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

2021 Fall Research Competition


  • 1st Place: Spencer Winter, Psychology. "Adult Neurogenesis in The Fish Model Speckled Sanddab." Faculty Mentor: Dr. Zurine De Miguel, Psychology Department
  • 2nd Place: Morgan Raimondo, Biology. "Characterizing the Composition and Function of Soilborne Streptomyces from the Salinas Valley." Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jose Pablo Dundore-Arias, Department of Biology & Chemistry
  • 3rd Place (tie): Alicia Del Toro, Marine Science. "Population Densities of Black Abalone Along the Monterey Peninsula." Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alison Haupt, Department of Marine Science; Charles Scrivner, Marine Science. "Discriminating Green, Benthic Endmembers in Coastal Systems Using Novel Hyperspectral Satellite Imagery." Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sherry Palacios, Department of Marine Science 

Student Presenters

  • Avalon Surratt - Bioremdiation of Pesticides: Applying Molecular Genomic Techniques to Uncover Efficient, Eco-friednly Methods of Cleaning Toxic Agricultural Waste. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nathaniel Jue, Department of Biology & Chemistry 
  • Jocelyn Chavez-Diaz - Bilingual Heritage Speakers and Their Formed Identity in the United States. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lamar Graham, Department of Romance Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Saray Garcia - Business for 2030: A Content Analysis of Firm's Statements on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ishva Minefee, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Erika Hernandez-Gonzalez - Green Skepticim: Examining the Role of Social Media Influencers on Consumer Attitudes Towards Green Brands. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin, College of Business
  • Lily Amador & Korina McKinley - Location of History and Civics in Salinas Ethnic Studies Classrooms. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Chrissy Hernandez, Service Learning Institute
  • Alma Leon - Observing Beaked Whale Foraging Behavior with Acoustic Location. Faculty Mentor: Eric Snyder, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

2021 Judges

  • Dr. Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin, College of Business
  • Dr. Erin Ramirez, Department of Education and Leadership
  • Dr. Kelly Medina-Lopez, School of Humanities and Communication
  • Dr. Jose Pablo Dundore-Arias, Department of Biology and Chemistry
  • Mayor Yvette Brooks, City of Capitola

2021 Fall Research Competition Program