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32nd Annual CSU Student Research Competition

Nine Students Represented CSULB and Three Students received 1st Place Awards

Student Research Competition Group Shot
(L-R) Dr. Simon Kim (Research and Sponsored Programs), Hannah Liska, Thomas Trudgeon, Nathalie Nann, Alexandra Rodriguez, Chyann Richard, Raphael Monroy, and Brian Rodriguez (Graduate Studies Resource Center). (Front) Tina Nguyen, Zahra Aghababa, and Anastasia Nesbitt.

The 32nd Annual California State University Research competition was held on May 4-5 at California State University, Sacramento. The system-wide research competition attracted over 200 talented undergraduate and graduate students, representing 22 CSU campuses, to showcase their research in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. The top finisher in each discipline-specific category was awarded $500; $250 went to each of the second-place finishers.

This competition provided with a valuable experience. “Research experience exposes students to current practices, helps them discover their passion, shows them how the theories in textbooks have evolved, and demonstrates applications,” says Simon Kim, Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs. 

The following nine students, who had the best oral presentations at the campus-wide competition, represented CSULB at the CSU system-wide competition:


Discipline-specific Category

Title of Paper

Zahra Aghababa

Business, Economics, and Public Administration

The Impact of Immigration on U.S.Wage Rates

Hannah Liska

Behavioral and Social Sciences

The Impact of Work Values on Science Career Interest in Undergraduate STEM Students

Raphael Monroy

Physical and Mathematical Sciences

The Effect of Superfluidity on the Oscillation Modes of Compact Stars

Nathalie Nann


Mental Health and Well-Being of University Students in Germany

Anastasia Nesbitt

Humanities and Letters

The Creation of Virtue: A Political Strategy in Reconstruction Era North Carolina

Tina Nguyen

Biological and Agricultural Sciences

Transcytosis of apolipoprotein A1 in Bovine Aortic Endothelial Cells

Alexandra Rodriguez

Health Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences

Exploring Social Comparison and Sociocultural Attitudes in Athletes with Physical Disabilities

Chyann Richard

Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences

Validation of Activity Monitor Methods in Classifying Sedentary Behavior by Distinct Activity Domains

Thomas Trudgeon

Creative Arts and Design

The Art of We

CSULB received three first-place awards, including Tina Nguyen in Biochemistry, Raphael Monroy in Physics, and Thomas Trudgeon in Theatre Arts. Congratulations to all nine presenters for sharing their research at the CSU Student Research Competition!