Graduate Studies

2017 Top Presenters

31st Annual Student Research Competition Top Presenters

Congratulations to the top presenters of the CSU, Chico Student Research Competition held March 7, 2017!

On that evening, 37 students presented their research projects to a panel of faculty jurors, student peers, faculty mentors, friends, and family in five separate sessions based on discipline and paper topics. As usual, the judges, other presenters, and audience members were impressed and inspired by the quality and rigor of the students' work. 

Student presenters competed for two different honors. The first was for an Excellence in Research Award that went to the top three finalists in each session and included a cash award. The second was for a spot as one of the ten delegates to move on and compete at the 31st CSU Annual Statewide Student Research Competition in San Luis Obispo on April 28 and 29, 2017, against hundreds of other California State University students.

Selecting the top finalists this year in both categories was a particularly challenging task for our judges. The range, depth, innovation, and importance of the students’ research was exceptional, and their presentations were polished and compelling. In short, these presenters displayed excellent work. 

Thanks to all of the students who participated and the faculty mentors who supported them. Again, our congratulations to these finalists: 

Excellence in Research Awards

The Fifteen Finalists and Their Faculty Mentors:


$250.00 cash award

Finalist

Mentor

Erika Anderson, MA Communication Studies 

Dr. Stephanie Hamel

Kevin Click, MA Psychology

Dr. Leesa Huang

Karlie Garcia and Jessica Aldrete, BA Child Development

Dr. Shelley Hart

Jacqueline Coon, MA Anthropology 

Dr. Georgia Fox

Jimmy Monge, BS Environmental Science

Dr. Kristen Kaczynski

Jesse Smith, MS Biological Sciences 

Dr. David Stachura

$150.00 cash award

Finalist

Mentor

Arturo Berrun, MS Biological Science

Dr. David Stachura

Aubree Bradford, MA Social Work

Dr. Susan Roll

Jessica “Jess” Candela, BA Political Science; Multicultural and Gender Studies

Dr. Nandi Crosby and Ellie Ertle

Chetan Kondeti, MBA Enterprise Information Systems

Dr. Arash Negahban

Kyle Rocha-Brownell, BS Physics and Computer Science

Dr. Shane Mayor

Valerie Sgheiza, MA Physical Anthropology 

Dr. Eric Bartelink

$100.00 cash award

Finalist

Mentor

Youngseok Chung, Hojin Noh, Giyong Lee, Soojoung Han, BA Marketing and Psychology 

Dr. Sohyoun Shin

Carina Gutierrez, MS Applied Psychology and PPS Credential

Dr. Donna Kreskey

Aithne B. Loeblich, BS Biological Science

Dr. Colleen Hatfield

Tamara Maxey, MA Anthropology 

Dr. William Nitzky

Maria Olson, BA Communication Studies 

Dr. Stephanie Hamel

Jordan Kay Ruth Tackett, BA Psychology

Dr. Theodore S. Bell

Statewide Research Competition Delegates

The Ten Finalists and Their Faculty Mentors:

Finalist

Mentor

Erika Anderson, MA Communication Studies 

Dr. Stephanie Hamel

Arturo Berrun, MS Biological Science

Dr. David Stachura

Kevin Click, MA Psychology

Dr. Leesa Huang

Jacqueline Coon, MA Anthropology 

Dr. Georgia Fox

Pablo Diaz, MS Biological Sciences 

Dr. David Keller

Jimmy Monge, BS Environmental Science

Dr. Kristen Kaczynski

Kyle Rocha-Brownell, BS Physics and Computer Science

Dr. Shane Mayor

Valerie Sgheiza, MA Physical Anthropology 

Dr. Eric Bartelink

Jesse Smith, MS Biological Sciences 

Dr. David Stachura

Jordan Kay Ruth Tackett, BA Psychology

Dr. Theodore S. Bell

Competition Judges

A special thanks to the faculty judges for the time, care, expertise, and commitment they devote to this special student event. Without them, the Student Research Competition would not be possible.

  • Dr. Hannah Aird, Geological & Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Janell Bauer, Journalism
  • Dr. Jennifer Brundidge, Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Jonathan Day, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Darin Haerle, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Shelley Hart, Child Development
  • Dr. Cheng Tu Hsieh, Kinesiology
  • Dr. Kurtis Kredo, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Nan Li, Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. John Mahoney, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Jennifer Malkowski, Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Matt O’Brien, Anthropology
  • Dr. Susan Roll, Social Work
  • Dr. Synthia Sohyoun Shin, Finance & Marketing
  • Dr. David Stachura, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Matt Thomas, Political Science
  • Dr. Robert Tinkler, History
  • Dr. Jennifer Wilking, Political Science
  • Dr. Zanja Yudell, Philosophy