12th Annual CSUDH Student Research Day, Feb. 15-16

Student Research DayA record number of students will demonstrate the value of research—along with the breadth of research occurring at California State University, Dominguez Hills— at the 12th Annual CSUDH Student Research Day (SRD), which takes place Feb. 15-16 in the Loker Student Union.

“By participating in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activity, students develop skills they will carry with them far beyond CSUDH,” said SRD Conference Chair John Price, professor and chair of CSUDH’s Department of Physics. “[Students learn] systematic observation; formulation of a research question; detailed literature research; experimental design and execution; data analysis; and even public speaking. These are exactly the skills sought after by potential employers.”

For more information about Student Research Day, visit http://www4.csudh.edu/gsr/research/student-research/student-research-day/.

This year’s call for submissions yielded 349 research abstracts from undergraduate and graduate students in nearly every academic department—more than any other year—from which a total of 258 oral and poster presentations were selected for the day and a half conference. Topics at SRD will cover a wide range of academic disciplines at the university, from history to health, business to biology, Chicana/o studies to computer science.

A sampling of presentation titles include, “HIV and Aging in Los Angeles-The Healthy Living Project;” “Gas Clumps and Stellar Clusters in Merging Galaxies using FIRE;” “The Effect of Cyphers/Sessions on Stress;” and “Enhancing the Transparency and Accountability of Government: A Comparative Analysis of U.S. State Budgets.”

Jessie Kawata

Jessie Kawata

Jessie Kawata, lead creative design strategist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be the keynote speaker during SRD’s lunch program, which starts at noon in the Loker Student Union. Kawata’s presentation is titled “Outside-the-Box Rocket Science: A Unique Trajectory to the Stars.”

Student Research Day will conclude with the Reception and Awards Ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m., during which the top two presenters from each session will be announced. Ten overall winners will then be selected to represent CSU Dominguez Hills at the system-wide CSU Student Research Competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on April 28-29.

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