Graduate Competition Winnners

Grad Slam 2023

The annual Grad Slam Competition is designed to showcase and celebrate graduate students and their research and creative activities. Graduate students across all disciplines are encouraged to participate in the Grad Slam Competition.  Submissions for the CSULB Grad Slam were accepted in the Spring Semester and the two first-place winners from the CSULB Grad Slam competition advanced to the CSU-Wide Grad Slam competition on May 5, 2023.

2023 Non-STEM Grad Slam Winners

First Place: Andrew Loyd Smith, MS Anthropology
Presentation Title: Biological Bricolage
(Faculty Advisor, Dr. Kara Miller)

Second Place: Melanie Gerner, MS Educational Technology and Media Leadership
Presentation Title: Decolonizing STEM+C Informal Community Organizations; Impacting the Computer Science Pipeline with Black Female Talent
(Faculty Advisor, Dr. Devery Rodgers)

Third Place: Maya Shankar, MA Psychology - Psychological Research
Presentation Title: Love Thy Neighbor and Not Thy Group: State Anger and Perceptions of Target Hostility Mediate the Relationship between Collective Narcissism and Aggression
(Faculty Advisor, Dr. Bill Pedersen)

2023 STEM Grad Slam Winners

First Place: Kayleigh Hart, MS Kinesiology - Sports and Exercise Psychology
Presentation Title: The Impact of Learning Styles on Academic and Athletic Motivation in Collegiate Athletes
(Faculty Advisor, Dr. Leilani Madrigal)

Second Place: Liz Grimes, MPH Public Health
Presentation Title: Firearm Buyback and health Belief Model
(Faculty Advisor, Dr. Niloofar Bavarian)

Third Place: Sergio Mdrigal-Mora, MS Biology
Presentation Title: Pacific Nurse Sharks in a Protected Area of the Costa Rican Pacific
(Faculty Advisor, Dr. Christopher Lowe)


Student Research Competition 2023

The purpose of the Annual Student Research Competition is to showcase excellence in scholarly research, and highlight creative activity conducted by CSULB undergraduate and graduate students. The Student Research Competition features oral presentations to an audience of fellow students, university community members, and a jury of distinguished faculty in the Spring Semester and the the first-place winners in the nine categories advanced to the CSU-Wide Student Research Competition on April 28-29, 2023.

Ricardo Bazurto, MS Electrical Engineering student, 1st place in the Engineering and Computer Science Category for CMOS PPG Sensor with Correcting Feedback for Effects of Skin Pigmentation. (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ava Hedayatipour)

Mary Catherine Wilbur, MFA student with a concentration in Illustration/Animation, 1st place in the Creative Arts and Design category for Production of Across the DMZ: The Land We Lost and Found (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Soyeon Kim)

Tuyet-Suong (Sabrina) Nguyen, MS in Counseling, Option in Student Development in Higher Education student, 1st place in the Education Category for Asian American and Pacific Islander Social Justice Attitudes. (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paul Ratanasiripong)

Lauren Tran, MS Applied Statistics student,1st place in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences for Identification and Validation of Prognostic Genomic Predictive Signature for Lung Career Patients in Personalized Medicine (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hojin Moon)

Brenda Avalos, EdS in School Psychology student, 2nd place in the Education category for Covid 19 Impact on Social Emotional Wellness in Latinx Students (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kristin Powers)

Michelle Rivera, MFA in Creative Writing student, 2nd place in the Humanities and Letters category for Ask Camilla: Racial and Ethic Tensions in John Fante's Ask the Dust (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephen Cooper)