SJSU Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Competition

The SJSU Student RSCA Competition (SRC) allows graduate and undergraduate students to present their original Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) and compete for selection as SJSU representatives at both SJSU’s Celebration of Research and the statewide 36th Annual California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition, to be announced in January 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, or alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall 2021. Students must also be working on original RSCA with a faculty member at SJSU.

Divisions of Competition

Divisions of competition have been defined by CSU-wide procedures, and we will divide the judging into Group A and Group B based on these divisions. Projects fitting the description of Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration, Creative Arts and Design, Education, Humanities and Letters, Interdisciplinary Majors will be put into Group A. Projects fitting the description of Biological and Agricultural Sciences, Business, Economics, Hospitality Management, Engineering and Computer Science, Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences, Physical and Mathematical Sciences will be put into Group B.

How Do I Apply?

Students must email the 2022 SJSU Student RSCA Competition application materials to their college by 5pm, February 11, 2022 (see college-specific emails below). The application materials should be combined into a single PDF that consists of:

  • The 2022 Student Research Competition Application Form [pdf], which includes a 200-word written summary of the RSCA project.
  • A narrative, not exceeding five double-spaced pages, that describes (1) the need for this RSCA and the problem being addressed, (2) the methodology or approach, (3) the results or products, and (4) significance of the results or products.
  • Any needed appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) may not exceed three pages.
  • Research that involves human or animal subjects must have appropriate institutional review approval provided. 
College  College Email Address
Business marco.pagani@sjsu.edu
Education lurie-fsrc-group@sjsu.edu
Engineering Engineering-Research@sjsu.edu
Health and Human Sciences laurie.drabble@sjsu.edu
Humanities and the Arts jason.aleksander@sjsu.edu
Professional and Global Education sandy.hirsh@sjsu.edu
Science science-research@sjsu.edu
Social Sciences socialsciences-rsca@sjsu.edu
University Library  emily.chan@sjsu.edu

What Happens After I Apply?

Each college reviews all applicants and chooses up to four applicants/applicant groups who will present their work at the SJSU SRC - a two-day event held in late March 2022. Applicants will be notified no later than March 2, 2022 about whether they can present their RSCA at the SJSU RSCA Competition.

Successful Applications

Projects chosen to move forward in the SJSU RSCA competition will be required to present their RSCA in front of a panel of judges and answer questions from the judges following the presentation. The judges will be selected from the Graduate Studies and Research (GS&R) Committee, an operating committee of the SJSU Academic Senate.

The GS&R Committee will evaluate the written RSCA summary from the SRC application, the oral presentation and the answers to the judges live questions using the same evaluation criteria that will be used in the CSU-wide competition. The evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Clarity of purpose
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Interpretation of results
  • Value of the research or creative activity
  • Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience

Up to ten students or student group finalists will be selected and invited to participate in SJSU’s Celebration of Research on Thursday, April 14, 2022 and to attend the 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition on April 29 and 30, 2022, hosted by San Francisco State University. Finalists (as an individual or a group) will receive a $300 award to support their efforts in showcasing their research.

Finalists progressing to these events will be notified no later than March 28, 2022. The format of the 2022 Annual CSU Student Research Competition has yet to be confirmed, but the 2021 event required each participant to create an 8-minute YouTube video that was shown at the event, followed by a Q&A judging component. Further details about participation in the CSU Student Research Competition and the Celebration of Research will be provided as needed to successful applicants and winners of SJSU Student RSCA Competition.

Process Timeline

February 11, 2022: SJSU Student RSCA Competition application materials to their relevant college by 5 pm.

March 2, 2022: Students notified if their application is successful and they can present at the SJSU Student RSCA Competition.

Late March, 2022: Successful applicants will be required to present their RSCA at the SJSU Student RSCA Competition.

March 28, 2022: Students notified if they are finalists in the 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition.

April 14, 2022: Finalists attend the SJSU Celebration of Research. 

April 29 and 30, 2022: Finalists attend the 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition, hosted by San Francisco State University (the date will depend on your discipline area).

How Do I Get Support?

If you are interested in applying please talk with your faculty mentor for help and support with your application content. Questions about the SJSU Student RSCA Competition application process should be directed to the Office of Research at officeofresearch@sjsu.edu.