A celebration of student excellence in research

The 2021 SRS is going virtual! The virtual event will be on March 19 and 20, 2021. More information to come out soon. 

Registration is open now and closes January 24, 2021. Please go to the students tab to register. 

SRS is a public forum where SDSU 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 of our students, both graduate and undergraduate.

We are still in the planning stages of this new format, but we expect the program to include:

  • “On your own sessions,” where you can view pre-recorded oral presentations and performances at your own pace and ask the authors questions during their live Q&A
  • Poster Session with pre-recorded “lightning” presentations and session for live Q&A and chat with the authors
  • Orals, performances, and posters will be available to attendees on demand during the conference week, no need to miss any talks of interest due to overlapping times

Stay tuned for more detailed information on the virtual program, presentation templates, awards, and more!

In the past, SRS has been held the first week of March on a Friday and Saturday. In an effort to better support students and faculty, we are taking a survey to see which days of the week might work better for SRS to be held in a virtual environment. Please take the survey (link below) so we can assess and better plan for the 2022 SRS and beyond. 


We look forward to your responses and appreciate your participation. We will close the survey October 23, 2020.



In 2020, 430 students presented their research at the symposiumMore than 160 judges and moderators evaluated posters and presentations, helping determine the 59 awards presented to students — including $17,000 in cash prizes. Top winners went on to the CSU competition, where they found further success.


“SRS is an incredibly valuable venue for students to present and discuss work they’ve spent months, and in some cases years, preparing,” said former SDSU Vice President for Research Stephen Welter. “It also provides beneficial experience students can leverage when applying for graduate school or starting their scientific careers.”



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.