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Chaos, Spiders, and Frogs at CSUB’s REVS UP Student Research Program

“Invasion of the Predatory Pirate Spiders.” “Bacterial Frogs Strike Back.” “The Killer Chokeberries.” While these could be B-Movie horror titles, they actually describe research high school students and incoming freshmen are conducting at CSUB’s REVS UP summer research program. During the four weeks of the Chevron-funded initiative, students conduct college-level, hands-on research in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
REVS-UP, which stands for Research Experience Vitalizing Science – University Program, started July 11 and will end in poster presentations and demonstrations Thursday, August 4 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center’s Solario de Fortalezza. The media are invited to attend.
“STEM content and methods can be taught in traditional classrooms and laboratories, but it takes a hands-on, apprentice-like research project to really experience the full context and complexity of STEM discovery and application,” said Dr. Kathleen Madden, Interim Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering.  “That is why we are so excited to be celebrating the ninth year of the REVS-UP program at CSUB. We know from past years that REVS-UP participants will go on to be some of our strongest and most promising young scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.”
The program offers hands-on research experiences for teams in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, and physics. Additional areas of research include chaos and fractals; “Smart Knock Door Locks” in intelligent homes; home energy management; Tulare Lake clay analysis; smart irrigation;  atmospheric CO2 and global warming; thermal conductivity; oilfield water; and mobile device apps.

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