12 CSULB Students to Compete at 25th Annual CSU Student Research Competition

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Twelve students from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will travel up north this week to compete in the 25th annual CSU Student Research Competition on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, at Fresno State University.

Featuring students from most of the 23 CSU campuses, the system’s statewide student research competition focuses attention on the outstanding accomplishments of students engaged in significant research and creative activity at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in all academic disciplines. Each campus is allowed to have up to 10 entries in the 10 categories at the competition.

Representing CSULB at the CSU Student Research Competition will be graduate students Gursharan Bains, Angela Fizer, Matthew Gervase, Sher Moua, Kate Nelson, and Minh Tran; and seniors Cassie Comley, Anthony Hartman, Duc Le, Jessica Rasmussen, Daniel Snipes and Jose Torres.

“Each year, Cal State Long Beach students demonstrate a high quality of research in a wide variety of disciplines,” said Cecile Lindsay, CSULB’s vice provost and dean for graduate studies. “Student researchers today are so much better at presenting their work than students were a decade or so ago, and I think this reflects changes in the way our faculty teach with much more emphasis on participation and active learning. Today, faculty members are much more involved with students and encourage them to get involved in research.”

To qualify for the statewide contest, the students competed in the campus’ 2011 Student Research Competition earlier this spring and earned either first-place or second-place. Campus officials then chose the best 10 overall research presentations to move on to the statewide event.

At the statewide competition, there will be separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each of the following 10 categories – behavioral and social sciences; biological and agricultural sciences; business, economics and public administration; creative arts and design; education; engineering and computer science; health, nutrition and clinical sciences; humanities and letters; physical and mathematical sciences; and interdisciplinary.

Students will present their work orally before a jury and an audience, and each student will have 10 minutes for an oral presentation of his or her work and five minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. Based on the recommendations of the jurors, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter and the runner-up in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions of each category.

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, and the presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience.

Following are the names of the students, the category in which they will compete and the title of their research presentation:

Gursharan Bains (biological and agricultural sciences) – “Developing Pyrene Flourescence as a Powerful Probe to Study Conformation of Apolipoprotein E: A New Aspect of an Old Tool;”

Cassie Comley (social and behavioral sciences) – “Fall in Line: How Surfers’ Perceptions of Localism, Territoriality and Waves as Limited Resources Influence Surf-related Aggression;”

Angela Fizer (business, economics and public administration) –“Perceived Job Security Among American Workers: 1988-2008;”

Matthew Gervase (humanities and letters) – “Hey You! Poetic Apostrophe and the Formation of the Subject in Les Fleurs du Mal;”

Anthony Hartman, Jessica Rasmussen and Jose Torres (engineering and computer science) – “LOX/Chilled Propylene Upper Stage Rocket Engine;”

Duc Le (biological and agricultural sciences) – “Lysine Residues Mediate Antimicrobial Activity of Apolipophorin III;”

Sher Moua (education) – “The Underpinnings of a Populist Anti-Tax Revolt: A Critical Examination of the Political, Economic and Social Forces that Led to the Passage of Proposition 13;”

Kate Nelson (humanities and letters) – “Feminine Perspective on the French Revolution;”

Daniel Snipes (social and behavioral sciences) – “Blaming the Victim: Perceptions of Gay Male Hate Crime Victims and the Role of Anti-Gay Attitudes;”

Minh Tran (physical and mathematical sciences) – “Wildfire Spread Models Using Advection-Diffusion-Reaction Equation;”

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