40th Annual CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Host campus: California State University, Sacramento

For additional information, contact: Dr. Jennifer Murphy, Department of Sociology, CSU Sacramento, (916) 278-3616; murphyj@csus.edu 

Attention Presenters: See handouts for some tips on making your presentation more effective, and additional tips (in PDF format) specifically geared toward this conference.

CSU Sacramento University Union

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The CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium
(formerly the CSU, SSRIC Student Research Conference)

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at CSU Sacramento

The CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium (S4, pronounced "ess four") is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences. The Council invites all undergraduates and graduate students, from all CSU campuses and California community colleges, in all areas of the social sciences, to present their research to their peers. Research that involves human or animal subjects must have appropriate institutional review.

Registration: Update - Registrations are now closed.

Individual and group papers are welcome.  Participants will make oral presentations of about 15 minutes in length. Lunch will be provided to participants.

The atmosphere of the Symposium is relaxed, and the emphasis is on meeting and sharing with students with similar interests from throughout the CSU. Dress should be dressy casual.

AWARDS: Thanks to the continued generosity of Dr. Gene Geisler, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at San Francisco State and a key founding member of the SSRIC, the 2015 Symposium will include three $5,000 best paper awards, as well as awards of $75-$150 for other papers presented. Eligibility for awards is limited to CSU undergraduates and Master's level graduate students, and students in the first two full years of a CSU doctoral program. 

Before you register, read the attached PDF file of Frequently Asked Questions very carefully. If the Adobe Reader PDF viewer is not already installed on your device, you'll need the free download.

To be considered for a best paper award, you must register for the Symposium and submit your full paper with your registration. Papers may not exceed 20 pages in length, not including, references, graphs, tables, or appendices. In addition, include an abstract of not more than 100 words.

If you are not interested in being considered for an award, but would like to make an oral presentation at the Symposium, register for the Symposium and post an abstract of not more than 100 words with your registration.

The Symposium will be held on the Sacramento State campus in the University Union. Windows-based computers with PowerPoint and projection units will be available in presentation rooms. To avoid problems in loading presentations, bring your PowerPoint file on a CD or flash drive. Be sure to let Dr. Murphy know if you have any additional needs.

If you have questions, contact (in order of priority):

Last Updated: May 11, 2015.