Science research projects conducted at Sacramento State were viewed by a wide general audience recently during the College of Natural Science and Mathematics annual Undergraduate Research Reception. The projects were conducted by students, working in conjunction with University faculty.
Posters presenting the research and findings of 34 projects were displayed in the University Union Redwood Room Oct. 5, giving the public a look at projects conducted by Sacramento State students, as well as those from regional community colleges and even a student from Del Oro High School in Loomis.
Research topics covered a wide range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy. Gaye Jones examined how the juice from oak galls inhibits the growth of a bacteria that causes eye infections. She confirmed what the Maidu Indian tribe has known for years, that the juice is effective in treating certain eye problems.
Other topics included preventing the spread of invasive marine life, and analyzing the color properties of galaxy clusters.
The students themselves stood by to answer any questions from viewers, who included University President Alexander Gonzalez, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Joseph Sheley and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Dean Jill Trainer.
For more information on the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, visit http://www.csus.edu/nsm/.