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2012 CSUF Student Research Competition Results

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 CSUF Student Research Competition, which included undergraduate and graduate entries. More than 75 students made 66 presentations, almost double last year’s participation levels.

The top three awardees from the undergraduate and graduate categories, plus the next four finalists, will represent Cal State Fullerton in the CSU campus-wide competition.

The 10 students/student teams are:


1st Place: Alexander Lemmon, Application of Recycled Material in Construction Application

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Binod Tiwari, faculty adviser

2nd Place: Sheikh Mubashir, Detection and quantification of cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene in water using FTIR-ATR Technique

  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Zhuangjui Li, faculty adviser

3rd Place: Esther Hwang and Marilyn Palamino, Young Children's Understanding of Emotional Fantasy and Reality

  • Child and Adolescent Studies/Psychology
  • Nathalie Carrick, faculty adviser


1st Place: Andres Carrillo, Effects of Extended Incubation on Body Morphology and Feeding Ability of larval California Grunion, Leuresthes tenuis

  • Biological Sciences
  • Kathryn Dickson, faculty adviser

2nd Place: Beena Ajmera, Influence of Saline Water on the fully Softened Shear Strength of Soft Clays

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Binod Tiwari, faculty adviser

3rd Place: Gagandeep Bains, Probing the Role of Proline-288 in the Regulation of Agrobacterium tumefaciens ADPG Pyrophosphorylase

  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Chris Meyer, faculty adviser


Maureen Fox*, “Italophobia”: The Fear of Italy's Influence as Portrayed in Ben Jonson's Volpone and William Shakespeare's Othello

  • English and Comparative Literatures
  • Marlin Blaine, faculty adviser

Richard (Tim) Hastings, Reduction in the Impact of Earthquake Ground Motion Utilizing Soil Replacement Method

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Binod Tiwari, faculty adviser

Allison McKnight, Was There Really a Dog: David Foster Wallace's Tenuous Relationship with Journalistic Ethics In Neither Adult Nor Entertainment

  • English and Comparative Literatures
  • Erin Hollis, faculty adviser

Sandra Schreyer, The Inka in the Northern Ecuadorian Andes: Economic Aspects of Empire Consolidation

  • Anthropology
  • Brenda Bowser, faculty adviser

Shane Riegel, Far from Home: The Effect of Remittances on Work Hours in Honduras

  • Economics
  • Denise Stanley, faculty adviser

* Qualified for the team, but not able to participate in the CSU competition