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Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation

2019 Symposium Winners

Congratulations to all the finalists at the 2019 Symposium on Student Research, Innovation, and Creative Activities. These finalists advanced to the CSU Student Research Competition in April 2019.

  • Kayla Osman – Dr. Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez, Faculty Mentor Psychology, Undergraduate Biculturalism, Discrimination, and the Mental Health of Mexican American Women
  • Jace Kuske - Dr. Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez,  Faculty Mentor Psychology, Undergraduate Hypocretin Antagonism’s Influence on Postpartum Anxiety and Pup Retrieval in Mice.
  • Emma Roberts – Dr. Keith Trujillo, Faculty Mentor Psychology, Undergraduate Reward-Related Ultrasonic Vocalizations in Laboratory Rats are Greater in a Comfortable Environment
  • Rosa Hunt – Dr. Kimberly E. Vanderbilt, Faculty Mentor Psychology, Graduate Children’s Decision to Trust and Reciprocate Information: Does Accuracy Outweigh Intentionality in Children’s Reasoning?
  • Samantha Mertens - Dr. Wesley Schultz, Faculty Mentor Psychology, Graduate It's Personal: Using Normative Feedback to Increase Residential Recycling
  • Craig Cowling - Dr. Matthew Escobar, Faculty Mentor Biotechnology, Undergraduate Arabidopsis thaliana glutaredoxin AtGRX660 controls lateral root development and shoot organ size
  • Magaly Guzman Sosa - Dr. Kambiz Hamadani, Faculty Mentor Biotechnology, Undergraduate Factors that Affect the Aggregation Behavior of TAR DNA Binding Protein (TDP-43)
  • Yesenia Mora - Dr. Diego Sustaita, Faculty Mentor Biological Sciences, Undergraduate Analysis of Loggerhead Shrike “Wing-Flashing” Movements During Hunting
  • Terrance Haanen - Dr. Jane Kim, Faculty Mentor Biochemistry, Undergraduate The Effect of Chromosomal Location on Trinucleotide Repeat Expansion
  • Jonathan Molina - Dr. Thomas Spady, Faculty Mentor Biological Sciences, Graduate In-ovo Culture of Cryopreserved Quail Testicular Tissue Increases Cell Survivability and Stage-Specific Embryonic Antigen -1, -3, and -4 Percentages
  • Jesus Perez - Dr. Stephen Tsui,  Faculty Mentor Applied Physics, Undergraduate Oxygen-effect investigation of the spin reorientation transition in CeFeO3

Symposium and CSU Statewide Competition Info

The 33rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition will be held by California State University, Fullerton in Spring 2019. 

Each year CSUSM hosts an annual symposium for undergraduate and graduate scholarly activities. This symposium is held to promote excellence by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments across the disciplines at CSUSM. Students’ research projects can be class or independent study projects that meet the research criteria for the competition. Projects completed during the prior spring and fall semesters are eligible to apply.  Student participants will make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities in California. Up to ten finalists receive cash awards and paid travel expenses to attend the statewide competition and compete against fellow CSU students from the twenty-three campuses.

The Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation is organized by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the Committee for Undergraduate Research. 

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at 760-750-4066 or