Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Fall Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity Competition

The Fall Research Competition is designed to highlight and support undergraduate research projects, scholarship, and creative activity at CSUMB. Students, under the guidance of one or more faculty members within their department, or multiple departments for interdisciplinary projects, are eligible to submit a project to be considered for the competition. Winning presentations will be strongly encouraged to apply for the statewide California State University Student Research Competition, held each spring to promote and recognize outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the CSU system. UROC models the presentation format and evaluation criteria after the CSU Research Competition.

Fall Showcase 2015 presenters

2022 Fall Research Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the the 8th Annual Fall Research Competition that was held Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 2:30 - 6 p.m. at the University Center Living Room.


  • 1st Place: Pepper St. Clair, Biology. "Analysis of antibiotic pressure on conjugation efficiency of antimicrobial resistance genes in E.coli." Mentor: Dr. Simon Titen, Department of Biology and Chemistry
  • 2nd Place: Paige Siegel, Marine Science. "Spatial Variability and Recovery of Sea Stars along the Monterey Peninsula Post Sea Star Wasting Disease."  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alison Haupt, Department of Marine Science
  • 3rd Place: Daran Towns, Marine Science. "The Effects of Giant Kelp on Ocean Acidification." Faculty Mentor: Matt Hess, Moss Landing Marine Labs

Student Presenters

  • Kyle Parker & Maria Navarro, Psychology. "Exploring a post-pandemic world: How has COVID-19 impacted students' perceptions of specific knowledge, skills, and abilities learned during the pandemic?" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Dyer-Seymour, Psychology Department
  • Ingrid Martinson, Marine Science. "Oiled-marsh Restoration Study: The Reintroduction of Fauna into Systems." Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paul Pennington & James Daugomah
  • Sonia Kortenkamp, Environmental Science, Technology and Policy. "Vegetative Cover and Water Quality in Summer  2022 at Tottino II Wetland in Moro Cojo Slough." Faculty Mentor: Andria Greene
  • Brittany Zetko, Biology. "Exploring Antagonistic Competitive Interactions Among Soilborne Streptomyces from the TriCounty region." Faculty Mentor: Dr. JP Dundore-Arias
  • Zachary Vayder, Marine Science. "The genetic mystery of Chelaethiops fishes of the Congo River." Faculty Mentor: Dr. Liz Alter
  • Emily Locke-Paddon, Biology. "Genetic characterization of environmental Streptomyces spp." Faculty Mentor: Dr. JP Dundore-Arias
  • Paul Stephens, Psychology. "Neurophysiological responses to cognitive load during learning and memory via eye tracking technology." Faculty Mentor: Dr. Zurine De Miguel

Judges Panel

  • Dr. Erin Ramirez, College of Education
  • Dr. Jose Pablo Dundore-Arias, College of Science
  • Dr. Kelly Medina-Lopez, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
  • Dr. Marylou Shockley, College of Business
  • Dr. George Matsumoto, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Fall Research Competition Program