campus research symposium winners





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Cal State L.A. Students Selected to
Compete in Statewide Research Event

Los Angeles, CA - Among 29 campus winners, ten California State University, Los Angeles students have been selected to attend the 15th Annual CSU Student Research Competition. The statewide competition, to be held this year on April 27 and 28 at San Jose State, includes nine discipline categories in the undergraduate and graduate levels. For the past 15 years, the CSU Chancellor's Office has sponsored this competition, with entries from each of the CSU campuses.

This annual CSU sponsored event follows the Cal State L.A. Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, which is held on campus every winter quarter. The aim of the symposium is to encourage all students--undergraduate and graduate in every discipline--to showcase their papers, projects and research endeavors and to network with administrators, faculty and peers. The campus-wide symposium is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

The following students who will go on to compete in the statewide research event were selected from winners in the oral presentation categories of the campus event.

Hilde Alejandre (Biology and Microbiology/L.A. resident), mentored by Amelia Russo-Neustadt, assistant professor of biology. Topic: "Physical Activity, Combined with the Norepinephrine-Selective Anti-Depressant Reboxetine, Rapidly Potentiates BDNF mRNA Expression in the Rat Hippocampus."
Alejandro Briseño (Chemistry and Biochemistry/L.A. resident), mentored by Feimeng Zhou, assistant professor of chemistry. Topic: "A Novel Low-Volume Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance Flow Cell: Studies of Potential-Dependent Protein Adsorption."
Shannon Cocilova (Psychology, Canyon Lake resident), mentored by Mitchell L. Eisen, assistant professor of psychology. Topic: "The Effects of Non-Similar Foils on Eyewitness Confidence and Accuracy."
Manuel Gallegos (Physics and Astronomy/L.A. resident), mentored by Charles C. Coleman, professor of physics. Topic: "Characterization of Germanium Di-Iodide (Gel-2) for Semiconductor Studies."
Brian Hoffman (History/L.A. resident), mentored by Andrew Frank, assistant professor of history. Topic: "Respectable Education of the Knights of Labor."
Autumn Ivy (Biology and Microbiology/L.A. resident), mentored by Amelia Russo-Neustadt, assistant professor of biology. Topic: "The Effects of 5-HT and NE Receptor Antagonists in the Regulation of BDNF Expression Occurring with Physical Activity."
Natalie Jolly (Geography and Urban Analysis/Ventura resident), mentored by Cynthia Sorrensen, assistant professor of geography. Topic: "Upstream Development and the Santa Clara River."
Suzanne Lackey (Nursing/Simi Valley resident), mentored by Rhea P. Williams, professor of nursing. Topic: "Family-Centered Care: Nurses' Practices and Perceptions in a Tertiary Pediatric Hospital."
Laura Mickes (Psychology/Los Angeles resident), mentored by Mitchell Eisen, assistant professor of psychology. Topic: "The Imagination Inflation Effect: Can Simply Imagining Recent Complex Actions Make People Believe They Experienced Counterfactual Events?"
Robert Ramirez (Chemistry & Biochemistry/Redondo Beach resident), mentored by Carlos G. Gutiérrez, professor of chemistry. Topic: "Studies into the Solutions Structure of the E. Coli Siderophore Enterobactin."

For more information, call Cal State L.A.'s Office of Graduate Studies and Research at (323) 343-3820.


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