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Local Student Research Competition Held March 7, 2009

Charles Postel
Anthony Barley
The Office of Research Administration hosted the Sacramento State 23rd Annual Student Research Local Competition on Saturday, March 7, 2009. There were fourteen students from various disciplines competing, with six students qualifying to compete in the statewide competition.

The first place winner was Anthony Barley, Undergraduate, Biological Sciences. His topic was entitled Habitat structure directly affects aggression in convict cichlids, Archocentrus nigrofasciatus. His study investigated how a fish’s habitat structure affects the amount of aggressive behavior that it exhibits. He tested this using convict cichlids, Archocentrus nigrofasciatus. Mr. Barley received a $200 prize, plus the opportunity to compete at the statewide competition.

All six students will compete in the statewide competition on May 1-2, 2009 at CSU, Los Angeles. Their travel expenses will be reimbursed by an ARA Grant and the Office of Research Administration.

We would also like to acknowledge the faculty who were the judges of the contest:

Benjamin Gherman, Chemistry
Jacqueline Houston, Chemistry
Maria Jaoudi, Humanities and Religious Studies
Akihiko Kumagai, Mechanical Engineering
Nikolaos Lazaridis, History
Albert Lozano, Bilingual Multicultural Education
Bin Lu, Mathematics and Statistics
Hakan Ozcelik, Business
Harry Theodorides, Kinesiology and Health Science
Patricia Woodward, Kinesiology and Health Science
Kathy Zhong, Mathematics & Statistics

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(916) 278-7565