Last year's (i.e., 2017) Symposium

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Host campus: Fresno State University

For additional information, contact: Dr. Tim Kubal,  Department of Sociology, Fresno State University,, 559/278-5145

Attention Presenters, See handouts for:


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Symposium logo, S superscript 4


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

Thursday, April 27 at Fresno State


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.


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 2017 Symposium will include three $5,000 best paper awards. Other presenters may receive small amounts to help defray travel expenses. 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. Detailed information is provided in the “2017 S4 Awards FAQs concerning available monies and eligibility. 

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 Fresno State campus. Fresno State does not honor parking permits from other campuses. To request a free guest permit, contact Dr. Tim Kubal at He will send you a code you will be able to enter into the permit dispenser. Be sure to contact him in a timely manner for this to happen.

Check-in in the Satellite Student Union (not to be confused with the Student Union - see map on menu to the left). Projection units will be available in the presentation rooms. We’re not able to provide computers so presenters will need to either bring their own laptops or share with other presenters.  To avoid problems in loading presentations, bring your PowerPoint file on a CD or flash drive. We have asked presiders to bring a laptop to share, and presenters should bring a paper copy of their presentations in case the technology doesn't work. Be sure to let Dr Kubal know if you have any additional needs.

Special note to guests. There is no cost associated with the conference because we have funding from the Chancellors Office. The funding is fairly limited so, while guests are welcome to attend, we would ask that you not take part in the food that we will offer participants in the morning and at lunch.  We are sorry to not be able to include you in our meals.  Guests do not need to register or have a badge.  Fast food is available in the bottom floor of the Student Union.

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

Last Updated: April 24,2017.