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CHHS Congratulates Health Science Professor Dr. Niloofar Bavarian

Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Recipient 2015-2016 Acacdemic Year

Dr. Bavarian

The College would like to congratulate Dr. Niloofar Bavarian on receiving the Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. Dr. Bavarian is an Assistant Professor in the Health Science department, and has received this award for engaging and mentoring students in research.

Dr. Bavarian was nominated by a number of her students due to her mentorship on different research projects. An example of one of the projects Dr. Bavarian is leading was highlighted last year in Beach Magazine; the BUILD-funded study has the dual goal of investigating prescription stimulant misuse in the college population so that research-based prevention strategies can be developed, as well as promoting research activity among students.

Thus far in Spring 2016, three student-led abstracts presented at a local health conference, two student-led posters will be presented at the UROP symposium, and one student-led abstract was submitted to a local conference at UCLA. In addition, two students have applied for the ORSP Summer Student Research Assistantship to continue their work on this project over the summer.

In addition to these BUILD-related research activities, Dr. Bavarian has mentored additional students who have successfully disseminated their research. Two students competed at CSULB’s Annual Student Research Competition; three additional student-led posters were presented at a local health conference at CSULB; one additional student will be presenting a poster at a separate local health conference for the Raise Foundation; and one of Dr. Bavarian’s thesis students, who is also a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar, had an abstract based on her thesis accepted for presentation at a national health conference.

Dr. Bavarian received her Ph.D. and Masters in Public Health from Oregon State University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Prevention Science at UC Berkeley before coming to the Health Science department here at CSULB. When asked about her feelings on accepting this award, she says, “During my formal career as a student and postdoctoral fellow, I had the good fortune of receiving quality mentorship; I knew that when I was given the opportunity, it would be my duty to “pay it forward.” For Dr. Bavarian, this meant incorporating both the service aspects of teaching with important Academic research work: “Recently, a good friend of mine who is not in academia asked me what I prefer, teaching or research. I told him, ‘The beauty of being a research mentor is that you get to integrate both!’”

The Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity, established in 2008, honors student mentoring within the previous 18 months. The award will be presented on Friday, April 15 at the University Achievement Awards at The Pointe in the Pyramid.

The original Research @ The Beach article in Beach Magazine can be found here


CHHS' Rashida Crutchfield Weighs in on the Homeless Student Problem in


As quoted from Rolling Stone Magazine, see the full article here Tens of Thousands of College Students Have Nowhere to Sleep

"Last year, more than 56,000 students identified as homeless on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form. But the real number of homelss students is almost certainly higher: That number excludes those who cannot identify as homeless because they lack sufficient proof, such as verification from a shelter. It also does not include the unknown number of college students who intermittenly experience housing insecurity but handle it on their own by couch surfing with friends or sleeping in their car or campus library, never telling a university official...

According to Rashida Crutchfield, an assistant professor at California State University, an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach's School of Social Work who is researching housing insecurity in her university system, there is no norm when it comes to how students end up homeless. 'If I emancipate or age out of foster care, I am more likely to be homeless. That exists, but not all students who are homless have had foster care experience,' she says. 'We've got an increase in students who have limited economic stability. Out students are working, part-time and full-time, and they're supporting themselves and they're helping their families. A lot of students are just living paycheck-to-paycheck and if something happens, if some emergency happens, they can end up homeless.'"