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Graduate, Undergraduate Students Win Top Awards at CSU Statewide Student Research Competition

LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 15, 2014) — Students from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) collected three first-place awards and a second-place honor at the 28th annual CSU Statewide Student Research Competition, held recently at CSU East Bay.

Featuring students from all of the 23 CSU campuses, the system’s statewide research contest showcases the significant research done by undergraduate and graduate students. Each campus is allowed to have up to 10 entries in the 10 categories at the competition, and this year there were more than 250 students competing.

CSULB students Rodolfo Flores and Isidro Landa swept the top two awards in the undergraduate division of the Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences category. Flores won first place with his submission on the “Functional Consequences of Early Methyphenidate Exposure in Adolescent Rats.” Landa garnered a second-place finish for her project on “Gastrointestinal Disturbances as Somatic Indicators of Psychological Stress.” Both students are psychology majors.

In the Behavioral and Social Sciences category, Jed Sam Pizarro-Guevara (a master’s student in linguistics) captured first place in the graduate student division for his research titled “A Psycholinguistic Study of Tagalog Relative Clauses: Age of Acquisition and Comprehension.”

Finally, Marissa Jenrich, currently a master’s student in history, earned first-place honors in the undergraduate division of the Humanities and Letters category for her research on “Narrating Norah: Economic Identity for Irish Immigrant Women in New York City, 1855-1865. She completed the research while still an undergraduate at CSULB.

Each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) was judged on clarity of purpose, appropriateness of methodology, interpretation of results, value of the research or creative activity, ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity, organization of the material presented, and the presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience.