Annual Symposium to Highlight Student Research and Creative Work

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Undergraduate and graduate students showcased their diverse research and creative work at last year’s Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium. This year, about 160 students are expected to make oral and poster presentations on various topics on Feb. 13 in CSUN’s University Student Union. Photo by Lee Choo.

Students will present their research on a host of topics — ranging from the impact of streaming on the music industry to the effect of performance-based pay on teacher motivation and student outcomes — on Friday, Feb. 13, at California State University, Northridge’s 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium.

The symposium gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to share their scholarly research, while also receiving guidance from faculty mentors who are active researchers in their respective fields. The program also enlightens the campus community on the quality, diverse research and creative activity being done by CSUN students. This year, 35 disciplines will be presenting. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served.

“The purpose of the symposium is to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines,” said Hedy Carpenter, director of graduate programs. “It is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience presenting their research or creative activity in a professional setting, without the stress of a big conference.”

About 160 students will present either an oral or poster presentation. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Student Union’s Northridge Center. It is organized by the offices of Graduate Studies and has received funding from the Associated Students and the University Student Union.

This year, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to CSUN public health professor Sloane Burke Winkleman, 11 students from the College of Health and Human Development and one student from the Department of Sociology will present their research in a eight-minute TED Talk-style presentation in the University Student Union Plaza del Sol.

The presentations will be judged by 60 faculty representing 35 academic disciplines. Students across all fields of study will compete for first and second place awards in 12 concurrent sessions. Several of these students will be selected to compete in the CSU Statewide Student Research Competition.

For more information about the symposium, visit the graduate student events website.