18th Annual
Student Project & Research Symposium

A Celebration of Student Excellence "

9:00 am - 1:30 pm, Thursday, April 21, 2022

AH/BT Quad with SDCC YouTube
Zoom Conference (More Info)

In Conjunction with the 8th Annual Community Open House Day

President's Welcome

Symposium Magazine

Symposium Schedule

Event Map

Past Student Profiles and Testimonials (PDF)
Photo Highlights
Award Winners

Graphic of Symposium PosterThis 2021 Student Project & Research Symposium (SP&RS) is open to all City College students. Participants will be given the opportunity to present their original projects and research through posters, oral presentations, spoken word, video, artistic displays and performances.

Interested students are invited to submit an application for this annual symposium. Please read all information below before applying.

Applications are due by
Monday, April 11, 2022 at noon.

The Symposium is co-sponsored by the City College Academic Senate.


Students must work with a faculty mentor before submitting an application. The faculty mentor must review the completed application before it is submitted.

Only online registrations will be accepted. Registration closes Monday, April 11, 2022 at noon.
All applications received on or before April 11 will be reviewed by the Symposium Organizing Committee. The Committee reserves the right to "accept" or "not accept" applications. Applicants will be sent an e-mail confirmation with their application status by April 14. Please work with your mentor to complete your project.


Posters must be displayed between 9 am and 11 am. Presenters are expected to adjust their schedules to remain with their posters as much as possible to answer any questions and discuss their research with attendees. Exceptions are made for attending classes. Please see the "Sample Poster Presentation" for detailed instructions. Faculty mentors must review and approve the final posters before they are presented.


Recorded presentations will be scheduled between 9 am and 12:30 pm. Presentations are limited to 5 minutes. Time limits will be enforced. Faculty mentors must review and approve the final presentations before they are submitted. The Symposium Organizers will coordinate the presentation schedule with all presenters.

Communication Showcase

Communication Showcase will be scheduled between 11:15 and 12:15 pm. Applicants will be referred by a faculty member in Speech, Radio, TV, Film, or Journalism. Your participation will include a presentation in the form of a speech or an excerpt from a project in Radio, TV, Film, or Journalism. Please work with your mentor to complete the project. Professor Erin Engstrom will coordinate your participation in the event.

Spoken Word

Spoken Word will be scheduled between 12:30 and 1 pm. Entries are limited to 3 minutes and students may submit a maximum of 2 entries (pending room in the program for multiple presentations). In addition to completing the online application, please submit a copy of your Spoken Word entry by email to Professor Deanna Shelton. Spoken word can include performance poetry, poetry readings, storytelling, commentary, or VAMP.

Faculty Mentors

The Symposium Committee is grateful to faculty mentors for supporting students in the pursuit of academic excellence. The role of the faculty mentor is very important in the research process.  Faculty mentors have the following responsibilities:

  • Identify students who are outstanding candidates for presenting their work in the Symposium
  • Approve a student's Symposium application before it is submitted
  • Work with participating students to complete their research project
  • Work with participating students to complete their presentation
  • Attend the Symposium to view the participating student's presentation


Application (Online Form) -

  • Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2022 at noon
  • Note: For "Oral Presentations" - In addition to completing the online application, please submit a draft copy of your PowerPoint presentation by email to Professor Erin Engstrom eengstro@sdccd.edu )

Sample Completed Application (PDF)
Sample Poster (PDF)
How to Record and Upload (PDF)
How to Incorporate Visuals (PDF)
Final Checklist (PDF)
Presentations Official Rubric - Presentation Rubric (PDF)

Questions about the Student Project & Research Symposium may be directed to the Symposium Organizing Committee by calling (619) 388-3156.

Symposium Organizing Committee

Andrew Menchaca, Outreach Program Coordinator
Cesar Gumapas, Public Information Officer

Kim De La Rue, Communications Office
Victor Chen, City College Webmaster
Carol Withers, Professor and City College Librarian
Patricia Fernandez, Supervisor Duplicating
Rafael Alvarez, MESA Director

Misael Camarena, Professor of Mathematics
George Jessup, Professor of Mathematics
Erin Engstrom, Professor of Communication Studies
Deanna Shelton, Professor of Communication Studies
Maria-Jose Zeledon-Perez, Professor of Communication Studies