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Titans Are Finalists for Biotech Symposium Awards

CSUF Students, Faculty Mentors to Attend Jan. 8-10 Event

Dec. 18, 2014


Four Cal State Fullerton students are finalists for research awards to be presented at the Jan. 8-10 California State University 27th annual Biotechnology Symposium in Santa Clara. University students and their faculty mentors, as well as biotech professionals working in academia, government and industry, will be attending the statewide gathering.

CSUF Award Finalists:

The student finalists are listed by category, city of residence, major and faculty mentor.

2015 Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Research Award — The late Glenn Nagel was a Cal State Fullerton chemistry professor, the 1987 recipient of the university's Outstanding Professor Award and winner of the CSUPERB Andreoli Faculty Service Award in 1996. 

  • Ashley Chui of Monterey Park, biochemistry and a student in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (Mentor: Michael D. Bridges, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry)
  • Joshua Silva of Santa Ana, biological science and a scholar in the MARC and LSAMP programs (Mentor: Math P. Cuajungco, associate professor of biological science)
  • Jennifer Spencer of Rancho Santa Margarita, biological science, MARC and McNair scholar (Mentor: Melanie A. Sacco, assistant professor of biological science)

2015 Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award — Don Eden was a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at San Francisco State University and CSUPERB Faculty Research Award recipient.

  • Kevin Chiem of El Monte
, biology graduate student (Mentor: Marcelo E. Tolmasky, professor of biological science)


This year, 267 research posters representing 21 CSU universities, including 29 posters from CSUF students, were accepted for presentation. Research winners will be named on the final day of the symposium.

The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) sponsors the symposium, whose mission is to develop a professional biotechnology workforce by mobilizing and supporting collaborative CSU student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, and responding to and anticipating the needs of the life science industry.

More Info:

Additional details about the symposium are available online
More information about CSUPERB is available on the program's website.

Media Contact:

Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027 

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