Ten student delegates to represent Cal State LA at CSU research competition

Cal State LA Student Delegates

Cal State LA graduates and undergraduates from various disciplines showcased their papers, projects and research endeavors at the recent 25th Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities.

The symposium featured more than 150 oral presentations and poster exhibits ranging in topics from false memories to stem cell gene therapy.

Biology major Don Clarke is the recipient of this year’s Phi Kappa Phi Travel Award for his outstanding research presentation. Clarke and nine other students were chosen to represent Cal State LA at a statewide research competition. The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the CSU system. Student participants from CSU campuses conduct oral presentations that are judged by experts from corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities.

The following 10 student delegates will compete in the 31st Annual California State University Student Research Competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on April 28-29.

Arianna Brown (M.S., physics): “Star Formation and AGN Activity: Correlation or Causation?” Faculty mentor: Susan Terebey.

Gredma Dalesy Casasola (B.A., Latin American studies): “Fueron los Subversivos: Reconstructing Guatemala’s Conflict Through Oral History.” Faculty mentors: Ericka Verba and Enrique Ochoa.

Gabriela Cedré (M.S., forensic psychology): “False Memories for Evidence Presented at Trial.” Faculty mentor: Mitchell Eisen.

Don Clarke (M.S., biology): “Development of A Stem Cell/Gene Therapy for Sanfilippo Syndrome Type B.” Faculty mentors: Edith Porter and Michelina Iacovino.

Kelly Ebeling (B.A., psychology): “Neuroticism, Smoking, and Perceptions of Quality of Life in HIV Positive Persons.” Faculty mentor: Ramani Durvasula.

Katherine Mishler (M.A., history): “Concepts of Gender Sensationalized: Women and Their Industrial Injuries in Newspapers during World War I.” Faculty mentor: Carole Srole.

Dulce Montiel (M.A., psychology): “Media Use: Sleep, Well-Being, School-Belonging and Academic Performance.” Faculty mentor: Kaveri Subrahmanyam.

Grant Robinson (M.S., mathematics): “Coloring Distance Graphs.” Faculty mentor: Daphne Liu.

Raquel Rojas (MFA, studio arts; M.A., Art history): “Un Camino Nuevo/A New Path.” Faculty mentor: Mika Cho.

Natalia Ukhlivanova (B.S., biochemistry): “Disaggregation of Amyloid Beta Peptides by Ginnalin A and Related Compounds: Biophysical, Bioanalytical, and Cytotoxicity Studies.” Faculty mentor: Feimeng Zhou.

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Photo: Left to right, seated, Gabriela Cedré, Dulce Montiel, Kelly Ebeling, Gredma Dalesy Casasola, standing, Professor Mitchell Eisen (faculty presenter), Ernest Enriquez (representing lab partner Natalia Ukhlivanova), Katherine Mishler and Grant Robinson.  (Credit: Hannah Bowen, Cal State LA)