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Past CSU Student Research Competition (SRC) Participants

SRC Winners

Nidhi Nagar, M.S. Biological Sciences '17

Nidhi Nagar, M.S. Biological Sciences '17

1st Place, Graduate Division - Biological and Agricultural Sciences

Research title: Role of Bacteria and Bacterial Metabolites in Development of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

Mentored by Dr. Maria Gallegos, Department of Biological Sciences

Ashley Maynard, M.S. Biological Sciences '16

Ashley Maynard, M.S. Biological Sciences '16

2nd Place, Graduate Division - Biological & Agricultural Sciences

Research title: Enhancing the restoration of California estuaries by exploring the genetic basis of environmental tolerance in Olympia oysters (Ostrea lurida)

Mentored by Dr. Tyler Evans, Department of Biological Sciences

Erik Miranda, B.A Psychology '15 and Rachel Echeandia, B.A Psychology '14

Erik Miranda, B.A Psychology '15 and Rachel Echeandia, B.A Psychology '14

2nd Place, Undergraduate Division - Education

Research Title: "Mastery Orientation and Efficacy Predicts Achievement in Middle School Science"

Mentored by Dr. Jeffery Seitz, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

SRC Participants by Year

Competition Site: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Name: Albanna, Nesreen (B.S. Biological Sciences) & Kaur, Jasbindar (B.S. Biological Sciences)
Research Mentor: Dr. Nazzy Pakpour
Project Title: Inhibiting the feeding behavior of Drosphila Suzukii

Name: Chua, Michael (M.S. Economics)
Research Mentor: Dr. Kaumudi Misra
Project Title: Effects of Import Competition on Job Satisfaction

Name: Huffman, Jennifer (B.S. Speech Pathology & Audiology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Sara Smith
Project Title: The Relationship Between Working Memory and Executive Function (specifically inhibition) among Spanish/English Bilingual College Students

Name: Jahanbanifar, Shahin (M.S. Construction Management) & Kaur, Puneet (M.S. Construction Management)
Research Mentor: Dr. Reza Akhavian
Project Title: Construction Workers' Injury Prevention Using Smartphone Based Activity Recognition System

Name: Luu, Anthony (B.S. Biochemistry) & Sigua, Levi (M.S. Chemistry)
Research Mentor: Dr. Marlin Halim
Project Title: Development of an Aptamer-based Sensor for Galactosemia

Name: Mohr, Sarah (Masters in Social Work)
Research Mentor: Dr. Rose Wong
Project Title: Protective Factors in Muslim Women's Mental Health in the San Francisco Bay Area

Name: Nagar, Nidhi (M.S. Biological Sciences)
Research Mentor: Dr. Maria Gallegos
Project Title: Role of bacteria and bacterial metabolites in development of Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

Name: Salazar, Daniel (B.S. Computer Engineering) & Rao, Akarsh (B.S. Computer Engineering)
Research Mentor: Dr. Fadi Castronovo
Project Title: Virtual Reality Applications For Waste Management

Name: Yao, Jingyun (M.S. Speech Language Pathology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Pradeep Ramanathan
Project Title: The effectiveness of saline injection in the treatment of vocal fold scarring

Name: Ylanan, Ryan (M.S. Kinesiology) & Tapia, Oddessy (M.S. Kinesiology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Jenny O
Project Title: #Motivation: Examining motivational aspects of, and physical activity associations with, fitness-related social media activity

Competition Site: California State University, Bakersfield

Name: Bahramian, Jennifer (M.S. Environmental Ecology), Hand, Christopher (B.S. Chemistry), & York, Drew (B.S. Geology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Seitz
Project Title: The Determination of the Thermodynamic Properties of Glycine at Hydrothermal Conditions Towards a Better Understanding of the Emergence of Life

Name: Brar, Evranjeet (B.S. Kinesiology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Jenny O
Project Title: Physical and Sedentary Activity in a College Population: The influence of undergraduate major and gender

Name: Chugh, Shikha (M.S. Statistics)
Research Mentor: Not provided
Project Title: Economic Analysis of Alternative Logistics Systems for Tennessee-Produced Switchgrass to Penetrate Energy Markets

Name: Edgar, Marya (Masters in Social Work)
Research Mentor: Dr. Amon Porter
Project Title: A Descriptive Analysis of Commercial Sexual Exploited Children (CSEC) Victims in Contra Costa County Foster Care System

Name: Marroquin, Yvonne; Rosales, Doug & Ndomo, Rodrique
Research Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Seitz, Dr. Christine Lee, Dr. Rachelle Di Stefano and Dr. Kathryn Hayes
Project Title: ‘Underrepresented Students’ are Not All the Same: Examining Science Achievement among Subgroups of English Language Learners and Students from Low Socioeconomic Status

Name: Maynard, Ashley (M.S. Biological Sciences)
Research Mentor: Dr. Tyler Evans
Project Title: Enhancing the restoration of California estuaries by exploring the genetic basis of environmental tolerance in Olympia oysters (Ostrea lurida)

Name: Menjivar-Quijano, Stephanie (B.A. Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Barkley
Project Title: Video Game Experiences and their Relationship to Practical Skills

Name: Perez, Luis
Research Mentor: Professor Tom Watson
Project Title: Getting Their Money’s Worth:  The Effectiveness of Using Humor in Super Bowl 50 Commercials

Name: Pothier, Holly (Masters in Social Work)
Research Mentor: Dr. Sarah Taylor
Project Title: Language, Education & Executive Function (L.E.E.F.): Exploring the role of language contact and environment among Spanish-English Bilinguals

Name: Ryczek, Cameron (B.S. Psychology) & Menjivar-Quijano, Stephanie (B.A. Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Murray Horne
Project Title: Negative Patterning in a Geometric Spatial Task

Competition Site: California State University, San Bernardino

Name: Benetatos, Denise (M.A Anthropology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Laurie Price
Project Title: Cultural Models of Beauty and the Social World of South Korean Women

Name: Chung, John (B.A. Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Reevy
Project Title: Effects of Sex and Gender on Coping Methods

Name: Diefenbach, Matthew (B.S. Physics)
Research Mentor: Dr. Erik Helgren
Project Title: Metal Insulator Transition of Polyaniline

Name: Echeandia, Rachel (B.A Psychology) & Miranda, Erik (B.S. Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Seitz
Project Title: Mastery Orientation and Efficacy Predicts Achievement in Middle School Science

Name: Jen, Gianni (B.A Psychology) & Menjivar-Quijano, Stephanie (B.A Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Reevy
Project Title: Motivations of Play in Video Games and Adaptive Coping Strategies

Name: Krutel, Lily (Masters in Social Work)
Research Mentor: Not provided
Project Title: Substance Use among Trauma Survivors: Assessing Current Attitudes and Service Provision

Name: Menjivar-Quijano, Stephanie (B.A. Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Barkley
Project Title: Perspectives

Name: Nguyen, Khanh (B.S. Biochemistry)
Research Mentor: Dr. Monika Sommerhalter
Project Title: Do poplar hybrids raise antioxidant levels under high salt and boron stress?

Name: Nguyen, Minh-Thi (B.S. Business Administration) & Nicolas, Jonathan (B.A. Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Reevy
Project Title: Gender Identity and Achievement: Is Higher Education Masculine?

Name: Sharifi, Osman (M.S. Biological Sciences)
Research Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Curr
Project Title: The mitochondrial genomes of the nudibranch mollusks, Melibe leonina and Tritonia diomedea, and their impact on gastropod phylogeny

Competition Site: California State University, East Bay

Name: Chiu, James (B.S. Business Administration) and Morshed Farzana (B.S. Business Administration)
Research Mentor: Dr. Ken Chung
Project Title: How are Executives Getting Paid for CSR?

Name: Diploudis, Maria Diamantoula (Master of Social Work)
Research Mentor: Dr. Sarah Taylor
Project Title: Intergenerational Patterns in the Child Welfare System

Name: Echeandia, Rachel (B.A Psychology) and Miranda, Erik (B.A Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Seitz
Project Title: Motivation: The Importance of Mastery in Middle School Science Achievement

Name: Gonzalez, Claudia (B.A. Psychology), Hinant, Rachel (B.A. Psychology), and Rodriquez, Ana C. (B.A. Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Seitz
Project Title: America’s Call to Improve Science Education: Professional Development Deepens Middle School Science Teachers’ Content Knowledge

Name: Hamor, Nastassia (M.S Kinesiology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Jenny O
Project Title: Measuring the Transfer of Three Psychological Skills from an Academic Setting to the Real-World

Name: Igboegwu, Chidimma (B.A. Psychology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Reevy
Project Title: Peer and Parental Attachment as Predictors of Adjustment and Achievement in High School and College among Domestic and International Students

Name: Kennedy, Denise (Master of Social Work)
Major: Dr. Sarah Taylor
Project Title: Stress Management and Physical Activity for Clients with Schizophrenia

Name: Larson, Tobias (M.S. Kinesiology)
Research Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Simmons
Project Title: Using Mental Skills to Support Lifestyle Change

Name: Sharifi, Osman (B.S. Biological Science)
Research Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Curr
Project Title: A partial genome sequence for Tritonia diomedia

Name: Vishwanathan, Swati (M.A. Communication)
Research Mentor: Dr. Grant Kien 
Project Title: Yahoo Appoints Pregnant CEO: A Content Analysis

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