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Student Research Symposium


Event Information:

Friday, September 12th, 2014
11a.m. to 1p.m.
Ballrooms A, B & C (CSULB Student Union)

Abstract Deadline: Thursday, September 4th 2014 by 12:00pm (Noon)*
*Deadline has recently changed

Important Steps (Complete all 5 steps below):

  1. Download and review the Abstract Submission Guidelines posted above. Only complete abstracts will be accepted. Pay close attention to formatting the abstract correctly and completely. 
  2. Complete the CNSM Symposium Registration Form 2014. This does require you and your mentor to sign this form. This needs to be completed by the abstract deadline.
  3. A hard copy of your abstract must be approved and signed by your mentor/advisor. The hard copy needs to be turned into Mark Katayama (HSCI-164B) by the deadline.
  4. Email an MS Word document of your completed abstract to Mark Katayama,, by the deadline.
  5. Download and sign the CNSM Photo Release Form 2014. Turn this in with your hard copy abstract and your reisgration form by the deadline.
CNSM Symposium Registration table

What is the Student Research Symposium?

Each fall semester, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) along with the Jensen Student Access to Science and Mathematics Center provide an opportunity for its students to showcase their collaborative research with CSULB faculty. This year the CNSM Student Research Symposium will take place on Friday, September 12th, 2014 in Ballrooms A, B and C of the Student Union, which is located in the center of the campus, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Annabelle Cantu: Synthesis of Diverse BODIPY Fluorophores. Victoria Luce with Professor Elaine Bernal: Evolution of Horn Size in Female Bovids.
Debbie Moreira: Expression of Selected X Chromosome Genes in the Developing Mouse Cortex and Hippocampus. Alex Salomon: Folliculogenic and Angiogenic Factors are Expressed Differently During Photostimulated Recrudesence in Siberian Hamsters (Phodopus sungorus) but are Not Affected by in vivo MMP Inhibition.

All CNSM students are encouraged to participate in the Symposium by getting an approved abstract from their faculty mentor and making a poster presentation. The entire CSULB campus community and friends of CSULB are invited to celebrate these students' accomplishment and examine their research.

Formatting the Abstract

Formatting the header of the abstract

  • Title: The entire title is written in bold and the first letter of each word is capitalized except prepositions and conjunctions. Only scientific names are written in italics with just the first letter of the genus capitalized.
  • Presenters: The first person/s listed is/are the student(s) presenting. Presenters' names are underlined.
  • Authors: If the authors are from more than one department/institution, then a superscript number follows the surname of each author to identify the department/institution each author is associated with, do not underline super script.
  • Department affiliations: List the complete name of department, full name of institution, and city, state, and zip code for each institution. Please note that the corresponding superscript precedes each department's name.

Formatting the text of the abstract

  • Insert the text previously approved by your faculty research mentor.  Your abstract should summarize the hypothesis for the study, methods used, results, and conclusion(s).
  • Scientific names are written in italics with just the first letter of the genus capitalized.
  • Limited to 2,500 characters, not including spaces.  Use 2 spaces between sentences. 
  • DO NOT include the title and/or author(s) in the abstract block.

Formatting the Grant Support

  • Acknowledge the granting agency and grant number which supported this research. There may be multiple sources of funding in your mentor’s lab.
  • Please make sure to list all sources of funding associated with this project. 

Other Information

Participating Departments from 2013

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

In the past students have presented on topics such as...

  • Progesterone Receptor Immunoreactivity in Orphanin FQ Neurons in the Arcuate Nucleus Reproductive Behavior Circuit
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Water-soluble Organometallic-phosphine Compounds
  • The Sediment Record From Barbara's Lake, CA: What Lies Beneath
  • Difficulties of Learning Mathematics in 6th Grade
  • Optimization of Exchange Spring NiFe/SmCo and NiFe/SmFe Thin Films

Why participate?

This is more than simply a forum to present your research it is an excellent way for CNSM students to connect and network with other CNSM students and faculty, foster their professional development through their presentation and enhance their resumes. It also gives students the opportunity to experience the other research that is being produced around campus by their peers.

Deadlines and contact information

All Abstract Submission Forms must be received by: Thursday, September 4th 2014 by 12:00pm (Noon)

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Mark Katayama (