A celebration of student excellence in research

The Student Research Symposium (SRS) is a public forum where San Diego State University students present their research, scholarship, and creative activities. The symposium is a two-day event, occurring each spring semester, that recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of SDSU students. It is a great way to learn about all the wonderful projects that our students, both graduate and undergraduate, are engaged in.

In 2018, 524 students, including 278 undergraduates, presented their research at the symposium. Student participation is up nearly two-thirds since SRS began five years ago. 

Images from the 2018 Student Research Symposium 

SRS student presenting poster

SRS speaking to judge

SRS student pointing to poster

We award excellence

Presidential Awards ($500) are made to recognize outstanding achievement in original scholarship. These graduate and undergraduate students go on to represent SDSU at the CSU Student Research Competition. In total, more than 50 cash awards were given in recognition of outstanding presentations or performance during SRS 2018.

For students

All SDSU students are encouraged to submit an application to present either preliminary or completed results from their original research or creative activity. Presentations, whether oral, poster, exhibit, or performance, are organized by academic disciplines with divisions for undergraduate, masters', and doctoral students. 


Undergraduate Research in the News                                                                             

Lessons from the Research Lab, from California to Costa Rica
This summer, several students are conducting research throughout North America and blogging about their experiences.

Summer Research a Transformative Experience for Undergrads
SDSU is funding roughly 70 students to conduct research with faculty mentors this summer. "I love research," said one student.

Combining Research, Instruction and Prizes is All the Buzz

A recent SDSU undergraduate's research into California mosquito viruses won the inaugural Microbial Metagenomics Discovery Challenge. .

Student Research Team Finds Meaning in Work
A group of undergraduates spent two years conducting research and found the experience altered their education and career paths.

STEM Diversity Programs Put Undergrads on Research Path for Research Success
Two-thirds of SDSU undergraduates who receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships hail from two university programs aimed at increasing diversity in STEM research.