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Meeting of the Minds

The 14th Annual 'Meeting of the Minds' Student Research Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 10th, 2025.

Celebrating the achievements of our students, “Meeting of the Minds” is a one-day event recognizing the outstanding scholarly and creative accomplishments of CSUSB graduate and undergraduate students. Join in on an opportunity to view their research and creative activities to the entire CSUSB campus and the broader community. 

What is the “Meeting of the Minds”

The "Meeting of the Minds" Student Research Symposium is a campus-wide annual event where CSUSB graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to showcase their research and creative activities (RSCA) through oral and poster presentations. This event is an excellent opportunity for students to refine their presentation skills while sharing their talents and knowledge with others. Participants with the best oral and poster presentations will receive an award and be recognized during the reception and award ceremony.

Meeting of the Minds in CSUSB News

How to Attend

Date: Thursday, April 10th, 2025

Time: 10: 30 AM - 5:30 PM

This event is open to the entire CSUSB campus community as well as off-campus guests!

Register to Attend HERE

Event Schedule & Program

  • 9:00AM - 3:30PM - Registration SMSU North (For presenters & jurors ONLY) 
  • 10:30AM - 10:45AM - Welcome and Special Remarks, SMSU North Conference Center Room C & D
    • Dr. Ryan Keating, Director for OSR
    • President Tomas Morales 
    • Provost Rafik Mohamed 
    • Dr. Cynthia Crawford, Interim AVP for Research
    • Carson Fajardo, President/CEO ASI 
  • 10:45AM - 11:45AM - Poster Presentation Session I, SMSU North Conference Centers Rooms: A,E,B
  • 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Lunch and Keynote Speaker, SMSU North Conference Center Rooms: C & D
  • 1:30PM - 2:30PM - Poster Presentation Session II, SMSU North Conference Center Rooms: A,E,B
  • 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Oral Presentation Session I, Center for Global Innovation (CGI) Rooms - Various Rooms
  • 4:00PM - 5:30PM - Oral Presentation Session II, Center for Global Innovation (CGI) - Various Rooms

2025 Meeting of the Minds Keynote Speaker, TBA


View Poster Presentations Virtually

Symposium Link will be active on April 10th, 2025 at 12am

View Poster Presentations Virtually

2024 Student Research Symposium Awardees

Congratulations to the 13th annual “Meeting of the Minds” Student Research Symposium Awardees, here are your 2024 winners!


College of Arts & Letters
Dea Armstrong, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Mulz
Title: Acknowledging and Refining Skills Through the Community of Theatre.

Perri Williams, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jessica Nerren
Title: Race, Neurodiversity, & Advocacy: What Patients & Practitioners Must Do in a Healthcare Setting.

College of Education
Samuel Quarles, Samantha Poirier, and Alexandra Amodeo, Graduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Roderick O'Handley
Title: A Systematic Review Examining Effective Instruction Delivery and its Effectiveness for Improving Elementary School Student Non-Compliance.

College of Natural Sciences
Jillian Bottini, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tandis Bidgoli                                       

Title: Geologic Mapping and Analysis of the Banning and Garnet Hills Strands of the Southern San Andreas Fault System.

Sarath Babu, Nathan Burnett, and Amber Flores, Graduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Swatantra Kethireddy
Title: Assessment of Nitrate Levels in Southern California Water Sources: Implications for Community Health Disparities in San Bernardino, Riverside, Palm Springs, and Ontario.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Mercedes Jurado, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dionisio Amodeo
Title: Impact of Serotonin 1B/1A Receptor Activation on Behavioral Flexibility.

Rosio Rodriguez, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. King-To Yeung
Title: The Effects of Different Welfare Regimes On Individual's Subjective Well-Being.

Alewa Anaya and Melissa Lopez Diaz, Graduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Clapper
Title: Investigating the Relationships Among Breath Counting, Mood, and Heart Rate Variability in a Meditation-like Cognitive Task.


Session 1
David Vargas Monroy,
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yan Zhang
Title: Labeling Medical Notes with Deep Learning.

Session 2
Luke Van Hoosen,
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joyce Pham
Title: Crystal Structure of Zn-Metalated TetraTolylPorphyrin[TTP].

Session 3
Alberto Rendon,
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mihaela Popescu
Title: The Social and Educational Impacts of Anime on Fans.

Session 4
Jasmine Ramirez,
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Manijeh Badiee
Title: Predictors of Residence for Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer" Community.

Session 5
Del Gerard,
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michelle Russen
Title: Blacks At The Top: Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Hospitality Leadership.

Session 6
Isabella Terrazas, Moris Cabrera, and Steven Carlston, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Becerra                                       

Title: Factors that Affect People not having Healthcare Access Due to Lack of Transportation.

Session 7                                   

Alfredo Ruiz Rivera, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jason Burke
Title: Unraveling the Effects of Cancer-Associated Missense Mutations in the Retinoblastoma Protein.

Session 8
Isabel Cervantes, Lorraine Lopez, and Raquel Guerrero,
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nerea Marteache Solans
Title: Female Passengers and Microaggressions on Public Transportation.

Session 9
Katherine Bartels, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Becky Talyn
Title: The Effects of Roundup Super Concentrate on Drosophila melanogaster Activity.

Session 10
Jonathan Martinez,
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jason Reimer
Title: Manipulating Proactive and Reactive Control using Ocular Measures.

Session 11
Teresa Iribe-Arroyo, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Robinson
Title: What Now? The Experiences of Undocumented Students After Graduation.

Session 12
Daniela Ferreras, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jason Ng
Title: Correlation Between Pre-Exercise Hydration Status and Heart Rate of Female Division II Collegiate Distance Runners During a Training Session.

Session 13
Stepfanie Alfonso,
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Corrigan
Title: Community Media Coalitions: Best Practices to Support a Healthy Local News Ecosystem.

Session 14
Negin Ghaffari,
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christina Hassija
Title: Resiliency Effects on Eating Habits and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Session 15
Morgan Martin, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wagner Prado
Title: Are The Effects Of High-Intensity Interval Exercise On Executive Function, Mental Health, And Mood Obesity-Dependent?

Session 16
Shaniya Trotter, Undergraduate
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Robinson
Title: Black Men and Women's Perceptions of Each Other.

Award & Recognition

Based on the recommendations of symposium jurors, the most outstanding oral and poster presenters from each session will be recognized during the OSR Recognition Reception on April 18th, 2024.