Cal State L.A. Students Participate in Annual CSU Student Research Competition
Los Angeles, CA - Cal State L.A. Electrical Engineering graduate student Yunyang Dai (Monterey Park resident) won second place in the graduate-level Engineering and Computer Science category at the 14th Annual CSU Student Research Competition held at the Cal Poly Pomona campus. She competed against 144 CSU students in nine categories. Her project, which was directed by Martin Roden, professor of electrical engineering, was entitled "Blind Equalization: Single-Channel vs. Array Processing."
This annual CSU sponsored event follows the Cal State L.A. Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity which is held on campus every winter quarter. The campus-wide symposium is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The aim of the symposium is to encourage all students--undergraduate and graduate in every discipline--to showcase and share their papers, projects and research endeavors and to network with administrators, faculty and peers.
Other Cal State L.A. students who competed in the statewide research event are:
Alejandro Briseno (Chemistry & Biochemistry), mentored by Feimeng Zhou, assistant professor of chemistry. Topic: "Studies of Ion Transport Processes in Conducting Polymer Modified Electrodes by Hyphenated Electrochemical Methods."
John Evenhuis (Modern Languages), mentored by Rosemary Hake, professor of English. Topic: "Cleft Constructions in English and Spanish."
Christine Galvan (Kinesiology & Physical Education), mentored by James Kallusky, assistant professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Topic: "The Impact of Hellison's Responsibility Model on Elementary Students in Physical Education Classes."
Cristal Gama (Chemistry & Biochemistry), mentored by Robert Vellanoweth, Topic: "Generating Transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana Plants Overexpressing Ascorbate Peroxidase."
Nicole Green (Biology & Microbiology), mentored by Sandra Sharp, associate professor of biology. Topic: "Limited T4 Exonuclease Activity and Partial Fill-In Expand Insertion Site Options for PCR Subcloning."
Maka Oustinovskaya (Psychology), mentored by Mitchell Eisen, Topic: "The Effects of Question Format on Memory and Suggestibility."
Irma Romero (Psychology), mentored by Jean Phinney, professor of psychology. Topic: "The Role of Language, Parents and Peers in Ethnic Identity Among Mexican Adolescents in Immigrant Families."
Shantanu Sharma (Chemistry & Biochemistry), mentored by Scott Nickolaisen, assistant professor of chemistry. Topic: "The Infrared Spectrum of Gas Phase Methyl Peroxy Radical."
Edward Tovar (Psychology), mentored by Ramani Durvasula, assistant professor of psychology. Topic: "The Impact of Beliefs and Knowledge on Medication Adherence in HIV+ Women."