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Spotlight: Research Week

Inaugural Event Highlights Undergraduate Research as a High Impact Practice

March 22, 2013

Students and faculty members’ accomplishments in scholarly and creative activities highlighted Cal State Fullerton’s inaugural Research Week.

President Mildred García opened the week’s events, saying that it “celebrates our faculty and student research, scholarly and creative achievements and is a vehicle for our campus and community partners to learn more about each other and expand those partnerships.”

Sponsored by the office of the associate vice president of graduate studies and research, the week’s highlights included discussions on topics including initiating and sustaining research, working with diverse communities and students, student research and engagement, exploring math and science research and funding sources. Students who won research awards were recognized, as were faculty members who garnered more than $22 million in grants for their research in the past year.

One Research Week roundtable featured grant-seeking tips from some leading grant recipients:

  • Kiran George, assistant professor of computer engineering and recent recipient of a $400,000 National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program award: “Find a research topic that is transformational and unique.”
  • Matthew E. Kirby, associate professor of geological sciences: "My research is not remotely possible without students.”
  • Marcelo E. Tolmasky, professor of biological science and manager of the NIH-funded Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program: “Do not listen to those who tell you that you cannot get grants. You can!”

By: Debra Cano Ramos and Mimi Ko Cruz

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