36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition April 29 & April 30, 2022

CSU Student Research Competition

California State University Systemwide Student Research Competition

The California State University Systemwide Student Research Competition is an annual event that brings together scholars from the 23 campuses of our California State University system. The competition showcases undergraduate and graduate research, scholarship, and creative works by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments. Undergraduate and graduate student participants from all disciplines are judged by experts for their oral presentations and written abstracts. Students who compete in the CSU Student Research Competition can win $500 for first place and $250 for second place recognition in their session.

Each CSU campus appoints a campus coordinator and develops its own procedures for selecting student delegates to the systemwide competition. Interested students should contact their campus coordinator for more information. Only those students endorsed by the campus coordinator can enter the systemwide competition.  The campus coordinator must submit a list of students who have been selected for the systemwide competition to ResearchComp2022@sfsu.edu  by Wednesday, March 16, at 11:59 p.m. (PDT).

Each project must be registered via the CSU Student Research Competition 2022 Competitor Registration form by March 18, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT).

Student questions should be directed to the local campus coordinator. Coordinators for other campuses may contact ResearchComp2022@sfsu.edu with any questions. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Kate Hamel at  hamelk@sfsu.edu and Khaled Ezzat at khaled@sfsu.edu at San Francisco State University.

Interested in entering the competition? Review the Overview & Guidelines on the cards below.

Research Categories:

  • Behavioral, Social Sciences, and Public Administration
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business, Economics, and Hospitality Management
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

Competition Criteria each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) will be judged on the following:

  • Clarity of purpose
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Interpretation of results
  • Value of the research or creative activity
  • Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience

 

Session 1: Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration - Graduate #1

1st Place: Eric Pennino, California State University, Sacramento, "Demystifying Undergraduate Research Experiences to Increase Access and Equity for Four-Year and Community College Students"

2nd Place: Isaac Ho, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, "Use of Preference Analysis to Identify Early Adopter Mind-Sets of Insect-based Food Products"

Session 2: Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration - Graduate #2

1st Place: Ramon Ronquillo, Saba Rezvani, Chris Simmons, Khanh Phan, California State University, Dominguez Hills, "Tattoos and six inch heels: A visual exploration of the meaning of clothing for adults with mobility disabilities"

2nd Place: Jean Pauline Serrano, California State University, Northridge, "Home-School Cultural Value Mismatch, Anxiety, Academic Problems, and Self- Efficacy Among Underrepresented University Freshmen"

Session 3: Physical and Mathematical Sciences – Undergraduate

1st Place: Mauricio Gomez Lopez, California State University, Fullerton, "Studying the Material Properties of an Active Suspension of Swimming Bacteria"

2nd Place (tie):

Alisa Quon, Anna Nguyen, California State University, Los Angeles, "Porphyrinic Metal-Organic Frameworks for the Photocatalytic Detoxification of a Mustard Gas Simulant via Selective Oxidation"

Felice Angelica Dacpano, Eli Frazer, California State University, Stanislaus, "Analyzing the potential of toluene o-xylene monooxygenase in acetanilide metabolism by molecular modeling and site directed mutagenesis"

Session 4: Biological and Agricultural Sciences - Graduate #1

1st Place: Emma Siegfried, California State University, Long Beach, "Effects of Ocean Acidification and Food Availability on Mortality Rates of California Grunion (Leuresthes tenuis)"

2nd Place: Savannah Weaver, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo,"Additive Effects of Humidity and Temperature on Acclimation in a Lizard"

Session 5: Biological and Agricultural Sciences - Graduate #2

1st Place: Amanda Alker, San Diego State University, "Genetic insights for a coral settlement chemical from bacteria"

2nd Place: Natalie Pendicino, Humboldt State University, "Characterizing the relationship of Lgl1 and AKT in migration of neural stem and progenitor cells"

Session 6: Engineering and Computer Science – Mixed

1st Place: Nikita Mishra, California State University, Los Angeles, "Computational Characterizations of Binding Affinity in SARS-CoV-2 Variants to the Human ACE2 Receptor"

2nd Place: Mehrshad Mazaheri, California State University, Fullerton, "High-speed machining of 2219 Aluminum utilizing Nanoparticle Enhanced MQL lubrication"

Session 7: Engineering and Computer Science – Undergraduate

1st Place: Andrew Wolfe, Sonoma State University, "Low-Cost Ambient High-Frequency Radio Power Sensor"

2nd Place: Garrett Hentges, California State University, Bakersfield, "Odd-Even Flexible Router for High Performance Network-on-Chips"

Session 8: Business, Economics, and Hospitality Management

1st Place: Marium Sarah, California State University, East Bay, "Can a rewarding application drive Environment-friendly actions among individuals?"

2nd Place: Tai Reagan, Guillermo Mendoza, Evelyn Kim, Sonoma State University, "Examining a Brand Positioning Strategy for Small Winery Operators"

Session 9: Humanities, Arts and Letters - Undergraduate #1

1st Place: Justise Wattree, San Jose State University, "The Two-Front War: Self-Help, and Black Health Activism during The Spanish Flu, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19"

2nd Place: Vaishalee Chaudhary, California State University, Long Beach, "Postcolonial Development of Jury Trials: The Spread of Common Law Across The Globe"

Session 10: Humanities, Arts and Letters - Undergraduate #2

1st Place: Pamela deVega, San Diego State University, "Spreading the Love: Comparing the 1986 Nonviolent Revolution in the Philippines to the 1989 Velvet Revolutions in Eastern Europe"

2nd Place: Wesley Mariscal, San Francisco State University, "Climate Interference in Islamic Egypt"

Session 11: Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences – Graduate

1st Place: Jane Clare Vosteen, Kristen Corsaro,San Francisco State University, "A Comparison of Hip Strengthening Protocols and Pelvic Floor Muscle Training for Improving Pelvic Floor Muscle Strength and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis"

2nd Place: Eli Baginski, Skye Choi, Eden Marquez, Humboldt State University, " Normative Values of College-Aged Men and Women for the 1.5-Mile Test on a Treadmill for Cardiorespiratory Fitness"

Session 12: Education – Undergraduate

1st Place: Shelby Chandar, Ryan Crum, California State University, Sacramento, "Examining faculty use of inclusive and equitable language through the lens of course syllabi"

2nd Place: Nahui Gonzalez Millan, California State University, Stanislaus, "Power of Guidance: Mentorship Need and Viability for Undocumented Student Populations"

Session 13: Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration - Undergraduate #1

1st Place: Krystal Alvarez-Hernandez, California State University, San Marcos, "Exposure to Childhood Abuse on Symptoms of Depression Across the Perinatal Period in Mexican/Mexican American Women"

2nd Place: Nidah Mohammed, California State University, Northridge, "Keep Scrolling!: TikTok Potentially Sharpening Sustained Attention"

Session 14: Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration - Undergraduate #2

1st Place: Nevan Bell, California State University, Monterey Bay, "Campus Perceptions of Policing and How to Improve Sense of Safety"

2nd Place:Leslie Gomez, California State University, Dominguez Hills, "Lidar Study of Agricultural Landscape Usage & Food Security in the Northern Maya Lowlands"

Session 15: Biological and Agricultural Sciences - Undergraduate #1

1st Place: Madison Stewart, California State University, San Marcos, "Defining the Relationship Between the Soil Microbiome and Crop Nutritional Content"

2nd Place (tie):

Julia Teeple, California State University, Fullerton, "Analyzing flow using accurate manta anatomy"

Stephanie Varghese, California State University, Los Angeles, "Drought and warming shift primary production in grasslands disproportionately by plant species and functional traits"

Session 16: Biological and Agricultural Sciences - Undergraduate #2

1st Place: Azeem Horani, California State University, Fullerton, "Identification and Characterization of Nuclear Export Sequences in Polypyrimidine Tract Binding Protein 1"

2nd Place: Abagail McInnes, California State University, Sacramento, "Investigating the Relationship Between Aggression and Longevity in Fruit Flies"

Session 17: Education – Graduate

1st Place: Ellre Villanueva-Ancheta, Lauren Frey, California State University, Monterey Bay, "The Impact of Mentorship on Pre-PA Student Knowledge and Confidence"

2nd Place: Jacob Campbell, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, "Defining Mixed-Race College Students: Examining Graduation Gaps Between Multiracial & Monoracial Undergraduates"

Session 18: Physical and Mathematical Sciences – Graduate

1st Place: Elizabeth Kennedy, California State University, Chico, "Naturally Occurring Asbestos in the Rock Formations of Paradise and Magalia, CA"

2nd Place: Michael Wood, Kimberly Campos, California State University, Dominguez Hills, "Air Pollution Distribution Among Vulnerable Populations in the South Los Angeles Region"

Session 19: Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences – Undergraduate

1st Place: Tanvi Gehani, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, "Effect of Coconut Oil Intake in a Pig Model of Pediatric Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease"

2nd Place: Makena Pollon, California State University, Long Beach, "The Significance of Nationwide COVID-19 Pandemic Data and Individual Factors During the Alpha Variant on Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in the U.S. Adult Population"

Session 20: Humanities, Arts and Letters - Graduate #1

1st Place: Hannah McKinzie, California State University, Bakersfield, "Humor and Housewives in the Postwar United States"

2nd Place: Mei (Mikaela) Huang, California State University, Sacramento, "Structuralism in Literary Studies and the Role That It Plays in 2022"

Session 21: Humanities, Arts and Letters - Graduate #2

1st Place: Brittany Mondragon, California State University, San Bernardino, "Flora’s Forth Child: Race, Gender, and Nature in the Colonial British Caribbean"

2nd Place: Carrie Tully, Humboldt State University, "Working Towards Land Return in Goukdi'n: A History of Genocide, and a Future of Healing"

Competition Guidelines

Each project must be registered via the CSU Student Research Competition 2022 Competitor Registration form by March 18, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT).

Students will present their work through a pre-recorded video and be ready to participate in a live (virtual) Q&A with a jury and an audience. Students will compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by division (undergraduate/graduate).

Each student will have eight (8) minutes for the pre-recorded portion of their work and five minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. All entrants may use audiovisual materials as appropriate. All entrants should focus on the rationale, historical context, analysis, and/or interpretation of their work.

Each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) will be judged on the following:

  • Clarity of purpose
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Interpretation of results
  • Value of the research or creative activity
  • Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience

Students will be required to submit unedited pre-recorded presentations and upload their recordings to an unlisted YouTube Channel. The deadline for submitting pre-recorded presentation is Friday, April 15th at 11:59 p.m. (PDT). These recordings will be played by the moderators live during the competition and student presenters will be required to be present for both the showing of the recorded presentation and the live Q&A immediately following. Judges and other audience members will view the presentations and the Q&A live.

SFSU competition coordinators will email all registered 2022 CSU Research Competition competitors instructions for uploading pre-recorded videos to an unlisted YouTube Channel.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 29, 2022

Opening Plenary with Competition Addresses and Keynote (Webinar): 12-1 PM (PDT)

Break: 1-1:15 PM (PDT)

 

Moderators and Judges Check-In: 1:00 PM (PDT)

Presenters Check-In 1:15 PM (PDT)

 

Student Presentations and Q&A: 1:30-4:45 PM (PDT)

Session 1: Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration - Graduate #1

Session 2: Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration - Graduate #2

Session 3: Physical and Mathematical Sciences - Undergraduate

Session 4: Biological and Agricultural Sciences - Graduate #1

Session 5: Biological and Agricultural Sciences - Graduate #2

Session 6: Engineering and Computer Science - Mixed

Session 7: Engineering and Computer Science - Undergraduate

 

Linkedin Professional Development and Networking Event for Student Delegates: 5-6:30 PM (PDT)

 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Moderators and Judges Check-In: 8:30 AM (PDT)

Presenters Check-In 8:45 AM (PDT)

 

Student Presentations and Q&A: 9:00-11:30 AM (PDT)

Session 8: Business, Economics, and Hospitality Management

Session 9: Humanities, Arts and Letters - Undergraduate #1

Session 10: Humanities, Arts and Letters - Undergraduate #2

Session 11: Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences - Graduate

Session 12: Education - Undergraduate

Session 13: Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration - Undergraduate #1

Session 14: Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration - Undergraduate #2

 

Lunch Break: 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM (PDT)

 

Moderators and Judges Check-In 12:30 PM (PDT)

Presenters Check-In 12:45-1:00PM

 

Student Presentations and Q&A: 1:00-3:30 PM (PDT)

Session 15: Biological and Agricultural Sciences - Undergraduate #1

Session 16: Biological and Agricultural Sciences - Undergraduate #2

Session 17: Education - Graduate

Session 18: Physical and Mathematical Sciences - Graduate

Session 19: Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences - Undergraduate

Session 20: Humanities, Arts and Letters - Graduate #1

Session 21: Humanities, Arts and Letters - Graduate #2

 

3:45pm - 4pm Closing Summary

 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Award Notification

Juror and Moderator Information

San Francisco State University will host the 36h Annual CSU Student Research Competition on April 29th and 30th, 2022. This system-wide competition will showcase research conducted by the top CSU students from the 23 campuses that comprise the CSU system.

JURORS NEEDED!

We are seeking knowledgeable doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from institutions of higher education, and professionals from industry, nonprofits, or public agencies to server as jurors. Jurors will be asked to review a 5-page research summary for each presenter in their assigned session, listen to the 8-minute oral presentations during the session, ask questions based on the research summaries and oral presentations and work with other jurors to select first and second place winners. Jurors will receive a $300 stipend.

Event Dates and Times:

  • Friday, April 29, 2022 from 12pm to 5:30pm
  • Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

You can sign up for one or more sessions, but you must be present the entire time for each session you are scheduled.

Please submit a Juror Interest Form below and we will be in contact with you regarding session availability and times.

Submit Juror Interest Form

Questions? Contact Dr. Kate Hamel at hamelk@sfsu.edu and Khaled Ezzat at khaled@sfsu.edu

CSU Student Delegate Registration and Video Submission

Student Delegate Project Registration

Please use this LINK to register your project, but make sure to read the following information before doing so:

  • Only one registration is required per project to confirm your attendance at the Competition. We will build the competition schedule off of this information, so late registrations will not be accommodated. The deadline to register for the competition is: 11:59pm (PDT) on Friday, March 18, 2022, unless your campus coordinator has received an extension.
  • Due to time constraints, only 2 students per project can participate in the live Q&A. The students participating in the Q&A are the presenter and co-presenter on the student delegate registration. All students who worked on the project should be listed as co-authors on the registration form. All students who contributed to the project will be listed in the competition program and can attend the live Q&A but only the presenter and co-presenter will be allowed to answer questions. If you have a co-presenter, pick only one of you to register your submission, and be prepared to enter all required information (for yourself), your co-presenter and any additional co-authors.
  • You will be asked to upload your written submission within the registration form, so please have your written submission ready for upload and named as per our instructions below. To help you prepare it in advance, here are the file instructions:
    • Please create a single .PDF file for your competition submission (1-Title page, 5-page double spaced 12-point font summary of your project, up to 3 pages in appendices; 9 pages total; longer submissions will be accepted but will be docked points by reviewers). DO NOT upload multiple files. You must name your .PDF file: Last name, campus abbreviation (example: Alvarez, SFSU). If you have a co-presenter on your submission, please name your file: your last name, your co-presenter's last name, your campus abbreviation (example: Alvarez, Miller, SFSU)

Pre-recorded Video Submission

All competitors will be required to submit unedited, pre-recorded presentations, no longer than 8 minutes in length, and upload their recordings to an unlisted YouTube Channel. The deadline for submitting the link to the pre-recorded presentation is Friday, April 15th at 11:59 p.m. (PDT). Please complete this form to submit your YouTube link. The San Francisco State University CSU-SRC organizing committee will send a link to the online submission form after you have registered for the competition. These recordings will be played by the moderators live during the competition. Student presenters will be required to be present for both the showing of the recorded presentation and the live Q&A immediately following. Judges and other audience members will view the presentations and the Q&A live. Each entry (oral presentation and Q&A plus written summary) will be judged on the following:

  • Clarity of purpose
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Interpretation of results
  • Value of the research or creative activity
  • Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience

General Guidelines and Recommendations for pre-recorded videos:

  • Format: You can use any video recording platform to make this video, as long as the file you submit is in .mp4 format (the most common video file format, currently).
  • Requirements for the video file:
    • 8-minute talk, max. (each 30 seconds over will incur a points penalty by the judges).
    • In the video, your presentation slides or other visuals (if you choose to use them) and you (as the person presenting) must be clearly visible.
    • We are requiring all competitors to have their cameras on in the video recording because body language (non-verbal communication) is an important part of an effective presentation. If you have a cultural, religious, or other acceptable reason for not including video of yourself speaking, please ask your campus coordinator to email the OUR at least one week before the competition date.
  • Suggestions for the video itself:
    • Set yourself up for success by identifying a place that will be best for the recording. An ideal space will be: Quiet enough to record with minimal interruptions; natural lighting and the ability to control lighting; and have space to set up and record at eye level.
    • Practice your presentation as if you were doing it at an in-person venue. The confidence gained from your preparation also translates on video. You will feel more prepared and the overall quality of the presentation will be enhanced.
    • Record your presentation multiple times and get feedback from your faculty mentor, campus coordinator, and research peers. This will give you options to pick your final version and ensure you have a polished video.
  • Submit your video:
    • Submit unedited pre-recorded presentations and upload your recordings to an unlisted YouTube Channel.
    • YouTube is a simple platform that has everything you need to upload your research video presentation.
    • To upload your research presentation to YouTube, please follow this How-To-Guide.
    • Please complete this form to submit your YouTube link.

Please note that we will not be reviewing your video submissions before sharing them with our judges, so again, please make sure your video is published on YouTube and that we can see and hear you clearly in your videos.

Contact the Division of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University if you have any questions about the pre-recorded video guidelines or recommendations at ResearchComp2022@sfsu.edu If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Kate Hamel at hamelk@sfsu.edu and Khaled Ezzat at khaled@sfsu.edu at San Francisco State University.