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.
  • In 2010-11, anthropology students assisted in documenting, conserving, and analyzing artifacts from several shipwrecks recovered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Chico students won first and second place in the 2010 CSU Student Research Competition, in the Biological and Agricultural Sciences division.
  • 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.
  • The Environmental Creativity and Research Grant program matches grants up to $10,000 to advance sustainable development on campus and in the community. Other research opportunities include the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Seed Grants of up to $15,000 and the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Student Research Grants, up to $3,000 for research projects on the reserve.
  • The colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Natural Sciences sponsor annual symposiums of student research.

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