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Four Winners in Science and Math Poster Competition

Student Research a Focus of Tenth Annual Science and Math Symposium

March 22, 2013

Simona Bor

Simona Bor

Four students garnered top awards at the 10th annual NSM-ICC Science and Mathematics Symposium Poster Competition, held March 21 during Research Week.
Of the 40 poster presentations, which represented student research from the colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science and Humanities and Social Sciences, two students tied for first-place honors.
Awardees — all due to graduate in May — listed by major, project title and faculty mentor, are:

  • First-place winner senior Simona Bor of Yorba Linda, biochemistry, “Probing the Role of E304 in the Allosteric Site of ADPGlucose Pyrophosphorylase from Agrobacterium tumefaciens;” faculty mentor Christopher R. Meyer, chair and professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Bor is a President’s Scholar and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research scholar. 
  • First-place winner senior Jenny C. Chang of Walnut, mathematics, “Robust Statistical Modeling of Neuronal Intensity Rates;” faculty mentor Sam Behseta, professor of mathematics. Chang is a CSUF President’s Scholar,  Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Southern California Edison Scholar and member of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. 
  • Second-place winner is graduate student David Mar of Irvine, biochemistry, “Direct Uptake of Copper from Blood Plasma Ceruloplasmin by Hepatic and Mammalian Cells, and Potential Role of Reductases and CTR1,” faculty mentor, Maria C. Linder, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Third-place winner is graduate student Michelle Gevedon of Fullerton, geology, “Hf-O Isotopic Analysis of Gabbro-Granite Pairs: Identifying Potential Mantle Source Hetrogeniety in the Sierra Nevada Arc;” faculty mentor, Diane Clemens-Knott, professor of geological sciences. Gevedon is a 2012-13 scholar in the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program.

By: Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

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