News Release| CSULA; Cal State L.A.; Los Angeles; CSU; Student Research Competition

Note to editors and news directors: Competing in research categories ranging from behavior to biology to business and beyond, 168 university students from throughout the state will converge at Cal State L.A. Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2. Here’s the lineup: /sites/default/files/academic/aa/orad/Program.pdf.

For assistance covering the competition, including arranging access to specific student presentations, please call Public Affairs at Cal State L.A. – (323) 343-3050 – or email the contacts listed.

Host Cal State L.A. has 10 of its own in CSU statewide research competition

Students put minds to mussels, music, rhetorical manipulation,

supersonic combustion, growing up Soviet ‘red’, more

Los Angeles, CA – Focusing on fuel burning as it travels faster than sound, unburned fuels polluting a creek in Culver City, growing up “red” in the Soviet Union, and seven other research realms, 10 Cal State L.A. students will represent the host campus at the 23rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition May 1 and 2.

Sponsored by the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office, the competition includes another 158 students representing 21 other CSU campuses. The students’ presentations will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday throughout Cal State L.A.’s new University-Student Union. Each student will have ten minutes for an oral presentation to an audience and jury, who will then have five minutes to ask questions.

The 10 Cal State L.A. students competing in the statewide research event were selected from winners of the campus event.

Alexander Alegre (Rowland Heights resident) - mentored by Charles Liu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.  Title: “Implementation and Quantitative Analysis of an Aerospace Information Server” (engineering and computer science category).  

Victor A. Cazares (South Gate resident) - mentored by Alicia Izquierdo, assistant professor of psychology.  Title: “Orbitofrontal Cortex Lesions Impair Responses to Cue Predicting Shifts in Work to Reward in Rats” (behavioral and social sciences category).

Sara Esparza (Los Angeles-90065 resident) - mentored by Darrell Guillaume, professor of mechanical engineering.  Title: “Supersonic Combustion” (engineering and computer science category). She is recipient of Cal State L.A.’s 2009 Phi Kappa Phi Travel Award of $1,000.

Lisa S. Fong (Alhambra resident) - mentored by Carlos Robles, professor of biological sciences.  Title: “Confirmation of Facilitative Interactions of California Mussels (Mytilus californianus) on Rocky Shores in British Columbia” (biological sciences category).

Jennifer Milanese (Valley Village resident) - mentored by Michelle Hawley, associate professor of English.  Topic: “Vicki Hearne and Her Ability to Manipulate and Influence through Rhetorical Means” (humanities and letters category).

Anthony Obisesan (Lawndale resident) - mentored by Krishna Foster, associate professor of chemistry.  Title: “Detection of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon in Sediment and Water Collected from Ballona Creek” (physical sciences category).

Daniel Pierce (Simi Valley resident) - mentored by Choi Chatterjee, associate professor of history.  Title: “Growing Up Red: Emigrant Youth and the Role of the Family in the Soviet Union” (humanities and letters category).

Sveti Patel (Tustin resident) - mentored by Feimeng Zhou, professor of chemistry.  Title: “Studies on Coordination Chemistry of AB-Cu Complex” (physical sciences category).

Tan Hainu (Los Angeles-90012 resident) - mentored by John Kennedy, professor of music.  Title: “Quintet Sound of Wind for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano” (creative arts and design category).

Danielle Y. Trathen (Los Angeles-90042 resident) - mentored by Patrick Krug, assistant professor of biological sciences.  Title: “Comparative Phylogeography of Caribbean Sea Slugs with Long-lived vs. Short-lived Larvae” (biological sciences category).

The statewide competition, to be held for the first time at Cal State L.A., includes nine discipline categories in the undergraduate and graduate levels. The awards ceremony will be held Saturday, May 2, at noon, in the Golden Eagle Ballroom.

The CSU event each year follows the annual Cal State L.A. Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. The aim of the campus symposium is to encourage all Cal State L.A. students—undergraduate and graduate in every discipline—to showcase their papers, projects and research endeavors. It also provides them an opportunity to network with administrators, faculty and peers.

For a complete schedule of presentations for the two-day systemwide competition, go to /sites/default/files/academic/aa/orad/Program.pdf. Other details are here: /academic/aa/orad/studentcompetition.php.

For more information, call Cal State L.A.’s Office of Research and Development at (323) 343-3798.

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