Presenting your research in front of students from 23 universities and a panel of judges is nerve-wracking, to say the least — but that didn’t stop Cal Poly Pomona students from bringing home top prizes from the 28th Annual CSU Student Research Competition.
Following their wins at the student research conference on campus, 19 Cal Poly Pomona students were invited to showcase their research at the CSU-wide conference at Cal State East Bay. Three student projects placed at the top of their research categories.
Cole Frazier won first place in the undergraduate biological sciences and agriculture category for his work on antifungal drug regimens in Swiss Webster mice.
For her graduate biological sciences research on the viability of food-waste products in pig diets, Heather Acuff placed second.
An aerospace engineering team also took home second place in the undergraduate engineering and computer science category. John Dayton, Miguel Enriquez, Mathew Gan, James Liu, Jordan Quintana and Blin Richards presented their research on obstacle avoidance systems for unmanned aerial vehicles.
Associate Vice President for Research Frank Ewers is very proud of the students and their research. “I saw their practice talks and I expected them to do very well at the competition,” he says. “It says that the quality of the research is very high and also that our faculty and staff are doing a wonderful job in mentoring our students.”
Research categories were based on student level (undergraduate or graduate) and their discipline.
For more information on the 2014 Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Delegation, including project abstracts, visit Bronco Scholar, the new electronic repository hosting both faculty and student work. Bronco Scholar is a joint venture between the University Library and the Office of Undergraduate Research to grow the culture of research on campus.