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Student research focuses on drug delivery for cancer treatment

Cal State L.A.’s biochemistry major garners Phi Kappa Phi Travel Award

“In 2014, there will be an estimated 1.6 million new cancer cases diagnosed and more than 580,000 cancer deaths in the U.S.,” according to the American Cancer Society.

Cal State L.A.’s biochemistry major Carolyn Kan, who is currently working in Cal State L.A. Professor Yong Ba’s laboratory, realizes the dramatic numbers impacted by this disease and is seeking innovative drug delivery methods in cancer treatment.

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Research Spotlight

SDSU provides an environment that fosters research and scholarship across all disciplines.

San Diego State University continues to attract grants and contracts for cutting edge research from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Following are a sampling of recent grants the faculty of SDSU received for their research:

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Undergraduate Research Week at CSUMB

National Undergraduate Research Week takes place April 14 through 18.

At CSU Monterey Bay, it’s an annual celebration of research and creative activity. Undergraduates can explore the opportunities available to them and find ways to get involved.

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College of Business reaches out to the world

Scholar from India visits campus, collaborates on research

In February, CSU Monterey Bay’s College of Business welcomed its first visiting scholar.

Dr. Ganesh SahuDr. Ganesh Sahu may be the first international researcher to visit, but he’s not likely to be the last.

“His Asian and global perspective will enrich the learning and knowledge of our students and internationalize their outlook and education,” said Dr. Shyam Kamath, dean of CSUMB’s College of Business.

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CSUN Students Present Research and Creative Work at 18th Annual Symposium


Undergraduate and graduate students showcased their diverse research and creative work at California State University, Northridge’s 18th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium on Feb. 14. This year, 145 participants presented oral and poster presentations on various topics ranging from a study done on emotional eating and college students to “community walkability and affects on quality of life.”

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Research Symposium Showcases Student Scholarship

California State University, Chico’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) will host its 13th annual Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU).

The symposium is an annual celebration that recognizes outstanding student scholarship in the college. This event showcases select undergraduate and graduate students as they present on topics researched in one of their courses or in partnership with one or more BSS faculty member. In addition to orally presented research projects, a series of engaging and interactive displays are presented during a concurrent poster session. Following the symposium, a reception honoring the students and their families and faculty mentors will be hosted from 7 to 8 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium.

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Success at the Student Research Conference


Winners of the Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Conference.

Winners of the Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Conference.

More than 200 undergraduate and graduate students presented research projects at the second annual Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Conference.

Vying to represent the university at the CSU-wide research conference in the spring, students showcased projects from nearly all academic disciplines. They delivered oral presentations to a panel of judges composed of faculty and alumni. This year’s conference, held March 7, also included a poster session.

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Professor Wins Grant to Study “Solar Powered Sea Slugs”


Biology Professor Angel Valdes has received a National Science Foundation grant to continue studying sea slugs like the one pictured

A Cal Poly Pomona professor who studies “solar powered sea slugs” has received a grant from the National Science Foundation that will fund his research for three more years.

Biology Professor Angel Valdes’ research focuses on the evolution of sacoglossan sea slugs, which have the unusual ability to photosynthesize like a plant. They do this by absorbing chloroplasts from the algae they eat, and incorporating them into their bodies, a process completely unique among animals.

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Sacramento Zoo Supports Endangered Species Research

CSU Stanislaus Program to Receive $16,000 Through ‘Quarters for Conservation’ Program to Fund Student Research on Endangered Brush Rabbits and Woodrats

Thanks to its ongoing relationship with the Sacramento Zoo, the Endangered Species Recovery Program (ESRP) at California State University, Stanislaus will receive $16,000 in funding for its research on riparian brush rabbits and riparian woodrats at Caswell Memorial State Park near Ripon.

The money comes from the zoo’s Quarters for Conservation program, in which each zoo visitor is given a token that they use to vote for one of three projects. Each project has already received $5,000 in startup funding, with additional funding based on the number of votes received.

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35th Annual Student Research Competition

(William Slocumb, ’14 Materials Engineering, collaborated with Andrea Kramer, an orthotic resident at Hanger Clinic, on research they presented at a recent conference (photo courtesy of William Slocumb).

Seven Spartans will advance to the 28th Annual California State University Student Research Competition May 2 and 3 at California State University, East Bay.

All seven students and their faculty mentors will be honored at the 35th Annual SJSU Student Research Forum beginning at noon April 10 in Engineering 285/287.

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Last Updated: April 16, 2014