|(L to R) Celia Tang, Kenny Loo, Walter Au and Andrea McCracken
took home three awards at the CSU Student Research Competition April 29-30 at Sacramento State University.
Cal Poly Pomona students took home three awards at the CSU Student Research Competition April 29-30 at Sacramento State University. More than 160 undergraduate and graduate students representing all 23 CSU campuses participated in the 19th annual systemwide research competition.
A total of eight presentations were made by Cal Poly Pomona students. Animal Science senior Andrea McCracken earned first place in the Biological & Agricultural Sciences category for her presentation on “The Effects of Buscopan and Xylazine on Esophageal Pressure in the Horse.” Celia Tang, a Materials Engineering junior, received first place in the Engineering & Computer Science category for her presentation on “Shrinkage Control of Silica Aerogel Using Carbon Dioxide as Supercritical Drying Medium.”
Electrical Engineering graduate students Walter Au and Kenny Loo tied for second place in the Engineering & Computer Science category (graduate division), for their joint presentation on “Simulation Study of Wideband Interference Rejection Using Adaptive Array Antenna.”
The competition, which is one of the largest student achievement events of its kind in the CSU system, gives students the chance to perform research relevant to their field of study.
Given a 10-minute time limit to present orally and three minutes for questions and answers, students were judged on the clarity, organization, appropriateness and value of their research. Winners of the competition were awarded cash prizes and systemwide recognition.
While CSU faculty judge the campus competitions, the systemwide competition uses juries comprised of business leaders, private-sector scientists, faculty from non-CSU colleges and universities, public school leaders and practicing artists.
Other Cal Poly Pomona students who made presentations were:
- Billy Li and Autumn Garza, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category, “Spider Silk – Moisture Interaction”
- Sue Torres, Humanities & Letters category, “Paralinguistics of American Sign Language”
- Lauren Smith, Biological & Agricultural Sciences category, “Do Forces Trigger the Trot-Gallop Transition?”
- Lester Oestreich, Engineering & Computer Science, “Development of Experimental and Computational Tools for Quantifying Three-Dimensional Characteristis of Titanium Boride in Ti-6Al-4V Alloys”
- Sheridan Vo and Yi-Hsuan Lin, Biological & Agricultural Sciences category, “Synthesis and Characterization of Proteinase K Encapsulated in Silica Xerogels: An Encapsulation and Release Study”