Cal State San Bernardino recognized outstanding alumni, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty mentors of the Meeting of the Minds Student Research Symposium. This year, the event featured over 250 oral and poster presentations, as well as art exhibits.

The Meeting of the Minds Student Research Symposium, held on April 11, is part of CSUSB’s annual Research Week, which celebrates the research, scholarly achievements and creative activities of alumni, faculty and students across campus in all disciplines. CSUSB students and alumni were invited to participate in the event as presenters, and faculty and graduate students served as moderators and judges.

The event provided students and alumni an opportunity to refine their presentation skills while showcasing their talents and knowledge. Participants with the best oral and poster presentations received an award certificate and were recognized at the Office of Student Research Recognition Reception.

The winners of this year’s poster presentations are:

College of Arts and Letters
Dea Armstrong, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Eric Mulz

Perri Williams, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Jessica Nerren

James R. Watson and Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education
Samuel Quarles, Samantha Poirier and Alexandra Amodeo, graduate
Faculty mentor: Roderick O’Handley

College of Natural Sciences
Jillian Bottini, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Tandis Bidgoli                                       

Sarath Babu, Nathan Burnett and Amber Flores, graduate
Faculty mentor: Swatantra Kethireddy

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mercedes Jurado, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Dionisio Amodeo

Rosio Rodriguez, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: King-To Yeung

Alewa Anaya and Melissa Lopez Diaz, graduate
Faculty mentor: John Clapper

The winners of the oral presentations are:

Session 1
David Vargas Monroy, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Yan Zhang

Session 2
Luke Van Hoosen, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Joyce Pham

Session 3
Alberto Rendon, graduate
Faculty mentor: Mihaela Popescu

Session 4
Jasmine Ramirez, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Manijeh Badiee

Session 5
Del Gerard, graduate
Faculty mentor: Michelle Russen

Session 6
Isabella Terrazas, Moris Cabrera and Steven Carlston, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Benjamin Becerra                                       

Session 7                                   
Alfredo Ruiz Rivera, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Jason Burke

Session 8
Isabel Cervantes, Lorraine Lopez and Raquel Guerrero, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Nerea Marteache Solans

Session 9
Katherine Bartels, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Becky Talyn

Session 10
Jonathan Martinez, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Jason Reimer

Session 11
Teresa Iribe-Arroyo, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Karen Robinson

Session 12
Daniela Ferreras, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Jason Ng

Session 13
Stepfanie Alfonso, graduate
Faculty mentor: Thomas Corrigan

Session 14
Negin Ghaffari, graduate
Faculty mentor: Christina Hassija

Session 15
Morgan Martin, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Wagner Prado

Session 16
Shaniya Trotter, undergraduate
Faculty mentor: Karen Robinson

For more information about Research Week or the Meeting of the Minds Student Research Symposium, contact the Office of Student Research at