CSU Student Research Competition
The CSU Student Research Competition is held each spring to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments across the 23 CSU campuses.
Congratulations to the following delegates selected to represent CSUMB in April 2021! Congratulations to Claudia Rocha (1st Place; Session 18) and Paul Dommert (2nd Place; Session 19) for placing in the Behavioral, Social Sciences, and Public Administration category. Congratulations to the faculty mentors and the research teams.
- Gagandeep Choongh & Erika Hernandez Gonzalez - Psychology & Business; Faculty mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin
- Safety or Value? A Construal Level Theory Perspective on Consumers' Perceptions toward the Brand
- Courtney Crouse & Nevan Bell - Psychology; Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lovell
- Electrocardiographic Parameters of Sedated Southern Sea Otters
- Paul Dommert - Psychology; Faculty mentor: Dr. Christine Valdez
- Understanding the Psychology of Tranformation: A Mixed Methods Investigation into the Dynamics of Significant Psychological Change
- Gerhard Gross & Ethan Quaranta - Social Behavioral Sciences and Global Studies & Environmental Sciences; Faculty mentor: Dr. Yong Lao
- Assessing the Vulnerability of Monterey Bay Area Seniors to COVID-19
- Melissa-Ann Lagunas - Psychology; Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lovell
- Connectedness to Nautre and Well-being Among First-generation College Students, Faculty, and Staff
- Amelia Parker & Jesus Sanchez Orozco - Humanities and Communication;
Faculty mentor: Dr. Sam Robinson
- Higher Education Is Not Immune to Messaging Mishaps: A Rhetorical Analysis of COVID-19 Messanging on U.S. Campuses
- Claudia Rocha - Psychology;
Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lovell
- WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!: Using Youth Participatory Action Research as a Tool to Advocate for Latinx Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Rosalba Saavedra - Kinesiology; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Martin
- Relationship Between Walking Speed and Key Vital Signs in Young Adults
Students currently enrolled, as well as alumni/alumnae who receive(d) their degrees in spring, summer or fall of 2020. Research may be complete or preliminary with final findings included.
The research presented should be appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. Proprietary research is excluded. Presentations from all disciplines are invited. There will be separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each of the categories listed below (unless a division has four or fewer entrants, in which case undergraduate and graduate divisions may be combined). Important Note: Research that involves human or animal subjects must have appropriate institutional review approval.
The hosting California State University steering committee reserves the right to combine or subdivide these categories or to move an entrant from one category to another, as numbers of submissions necessitate. A campus delegation may include up to ten entries in the ten categories. A small team of students making a single presentation counts as one “entrant” but each team member must complete a Student Delegate Form with demographic and contact information. The ten categories are:
- Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Biological and Agricultural Sciences
- Business,Economics, and Public Administration
- Creative Arts and Design (creative projects are welcome)
- Engineering and Computer Science
- Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences
- Humanities and Letters
- Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Applicants must submit an online application including:
1.) Acknowledgment of a CSU faculty mentor(s).
2.) Summary Narrative of the research, and Appendices as appropriate (see below for more information on the summary narrative).
The Summary Narrative (see full call for more detailed information)
*Must include the name(s) of the student(s) and the title of the presentation as well as headers: Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion.
*May not exceed five double-spaced pages . Use fonts and margins that ensure legibility.
*Include appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) that does not exceed three pages.
Note: Faculty mentors must approve summary narratives and application, so it's strongly recommended to ask your faculty mentor review your application and summary narrative before attending and receiving feedback at an Application Review Session.
CSU COMPETITION GUIDELINES
Student delegates selected to represent CSUMB will present their work in an 8-minute pre-recorded presentation before a jury and an audience. Students will compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by class standing (undergraduate/graduate). Each student will have 8 minutes for an oral presentation of his or her work. These recordings will be played by the moderators live during the competition and student presenters will be required to be present for both the showing of the recorded presentation and the live Q&A immediately following.
Both the oral presentation and written summary will be judged on the following:
• Clarity of purpose
• Appropriateness of methodology
• Interpretation of results
• Value of the research or creative activity
• Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
• Organization of the material presented
• Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience (oral)
CSUMB Internal Selection Process & Competition Timeline
The Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) reviews all applications. Up to a total of 10 entries will be selected by the committee to participate in the statewide CSU competition.
Interested applicants will need to attend an information session to learn more about the application process as well as an application review designed to give feedback on all areas of the application. The review committee will only review applicants who have attended both sessions/and or have worked with UROC staff on the application. Faculty mentors are encouraged to attend sessions as well. Application information sessions will be offered November 2020-January 2021. Check back here for updates.
INFORMATION SESSIONS: February 1, 2021 at 4pm.
If you have missed a session: contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make a 20-minute initial appointment.
APPLICATION REVIEW SESSIONS will be offered January 27, February 3, and February 10 at 3pm.
2021 COMPETITION TIMELINE
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 3pm: Internal CSUMB Competition Deadline. No applications will be accepted after the application deadline. Submissions for 2021 are closed.
February-March: Research Scholarship Creative Activity (RSCA) Committee Review; Delegates selected to advance to the competition at Cal Poly Pomona.
March 10: Committee notifies select delegates to participate in the competition.
March 26: Deadline for student delegate registration for virtual competition at Cal Poly Pomona.
March-April: Delegate practice sessions.
April 15: Delegate pre-recorded presentation (8min) submitted to competition judges.
April 23: Practice presentation at the UROC Undergraduate Research Spring Showcase 2021
April 30- May 1, 2021: Delegates compete virtually at CSU Cal Poly Pomona (present 8-min pre-recorded video, plus live 5 min Q&A) using Zoom platform.
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Based on the recommendations of the jurors, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions of each category. If the undergraduate and graduate divisions of a category have been combined because there are fewer than four presenters in one division, awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up without regard to class standing. In the event there are five or fewer presenters in a session, only the outstanding presenter will receive an award.
2020 CSU Student Research Competition, CSU East Bay
Congratulations to Sarah Ricks (1st Place) and Selina Espinoza (2nd Place) for placing in their respective sessions. Read more about their accomplishments on the CSUMB News Page.
- Sarah Ricks, Business Administration; Title: Social Media Use of Mothers in India: Empowering Mother's Spending on Children's Education; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin
- Jessica Folck, Biology - Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology; Title: Electrocardiographic Parameters of Sedated Southern Sea Otters; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Arlene Haffa
- Selina Espinoza, Psychology & Statistics; Title: Cannabis Use and Perceptions Among Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lovell
- Nicholas Heyer, Molecular Biology & Mathematics; Title: Development of New Genomic Tools and Discovery of Novel Alleles in Human-Specific Paralogs of NOTCH2NL Genes, Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Judith Canner
- Frederick Siglar, Psychology & Human Development; Title: Psychological Well-Being: Do Connectedness to Nature and Spirituality Play a Role?; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lovell
- Weng Kei (Crystal) Loke, Psychology & Statistics; Title: Does Knowledge Lead to Wiser Decision Making? The Role of Awareness of Green Certifications, Willingness to Tradeoff in Influencing Sustainable Hotel Booking Decisions; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin
2019 CSU Student Research Competition, CSU Fullerton
Congratulations to Brishna Nader and Cris de los Santos on placing first in their respective session. Read more about it on the CSUMB News Page.
- Victoria Assad, Marine Science; Study of Tergivelum baldwinae, a Benthic Acorn Worm's Behavior and Population Densities
- Staphany Arriola and Aliana Criado, Kinesiology; Effects of a High-intensity Go4Life Program in People with Parkinson's disease
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maria Bellumori
- Micaela Colmenarez, Biology and Statistics; Patterns of Gene Expression Associated with the Evolution of Hermaphroditism in Serranid fishes; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nathaniel Jue
- Jessie Doyle, Applied Marine and Watershed Science; Predicting Fish Distributions in Remote Areas using Environmental DNA, Satellites, and Models; Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Olson
- Lauren Kashiwabara, Marine Science, Mathematics and Statistics; Short-term Effects of Extreme Upwelling on Juvenile Gopher Rockfish (Sebastes carnatus); Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Logan
- Danielle Layne, Kinesiology; Use of Different Medicine Ball Weights in the Backwards Overhead Medicine Ball Throw; Faculty Mentor: Dr. George Beckham
- *Brishna Nader and Cris de los Santos, Business, The Role of Internal LOC in Driving Pro-Environmental Behavior in Hospitality; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin ~ *1st Place Winner!*
- Rene Nunez, Keiley Hansen, and Samantha Scalise; Environmental Science Tech Policy; Effect of carbon supplementation on denitrification capabilities of bacterial communities in woodchip bioreactors; Faculty Mentor: John Silveus
- Rosalba Saavedra, Brian Bischoff, and Elijah Weiss; Kinesiology & Biology, Optimal Distance for Normal Gait Speed Testing; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Martin
- Daniel Olivares Zambrano, Biology; Nematostella vectensis Resistance to Their Own Neurotoxin: Exploring the Coevolutionary Resistance of Ion Channels to Neurotoxins in Venomous Animals; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Timothy Jegla
2018 CSU Student Research Competition, Sacramento State University
Congratulations to Rebekah Newman (1st place) and Yollete Merritt (2nd place) for placing in the respective session! Read more about it on the CSUMB News Page.
- Katrina Conen, Psychology; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Danielle Burchett; Impact of MMPI-2 versus MMPI-2-RF Booklet Administration on the Internal Structure and Predictive Utility of MMPI-2-RF Scales in a Forensic Inpatient Setting
- Shelby Delcambre, Kinesiology, Nathan Sanders, Mathematics Rosalba Saavedra, Kinesiology; Faculty Mentors: Dr. Eric Martin & Dr. Stephen Kim; 6th Vital Sign App: Testing Validity and Reliability
- Jenny Hatch, Psychology; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Danielle Burchett; Cognitive Symptom Trajectories among Forensic Inpatients Diagnosed with Psychotic Disorders
- Melissa Meridith, Biology; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Logan; Effects of Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia on Larval Brown Rockfish Transcriptome
- *Yollete Merritt, History/SPED; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Debian Marty; The Unknown History of the 19th Century California Underground Railroad~ *Second Place Winner!
- *Rebekah Newman, Psychology; Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jennifer Lovell and Dr. Christine Valdez; Increased Citizenship and Professional Development: Undergraduate Psychology Students Experiences with Service Learning ~ *First Place Winner!
- Nicholas Prew, Business; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin; The Impact of Temperature on Public Service Announcement Message Effectiveness
- Bryan Sierra-Rivera, Biology; Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Goeltz; The roles of antibiotics in modulating secondary metabolite production of Streptomyces when grown in co-culture
2017 CSU Student Research Competition, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Congratulations to Char'Mane Robinson and James Vongsaroj for placing 1st place in their respective sessions! Read more about it on the CSUMB News Page.
- Sarah Coffin, Environmental Science & Psychology Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Dyer-Seymour Seeing through the Eyes of an Albatross: Perspective-Taking at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Katrina Conen & Jayme Luna, Psychology Faculty Mentor: Dr. Danielle Burchett Impact of Using Raw Versus Uniform T Scores in MMPI-2-RF Descriptive and Inferential Research
- Cecilia Garcia, Biology Faculty Mentor: Dr. Henrik Kibak RNA interference (RNAi) control of whitefly, Bemisia tabaci MEAM1
- Char' Mane Robinson, Environmental Science Faculty Mentor: John Silveus A statistical and spatial analysis of chemical contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam ~ *1st Place Winner!*
- James Vongsaroj, Kinesiology Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brian Cook Examining Temperament in Exercise Dependence and Eating Disorders ~ *1st Place Winner!*
2016 CSU Student Research Competition, CSU Bakersfield
Congratulations to Madison Heard for placing 2nd place in her respective session!
- Briana Bercerra, Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy; Productivity of Juniper and Pinyon Woodlands in La Joya, New Mexico; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Suzy Worcester
- Jordan Collignon, Mathematics; Simulating the Reintroduction of the Extinct Passenger Pigeon; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lipika Deka
- Jesirae Collins, Marine Science; Impact of seafloor structure on a dominant marine organism of the sandy habitat; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Corey Garza
- Gina Dabbah, Biology; Field Observation of ascospore discharge of monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi in northern highbush blueberries; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Miles
- Charlie Farber and Carl Thacker, Biology; Utilization of in vivo Plasmid Assembly in the Transformation of S. Cerevisiae; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan
- Madison Heard, Marine Science; Effects of Climate Change on the Larval Development of Haliotis rufescens (red abalone); Faculty Mentor: Dr. Corey Garza ~ *2nd Place Winner!*
- Elizabeth Hensley, Human Communication;Stop the Press: A case study using critical race theory to unpack and challenge the barrier of whiteness in newspapers; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sam Robinson
- Bethany Schulze, Environmental Science; Technology and Policy~ Modeling and mapping habitat suitability for bat foraging activity; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Fred Watson
- Jewel Sean Gentry, Masters of Art in Education; Measuring Visitor Engagement in the Mission Museums; Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kerrie Chitwood
2015 CSU Research Competition, CSU San Bernardino
- Briana Becerra, Marine Science; Factors Contributing Seedling Regeneration Subsequent to a Large Scale Clear Cut Compared to a Reference Forest Stand in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire
- Elizabeth Alger, Biology; Investigating Panicle Architecture Variation in Grass Panicum Hali
- Jade Fackler, Kinesiology; Fatigue Index vs.Peak Power as an Accurate Predictor of Mountain Biking Performance in High School Mountain Bike Athletes
- Isabella Romero & Nasreen Toorbally, Psychology; Construct Validity of MMPI-2-RF Scales in a Forensic Inpatient Hospital Setting
- Megan Golbek, Mathematics; Submerged Obstacles and Linear Wave Propagation
2014 CSU Student Research Competition, CSU East Bay
- Alexis Ingram, Human Communication; Courting the Shippers: Community and the Changing Media Landscape
- Breanna Orozco, Kinesiology; Evaluation of a Worksite Based Walking Competition on Perceived Stress and Physical Activity Participation Among Female University Employees
- Daniel Muratore, Biology; Impact of Management Type on Emissions of Nitrous Oxide within a Sprinkler Irrigated Lettuce Crop
- Kyle Firek, Psychology; Teens Whose Families Use Friendly Sarcasm and Teasing Have Nicer Friends
- Lilyana Staight Gross, Mathematics; Modeling the Spread of Methamphetamine Use: A Compartmental Approach
- Gwen Miller, Environmental Science; Do Temperature and Dissolved Organic Carbon Play a Role in Nitrate Removal within a Treatment Wetland (Graduate Delegate)
2011 CSU Research Competition, San Diego State University
- Jesse Mangiagli, Psychology; College Student’s Attitudes’ Toward Sexuality: An Analysis of Homophobia as a Function of Masculinity
- Kevin Johnson, Biology; A Comparison of Cyanobacterial Abundance and Potential Toxicity in Two California Coastal Lakes
- Cody Rosasco, Psychology; Adult Sleep Patterns are not Predicted by Parental Perceptions of or use of a Sleep Method
- Erin Stanfield, Coastal and Watershed Science & Policy (Graduate); Presence and Toxicity of Freshwater Cyanobacteria in Pinto Lake, Monterey Bay Area, California
- Anthony Basilio, Biology; Effects Of Body Size On The Swimming Performance And Pectoral Fin Growth Of Black Surfperch (Embiotoca Jacksoni) From Central California
- Edgar Calcanas, Computer Science and Information Technology; Performance Analysis of a Delay Tolerant Routing Protocol
- Keri Zaro, Kinesiology; Applied Warm-Up Strategies: Effects on Vertical Jump