May 9, 2001

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu


CSUB students win awards at CSU Student Research Competition


Two California State University, Bakersfield students won awards at the recently concluded 15th annual CSU Student Research Competition held this year at San Jose State University.

The competition brings together students from throughout the 23-campus CSU system to showcase their research projects and compete for cash prizes.

CSUB's winners were:

Erin O'Donnell Miller, outstanding undergraduate presenter, Humanities and Letters Division.

Larame'e Lyda, runner-up undergraduate presenter, Behavioral Sciences Division.

Each CSU campus may send up to 10 students to the systemwide competition, which is hosted by a different campus each year. This year, some 150 undergraduate and graduate students, who were selected by their home campuses, presented their research findings and artistic works before expert jurors at San Jose State.

The competition's founder, Vivian Vidoli, dean of the Division of Graduate Studies at CSU, Fresno, said the size and format of the CSU competition makes it unique in higher education. No other university system is believed to have a comparable research competition for students. "I don't know of any other research competition in the world that is like this one," she said.

The competition is unusual because experts outside the university judge the students' research. While CSU faculty judge campus competitions, the systemwide competition uses juries comprised of business leaders, private-sector scientists, faculty from non-CSU colleges and universities, outstanding public school leaders, and practicing artists.

Students present their papers in one of 10 different discipline-based categories, from physiology and genetics to creative arts and design. The students have 10 minutes for their presentations and have the option of using a wide range of visual and technological aids. The three jurors at each session then have three minutes to ask more in-depth questions about a student's work. Students are required to submit an abstract of their research prior to their presentations. Winners in each category receive $250. Runners-up receive $150.


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