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Vision for Success:Research and Creative Development Enhances Education and Keeps Students Engaged

It’s a compelling vision that takes center stage in the University’s strategic plan: keep students engaged, on the path to graduation, and empowered to build lives of purpose. Faculty dedication to research and creative development is an important part of this vision, yielding enriched teaching and learning while collaborative faculty-student projects enhance student persistence and postgraduate success.

“High-impact activities – demonstrated by both faculty research and faculty-student collaboration on research and creative activities – add richness and robustness to student learning,” said Tami “Sunnie” Foy, interim director in the CSUF Office of Research Development. “Students achieve academically and personally, thanks to the connections they make beyond the classroom.”

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Plant science students earn top honors at UC Davis Weed Day

A team of three Fresno State plant science students took first place in the weed identification category at the 58th annual Weed Day seminar hosted by University of California, Davis.

Seniors Sarah Parry of Sonora, Isaac Giron of Terra Bella and Mala To of Cambodia correctly identified 17 of 20 weeds to win the contest among almost 200 participants on July 10.  A fourth team member, graduate student Rama Paudel of Nepal, won second place.

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Summer Program Attracts Top-flight Math Students

California State University, Chico is once again hosting some of the best mathematics students in the country in June and July as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to provide them and high school math teachers with an opportunity to do challenging math research.

The NSF-funded summer math program, Research Experiences in Mathematics for Undergraduates and Teachers (REUT), is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014. Over that span of time, CSU, Chico faculty from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Natural Sciences, have successfully applied for a series of three-year grants to keep REUT on campus and attract a total of 58 students and 17 teachers to the program.

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Students Gain Research Experience at Summer Institute

Chemistry students at California State University, Chico are gaining advanced lab skills and solving real-world problems at the Chemistry Summer Research Institute (CSRI). 

Each weekday, 10 undergraduates and three high school students work alongside eight faculty members in the third-floor labs of the Physical Sciences Building. Together, the student-faculty teams perform research and experiments in line with the professors’ research goals. Many of the projects have practical applications in the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.

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Math major adds up research opportunities

“I know I made the right decision coming to CSUMB,” said Lilyana Gross. “The school and the faculty have gotten me where I am today.”

That would be Harvard, where she is spending the summer at the School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, taking classes in epidemiology and working on statistical methods used in HIV/AIDS research.

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CAMP grant helps migrant students attain college dream

California State University, Monterey Bay has received a $2.1 million federal grant aimed at enrolling more migrant students in higher education.

CAMP logoThe five-year grant, awarded by the U.S Department of Education, will enable CSUMB to offer financial assistance, academic and career services, cultural and social enrichment and health and counseling services through the College Assistance Migrant Program or CAMP.

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Jordan College breaks ground on interdisciplinary research center

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The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State broke ground today on the new 30,000-square-foot Jordan Research Center, designed to foster collaboration among students and faculty in agricultural sciences and technology, engineering and science and mathematics.

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Dr. Harry B. Moordigian, Jr. gives $200,000 to bolster ag research

Fresno State alumnus and longtime supporter Dr. Harry B. Moordigian, Jr. has established a $200,000 endowment with the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology to support interdisciplinary research.

University President Joseph I. Castro announced the gift today during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Jordan Research Center, a new 30,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research center designed to foster collaboration among students and faculty in agricultural sciences and technology, engineering and science and mathematics.

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CSUN Prof’s Research Explores Success of LADWP’s Energy Saving Programs

The project started out as a simple request by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to identify the areas of the city where the utility’s rebate and energy-saving programs were successful.

But, as California State University, Northridge geography professor Yifei Sun, who spearheaded the project, likes to point out, good research often raises more questions than it answers.

While Sun and a team of CSUN geography students found that LADWP’s residential and commercial clients were more energy efficient in 2012 than they were in 2009, the period they studied, they also discovered that the city’s energy consumption is socially, economically and geographically uneven.

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CSUN Grads’ Climate Change Research Appears in Prestigious Royal B

After three years of research, writing and reviews, recent California State University, Northridge graduate Elizabeth Lenz and alumna Annaliese Hettinger of the marine biology graduate program, co-authored, with a group of researchers, a work published in the revered “Proceedings of the Royal Society B” that expressed concern about marine life in a time of global climate change.

Hettinger, now a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University, demonstrated in her Ph.D. research that negative impacts are taking place in a local California ecosystem. The prevalence of the Olympia oyster — a bivalve mollusk native to the west coast of North America from Alaska to Baja California — near the University of California, Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory proved to be a strong indicator of change at the species level. Lenz dove deep into the project in 2010 while working as a research associate at the laboratory.

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Last Updated: July 21, 2014