Student Research Competition Rules

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Divisions of Competition

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
Humanities and Letters Education
Interdisciplinary Majors Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Oral 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:

  • Clarity of purpose (15%)
  • Appropriateness of methodology (15%)
  •  Interpretation of results (15%)
  • Value of the research or creative activity (15%)
  • Ability of presenter to articulate the research or creative activity (15%)
  • Organization of the material presented (15%)
  • Ability to handle questions (10%).