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

2023 Fall Research Competition

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 9th annual Fall Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity Competition on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 from 2:30 - 6 p.m. at the Alumni & Visitors Center. Thank you to all our judges for their support and commitment. Congratulations to our winners and all the student presenters!


  • 1st Place: Alyssa Walter, Marine Science. "A Fin-tastic Comprehensive Assessment and Classification of Mating Scars on Female Great White Sharks in the Northeastern Pacific" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alison Haupt, Department of Marine Science Research Mentor: Dr. Sal Jorgensen, Department of Marine Science
  • 2nd Place: Connor Quiroz, Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy. "The California Red-Legged Frog R. draytonii Habitat: Defining and Predicting their Current and Future Ranges" Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Olson, Department of Applied Environmental Science
  • 3rd Place: Sarina Regis & Katelyn Huie, Biology. "Trend identification of x-ray diffraction peaks of historic bullet casings from Fort Ord, CA" Faculty Mentor: McKenzie Floyd, Department of Biology & Chemistry

Student Presenters

  • Matthias Milton, Marine Science. "HIF-1α expression in adult gopher rockfish (Sebastes carnatus) under upwelling and ocean acidification stress in central California" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Logan, Department of Marine Science
  • Oscar Murillo-Espinoza, Mathematics. "Arithmetical Structures on Canoe Paddle Graphs" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alison Lynch, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Lexi Yokomizo, Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy.  "Analysis of Fire Retardant in Runoff" Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Olson, Department of Applied Environmental Science
  • Levi Mahler, Japanese Language and Culture. "Gods and Bases: U.S. Military Presence and Its Impacts on Japanese Spiritual Customs" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dustin Wright, School of World Languages and Cultures
  • Marlenne Ortega, Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy. "Food Preference of the Eelgrass Sea Hares" Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Guilinger, Department of Applied Environmental Science, CSU Monterey Bay Research Mentor: Dr. Richelle Tanner, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University
  • Madison Moreno, Environmental Studies. "2023 Sustainability Literacy Assessment for California State University, Monterey Bay" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victoria Derr, Department of Applied Environmental Science
  • Jissel Antonio, Humanities and Communication. "Uniendo Nuestras Voces: A Study of Collective Experiences of Oppression in Schools" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Chrissy Hernandez, Service Learning Institute

Judges Panel

  • Dr. Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin, Associate Professor, College of Business
  • Dr. Zurine De Miguel, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Cindy Juntunen, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Stefanie Kortman, Senior Lab Technician, Department of Biology and Chemistry
  • Guest Judge: Kate Daniels, Policy Advisor to State Senator John Laird

Fall Research Competition Program