2017 CSUF/CSU Research Competition

Application deadline: CLOSED

Eight individuals and two teams of CSUF students will present their research during the 31st Annual California State University Student Research Competition, April 28-29, 2017, at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The 15 finalists will make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities in California.

In the first of the two-phase contest, Cal State Fullerton held a competition for Titan students, from which the finalists were selected. The CSUF Student Research Competition is open to CSUF undergraduate and graduate students from across all disciplines. Its purpose is to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University system.

Applications for the 2018 competition will be due next February.


2017 CSUF Student Research Competition Finalists

Selena Cartznes and Fardusa Ismail, undergraduates, Child and Adolescent Studies
Title: “Am I the Only One?”: Personal and Witnessed Cyberbullying Experiences among Latino Middle School Students
Faculty mentor: Dr. Guadalupe Espinoza

 Raj Divi, graduate, Biological Science
Title: Biomimetic Models Reveal Vortical Filtration Mechanics of Filter Feeding Mobulid Rays
Faculty mentor: Dr. Misty Paig-Tran

Nicholas Gomez, graduate, Music 
Title: Ornette Coleman in 1959: Redefining the Form and Function of Jazz
Faculty mentor: Dr. John Koegel

Karla Gutierrez, undergraduate, Biological Science
Title: Evaluating the Importance of Pre-settlement versus Post-settlement Processes in Determining Adult Population Density of the Olympia Oyster, Ostrea lurida, in Newport Bay, CA.
Faculty mentor: Dr. Danielle Zacherl

Stacy Guzman, undergraduate, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Title: Small-molecule Inhibitors of Wnt Signaling Pathway: Towards Novel Anticancer Therapeutics
Faculty mentor: Dr. Peter de Lijser

Trini Nguyen, undergraduate, Mathematics
Title: Mathematical Model to Detect Dry-Eye Diseases
Faculty mentor: Dr. Charles H. Lee

Allison Paff, Graduate, Human Communication Studies
Title: Investigation of Feedback Schedules on Speech Motor Learning in Healthy Younger and Older Adults
Faculty mentor: Dr. Phillip Weir-Mayta

Mayur Parmar, graduate, Mechanical Engineering
Title: Experimental Study on Liquid-assisted Laser Beam Micro-Machining of Smart Materials
Faculty mentor: Dr. Sagil James

Caitlin Stapp, undergraduate, Biological Science
Title: The Structural Properties of Blacktip Poacher (Xeneretmus latifrons) Scales: A Biomechanical Inspiration for Puncture-Resistant Armor
Faculty mentor: Dr. Misty Paig-Tran

Thomas Ward, Hieu Le, Ahmad Alsharhan, Ryan Kean and Christopher Veyna, undergraduates, Mechanical Engineering
Title: Building a Low-Cost Atomic Force Microscope
Faculty mentor: Dr. Sagil James

Please contact Faculty Fellow for Student Creative Activities and Research Dr. Nathalie Carrick (ncarrick@fullerton.edu)
(Dr. Terri Patchen is on sabbatical Spring semester, 2017)