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Sac State students score big at CSU research competition

CSU Research Team A nine-member Sacramento State student team brought home multiple awards from the annual California State University Student Research Competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The event drew hundreds of participants from all 23 CSU campuses.

Taking top honors was Megan Self, who was awarded first place in the graduate-level Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences category for a project on the effectiveness of physical therapy for a rare neuromuscular disorder called myasthenia gravis. “Winning this award means that my research results will reach more people and, hopefully, lead to improved understanding of how to treat this patient population,” she says. Health and Human Services Dean Fred Baldini calls Self’s work “a great example of how evidence-informed patient care is important and useful when we determine the most effective way to treat patients.”

Second-place awards at the April 29-30 competition were earned by Brandon Trafton, a kinesiology and health science major, for research related to environmental chemicals and autism; and Jacob Chiang, a recent graduate in biological sciences, for a project on curricular activities and how they affect low-performing students in introductory biology courses.

Team members qualified for the CSU competition by scoring high in March at the 2017 Sacramento State Student Research Symposium, where 101 students delivered findings from their research mentored by a Sac State faculty member.
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