C alifornia State University, Long Beach is hosting the Social Science Research and Instructional Council’s (SSRIC) 32nd Annual Student Research Conference on May 2, bringing together students and faculty from the CSU and California community campuses. The conference will take place in the University Student Union ballrooms from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Jose Moreno, from the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, is the campus representative to the SSRIC and is coordinating the event with a campus planning committee. Committee members include Dr. Ryan Fischer, Department of Criminal Justice, Dr. Richard Haesly, Department of Political Science, Dr. Alexandra (Misty) Jaffe, Department of Linguistics, Dr. Linda Maram, Department Asian and Asian American Studies, Dr. Heather Rae-Espinoza, Department of Human Development and Dr. Stafford Cox, Library and Academic Technology Services.
CSULB Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Karen L. Gould, CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives and Partnerships Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Ambos, and SSRIC Chair at Chico State University Dr. Lori Weber will deliver opening remarks at the conference.
The conference is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences and enables students in all areas of the social sciences to present their research to their peers. Three students will receive awards for best undergraduate, best graduate and best use of quantitative data. Students will win a certificate and $100.
"The conference gives students an opportunity to make a formal presentation in a supportive environment," Dr. Moreno said. "In addition, the campus planning committee is looking at the possibility of having graduate students serve as moderators, providing them with an opportunity to gain experience managing a session."
The conference is open to all undergraduate and graduate social science students. To compete for a cash award, papers (no more than 20 pages) must be submitted by April 21. To participate without competing for a cash prize, submit an abstract no later than April 28. All students who submit papers will deliver a 15 minute presentation on their research.
Submit papers to Dr. Jose Moreno. Students can call him at (562) 985-2093 for further information.
The conference is supported by SSRIC and the CSU Chancellor's Office, the CSULB's Office of the Provost, and the Dean's Office of the College of Liberals Arts.
For more information, visit the SSRIC Web site.