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2024 CSU-Wide Student Research Competition Winner Announcement

It is with immense pride that we announce the remarkable achievements of our students in the recent CSU wide Student Research Competition at California Polytechnic State University.

We are ecstatic to reveal that not only did our exceptional scholars participate with vigor, but we had three triumph with distinction, securing 1st Place, while a pair earned 2nd Place. Among the numerous submissions across the California State University system, the winning students demonstrated extraordinary ingenuity and passion in their research endeavors, showcasing the depth of knowledge and innovation fostered here at California State University, Sacramento. This outstanding accomplishment is a testament to the dedication, talent, and hard work of our student community. Their success not only brings honor to our university but also reinforces our commitment to excellence in education and research.

We also extend our gratitude to the faculty mentors who provided guidance and support to these students throughout their research journey. Your mentorship has been instrumental in shaping the success of our students!

The Student Research Center and The Office of Economic, Innovation, Research, and Development would like to personally congratulate:

1st Place Winners:

Cassandra Henderson, Doctorate in Education

Priced Out of Opportunity: Investigating the Impact of California's Housing Burden on School Segregation and Black Student Achievement

Mentor: Dr. Robert Wassmer

Brittney Grotz, Master of Arts in Communication Studies

A Tale of Two Titans: A Cluster Analysis of Media Blame Framing in the Expulsion of Tennessee House Representatives Justin Jones and Justin Pearson

Mentor: Dr. Jaqueline Irwin

Hanna Franklin, Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Uncovering the Mechanisms of Gene Amplification by Investigating the Roles of Various DNA Double-Strand Break Repair Elements in Acinetobacterbaylyi

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Reams

2nd Place Winners:

Belle Gaelsman and Zubair Mayhar, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences

Antibiotic Depletion of Gut Microbiota Significantly Impairs Courtship Behavior in Drosophila Melanogaster

Mentor: Dr. Kimberly Mulligan

Their accomplishments exemplify the high caliber of scholarship and innovation that defines our Sacramento State community. We commend these students for their hard work, creativity, and dedication to advancing knowledge in their respective fields and we look forward to witnessing their continued success in their academic and professional endeavors.

Stingers Up,

Student Research Center