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CSUSB Student Research Competition




The 38th Annual CSUSB Student Research Competition is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 16th, 2024, inside the James R. Watson & Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education. This competition offers CSUSB students a platform to enhance their presentation and communication skills while highlighting their scholarly and creative accomplishments.

Participants present their research findings to a panel of judges, with the top performers earning the chance to advance to the statewide California State University (CSU) Research Competition hosted at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. There, they will compete against other exceptional scholars within the CSU system. Successful participants in the CSU Student Research Competition have the opportunity to win accolades, with $500 awarded for first place and $250 for second place within their respective sessions.

Event Agenda


Date: Friday, February 16, 2024

Time: 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Watson College of Education

Awards 2024 CSUSB CSU Delegates

Congratulations to Annabella Garcia, an undergraduate Anthropology major from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for winning 1st place at the 38th annual CSU Competition on Saturday April 27th, 2024 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Annabella's Faculty Mentor is Dr. Matthew Des Lauriers. The title of her research project is, Changing Assumptions on Decorative Features of Defensive Technology in Experimental Archeology, Using Ichcahuipilli Armor.


Congratulations to the following outstanding students who have been selected as CSU delegates to represent California State University, San Bernardino at the upcoming state-wide competition on April 26-27 at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo.

CSU Delegates


Name: Stepfanie Alfonso (Graduate)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Corrigan

Major: Communications Studies

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


Name: Samuel Quarles, Alexandra Amodeo, and Samantha Poirier

Faculty Mentor: Dr. 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.


Name: Alfredo Ruiz Rivera

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jason Burke

Major: Biochemistry

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

Name: Carolina Garcia

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Zhaojing Chen

Major: Kinesiology - Allied Health Professions

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

Name: Caty Gaynor

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christopher Hill

Major: Kinesiology

Title: Understanding Motivation and Social Physique Anxiety Profiles.

Names: Katherine Bartels and Amelie Carballo

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Becky Talyn

Major: Biology

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

Names: Maira Lazaro and Daniel Alcerro

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mahmood Nikbakhtzadeh

Major: Biology

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


Names: Michael Rubalcava

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ryan Keating

Major: History

Title: Race and Power in Colonial America.

Names: Negin Ghaffari (Graduate)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christina Hassija

Major: Psychology

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

Name: Annabella Garcia

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Des Lauriers

Major: Anthropology

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

Awards 2023 CSUSB Delegates

Congratulations to the winners of the 37th Annual CSUSB Student Research Competition! These students represent CSUSB at San Diego State University in April!

College of Arts & Letters

Serenity Chavez

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kaitlyn Creasy

Department: Philosophy

Title: That Which Calls Out to You

Dia Poole

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Corrigan

Department: Communications

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: Dr. 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

Auguste Torres

Faculty mentor: Dr. Zhaojing Chen

Department: Kinesiology

Title: Bone Turnover Markers Responses to Acute Resistance Exercise in Postmenopausal Women

Delilah Gbur

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nicole Bournias-Vardiabasis

Department: Biology

Title: Effect of Heat Shock Treatment on the Lifespan and Healthspan of Transgenic Aβ42 Drosophila melanogaster

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Joshua Mondragon and Ana Bautista

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Arianna Huhn

Department: Anthropology

Title: Afrolatine California

Jonathan Solomon

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Karp

Department: Global Studies and Environmental Sciences

Title: Policy Impact Analysis of Water Legislation in the Salton Sea

Viviana Alvarez Rodriguez

Faculty Mentor: Dr. 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

Angelique Melendrez

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Donna Garcia

Department: Psychology

Title: Virtue Signaling: Do You Really Care?

David Lopez-Sanchez and Jordan Taylor

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Crawford

Department: Psychology

Title: Single-trial fentanyl sensitization and conditioned activity in juvenile rats