Thirty-three Cal State San Bernardino students participated in the university’s 37th annual Student Research Competition on Feb. 10, where students from all five colleges presented their research before a panel of judges. Twelve of those participants have been selected to represent CSUSB at this year’s CSU statewide Student Research Competition, which will be held April 28-29 at San Diego State University.

“It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to hear our students discuss their research, and all the presentations were truly impressive,” said Ryan Keating, director of the Office of Student Research, in an email announcing the winners. “It is incredible to see the diverse research, scholarly and creative activities on our campus. I want to congratulate all the participants for their hard work and dedication to advancing their fields of study.”

The 12 CSUSB winners of the 37th annual CSUSB Student Research Competition are:

College of Arts & Letters 

  • Serenity Chavez                  
  • Faculty Mentor: Kaitlyn Creasy 
  • Department: Philosophy                                
  • Title: That Which Calls Out to You 


  • Dia Poole             
  • Faculty Mentor: Thomas Corrigan       
  • Department: Communication Studies
  • Title: Connecting Students with Community-Based Organizations for Informal, Short-Term Experiential Learning Opportunities: A Portal Proposal For CSUSB 


James R. Watson & Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education 

  • Rangel Zarate 
  • Faculty Mentor: Karen Escalante 
  • Department: Educational Leadership 
  • Title: From the Lens of (In)visibility: A Photovoice Inquiry into How Community Colleges can Advance Filipino/a/x American Student Resilience 


College of Natural Sciences 

  • Delilah Gbur       
  • Faculty Mentor: Nicole Bournias-Vardiabasis                 
  • Department: Biology 
  • Title: Effect of Heat Shock Treatment on the Lifespan and Healthspan of Transgenic Aβ42 Drosophila melanogaster 


  • Auguste Torres 
  • Faculty mentor: Zhaojing Chen 
  • Department: Kinesiology 
  • Title: Bone Turnover Markers Responses to Acute Resistance Exercise in Postmenopausal Women 


College of Social & Behavioral Sciences 

  • Viviana Alvarez Rodriguez            
  • Faculty Mentor: Pedro Santoni             
  • Department: History                        
  • Title: Back to Photo Albums: Afro-descendant Student Activist’s Employment of Local and Familial Histories as Alternate Afro-descendant Historical Narration 


  • David Lopez-Sanchez and Jordan Taylor  
  • Faculty Mentor: Cynthia Crawford      
  • Department: Psychology  
  • Title: Single-trial fentanyl sensitization and conditioned activity in juvenile rats 


  • Angelique Melendrez     
  • Faculty Mentor: Donna Garcia              
  • Department: Psychology               
  • Title: Virtue Signaling: Do You Really Care? 


  • Joshua Mondragon and Ana Bautista 
  • Faculty Mentor: Arianna Huhn  
  • Department: Anthropology 
  • Title: Afrolatine California 


  • Jonathan Solomon           
  • Faculty Mentor: Michael Karp               
  • Department: Global Studies and Environmental Sciences                
  • Title: Policy Impact Analysis of Water Legislation in the Salton Sea