Students and Teachers Team Up

Students Immersed in Research

Student working with professor in chemistry lab

Students at Chico State work alongside their professors on important research.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students serve as researchers for a 2011–13 Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion project measuring elementary school plate waste to evaluate the effectiveness of the state's Harvest of the Month nutrition education.
  • Ongoing research in high-density olive planting at the University Farm was begun in 2011 and involves students in all phases of the research and management of the project funded by private businesses, individuals, and the Agricultural Research Initiative.
  • Chico students won three first-place prizes in the 2014 CSU Student Research Competition. Only one school had more first-place finishers.
  • A Chico State manufacturing professor appeared on the TV show Shark Tank in 2014 with students who helped him create a microwavable cooking container for ramen noodles.
  • Chico State ranked 15th in Forbes Magazine’s 2010 list of "The Best Colleges for Minorities in STEM" (science, technology, engineering, and math).
  • Chico’s Chemistry Summer Research Institute brings together students, professors, and research scientists to share their projects, methodology, and findings.
  • Research funding opportunities include the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Seed Grants of up to $15,000 and the Provost’s Undergraduate Awards for Research and Creativity.
  • The colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Natural Sciences sponsor annual symposiums of student research.

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