CSU, Chico News

Ten Students Selected for Statewide Research Competition

Date: 03-23-2015

Zach Phillips
Public Affairs

Ten top presenters from California State University, Chico’s Student Research Competition have been selected to compete in the 29th annual CSU Student Research Competition at CSU, San Bernardino May 1-2.

The CSU Student Research Competition showcases the outstanding scholarly research and creative endeavors of both graduate and undergraduate students from across the CSU system. Students compete by presenting their original research proposals before a jury and an audience.

In 2014, three CSU, Chico students took first-place prizes from the statewide competition, the most in campus history.

“That’s pretty significant, given our school size,” said Sharon Barrios, associate dean of the Office of Graduate studies and coordinator of the CSU, Chico Research Competition. “Of our 10 students that went down last year, every one of them had a chance of placing first or second. Our students are really showing well. They really are standing out.”

Out of the 17 students who delivered oral presentations at CSU, Chico’s competition March 4, these 10 students and their respective projects received the highest marks from judges based on clarity of purpose, appropriateness of methodology, interpretation of results, clear articulation of the research and ability to field questions from the judges and the audience:

Kevin Anderson (MS Geosciences/Hydrology)
“Modeled Effects of Rice Field Fallowing on Groundwater Systems in the Sacramento Valley, CA”
Faculty mentors: Steffen Mehl, Eric Houk

Kelsey Beers Caldwell (MA, Communication Studies)
“Domestic Violence; Not a Deal Breaker: An Analysis of #WhyIStayed Tweets”
Faculty mentor: Susan Avanzino

Juan Manuel Diaz (BS, Mechanical Engineering)
“Butte County Compressed Air for Energy Storage Power Plant Sizing”
Faculty mentor: David G. Alexander

Shauna Gowdy (MSW, Social Work)
“Father Engagement Practices”
Faculty mentor: Susan Roll

Masaki Hamada (MS, Environmental Science)
“Optimization of the Cross-correlation Algorithm Using Synthetic Backscatter Images and Synthetic Wind Velocity Fields”
Faculty mentor: Shane D. Mayor

Keerthana Sekar (MS, Biological and Biomedical Sciences)
“Impact of H5N1 influenza virus replication on macrophage function”
Faculty mentor: Troy Cline

Ravi Shankar (BS, Mathematics)
“Estimating Wave Collapse Times”
Faculty mentor: Sergei Formin

Alexander Stanton (MS, Biology)
“Deacetylation as a mechanism for repression of microRNA-375, a factor involved in Type 2 Diabetes” Faculty mentor: David Keller

Rodney Thomson (BA, History)
“The Evolution of Anti-War Activism at Chico State College, 1959-1966”
Faculty mentor: Jason Nice

Crystal Vasquez (BS, Nutrition and Food Science)
“Association of Parental Attitudes and Restrictions during Childhood on College Students’ Eating Habits”
Faculty mentor: Julie Holland

The following students were runners-up:

Robert Maxwell Barnes (BS, Economics/Statistics)
“Signs of hope – Help one child foundation independent survey”
Faculty mentor: Dustin Paisley

Tessa Hanson (BS, Exercise Physiology)
“Baseball Feet-First Sliding Technique”
Faculty mentor: Cheng Tu Hsieh

Zachary Lamm (BS, Exercise Physiology)
“Attack height and jump height for men’s volleyball players”
Faculty mentor: Cheng Tu Hsieh

Tina Candelo Mize (BS, Agricultural Sciences: Option in Crops and Horticulture)
“Effects of biochar and rice hull amended compost on potting media and native soil”
Faculty mentor: Kasey DeAtley

Lindsey Runge (MS Psychological Sciences)
“The Theories of Sexism Measure: Differentiating Between Fixed and Malleable Perspectives toward Sexist Attitudes”
Faculty mentor: Linda Kline

Kevin Svahn (BA, English Education)
“Creative Writing Project: A Personal Essay”
Faculty mentor: Robert Davidson

Melissa Ann Sutton (BS, Biology-Ecology)
“Geometric Morphometric analysis of Lynx rufus to examine potential divergence of subpopulations due to geographic specialization”
Faculty mentor: Tag Engstrom

For more information on the CSU’s student research competition, visit CSU, San Bernardino’s website here.