Cal Poly Pomona will host the fifth annual Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference on March 3 with presentations and showcases in the University Library and the Bronco Student Center.
The Office of Undergraduate Research encourages any undergraduate or graduate student who has conducted research in subjects ranging from business and engineering to humanities and agriculture to submit applications to compete or showcase their work at the conference.
“It’s basically to have the students get help with presenting their work on campus,” said Elisa Mitchell, a main organizer of the conference and an associate of OUR-CPP. “The idea is to expand their horizons and to get their feet wet.”
Applications to participate are due on Friday on the Student RSCA Conference’s website.
Applicants are required to provide an abstract of at most 250 words and indicate which type of presentation they will use: oral, performance, poster or a creative showcase. They also need to provide a summary of their research results, if applicable. A faculty mentor will then need to approve the project entry by Monday.
Among the four ways that students can present their research, the oral presentation and performance presentation are competitive, and the poster presentation and creative showcase are noncompetitive.
The oral presentation entails a PowerPoint presentation, while the performance presentation leaves more room for students to be creative with how they want to present their research, like a reading or a dance.
Oral and performance presentations will be divided into discipline-specific sessions. They both have a 10-minute requirement, and each presentation will be followed by a three-minute Q&A session by a panel of judges.
The poster presentation is an option for students who don’t want to be judged and simply want to present their research to viewers in a noncompetitive fashion.
The creative works showcase is another noncompetitive option for students to display artwork, prototypes and design projects, according to the Student RSCA Conference webpage.
Among the competitive oral and performance presentations, one winner will be selected from each session at the conference’s closing reception. Those winners will receive $100 in prize money.
Winners will also advance to the CSU System-Wide Research competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in April for a chance to compete for cash prizes for first and second place.
“It’s up to the student how they use that money,” said Mitchell. “But ideally, it would continue their research.”
Last year’s winners at the CPP division included research in mobile application usage for brand loyalty, knowledge of California residents on citrus-greening disease and “calpollini,” an enriched rice flour-based gluten-free pasta.
A member of CPP staff will also be awarded the Distinguished RSCA Staff Award at the end of the conference. It honors a staff member from the Division of Academic Affairs who has championed students, faculty and research and creative activities.
Students can nominate a staff member on the Student RSCA Conference’s website by Feb. 1.
Mitchell hopes that the number of applicants for the RSCA Conference will continue to grow. Last year, the conference hosted more than 200 presenters, and she expects this year to host just as many.
“We just hope to continue to reach more students,” said Mitchell.
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