select two finalists to receive the award. This will be the 24th year of recognizing exceptional graduating seniors at Commencement.

Please complete and submit the online nomination form  no later than Monday, March 9 at 5pm.

The selection committee is composed of a faculty member, an academic dean, the AVP for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and three Student Affairs professional staff members.

The committee will use the following criteria as general guidelines:

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.75;
  • Significant demonstrated SJSU leadership in area(s) of university life, and/or;
  • Significant contributions to the welfare of the university and/or the community, and/or;
  • Evidence of a high level of intellectual, artistic, or academic accomplishment, and/or personal contribution as an undergraduate student;
  • At least one professional nomination letter submitted by a SJSU faculty or staff member