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

May 1, 2018

Cal State LA News Service

Cal State LA graduates and undergraduates from various disciplines showcased their papers, projects and research endeavors at the recent 26th Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities.

The university symposium featured more than 100 oral presentations and poster exhibits ranging in topics from eyewitness performance to restorative justice.

Civil engineering major Joseph Lucey, a Los Angeles resident, was presented this year’s Phi Kappa Phi Travel Award for his outstanding research presentation.

Lucey and 11 other students were also chosen to represent Cal State LA at an upcoming 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 California State University 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 Cal State LA student delegates will compete in the 32nd Annual CSU Student Research Competition at Sacramento State on May 4-5.

Jennifer Jones (B.A., psychology): “The Relationship Between Openness and Eyewitness Performance.” Faculty mentor: Mitchell Eisen.

Marianne Lacsamana (M.S., forensic psychology): “Social Support during Forensic Interviews with Children.” Faculty mentor: Mitchell Eisen.

Kin Li (M.S., mechanical engineering): “Applications of Non-Integer Derivatives in Engineering Systems.” Faculty mentor: Arturo Pacheco-Vega.

Joseph Lucey (B.S., civil engineering): “Modeling Surface Water Inundation using NASA Remote Sensing Data Products.” Faculty mentor: Sonya Lopez.

Prasanna Nattuthurai, Maria Boldina, Tianyi Deng and Vrunda Shah (M.S., computer information systems): “Developing an Internal Cryptocurrency System for Colleges.” Faculty mentor: Nanda Ganesan.

Stephanie Perez (M.A., interdisciplinary studies): “Restorative Justice for the Women of Sepur Zarco: From Testimonios to Reparations and Beyond.” Faculty mentor: Dionne Espinoza.

Arlene Sagastume (M.A., psychology): “Cultural Values Conflicts and Gender-Related Experiences of Latina Young Adults.” Coauthor: Christinalee Houseman. Faculty mentor: Jessica Dennis.

Carolina Santillán (M.A., Latin American studies): “Rosario Ibarra and Politicized Mothering during Mexico’s Dirty War.” Faculty mentor: Enrique Ochoa.

Kathryn Uchida (B.S., biochemistry): “A Microfluidic Glucose Sensor Incorporating a Novel Thread-Based Electrode System.” Faculty mentor: Frank Gomez.

Photo: front, left to right, Marianne Lacsamana, Jennifer Jones, Carolina Santillan, Vrunda Shah, Seth Linker, back row, left to right, Joseph Lucey, Arlene Sagastume, Stephanie Perez and Prasanna Nattuthurai. (Credit: Ty Washington/Cal State LA)

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