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Student Justin Craven wearing a black jacket.

Curiosity Has Set Double Physics Major On Successful Path

In the classroom, lab, and on the athletics track, Justin Craven is constantly growing through an open mind.

Abbas Attarwala, who was awarded a $30,000 grant this summer to research the impacts of AI on children, is photographed at his desk while he is typing on a laptop.

The Growing Pains of AI: Professor to study how tools like ChatGPT affect children

Professor Abbas Attarwala received a grant to study how AI affects children and identify areas where more research is needed.

Melania Raygoza looks at the flow test stand she and her group created

Engineering Success: Students Solve Real-World Problems

From self-cleaning pool robots to a self-stabilizing spoon for Parkinson’s patients, engineering students demonstrate their ingenuity at the ECC Senior Design Capstone Project Expo.

Aishwarya Gowda poses against a brick pillar on campus, wearing a white shirt and jeans.

Bollywood Dance Club Founder Finds a Sense of Home at Chico State  

In two years, International student Aishwarya Gowda has already made her mark on campus. To her, the biggest impact has been finding herself and her community here on campus.

Karsten Kaufmann poses for a photo in front of his home workstation.

Three Imaginative Media Arts Alumni Making Exciting Moves

Karsten Kaufmann’s dance moves became a viral sensation in 2015. Find out where he and collaborating media arts majors Sophie McGuirk and Michael Connell are today. Hint: They're still making amazing content!

Distinguished Alum and Strategic Architect Kimate Richards

Distinguished Alum and Strategic Architect Kimate Richards

Veteran and alum Kimate Richards designs cutting-edge smart technology while making time to give back to his community.

Nicholas Esparza looks through the high vacuum chamber in the ultracold lab.

Student Researchers Share Insight into Summer Projects

CSC² has supported nearly 300 students in undergraduate research projects across the three colleges.

A grid of diamond-shaped images shows students engaging in various kinds of research, from looking through a vaccum chamber to attaching wildlife cams to trees to working with mushrooms, to looking through a container filled with zebrafish.

Multimillion-Dollar Grants Provide Undergraduate Research Opportunities to Underserved Students in STEM

Since 2016, the Chico STEM Connections Collaborative has provided academic and other support services to historically underserved students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and agriculture.

Aubrey Miller holds a handful of tootbrush fibers in her hand in the concrete lab.

Students Set the Future in Concrete

Just one of five programs of its kind in the United States, our Concrete Industry Management Program is creating the workforce for a $200 billion industry. With a 100 percent job-placement rate and a cross-disciplinary approach that ensures our graduates can lead in the boardroom and at the job site, CIM students are solving some of the industry’s greatest challenges.

Kendall Hall with spring flowers in the foreground

Chico State Students to Present Research at Statewide Competition

Ten Chico State student delegates will compete against scholars statewide at the California State University’s 36th annual Statewide Research Competition.

Dan Wheeler stands on a rooftop and smiles under a building

5 Questions with Construction Management Executive and Alumnus Dan Wheeler

As an executive at Turner Construction, Dan Wheeler has put up new buildings on campus, recruited more than 100 Chico State grads, and mentored countless more. This month, he will be honored as the 2022 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of ECC.

An all-electric street sweeper is parked outside an academic building.

Making CSU History: Chico State Adds All-Electric Street Sweeper to Fleet

In its push to achieve climate neutrality by 2030, Chico State became the first CSU campus to purchase and use an all-electric street sweeper.

Jordan Beach smiles while inspecting a wooden skyscraper model

Jordan Beach Shook Up the Chico State Civil Engineering Department

As an outstanding student, tutor, club leader, and mentor, Jordan Beach shook up Civil Engineering at Chico State.

The words "the digital divide" are overlaid over a rural road, split in half, with one side looking like a cracking old black and white photo and the other side in color with internet symbols.

The Digital Divide

The Geographical Information Center has been pioneering projects to improve high-speed internet access across California for years. Now, as COVID-19 forces millions of people to work and school from home, the center's efforts and expertise have never been more critical.

Three industrial robots are lined up inside a room.

Tech Company Omron Gifts $830,000 and Robotics to Transform CSU, Chico’s Mechatronics Laboratory

A generous gift from global technology giant Omron has upgraded Chico State’s mechatronics laboratory, making it one of the most advanced labs of its kind in the nation.

A human finger touches a finger sensor on a mechanical finger.

Engineering for a Better Tomorrow

Whether focused on clean drinking water or eliminating single-use plastics, engineering students spent the last year tackling some of society’s most pressing challenges.


Four faculty discuss their current research and how they aspire to change the world.

Two students smile and together hold a knee brace prototype.

Rehab By Robot: Students Research ACL Solutions

Two students' CSC2 research project aims to use robot power to help rehabilitate healing knees.

A stack of national publications report the significance of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969.

“Apollo at 50:” Local Scientists Commemorate History, Look Ahead

Lisa Westwood and Dave Schlom, local experts on the American space program, share their excitement for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, space heritage, and what the future holds for space travel.

A screenshot of video showing virtual reality rendering of the Honey Run Covered Bridge,.

A Virtual Vision of Recovery

With state-of-the-art technology and fast-paced research, students preserved a virtual scan of the historic Honey Run Covered Bridge—and it may help bring it back.

The inside of a VR viewer headset as it's prepared to be placed on the head, from the photographer's perspective.

VR Class Brews up a Hit with Big-Name Partner

To further prove virtual and augmented reality's place in University curriculum, a new collaborative class partnered with a Chico legend: the world-renowned craft brewery Sierra Nevada.

Lance Mitchell extends his hand to touch his virtual surroundings while wearing the Microsoft HoloLens.

Vision Becomes (Virtual) Reality: Collaborative VR Course Presents Opportunities

Seeking to incorporate newly developed technology into journalism, the Departments of Computer Animation and Game Development, Journalism and Public Relations, and Media Arts, Design, and Technology teamed up to bring cutting-edge virtual reality technology to collaborative classrooms.

The Chico State Tiny House Club gave a tour of their 196 sq. ft tiny house to the campus on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Chico, Calif. (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Big Finish For Chico State’s Tiny House

CSU, Chico's Tiny House Club designed and built a home measuring less than 200 square feet, impressing judges at the recent Sacramento Municipal Utility District's Tiny House Competition.

Charged and Ready to Go

This week, the nation's first thin-film photovoltaic charging station opened on the Chico State campus, offering campus and the community eight traditional power outlets and four USB portals from the comfort of a shaded table.

The Fast and the Fuel-Efficient

After earning a trophy in the SAE Formula international competition, members of Chico State's Formula team will be working all year to build a faster, more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Four people stand, smiling in the recently renovated concrete lab, an industrial brick room with buckets and machines in the background.

Ribbon Cut on Major Lab Renovation

Alumnus Dennis Murphy and industry partners invest in students with a revitalized concrete laboratory.

Success Through Solidarity: Meet Chico State’s Women Engineers

For the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), building solidarity and support is paramount to succeeding in STEM fields.

Student in safety glasses shovels concrete into a mold

Is Rice Nice—for Concrete?

Students study rice as secret ingredient to boost success, sustainability in concrete