CSU Student Research Competition

The 28th Annual CSU, Chico Student Research Competition will be held on Wednesday,  March 5, 2014 (tentative date). The prestigious system-wide competition is usually in May, we will update information as it becomes available from the CSU Chancellors Office.

Research Competition Application (will be available soon)

See list of 2013 CSU, Chico winners and runner ups below.

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This important annual event offers students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in presenting their work while enriching their academic knowledge. Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall of the previous year are encouraged to participate.

Research presentations are grouped into the following nine 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; and Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Students will present their work orally before a jury and an audience. Students will compete by discipline category and, where feasible, by class standing (undergraduate/graduate). Each student will have ten minutes for an oral presentation of his or her work and five minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. All entrants may use audiovisual materials as appropriate, and presenters are encouraged to use delivery techniques that promote interaction with the audience. Entrants in the Creative Arts and Design category may present an audio and/or visual record of a performance they have given or a work they have created; their oral presentation should focus on the rationale and historical context underlying their interpretation of the material. A small team of students making a single presentation counts as a single entry.

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

As many as ten local delegates will be selected to participate at the prestigious system-wide competition. Cash prizes will be awarded to the outstanding presenter and runner-up in each category of the undergraduate and graduate divisions. Lodging and travel expenses are funded through the Office of Graduate Studies with IRA funds.

The 27th Annual CSU, Chico Student Research Competition was held Wednesday, March 6, 2013.


Dustin Bakkie, Kinesiology (MS). “Foot Strike Patterns in Sub-Elite Half Marathon Runners." Mentors: Dr. Melissa Mache and Dr. ChengTu Hsieh, Kinesiology

Joanna Bloese, (Studio Art Minor). “Four Hands Are Better Than Two: Making the Case for Collaboration As Seen Through the Glass Studio.” Mentor: Mr. Robert Herhusky, Art

Erin E. Gottschalk Fisher, Botany (MS). “Evaluating the Potential for Introduction and Restoration of Two Rare Vernal Pool Grasses, Colusa Grass and Greene's Tuctoria.” Mentor: Dr. Collen Hatfield, Biological Sciences

Michael Clark Fitzpatrick, English (MA). “Out of Many, One: Against Ted Sider's "(Against Parthood)."  Mentor: Dr. Ed Pluth, Philosophy

Mark Gaynor, Philosophy (BS). “A Justification-Based Conception of Moral Responsibility."  Mentor: Dr. Robert Jones, Philosophy

Michelle Johnson, Psychology (BA). “Is It Just a Game? Investigating the Use of Domain-General or Domain-Specific Measures in Athletes." Mentor: Dr. David Hibbard, Psychology

Luke Milliron, Agricultural Science (BS). “Stem-Water Potential Reading Variability in Olive (Olea Europaea).” Mentor: Dr. Richard Rosecrance, Agriculture

Kyle Morgado, Interdisciplinary Studies (MS). “Effects of Ground Water Pumping for Water Transfers on Ground Water Elevations in the Sacramento Valley.” Mentor: Dr. Steffen Mehi, Civic Engineering and Dr. Eric Houk, Agriculture

Tyson Randall, Environmental Science (MS). “Lidar Observations of Fine-Scale Gravity Waves in the Nocturnal Boundary Layer.” Mentor: Dr. Shane Mayor, Physics

Jody Ryker, Mathematics (BS). “Torsion of Elliptic Curves over Quadratic Fields.” Mentor: Dr. Thomas Mattman, Mathematics and Statistics

Runners Up:

Amanda Gerson, Nutritional Science (MS). "The Harvest of the Month Program Successfully Promotes Vegetable Selection and Consumption among First Graders from Low-Income Schools Using Digital Photography  Method." Mentor: Dr. Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Science

Andrew Boyd, MBA. "Facility Conditions: A Review on the CSU Capital Outlay Program and Its Impacts to the CSU Chico Campus." Mentor: Dr. Jeff Trailer, Management Department

Melina Taylor, Anthropology (MA). "Public Health Education and Outreach Strategies in the Gambia, West Africa." Mentor: Dr. Jesse Dizard, Anthropology

Gail A. Kirk, Communication (MA). "The Mirror: Facing Self-Stereotypes and Their Impact on Veterans." Mentor: Dr. Susan Avanzino, Communication Arts and Sciences

Previous 2012 Winners

If you have additional questions please contact Sharon Barrios @ sbarrios@csuchico.edu.