With projects ranging from perceptions of police to navigating grief after miscarriage and impacts of poverty on drinking water to the implications of naturally occurring asbestos, 10 Chico State student delegates will present their research at the California State University’s 36th annual Statewide Research Competition, to be held virtually through San Francisco State on April 29 and 30.

The 10 delegates were selected after making remarkable presentations at the Chico State Student Research Competition in early March. This year, 54 students prepared either a three-minute or an eight-minute presentation, showcasing their presentation and communication skills as well as their scholarly research and creative work. The top presenters were awarded cash prizes.

“We are impressed and inspired every year by the presentations, and this year was no different,” said Rosemary White with the Office of Graduate Studies, which helps students prepare for the competition. “The quality and rigor of the presentations were remarkable and inspiring. The 10 student delegates to the statewide competition and their faculty mentors can be very proud. We know their varied and fascinating work will admirably represent Chico State on the statewide stage. It is timely and valuable and a great example of how our campus community is making a difference in our world.”

For more than 35 years, Chico State has been holding an annual Student Research Competition to promote and recognize excellence in student scholarly research and creative activities. The participants submit a five-page research description and give a short presentation before a panel of judges. Their work is judged on clarity of purpose, appropriateness of methodology, interpretation of results, clear articulation of the research and ability to field questions from the jury and audience.

The winners will now compete against outstanding scholars from all 23 CSU campuses. To attend, register with the event by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. This year’s competitors, their faculty mentors, and presentations include:

StudentClass LevelDisciplineFaculty MentorResearch Presentation
Cody Frazergraduate studentBiological SciencesTroy ClineCan Bacteria Stop the Next Pandemic? How the Prevalence of Avian Influenza Virus is Related to the Gut Microbiome
Donavan Cervantesgraduate studentPsychologyMarie LipmannThe Interrelationships Between Personality Factors and Sexual Identity Developmental Milestones
Roxzel Soto TellezundergraduateSociologyTonya LindseyPerception of the Police by Residents of the City of Santa Ana
Maria Navarro and Francisco AguileraundergraduatesConcrete Industry ManagementFeraidon AtaieAgricultural Waste as Internal Curing Agent in Concrete
Elisabeth Kennedygraduate studentGeologyHannah AirdNaturally Occurring Asbestos in the Rock Formations of Paradise and Magalia, CA
Jordan Stiflegraduate studentPsychologyPatrick JohnsonTrauma Over Time: Does Exposure to Stressful Events Affect the Width of One’s Temporal Window?
Sofia Rodriguezgraduate studentBiological SciencesDavid StachuraThe Effect of Treated Wastewater Effluent on Zebrafish Immune Development
Travis Soudersgraduate studentCommunication StudiesStephanie HammelNavigating Tragedy: How Miscarriage Partners Make Sense of Loss
Caylin Stanleygraduate studentBiological SciencesTroy ClineSeasonal Variation of Avian Influenza Viruses in a Sacramento Valley Wood Duck Population
Taylor Lambriggergraduate studentAnthropologyEric BartelinkSignificance of Poverty in Stable Oxygen Isotope Analysis: Implications for Region-of-Origin Predictions In Oaxaca, Mexico