California State University, Fullerton

News Categories

CSUF News Service

New Biology Research Program Launched

Five Undergraduates Selected as 'BURST' Scholars

April 16, 2014

A new program to increase student participation in biological science research experiences and opportunities has been launched at Cal State Fullerton with the support of nearly $50,000 from the University's Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Biology Undergraduate Research Scholars Training program, or "BURST," promotes student involvement in faculty-mentored research, a documented high-impact practice, said Jennifer L. Burnaford, assistant professor of biological science.

The key goals are to expose biological science students to research, engage them in the culture of research and immerse them in research, said Burnaford, program coordinator.

Five biological science majors have been selected as the inaugural BURST scholars. Each is receiving a stipend, research funds and financial support for travel to professional conferences to present their research.

The 2014 BURST scholars, their concentrations, cities of residence and faculty advisers, are:

  • Kimberly Conway of Yorba Linda, cell and developmental biology; Paul T. Stapp, professor of biological science
  • Alexis Bueno Correa of Buena Park, ecology and evolutionary biology; Christopher R. Tracy, assistant professor of biological science
  • Jessica Malinchak of Upland, molecular biology and biotechnology; Hope A. Johnson, assistant professor of biological science
  • Thomas Parker of Orange, marine biology; Danielle C. Zacherl, associate professor of biological science
  • Nicole Tronske of Chino Hills, marine biology; Danielle C. Zacherl, associate professor of biological science


Media Contact: Debra Cano Ramos 

Tags:  Academics & Research