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CSULB Students Win at 2016 CSU Student Research Competition

Five CSULB students took home an award at the 2016 CSU Student Research Competition at CSU Bakersfield on April 29-30.

  • Jessica Asbell (MS Physics and Astronomy), Non-Radial Pulsation Modes of Neutron Stars and Strange Quark Stars (Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Graduate) *First Place

  • Colette Brown (BFA in Art – Sculpture), An Art against Dementia: Expected Outcomes of an Intervention for Healthy Older Adults, (Humanities and Letters and Creative Arts and Design, Undergraduate and Graduate)     *First Place

  • Cassandra Gearhart (MA Psychology),The Influence of Sexual Assault Characteristics on Survivor’s Coping Strategies over Time (Behavioral and Social Science, Graduate) * First Place
  • Saba Mojtahedi (MA candidate in Economics), The Effects of California Solar Initiative Rebates on Solar Energy Adoption, (Business, Economics and Public Administration, Undergraduate and Graduate) First Place

  • Quang Ly (BS Chemical Engineering), Quantum Mechanics Simulation of Fe-N-C, (Engineering and Computer Science, Undergraduate) *Second Place

They were among ten CSULB students competing against nearly 200 others from universities throughout the CSU system. See the complete list of students who participated. Congratulations to all of the students on their outstanding research.

CSULB Student Research Competition

  • Five-page paper summary (1 physical and 1 electronic copy emailed to and Registration Form due by Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM.
  • Participants present on Friday, February 17, 2017
  • Competition location is in the College of Business building
  • First-place winners in each category will receive $100
  • Up to 10 students will be selected from among the first and second-place winners to compete in the 31st Annual CSU Statewide Student Research Competition at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo on April 28-29, 2017.

About the Competition

On Friday, February 17, 2017, California State University, Long Beach will hold its 29th Annual Student Research Competition in the College of Business Administration's classrooms. The purpose is to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSULB undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by CSULB.

This is a student academic conference featuring oral presentations to an audience of fellow students and a jury of distinguished faculty.  Students with the best presentations in each category will win cash prizes ($100 for first place winners, generously funded by the President's office), certificates, and an impressive entry for their resumes.

There is no registration fee for participating in either the campus or statewide competition.

An Awards Reception for all participants, faculty mentors, and jurors will follow immediately after (Anatol Center: AS-119) when the winners will be announced.

2017 Presentation Schedule

You may access and download the 2017 CSULB Student Research Competition Presentation Schedule by clicking on the specific Category below!

Behavioral & Social Sciences

Biological & Agricultural Sciences

Business, Economics, and Public Administration

Creative Arts & Design


Engineering & Computer Sciences

Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences

Humanities & Letters

Physical & Mathematical Sciences


How to Enter

  • To participate in the campus competition, students must be enrolled at CSULB either for the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester and must be nominated by a faculty member.
  • Download the Registration Form Adobe PDF Document, print out a copy, complete and submit it with 1 physical copy of your paper summary, and 1 electronic paper copy. Electronic copies must be emailed to
  • Registration Form Adobe PDF Document and paper summary (1 physical and 1 electronic copy) are due in the Academic Events Office (Academic Services building, room 124) by Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM .  Late entries WILL NOT be accepted. Electronic copies must be emailed to
  • Group paper summary must include ALL the students names along with the title of the presentation.

    The paper summary should not exceed five (5) double-spaced pages in length, not including appendices. Appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) should not exceed three (3) pages.
  • A student may submit a paper on any academic topic, provided that the student has not previously submitted the same paper to this competition.
  • Entrants in the Creative Arts and Design category may enter an audio and/or visual record of a performance they have given or work of art they have created, provided they focus their papers and oral presentations on the historical or cultural context and rationale underlying their interpretation of the subject matter involved.
  • Supporting audio-visual materials are encouraged in all categories, but please note that equipment needs must then be identified on the Registration Form so that the presentation rooms may be properly equipped.

Competition Format

The format, in short, is intended to resemble a professional academic meeting and exactly replicates the setting of the statewide competition. Jurors will evaluate the:

  • Clarity of purpose in each paper submitted (15%)
  • Appropriateness of the methodology (15%)
  • Interpretation of the results (15%)
  • Value of the research or creative activity (15%)
  • Ability of each presenter to articulate the work involved (15%)
  • Organization of the material presented (15%)
  • Ability of each presenter to respond to questions from the jury and the general audience (10%)

Each student will have five (5) minutes to set up their computer for the PowerPoint presentation, ten (10) minutes for an oral presentation and five (5) minutes to respond to juror and audience questions.

Papers will be grouped for presentation in the following categories, which will also be used in the statewide competition:

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business, Economics, and Public Administration
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences

The Division of Academic Affairs reserves the right to adjust (i.e., combine or divide) these categories as numbers of submissions necessitate.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this event, please email Michelle Terry or call (562) 985-4546.

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