Cal State San Bernardino will be represented by 14 students at the California State University Research Competition, which will take place at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on April 26-27. The statewide competition brings together scholars from the 23 campuses in the CSU system.

“These students have demonstrated exceptional dedication, skills and commitment, earning the honor to represent our esteemed institution on this significant platform,” stated the Office of Student Research in an email announcing the winners. “We are confident that they will bring their best to the competition, showcasing the excellence and talent that embody the spirit of CSUSB.”

The 14 were selected from the 50 students who presented their research to a panel of judges at the 38th annual CSUSB Student Research Competition in February.

Representing the university at the CSU Research Competition are:

College of Arts and Letters

Stepfanie Alfonso

Faculty mentor: Thomas Corrigan

Major: Communications Studies

Title: “Community Media Coalitions: How CMCs Can Bolster Democracy in the I.E. Communities.”

James R. Watson and Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education

Samuel Quarles, Alexandra Amodeo and Samantha Poirier

Faculty mentor: Roderick O’Handley

Major: School Psychology

Title: “Examining the Methodological Rigor of Existing Research on the Effects of Effective Instruction Delivery on Non-Compliance in Elementary School Students: A Systematic Review.”

College of Natural Sciences

Alfredo Ruiz Rivera

Faculty mentor: Jason Burke

Major: Biochemistry

Title: “Unraveling the Effects of Cancer Associated Missense Mutations in the Retinoblastoma Protein.”

Carolina Garcia

Faculty mentor: Zhaojing Chen

Major: Kinesiology

Title: “Effects of BioDensity Training on Bone Adaptations in Young Women.”

Caty Gaynor

Faculty mentor: Christopher Hill

Major: Kinesiology

Title: “Understanding Motivation and Social Physique Anxiety Profiles.”

Katherine Bartels and Amelie Carballo

Faculty mentor: Becky Talyn

Major: Biology

Title: “The Effect of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides on Drosophila melanogaster Activity and Oviposition Behavior.”

Maira Lazaro and Daniel Alcerro

Faculty mentor: Mahmood Nikbakhtzadeh

Major: Biology

Title: “Dietary Deficiency Effects on Oviposition and Reproductive Organs of Female Culex Quinquefasciatus.”

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Michael Rubalcava

Faculty mentor: Ryan Keating

Major: History

Title: “Race and Power in Colonial America.”

Negin Ghaffari

Faculty mentor: Christina Hassija

Major: Psychology

Title: “The Mediating Effect of Emotional Regulation in Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Food Addiction.”

Annabella Garcia

Faculty mentor: Matthew Des Lauriers

Major: Anthropology

Title: “Changing Assumptions on Decorative Features of Defensive Technology in Experimental Archeology, Using Ichcahuipilli Armor.”