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CSULB 26th Annual Student Research Competition Winners

Business, Economics and Public Administration Category

  • First Place: Chelsea Redmon, Master's in Economics
    Topic: "The relationship between corruption, competition and democracy: a cross-country analysis"

Creative Arts & Design Category

  • First place: Sierra Patheal, English Rhetoric and Composition Major
    Topic: "I dare you: branching narratives and interactivity in electronic-born literature"

Education Category

  • First Place: Marc Dutch, Master's in Counseling
    Topic: "Marriage family therapist's attitude towards evidence-based treatments and readiness for change: what are the training needs?"


  • Second Place: Oona Fontanella-Nothom, Master's in Education    
    Topic: Teacher attitudes and practices regarding raising issues of race and racism within the education of young children."

Engineering & Computer Science Category

  • First Place: Pouye Sedighian, Master's in Computer Science
    Topic: "A novel computational method for automatic cardiac auscultation"

Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences Category

  • First Place: Rodolfo Flores, Psychology Major
    Topic: "Juvenile exposure to Methylphenidate increases vulnerability to methamphetamine abuse in early adolescent female but not male rats"
  • Second Place: Isidro Landa, Psychology Major
    Topic: "Physical symptoms as obervable indicators of psychological stress"
  • Honorable Mention: Mayling Paredes, Psychology Major
    Topic: "Effects of parity status on self efficacy among pregnant women in a cognitive behvioral stress management intervention"

Humanities & Letters Category

  • First Place: Marissa Jenrich, Master's in History
    Topic: "Narrating Norah: Economic identity for Irish immigrant women in New York City, 1855-1865
  • Second Place: Kevin Watson, Master's in Philosophy
    Topic: "When is an organism an altruist"
  • Honorable Mention: Alan Gomez, French and Francophone Studies Major
    Topic: "Unmasked: Identity in Madame de Tencin's Les Tragiques Amours du Comte de Comminge"

Physical & Mathematical Sciences Category

  • First Place: William Hutzel, Master's in Physics
    Topic: Measurements of a nanostructure plasmon detuning during VO2 phase transition"
  • Second Place: Hanqing Pan, Master's in Chemistry
    Topic: "Heat-induced coursening of gold nanoparticle – graphene oxide hybrids"
  • Honorable Mention: Khang Nguyen, Master's in Physics
    Topic: "Systematic approach to optimizing free parameters in the Goldstone Boson exchance model for quark queark interactions"

Social & Behavioral Sciences Category

  • First Place: Jed Sam Pizarro-Guevara, Master's in Linguistics
    Topic: “Age of acquisition and relative clause comprehension in Tagalog as a first language”
  • Second Place: Seyka Huff, Psychology Major
    Topic: “Behavior indicators of stress overload”
  • Honorable Mention: Monica Smith, Psychology Major
    Topic: “The role of skin color on African American women with ethnic identity as a moderator”


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