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11 top student researchers are headed to CSU competition

Student ResearchersSacramento State will send 11 outstanding scholars, representing an impressive variety of academic disciplines, to the 30th annual California State University Student Research Competition at CSU Bakersfield.

The students – nine individuals and one team of two – qualified for the April 29-30 statewide competition after impressing jurors with their oral presentations at Sac State’s 2016 Student Research Symposium in February.

The students’ topics prepared for the CSU showdown range from secure computer coding and California’s native Tule perch to stormwater runoff on the Sac State campus and how the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar interprets the apostle Judas Iscariot. In addition, three graduate students in English will present their research findings on poet Walt Whitman and novelist Ernest Hemingway.

“I’m so proud of these students,” says Nancy Sweet, a professor of literature and faculty mentor for the three grad students. “I was a juror at the Student Research Symposium last year and thought, ‘Our students in English should be here and share their research.’ And now they’re going to Bakersfield. I love seeing what students can do with their research interests.”

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