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An SDSU student poses in front of her work at last year's Student Research Symposium. An SDSU student poses in front of her work at last year's Student Research Symposium.
 


Student Research Symposium Returns

The 11th annual Student Research Symposium takes place on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, 2018.
By Ryan Schuler
 

“In my view, one of the great strengths of SDSU is that we are able to offer these types of experiences, which prepare students for the workplace and future graduate study.”

The best and brightest San Diego State University students will present their original research at the 11th annual Student Research Symposium (SRS) on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, 2018, in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

The SRS serves as a public forum for SDSU students to present their original research, scholarship or creative activities in a variety of disciplines such as health nutrition, clinical sciences, biology, mathematics, humanities, business, public administration, engineering and computer science. The symposium will also showcase students’ visual and performing arts pieces. Presentations, including oral, poster, exhibit or performance, are organized by academic disciplines with divisions for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

A panel of SDSU faculty and staff judges will evaluate the entries and select 10 students to receive President’s Awards of Research and one student to receive the President’s Award for the Arts. These graduate and undergraduate students will go on to represent SDSU at the California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition in May 2018 at CSU Sacramento. In total, more than 50 cash awards will be given in recognition of outstanding presentations or performances during this year’s symposium.

More than 520 participants have registered to participate—the second-highest number in the history of the SRS. The participants are made up of 278 undergraduate students, 177 graduate students and 69 doctoral students.

“The Student Research Symposium gives students an opportunity to gain valuable experience sharing their research and creative activities with a broad audience, which is a useful skill,” said Lisa Kath, director of undergraduate research and creative activities. “In my view, one of the great strengths of SDSU is that we are able to offer these types of experiences, which prepare students for the workplace and future graduate study.”

Last year, nearly 500 students from across 70 majors and disciplines participated in the Student Research Symposium. This year’s awardees will be announced at a closing reception on March 3.