Graduate Studies

2022 Top Presenters

2022 3-minute Competition Schedule of Presenters

2022 8-minute Competition Schedule of Presenaters

36th Annual Student Research Competition Top Presenters

Congratulations to the winners of the CSUC 36th Annual Student Research Competition held March 2 and 3, 2022!

For our first ever 3-minute competition, 12 undergraduate and 10 graduate students were allowed one static slide and distilled their work into a 3-minute presentation via live Zoom. It was impressive to see how they encapsulated so much fascinating research in such a short amount of time. It was such a challenge to select just three session winners per category that the judges awarded a tie for first place in the graduate student competition, and created two honorable mention awards in the undergraduate competition. 

For the traditional, 8-minute competition, 11 undergraduate and 21 graduate students submitted 5-page research descriptions and gave short presentations before a panel of judges and audience members via Zoom. Their work was judged on clarity of purpose, appropriateness of methodology, interpretation of results, clear articulation of the research, and ability to field questions.

Given the overall quality of all the students’ work, it was a challenge for the faculty judges to select the three top presenters in each session. The judges, other presenters, and audience members were impressed and inspired by the quality and rigor of the students' work.

We have listed all of the session winners below. In addition, listed below are the 10 delegates selected to compete in the CSU Statewide Research Competition hosted virtually by San Francisco State University, April 29-30, 2022.  Given that we had 32 excellent student presenters vying for a chance to be one of 10 student delegates, making the final selections was an extraordinarily difficult task.

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

3-Minute Competition Local Session Winners

$150 Cash Award

Finalist

Mentor

Shelby Bomke, Grad, Biological Sciences (tie)Kristen Gorman
Sophia Thao, Grad, Biological Sciences (tie)Kristopher Blee
Angel De Trinidad, Undergrad, Plant and Soil ScienceGarrett Liles
$125 cash award

Finalist

Mentor

Dominique Soares, Grad, Social WorkJudy Vang
Matthew Wagoner, Undergrad, GeologyHannah Aird
$100 cash award

Finalist

Mentor

Sandra Scholton, Grad, Public AdministrationLori Weber
Paula Amezcua, Undergrad, Biological SciencesKristen Gorman
$75 cash award

Finalist

Mentor

Stephanie Duarte-Amezcua, Undergrad, Biological SciencesKristen Gorman
Justin Craven, Undergrad, PhysicsHyewond Pechkis

8-Minute Competition Local Session Winners

$250 Cash Award

Finalist

Mentor

Cody Frazer, Grad, Biological SciencesTroy Cline
Donavan Cervantes, Grad, PsychologyMarie Lippmann
Roxzel Soto Tellez, Undergrad, SociologyTonya Lindsey
Maria Navarro/Francisco Aguilera, Undergrad, Concrete Industry MgmtFeraidon Ataie
$150 cash award

Finalist

Mentor

Elisabeth Kennedy, Grad, GeologyHannah Aird
Joaquin Jordan, Grad, Political Science (tie)Sarah Smith
Alex Wilson, Grad, Communication Studies (tie)Jennifer Malkowski
Jordan Stifle, Grad, PsychologyPatrick Johnson
Alejandro Ayala, Undergrad, Electrical & Computer EngineeringGhang-Ho Lee
$100 cash award

Finalist

Mentor

Sofia Rodriguez, Grad, BiologyDavid Stachura
Travis Souders, Grad, Communication StudiesStephanie Hamel
Jose Leon/Greta Fischer, EngineeringOzgul Yasar-Inceoglu

Statewide Research Competition Delegates

Delegates and their Faculty Mentors

Delegate

Mentor

Cody Frazer, Grad, BiologyTroy Cline
Donavan Cervantes, Grad, PsychologyMarie Lippmann
Roxzel Soto Tellez, Undergrad, SociologyTonya Lindsey
Maria Navarro/Francisco Aguilera, Undergrad, Concrete Industry MgmtFeraidon Ataie
Elisabeth Kennedy*, Grad, GeologyHannah Aird
Jordan Stifle, Grad PsychologyPatrick Johnson
Sofia Rodriguez, Grad, BiologyDavid Stachura
Travis Souders, Grad, Communication StudiesStephanie Hamel
Caylin Stanley, Grad, BiologyTroy Cline
Taylor Lambrigger, Grad, AnthropologyEric Bartelink

 * Placed first in her session at the statewide competition.

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.

Competition Judges

  • Dr. Hannah Aird, Geology
  • Dr. Sharon Barrios, Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Jennifer Brundidge, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Jonathan Day, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Kristen Gorman, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Meghdad Hajimorad, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Patrick Johnson, Psychology
  • Dr. Kurtis Kredo, Elecrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Greg Madonia, Economics
  • Dr. Jennifer Malkowski, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Hyewon Pechkis, Physics
  • Dr. Joe Pechkis, Physics
  • Dr. Gwenola Ricordeau, Political Science
  • Dr. Matt Thomas, Political Science

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