CSUMB Hosts 5th Annual Summer Research Symposium

SEASIDE Calif., August 15, 2018 – The 5th annual summer research symposium, which celebrated summer research conducted at numerous institutions around the Monterey Bay, was held at the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library on Friday, August 10. The symposium included student research presentations from CSUMB’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC), Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program and the Naval Postgraduate School Internship Program (NPS) that includes students from Hartnell College and Monterey Peninsula College.

Summer research symposium

Photo by: James Kimbrell

“It's [the research symposium] particularly important to them to be able to connect with this academic community as well as be recognized by our campus and regional leadership,” said UROC Associate Director, Holly Unruh. “This year's address from Congressman Jimmy Panetta really made an impact for them.”

The symposium included 10-minute scientific-style talks by the REU and UROC undergraduate students in the morning and poster presentations by the UROC, NPS, Hartnell and Monterey Community College undergraduate students in the afternoon giving the student researchers a chance to showcase their work.

“Most importantly, we are creating equitable opportunities for students from throughout our region to engage in the process of inquiry, to tackle real-world problems - many of them particular to our area - and propose their own innovative solutions,” said Unruh.

Hosting open community events is in keeping with CSUMB’s role as a community resource, providing forums for provocative discussions that can impact thought and action on issues important to our community.