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Surfing gravitational waves in Italy

If you ask anyone living in Southern California where life happens, the answer is almost certainly going to be SoCal. That’s what I imagine it would be, since I’ve been living here my entire life, and I’ve enjoyed almost every second of it. I didn’t think I would ever have second thoughts about leaving such a place.

As a senior studying physics, I conduct experimental research with my mentor, Dr. Joshua Smith. He presented one of the biggest opportunities of my undergraduate career while I was doing some computational analysis of recent data. He mentioned that the University of Florida has an International Research Experience for Undergraduates program that was accepting applicants for the summer.

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$600,000 Award for New Bioscience Scholarship Program

To provide support for biological science, chemistry and biochemistry students pursuing careers in the bioscience industry, Cal State Fullerton has been awarded a $617,139, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a new undergraduate scholarship program.

Science faculty members Barbara L. Gonzalez, Chandra Srinivasan, Marcelo E. Tolmasky and Sean E. Walker developed the “Scholarships to Enhance Excellence in the Chemical and Biological Research-based Workforce” (STEER) program.

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New course ‘The Food Environment’ provides hands-on research experience

This fall, San Diego State students can enroll in a new research-based course offered through the geography department, titled Community-based Geographic Research: The Food Environment.

Created by SDSU professors Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco, the course aims to give undergraduate students research experience so they can learn about the local food environment and its effects.

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‘Graduation day’ for ocean science researchers

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For the 11 students who spent the summer conducting research through the Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates program based at CSU Monterey Bay, Aug. 15 was graduation day.

The students – one from CSUMB, one from Hartnell College in Salinas and the other nine from campuses around the country – presented their work to a group of their peers, CSUMB faculty and administrators, and mentors from the collaborating agencies.

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Award Supports Lectures, Research in Chemical Sciences

Cal State Fullerton has received a 2014 Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions grant award to support a lecture series and undergraduate research in the chemical sciences. The University is one of five institutions nationwide selected for the $18,500 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation grant.

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Student Conducts U.S. Department of Energy Research

Austin Xu Examined Environmental Impacts of Hydropower Plants

Biological science major Austin Howard Xu spent the summer examining the environmental impact of hydropower plants at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois.

Xu was selected as part of the DOE’s highly competitive Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships Program. His 10-week research stint focused on the effect of Glen Canyon Dam operations and the relationship between water temperature and growth of the native fish species of the Colorado River.

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Gift Enhances Physics Research

A classroom in Science Hall 2 underwent a major renovation that transformed the space into new laboratories to benefit undergraduate learning and faculty research in physics, thanks to a $60,000 gift from Hunter Industries.

Applied physics is one of the fastest growing degree programs at CSUSM.

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Award Supports Lectures, Research in Chemical Sciences

Cal State Fullerton has received a 2014 Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions grant award to support a lecture series and undergraduate research in the chemical sciences. The University is one of five institutions nationwide selected for the $18,500 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation grant.

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CSUN Biotech Senior Attends Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship for Summer

Spending a summer away from home is often a highlight of college life, but rarely does it involve participating in seminars and lab research at an Ivy League university across the country. For Caroline Arellano-Garcia, a senior biotechnology major at California State University, Northridge, such an experience only enhanced her college years.

Arellano-Garcia is one of only 40 undergraduate students nationwide taking part in the 2014 Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program, which provides participants with a challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory. Since early June, she has conducted research in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in the laboratory of HSCI-affiliated faculty member Sandra McAllister.

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Facing the Future: CSUSM Researcher Contributes to Regional Climate Change Report

As California grapples with a record-breaking drought and a significant increase in wildfires, regional leaders and scientists have been pondering how San Diego County’s climate is changing. What will our natural environment be like in 35 years? And what actions can we take now to alleviate the impact of climate change?

Bridging the gaps between policymakers, business leaders, environmental educators and climate scientists, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Social Psychologist Mica Estrada and her team of researchers have contributed to a recently released, first-of-its-kind regional climate change report, “San Diego, 2050 is Calling. How Will We Answer?”.

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