Fall 2015


Students Shine in California Research Competition

From left to right: Nathan Graham, Madelinn Schriver, Haley du Bois, Sylvia Nicovich, João Paulo Curti and Jairo Lugue Villanueva

HSU STUDENTS WON SEVERAL TOP HONORS for their scholarly research and creative activity at the 29th Annual CSU Student Research Competition.

Six students—picked as this year’s “HSU’s Outstanding Student Researchers”—were selected to represent HSU at the May competition.

Here are the results:

Biological and Agricultural Sciences (Graduate)

Second Place: Madelinn Schriver,
Forestry & Wildland Resources
Title: “Establishment and Growth Patterns of Oregon White Oak and California Black Oak Woodlands in Northwestern California”

Biological and Agricultural Sciences (Undergraduate)

First Place: Haley du Bois, Biological Sciences
Title: “Dissecting the Role of MAPK Signaling in the Tumor Promoting Properties of Lethal Giant Larvae 1 (Lgl1) in Primary Neural Progenitor/Stem Cells”

Humanities and Letters, Creative Arts and Design, and Interdisciplinary (Graduate and Undergraduate)

First Place: Joao Paulo de Sordi Curti (Undergraduate), Forestry & Wildland Resources
Title: Interactive Trails Map

Engineering and Computer Science (Undergraduate)

Second Place: Jairo Luque Villanueva, Environmental Resources Engineering
Title: “Forward Osmosis-Direct Contact Membrane Distillation Sewer Mining Waste to Resource System”

Physical and Mathematical Sciences (Undergraduate)

First Place: Nathan Graham, Geology
Title: “Determining Magma Mixing Duration and Dynamics Through Analysis of Reaction Rims on Olivine Crystals in Natural Samples of Black Dacite From the 1915 Eruption of Lassen Peak, CA”

Engineering and Computer Science (Graduate)

Nominee: Sylvia Nicovich, Geology
Title: ”Latest Pleistocene to Holocene River Terrace Deformation within the Southeastern Extent of the Little Salmon Fault Zone, Van Duzen River, Northern California”