SJSU Student Research Competition 2013 and University Student Research Forum

by Office of the Provost, SJSU

Update: Student Research Forum Open House Celebration will take place on April 10 at 12 Noon in Engineering 285-287. See flyer below.

Undergraduate and graduate research students have the opportunity to present their work and compete for selection as SJSU representatives to the annual CSU Student Research Competition at Cal Poly Pomona.  Details about the competition follow.

Timeline.  Each college should establish its own deadlines for receipt of the nominations from its faculty.  Please check with your college dean’s office about specific details.

February 22, 2013 – Colleges send an electronic copy of completed Student Delegate Registration Form and 5-page summary for each student to and deliver five hard copies of the cover sheet and a 5-page research summary for each student to the Graduate Studies & Research Office (ADM 223B).

March 6 and 7, 2013 – Student presentation of research and subsequent selection of SJSU finalists.

2nd or 3rd week in March, 2013 – SJSU finalist list due to Cal Poly Pomona.                                                          

May 10 & 11, 2013 – CSU Student Research Competition at Cal Poly Pomona.                                                                                        

Application.  Please find the cover sheet for nomination of students from each college to participate in the SJSU Student Research Competition at GS&R’s Student Research Competition webpage.  Attach this cover sheet to a summary of the research (double-spaced, 5 pages maximum, not including appendices which may not exceed 3 pages).  Each college may send forward a total of 4 students (undergraduate and/or graduate) who have done outstanding research or creative activity.  Students eligible to compete at SJSU and at the CSU-wide competition at Cal Poly Pomona are those currently enrolled or those who graduated in May 2012, August 2012, or December 2012.

Divisions of Competition.  Divisions of competition have been defined by CSU-wide procedures, and the judges for the selection will be experts within the disciplines.

The CSU-defined divisions are indicated below:


Group A                                                                                   Group B

Behavioral and Social Sciences                                       Biological and Agricultural Sciences

Business, Economics, & Public Administration       Engineering and Computer Science

Creative Arts and Design                                                   Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences

Education                                                                                 Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Humanities and Letters

Interdisciplinary Majors

SJSU Oral Presentation.  Student research will be presented on March 6 and 7, 2013, from 1:30 to 6:00  p.m. (or as the number of eligible participants dictate) in IRC 101.  Students will be notified to which group they are assigned (A or B) and the date and time of their presentation.  Each student will have 10 minutes to present her or his research and 5 minutes to respond to audience questions.  Students are encouraged to use delivery techniques that promote interaction with the audience.  Successful students in previous years often have been those who practiced with their advisors or other faculty and students.

Research Summary and Oral Presentation Evaluation Criteria.  The University Graduate Studies & Research Committee will evaluate the research summary and the oral presentation to identify finalists for the CSU-wide competition using the same evaluation criteria that will be used in the CSU-wide competition.  The evaluation criteria are as follows:

o   Clarity of purpose (15%)

o   Appropriateness of methodology (15%)

o   Interpretation of results (15%)

o   Value of the research or creative activity (15%)

o   Ability of presenter to articulate the research or creative activity (15%)

o   Organization of the material presented (15%)

o   Ability to handle questions (10%).

Open House Celebration.  The 34th SJSU Annual University Research Forum sponsored by the Research Foundation and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research will be held in April, 2013 on a specific date to be announced next year.  The Forum is a celebration for students who have been selected to represent San José State University at the 27th Annual CSU Student Research Competition. The Forum also recognizes the faculty mentors of selected students by the presentation of Distinguished Faculty Mentor awards.  At the Forum, finalists will be available to discuss their research at a poster session; family and friends are invited to attend.

CSU Statewide Competition.  SJSU finalists will receive a small travel stipend towards their participation in the 27th Annual CSU Student Research Competition to be held May 10 and 11, 2013, at Cal Poly Pomona.

If you have questions about the competition or matters related to the Forum, please contact Dr. David Bruck at 4-2484 or  We look forward to this event with great enthusiasm and we encourage faculty and student.

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