Public Affairs, The California State University

Student Research Roundup

by Elizabeth Chapin

For CSU students, time in the lab is just a part of the undergraduate learning experience. In recognition of National Undergraduate Research Week April 15-19, CSU Leader highlights some of the student breakthroughs that are earning grants and getting some serious attention from the scientific community.

Undergrads Awarded Graduate Research Fellowships
595 of the 2,000 students from across the country to receive National Science Foundation Research Fellowships this year are undergraduates. Of those, 15 came from a CSU. Students from CSU East Bay, Fresno, Humboldt, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Sacramento, San Francisco, San José and Stanislaus were awarded the sought-after fellowships. As NSF Graduate Research Fellows, their award includes three years of support, a $30,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost of education allowance.

Research Features
Here’s a glimpse of some of the discoveries and achievements CSU students have recently made in the lab:

Sea Change
As the world’s oceans soak up carbon dioxide from an atmosphere increasingly polluted by fossil fuels, seawater will become more acidic. Two new studies by San Francisco State students suggest marine animals like the porcelain crab may not thrive over the long term under these highly acidic conditions.

Life Saver
A CSU Fullerton student is studying antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria that causes lethal infections—his goal is to ultimately create a combination therapy to overcome the resistance.

Flying High
A team of student researchers at San Diego State recently published a paper that discusses their findings on the benefits of the lower induced drag of joined-wing airplanes: a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.

No Sweat
A student researcher at CSU San Marcos is studying methods to reduce exercise workout times without compromising results.

In Full Swing
Humboldt State
students found out that wearing a backpack increases your upper and lower arm swing. The research confirms recent studies that suggest arm swing plays an important role in human locomotion by counteracting the torque—or the twisting of the spine—created by the legs while walking.

CSU Student Research Competition
The finalists have been selected, and some of the best and brightest student researchers in the CSU system will be gathering at Cal Poly Pomona May 10-11 for the 27th annual CSU Student Research Competition.