Undergraduates and graduate students will be competing in the CSU Student Research Competition May 4-5. Photo: Karen Tapia
Student Researchers to Represent CSUF in Statewide Contest
April 30, 2012 :: No. 165
Eleven undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated their ability for conducting sophisticated research are winners of this spring’s Cal State Fullerton Student Research Competition and will represent the university at the 26th annual CSU Student Research Competition May 4 and 5 at Cal State Long Beach.
The student researchers won cash prizes for first- ($500), second- ($300) and third-place ($200) finishes in the campus competition in undergraduate and graduate categories.
Undergraduate winners, project titles and faculty advisers are:
Alexander Lemmon, a senior civil and environmental engineering major who lives in Irvine, won first place with “Application of Recycled Material in Construction Application.” Adviser: Binod Tiwari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering;
Sheikh Mubashir, a senior biochemistry major who lives in Corona, finished second with “Detection and Quantification of cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene in Water Using FTIR-ATR Technique.” Adviser: Zhuangjui Li, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry; and
Esther Hwang, a junior child and adolescent development major from Garden Grove, finished third, along with Santa Ana resident Marilyn Palamino (B.A. psychology ’11), for their project, “Young Children’s Understanding of Emotional Fantasy and Reality.” Adviser: Nathalie Carrick, assistant professor of child and adolescent studies.
Graduate student winners, projects and advisers are:
Andres Carrillo, a biology major who lives in Fullerton, won first place for “Effects of Extended Incubation on Body Morphology and Feeding Ability of Larval California Grunion, Leuresthes Tenuis.” Adviser: Kathryn Dickson, professor of biological science;
Beena Ajmera, a civil engineering major and Ontario resident, finished in second place with “Influence of Saline Water on the Fully Softened Shear Strength of Soft Clays.” Adviser: Binod Tiwari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; and
Gagandeep Bains, a biochemistry major from Livingston finished third with “Probing the Role of Proline-288 in the Regulation of Agrobacterium Tumefaciens ADPG Pyrophosphorylase.” Adviser: Christopher R. Meyer, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
Also competing in the statewide competition from Cal State Fullerton are:
Richard Hastings, a Brea resident and post baccalaureate student studying civil and environmental engineering, whose project is “Reduction in the Impact of Earthquake Ground Motion Utilizing Soil Replacement Method.” Adviser: Binod Tiwari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering;
Allison McKnight, a Brea resident and graduate English major whose project is “Was There Really a Dog: David Foster Wallace’s Tenuous Relationship With Journalistic Ethics in Neither Adult Nor Entertainment.” Adviser: Erin Hollis, assistant professor of English, comparative literature and linguistics;
Sandra Schreyer, a Torrance resident and graduate anthropology major whose project is “The Inka in the Northern Ecuadorian Andes: Economic Aspects of Empire Consolidation.” Adviser: Brenda J. Bowser, assistant professor of anthropology; and
Shane Riegel, a Placentia resident and senior business administration-economics major whose project is “Far From Home: The Effect of Remittances on Work Hours in Honduras.” Adviser: Denise L. Stanley, associate professor of economics.
Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852