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Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation

Congratulations to the Finalists and Runner-Ups of the 2023 CSUSM Symposium





2023 CSUSM Symposium Announcement

On March 3, 2023, CSUSM will host an internal Symposium on Student Research, Creative Active & Innovation competition to select the 10 project entries that will represent CSUSM at the 37th Annual CSU Student Research Competition

Presentations from all disciplines are welcome! Please review the full set of guidelines on our website.

Submissions have been extended and are due by February 6, 2023 at 11:59 pm CA time. To apply, follow this link to fill out the application and provide the written summary.

The 37th Annual CSU Student Research Competition Information

The CSU Student Research Competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU).

Each campus may select up to 10 entries to send to the final round, which will be held at San Diego State University on April 28th and April 29th, 2023.

Important Dates:

February 3, 2023 - Extended to February 6, 2023
Submission Due: No later than: 11:59 pm 2023 Symposium Application

February 21, 2023
Prep Session: 12:00-12:50 pm at Mark 101 (during U-Hour)

Prep Session RSVP

March 3, 2023
Oral Presentations: 2:00 - 4:30 pm                                  Reception: 4:30 – 5:00 pm                                                    Awards Ceremony: 5:00 - 5:30 pm


2023 Application Process:

  • Read the participation criteria.
  • Complete the application and include the written summary. If you do not already have an InfoReady account, you will be prompted to create one.
  • Use your school email and check it regularly, as all correspondence will be sent through this address.
  • Designate one person if you are submitting as a group. You will be able to list all other group members and emails in the group presentation space on the application.

Written Summary Guidelines

These guidelines follow the CSU statewide competition requirements

  • The written summary must include the name(s) of the student(s) and title of the presentation.
  • The narrative may not exceed five pages using one-inch margins, double-spaced, and 12-point font.
  • Appendices (bibliography, graphs photographs or other supplementary materials) may not exceed three pages.
  • Research that involves human or animal subjects must have appropriate institutional review.                                                                                                              Your paper submission is final, make sure you have submitted the most updated version.

Faculty Mentor Approval

  • Upon submitting, an email notification will be sent to your faculty mentor to alert them of your submission.
  • Faculty mentors are required to approve your submission by responding to the email they receive within three days.
  • You may want to check with your advisor to ensure they receive and confirm your submission.
  • Once approved, you will receive a confirmation email with event details.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

  • Each student will have ten minutes for an oral presentation of their work and five minutes to listen and respond to judges and audience questions.
  • All entrants may use audiovisual materials as appropriate, and presenters are encouraged to use delivery techniques that promote interaction with the audience. Entrants in the Creative Arts and Design category may present an audio and/or visual record of a performance they have given or a work they have created.
  • All oral presentations should focus on the rationale and historical context underlying their interpretation of the material.

The Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation is organized by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the Committee for Undergraduate Research.

Symposium Sessions:

Etiquett Reminder: Do not enter or exit a session while a presentation is in progress. 

  • Session 1: Markstein Hall 101

    3:00-3:15 PM: Andrea Armas 

    Application of ELISA in Immunology  

    3:15-3:30 PM: (WITHDREW) Gilda Castellanos 


    3:30-3:45 PM: Gabriel Alfredo Siguenza 

    Drug Discovery: An Approach for Developing a Novel Nebulizer system in Acoustofluidics 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Jasmine O’Hara & Jessica Keatly

    Camera Trap Survey of Insect Pollinators of Encinitas, Baccharis (Baccharis vanessae) in San Diego, California. 

  • Session 2: Markstein Hall 102

    3:00-3:15 PM: Kevin Brown 


    3:15-3:30 PM: Jocelyne Dates 

    Voltage-gated Ion Channels Regulate Ion and Fluid Transport in the Malpighian Tubules of the Common Cabbage Looper larvae Trichoplusia ni 

    3:30-3:45 PM: (WITHDREW) Siaje Gideon 


    3:45-4:00 PM: Yesenia Mora 

    The effects of wing-flashing on escape behavior of insects and vertebrate prey of San Clemente Loggerhead Shrikes 

  • Session 3: Markstein Hall 107

    3:00-3:15 PM: Mason Laurin 

    Malleable mouths: upper and lower beak kinematics of the Loggerhead Shrike in relation to bite force and velocity 

    3:15-3:30 PM: Levi-Briana Shinn & Renee Laurenzana

    NACHO expression in the VTA and NAc using a Lynx2 transgenic knockout mouse model. 

    3:30-3:45 PM: Kevin Garcia 

    Using Plastic Microbial Community Composition and Consistency to Better Describe Plastisphere Uniqueness 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Jaeden Flury 

    Investigating wound microbiome composition in Type 2 Diabetic mice  

  • Session 4: Markstein Hall 214

    3:00-3:15 PM: Jennifer Sanchez 

    MetaHiC Sequencing on Coastal Microbiomes to Map Mobile Genetic Elements 

    3:15-3:30 PM: Jeremy Benjamin 

    Investigating the Role of REV1, REV3, and TOP1 on Transcription Associated Mutagenesis in S. cerevisiae. 

    3:30-3:45 PM: Shyane Masters & Cameron St. Onge

    Critical thermal tolerance polygon for poikilothermic ectotherm Epalzeorhynchos frenatum 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Cristina Velasquez & Jake Coast 

    Identification of BST2 as a Biomarker for Alopecia Areata in Both Mice and Humans 

  • Session 5: Markstein Hall 201

    3:00-3:15 PM: Yetunde Adebayo 

    E-cigarettes Motivations, and Expectancies. 

    3:15-3:30 PM: Karina Marquez & Nessa Jamalian

    The interaction between nicotinic receptor modulators in the hippocampus: implications for learning and memory. 

    3:30-3:45 PM: Ariana Almaraz 

    NACHO Expression in the Interpeduncular Nucleus in Lynx2 Knockout Mice. 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Minjung (Michelle) Kang 

    The Saturation Spectrum of Odd Cycles 

  • Session 6: Markstein Hall 203

    3:00-3:15 PM: Ashley Mota 

    Trust and Treatment-Seeking Behaviors in Childhood Betrayal Trauma Survivors 

     3:15-3:30 PM: Miranda Medina 

    Chronic and Acute Ethanol Exposure Leads to the Early Onset of Memory-like Impairments and the Aggregation of Beta-Amyloid Plaques in Rats with the Apolipoprotein ε4 Gene 

     3:30-3:45 PM: Karissa Tran 

    Age of First Cannabis Use and Cannabis Misuse Linked for Men and Women and Explained by Depressive Symptoms among U.S. Young Adults 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Anastasia Navarro 

    Investigating the Experiences of Undergraduate STEM Majors and their Mental Health and Wellness 

  • Session 7: Markstein Hall 209

    3:00-3:15 PM: Maiya Larry 

    Dementia Worry  

    3:15-3:30 PM: Briana Smith Reyes 

    The Effects of Enrichment on Rehabilitating California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) 

    3:30-3:45 PM: Marielle Castaneda 

    Seeing is Believing: Conservation and Welfare Effects of Repeated Exposure to Animals in Anthropomorphic Contexts 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Devin Ghidella 

    Impact of Cannabis State Law on Cannabis Use and Behavioral Health among Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic White, and Hispanic U.S. Young Adults  

  • Session 8: Markstein Hall 210

    3:00-3:15 PM: Sana Hashemi 

    Satiating Nicotine Addictions 

    3:15-3:30 PM: Jonathan Nocon 

    Measuring the MPOWER Framework in the United States 

    3:30-3:45 PM: Nicolas Morales 

    Assessing compliance to in-person tobacco sales requirements in San Diego County 

    3:45-4:00 PM:  (WITHDREW) Aidelen Montoya 


  • Session 9: Markstein Hall 213

    3:00-3:15 PM: Leah Coe 

    Sex Differences in Hemodynamic Response to High Intensity Interval Exercise (HIIE) 

    3:15-3:30 PM: Harrison Thomas & Derek Solenberger

    Characterization of Sun Protection Utilization and Knowledge of Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure Among Recreational Surfers 

    3:30-3:45 PM: Samantha Cruz 

    Trends in Marijuana Prevalence Among Light Smokers 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Grecia Acevedo 

    Persuasive Language Skills in Youth of Diverse Backgrounds & Juvenile Justice System