Students Researchers Vie Among State’s Best in Annual CSU Competition

Apr 08, 2021

A group of Humboldt State University students has been selected to represent the campus in the 35th Annual California State University Student Research Competition. Held remotely for the second year in a row, the 2021 competition will be virtually hosted by Cal Poly Pomona on Friday, April 30  and Saturday, May 1.

At HSU, students are selected by the Planning Committee for Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities based on their submitted applications. The annual statewide competition brings together outstanding student researchers from all 23 CSU campuses to compete for research awards in discipline-based categories. The HSU students selected for this year’s competition come from a wide range of disciplines including Anthropology, Forestry, and Kinesiology.

The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs would like to recognize these 13 student researchers:

Sophia Lemmo, Graduate in Forestry, Watershed, & Wildland Sciences
“Tree Mortality and Regeneration across Competitive Gradients and Varying Habitats in Northern California”
Faculty advisors: Lucy Kerhoulas, Professor in Forestry, and Rosemary Sherriff, Professor in Geography

Levi Basist, Graduate in Kinesiology
“Wingate Muscular Power Test Reference Values for Active Healthy Adults Ages 19-35: Normative Data And Differences Between Sex”
Faculty advisor: Young Sub Kwon, Professor in Kinesiology

Aneika Perez, Graduate in Environment & Community
“Sustainable Transportation for HSU Stakeholders: Looking into Access and Behavior”
Faculty advisor: Nicholas Perdue, Professor in Geography

Chavela Riotutar, Graduate in Kinesiology
“The Effect of Quality of Life on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Postmenopausal Women”
Faculty advisor: Taylor Bloedon, Professor in Kinesiology

Samantha Cook, Graduate, and Mikayla Kia, Undergraduate in Environmental Science & Management
“Exploring the Effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on Fishing Communities and Fisheries Social Science Research in California”
Faculty advisor: Laurie Richmond, Professor in Environmental Science & Management

Jason Laugesen, Undergraduate in Anthropology
“Ceramic Chronology: A Geospatial Analysis of Material Culture in the Hinterlands in Northwestern Belize”
Faculty advisor: Marisol Cortes-Rincon, Professor in Anthropology

Grace Fillebrown and Luke Gauthier, Undergraduates in Child Development
“International and Intercultural Collaboration in Experiential Learning: Lessons from Rural Youth Volunteers in India Project”
Faculty advisor: Meenal Rana, Professor in Child Development

Joan Esquibel, Undergraduate in Religious Studies
“Best-Sellers: How our Concerns Translate into Modern Fiction”
Faculty advisors: Vincent Biondo, Chair, and Sara Jaye Hart, Instructor in Religious Studies

Shawn Reilly and Reed Switzer, Undergraduates in Recreation Administration
“Cannabis Tourism in Humboldt County: Moving Forward”
Faculty advisor: Ara Pachmayer, Professor in Recreation Administration

Dylan Roberts, Graduate in Kinesiology
“Anaerobic Capacity Measures in Active Healthy Adults Ages 18-29: Normative Reference Values and Differences between Sex”
Faculty advisor: Young Sub Kwon, Professor in Kinesiology