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Student Research Symposium Comes to Love Library

The two-day event will showcase student accomplishments across a number of disciplines.
Presentation during 2011 Symposium
Presentation during 2011 Symposium

More than 400 San Diego State University students across 80 majors and disciplines will showcase their original research at the fifth annual Student Research Symposium March 9-10 in the SDSU Library.

Purpose of the Symposium

The two-day symposium recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of SDSU students and provides a public forum where SDSU students from every major and program can present their research, scholarship or creative activities. The Student Research Symposium is one of the signature events of SDSU Month and is free and open to the public.

“The symposium represents a chance for the community to see the kind of fascinating and high-level work that SDSU students and faculty are collaborating on,” said Emilio Ulloa, a professor of psychology and chair of the symposium.

Symposium Features

Among the creative and original research to be highlighted include presentations like “The Better to Eat You With: The Comparative Anatomy and Evolution of Feeding in Seals (Carnivora, Phocidae)” and “The Promotion of Societal Injustice in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.”

Attendees can also attend 10 minute presentations on a variety of topics, including "Earthquakes and Tsunamis," "Culture, Ethnicity, and Discrimination," "Ecology and Conservation,” "Indigenous Population Issues - Past and Present," "Research in Violence," "Health Behaviors and Mental Health in Latinos,” and “Fire on Earth and Space,” among a host of others.  

Ten presidential awards of $500 will be handed out to recognize outstanding achievement in original scholarship. These graduate and undergraduate students will represent the university at the California State University Student Research Competition in May. Student presenters also have the opportunity to win other cash awards for recognition of excellence in a variety of categories.

Who makes it happen?

Faculty members serve as volunteer judges to decide the winners, Ulloa said.  The Symposium is still in need of judges, and faculty members are encouraged to judge presentations even outside their field of experience.

The Student Research Symposium is made possible through the support of the President’s Leadership Fund, Aztec Parents Fund, Academic Deans, Aztec Shops, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Graduate and Research Affairs, Office of the Provost, Honors Council, SDSU Research Foundation and University Advancement.

For questions or more information please contact Dr. Emilio Ulloa, chair of the SDSU Student Research Symposium (619)594-3110, eulloa@sciences.sdsu.edu.

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