Graduate Studies

2016 Top Presenters

30th Annual Student Research Competition Top Presenters

Congratulations to the top presenters of the CSU, Chico Student Research Competition held March 2, 2016!

On that evening, 40 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 30th CSU Annual Statewide Student Research Competition in Bakersfield on April 29 and 30, 2016, 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

FinalistMentor
Anna N. Bartel, MA Psychological ScienceDr. Neil Schwartz
Charles G. Brooke, MS Biological SciencesDr. Emily Nuester
Kelsey Caldwell, MA Communication Studies Dr. Jennifer Malkowski
Neil Jacobson, MA International Cognitive Visualization Dr. Neil Schwartz
Gin Lawson, MS Biological Sciences Dr. Tag Engstrom



$150.00 cash award

FinalistMentor
Jaydeep Bhatia, MA Political ScienceDr. Lori Weber
Clara Buchholtz, MS Biological SciencesDr. Donald Miller
Caleb Callaway, BS Computer SciencesDr. Tyson Henry
Heather Beiden Jacobs, MA in Public AdministrationDr. Paul Viotti
Maria Olson, MA Communication Studies Dr. Stephanie Hamel



$100.00 cash award

FinalistMentor
Holly Cochran, MS Biological Sciences Dr. Donald Miller
Henry Freimuth & Joanne O’Hara, BS Concrete Industry ManagementDr. Feraidon Ataie
Brandon Fry, MA Psychological ScienceDr. Michael Ennis
Allison March, MS International Cognitive Visualization Dr. Neil H. Schwartz
Hyejin Park & JaEun Suk, BS Business Marketing 

Dr. Sohyoun Shin &
Dr. Matthew Meuter
 



Statewide Research Competition Delegates

The Ten Finalists and Their Faculty Mentors:

FinalistMentor
Anna N. Bartel, MA Psychological ScienceDr. Neil Schwartz
Jaydeep Bhatia, MA Political ScienceDr. Lori Weber
Charles G. Brooke, MS Biological SciencesDr. Emily Nuester
Clara Buchholtz, MS Biological SciencesDr. Donald Miller
Kelsey Caldwell, MA Communication Studies Dr. Jennifer Malkowski
Brian Ellis, MA Kinesiology Dr. Michael M. Smith
Neil Jacobson, MA International Cognitive VisualizationDr. Neil Schwartz
Sarah Knudsen, BS Applied Math and Physics Dr. Anna Petrova-Mayor
Gin Lawson, MS Biological SciencesDr. Tag Engstrom
Henry Freimuth & Joanne O’Hara, BS Concrete Industry ManagementDr. Feraidon Ataie


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. Jonathan Day, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Darin Haerle, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Cheng Tu Hsieh, Kinesiology
  • Dr. Kurtis Kredo, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Dr. John Mahoney, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Shawna Malvini Redden, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Arash Negahban, Business Information Systems
  • Dr. Susan Roll, Social Work
  • Dr. Synthia Sohyoun Shin, Finance & Marketing
  • Dr. David Stachura, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Matt Thomas, Political Science
  • Dr. Maris Thompson, Education
  • Dr. Robert Tinkler, History