Cal State San Bernardino undergraduate Gabriel Lopez was named the second-place winner in the “Physical and Mathematical Sciences” session for his presentation “Self Assembling DNA Wheel Graph” at the 33rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition held at Cal State Fullerton in late April. Lopez was mentored by Cory Johnson, assistant professor of mathematics. Both will be recognized during Research Week, held May 13 through 17. The Student Research Competition is a system-wide event that showcases the innovative research and creative activities of California State University (CSU) undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. Participants make oral presentations before a panel of professional experts from major corporations, foundation, public agencies, colleges and universities of California. Prior to entering the CSU Student Research Competition, Lopez competed in the 33rd annual CSUSB Student Research Competition in February, and was one of the 11 CSUSB students selected to participate in the CSU system-wide competition. The 11 CSUSB students who participated in this year’s CSU Student Research Competition, representing the College of Natural Sciences, the Jack H. Brown College of Business & Public Administration, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, were: 

  • Physical and mathematical sciences – Gabriel Lopez, mathematics; Bryan Castillo, geology.
  • Biological and agricultural sciences – Nikolay Maslov, biochemistry; Ngoc Huynh, biochemistry; and Marvin Macharia, biology.
  • Health, nutrition and clinical sciences – Elizabeth Corella, kinesiology; Ginny Park, biopsychology; Jordan Taylor, biopsychology; and Jasmine Rios, biopsychology.
  • Behavioral and social sciences – Ciera Hammond, political science.
  • Business, economics and public administration – Michael Graham, economics. 

Visit the 33rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition website to learn more about this year’s competition.   To learn more about the CSUSB Student Research Competition, visit the Office of Student Research website