April 19, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 14

CSU Student Research Competition Comes to Northridge

For First Time, University Will Host Prestigious Two-Day Round of Research Presentations

For the first time in the 18-year history of the event, Cal State Northridge will host the California State University Student Research Competition on April 30 and May 1, drawing to campus some 200 students from all 23 CSU institutions. University administrators and Chancellor's Office representatives also will attend.

The event is designed to showcase the high caliber of research conducted by CSU undergraduate and graduate students in the full complement of academic programs offered by the CSU system, according to campus coordinator Hedy Carpenter, associate director of Graduate Programs, in the office of graduate studies, Research and International Programs.

"It's a great way to highlight our students' accomplishments," said Carpenter, who added that presenters are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible, both within and outside of their own fields. "This is an academic experience; we want students to absorb as much as they can about the research others are conducting in a range of disciplines."

Their choices will include topics as varied as "Political conflict and brain drain in Sri Lanka," "Gender warfare and feminine retribution in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,' " and "Behavioral responses to dehydration in the California and Pacific tree frogs."

Students will make oral presentations to peers as well as to faculty judges from surrounding universities and professional experts from major corporations, foundations and public agencies. Traditionally, judges have been drawn from outside the CSU system to assure impartial evaluations and to broaden awareness of CSU student achievement.

"The judges are always impressed with the caliber of the work," Carpenter said. "The students who compete at this level are always polished and professional. Many have given talks at professional academic conferences, and the vast majority give PowerPoint presentations."

Twenty panels are planned, each with three judges to review student research in categories ranging from creative arts and design to the physical and mathematical sciences. All the judges must be strong in their fields, Carpenter said, to pose stimulating questions to the presenters.

"It is heartening to see judges dedicate their time to this important event," she added, noting that excellent judges are critical to the success of the competition.

First and second place awards for each category will be presented at a Saturday, May 1 awards luncheon, with $400 awards for first place winners and $200 for second place.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 30, on the portico of the Oviatt Library. Presentations will begin at noon in the College of Business and Economics. On Saturday, sessions will be held in Manzanita Hall starting at 8 a.m. and ending at noon.

The talks are open to the campus community. For more information about the event, visit the competition Web site at www.csun.edu/graduate studies/studentresearch.htm, or click the "CSU Student Research Competition" link on the campus Web site home page. n

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