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Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation


We are thrilled to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our CSUSM Delegates who excelled at the 38th Annual CSU Statewide Research Competition. Showcasing their expertise across four discpinary categories -- Engineering & Computer Science, Humanities & Letters, Interdisciplinary, and Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration.  

We are delighted to announce Jessica Orea secured 1st place in the category of Behavioral, Social Sciences & Public Administration (graduate). 

2024 CSUSM Symposium

Congratulations to the 2024 Symposium finalists!

On March 1, 2024, CSUSM will host an internal competition to select ten projects that that will represent CSUSM at the system-wide, CSU Student Research Competition -- hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo  April 26-27, 2024. 

At the internal competition, projects will be presented by CSUSM undergradate students and graduate students from across all disciplines. All member of the campus community and supporters are invited to attend. 

Please review the full set of guidelines

The 38th Annual CSU Student Research Competition Information

The CSU-wide 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).

Interested in volunteering at the Symposium?

Participate by being a judge or a moderator! You can make a difference in our student's success by volunteering! Sign up here, for more information contact OGSR.


Judge Information Video

For judges, we are seeking a commitment to the following: 

  1. Before the event: Review the participants' papers in your assigned room.
  2. During the event: Proceed over their oral presentations and choose a finalist and runner-up from your room.

Moderator Information Video

Primarily responsibilities:

  1. Timekeeping: Ensuring that each presenter adheres to their allotted time for presentations.
  2. Room Management: Facilitating smooth transitions between sessions and maintaining order within the presentation rooms.
  3. Introductions: Welcoming attendees, introducing judges, and presenting each student presenter.

Participation Information:

Important Dates:

Application Deadline:

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Prep Session:

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Event Agenda:
  1. Oral Presentations:  TBD
  2. Reception:                 TBD   
  3. Awards Ceremony:   TBD        

2024 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 to 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

  1. Title of the Presentation 
  2. Name(s) of the student(s)
  3. The written narrative should
    • untilize a font size of 10 or above
    • Have margins of at least 0.75"
    • Should be a minimum of one page and not exceed two pages in total.
  4. Appendices (bibliography, graphs, photographs, or other supplementary materials) are optional, may not exceed three pages total, and will be uploaded separately from the written narrative
  5. All research must comply with all applicable policies and regulations. Research that involves human and/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.

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:

Sessions to be announced

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

Judging Rubric

2024 Symposium Digital Program 

  • Session 1: Markstein Hall 102

    3:00-3:15 PM: Samantha Terauds

    Prior Acute Exercise Restores Post-Prandial Fat Oxidation in Active Cannabis Users

    3:15-3:30 PM: Troy Tektonopoulos

    Estimating the Impact of a Menthol Flavor Ban on Cigarette Pack Purchase Behavior 

    3:30-3:45 PM: Madison Mower

    Cardiometabolic Response to High Intensity Functional Training versus Rowing-Based High Intensity Interval Training

    3:45-4:00 PM: Zara Mendivil

    Are health-marketed drinks better for hydration than their ordinary counterpart?

    4:00-4:15 PM: Robert Sturdy

    Effect of Kettlebell Complexes vs. High Intensity Functional Training on the magnitude of Excess-Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption

  • Session 2: Markstein Hall 104

    3:00-3:15 PM: Nicholas Morales

    The association between tobacco use and up-to-date status on breast and colon cancer screenings

    3:15-3:30 PM: Maya Qaddourah

    Investigating the Role of Mismatch Repair on CCTG DNA Repeat Instability

    3:30-3:45 PM: Valeria Castellanos Rodriquez

    Brown and White Adipocytes Promotes the Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition to MDA-MB-231 Cells 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Zerla Marie Oca

    Association between Anxiety Symptoms and Cannabis Dependence Stronger for Men among U.S. Young Adults

    4:00-4:15 PM: Natalya Tasevski & Miranda Grzywaczewski

    Exploration of Cardiovascular Adaptations During Submaximal Exertion in Athletic and Sedentary Women Through Electrocardiography and Vascular Analysis.

  • Session 3: Markstein Hall 105

    3:00-3:15 PM: Angelie Arcos Chavelas 

    Characterizing the Impacts of Soil Microbiomes on Fruit Nutritional Quality

    3:15-3:30 PM: Matthew Leslie

    Identification and Characterization of the Ambystoma tigrinum virus 89R gene

    3:30-3:45 PM: Emily Pham

    To pee or not to pee: HCN channels regulate ion transport in osmoregulatory organ Malpighian tubules to produce urine in Yellow Fever mosquito Aedes aegypti

    3:45-4:00 PM: Adriana Cacho

    Shake It till You Make It: Voltage-gated Ion Channels in Larval Lepidopterans

    4:00-4:15 PM: Shyane Masters

    Understanding the impact of elevated water temperatures on shark migration patterns in the Central-East Gulf of Mexico

  • Session 4: Markstein Hall 106
    3:00-3:15 PM:  Mayra Fonseca

    The negative health effects of tobacco and nicotine use on oral health

    3:15-3:30 PM: Brendan Boyd

    Savvy Sodium Seekers Stunningly Secure Sparse Salts: Detection and Quantification of Na⁺ Channels Within the Excretory System of Trichoplusia ni.

    3:30-3:45 PM: Jeremy Benjamin

    Harnessing the Power of Cow Rumen Microbes for Biofuel Production: A Metagenomic Approach

    3:45-4:00 PM: Josue Navarrete

    Microbial Community Shifts Across Gradients of Urbanization

    4:00-4:15 PM: Yutzil Zavala

    HEBP and IP6 uniformly inhibited biomineralization at concentrations as low as 0.25mM and 0.1mM respectively, however, cell growth is also affected.

  • Session 5: Markstein Hall 107

    3:00-3:15 PM:  Camila Valderrama-Martinez & Marisa Mendoza

    Comparing Nearshore Microbial Community Compositions across Water, Plastic, and Non-Plastic Marine Substrates

    3:15-3:30 PM: Siaje Gideon

    Voltage-gated ion channels in cultured gill epithelia of rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, alter in abundance following salt and water imbalance

    3:30-3:45 PM: Brianna MontesDeOca

    NACHO Expression in the Auditory Cortex and Inferior Colliculus in young and old Mice brains 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Cristian Alvizo & Emma Engel


    4:00-4:15 PM: Karissa Tran

    Tobacco Deliveries to University Campuses

  • Session 6: Markstein Hall 201

    3:00-3:15 PM: William Cassel 

    A Lightweight Obfuscated Malware Multi-class Classifier for IoT Using Machine Learning

    3:15-3:30 PM: Mireya Gonzales-Rivera

    Qubit Readout Techniques for Donor-Based Quantum Architectures in Silicon

    3:30-3:45 PM: Jorge Fernandez

    Low-Frequency Charge Noise in Silicon Qubits

    3:45-4:00 PM: Erica Rodas Montejo

    Investigating Methods of Inhibition for Enzyme Browning in Banana 

    4:00-4:15 PM:  Adamari Ramos

    Developing a Supramolecular Chelate for Sequestration of Heavy Metal Toxins

  • Session 7: Markstein Hall 203

    3:00-3:15 PM: Elvis Williams

    Prejudice Towards Refugees in the United States

    3:15-3:30 PM: Gustavo Benitez

    Disparities and impact of flavor restrictions on the availability of flavored tobacco products in online vaping retailers.

    3:30-3:45 PM: Carina Valencia

    Wild Type Salmonella csgF delays aggregation of hIAPP

    3:45-4:00 PM: Alyssa Nieves 

    Harm Reduction Study: A Research Study on Opioid Education

    4:00-4:15 PM: Ariana Almaraz

    NACHO Protein Expression in the Aversive Circuit in Nicotine Dependent Mice

  • Session 8: Markstein Hall 205

    3:00-3:15 PM: Milly Lopez

    Anxiety and Cannabis Dependence Among Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic White, and Hispanic U.S. Young Adults

    3:15-3:30 PM: Aryanna Alarcon

    Cannabis Vaping Days Associated with Impaired Neurological Quality of Life among a Tri-Ethnic Sample of U.S. Young Adult Men and Women

    3:30-3:45 PM: Miranda Medina

    Depression moderates the relationship between reported functioning and neuropsychological performance in Mexican American adults. 

    3:45-4:00 PM: Anastasia Navarro

    Undergraduate STEM Majors Prioritizing STEM Demands Over Student Mental Well-being

    4:00-4:15 PM: Alyson Portillo

    Improving Understanding of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: A Sociocultural and Intersectional Approach

  • Session 9: Markstein Hall 208

    3:00-3:15 PM: Kai Orozco

    Earlier Age of First Cannabis Use Linked with Greater Current Peer Use of Cannabis among Young Adult Men and Women

    3:15-3:30 PM: Tyrone Jones

    Exploring the Influence of Nicotine Knowledge on Tobacco Users' Willingness to Pay for Reduced Nicotine Cigarettes

    3:30-3:45 PM: Hugo Peralta-Ramirez

    Early Modern Criollo/a Constructions and Understandings of Indigenous New Spain

    3:45-4:00 PM: Marcelo Munoz Jr.

    ¡Bailando cumbia, bailando cumbia! El México Kolombiano Que Nuestro Cuerpo Ha Llamado

    4:00-4:15 PM: Citlalli Carrillo

    Healing through Experiences of Childhood Betrayal Trauma: A Qualitative Study

  • Session 10: Markstein Hall 209

    3:00-3:15 PM: Alex Leon

    Illusory Truth Occurs with Headlines from Reliable Sources but Not from Unreliable Sources

    3:15-3:30 PM: Jessica Orea

    Association Between Distress Tolerance and Cannabis Dependence Stronger for Under-Represented Minorities Among U.S. Young Adults

    3:30-3:45 PM: Ashley Mota Ortega

    The Relationship Between Trust and Help-Seeking Behaviors in Childhood Betrayal Trauma Survivors

    3:45-4:00 PM: Josue Vides & Savana Powell

    How does Ly6h affect Nicotine Reward, Learning, and Memory

    4:00-4:15 PM: Nathaniel Kenner

    Characterization of the Ambystoma tigrinum virus 5L protein