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Titans Win Big Share of Top Honors at CSU Research Competition

May 5, 2014

Six Cal State Fullerton students took home a big share of the top honors at the 28th annual CSU Student Research Competition May 2-3 at Cal State East Bay.

Titans won first- and second-place prizes in six out of the nine sessions, where they competed against 200 competitors from across the state.

Terri R. Patchen, professor of elementary and bilingual education and student creative activities and research faculty fellow, mentored and prepared the students for the competition and traveled with them.

The first-place winners are:

Behavioral and Social Sciences, Graduate
Daniel Ignacio of Fullerton, a psychology graduate student
"The Effects of Music and Auditory Affective Priming on Cognition"
Faculty mentor: David Gerkens, associate professor of psychology

Business, Economics and Public Administration, Undergrade and Graduate
Brooke Sullivan of Bakersfield, a senior business administration-information systems and decision sciences major
"Community Issues in American Metropolitan Cities: A Data Mining Case Study"
Faculty mentor: Sinjini Mitra, assistant professor of information systems and decision sciences

Biological and Agricultural Sciences, Graduate
Jessica Valadez of Lawndale, a graduate student majoring in biology
"Analysis of the Transcriptional Activation and Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Transient Receptor Potential Mucolpin-2 (Trpml2) Gene"
Faculty mentor: Math P. Cuajungco, associate professor of biological science

Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences, Graduate
Kevin Valenzuela of Placentia, a January graduate with a M.S. in kinesiology
"Effect of Foot Rotation During Running on Knee Movements and Lateral-Medial Shear Force"
Faculty mentor: Scott Lynn, associate professor of kinesiology

Second-place winners are:

Biological and Agricultural Sciences, Undergraduate
Jennifer Spencer of Rancho Santa Margarita, a senior biological science major
"Investigating Defense Responses of Nicotiana Benthamiana Involving the 14-3-3 Gene Family Using virus-Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS)"
Faculty mentor: Melanie A. Sacco, assistant professor of biological science

Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate
Quang Tran Ngoc-Vinh of Stanton, a civil engineering graduate student
"Investigation of Durability of High-Performance Concrete by Measuring Electrical Resistivity Using Two Different Non-Destructive Instruments"
Faculty mentor: Pratanu Ghosh, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering


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