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Summer SURF 2018

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An Inspiring Fellow

Yosduan Ramos was named the Lisagor Fellow at a celebration for all students involved in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program, which just concluded its first year at CSU Channel Islands (CI). The SURF program provides students with a stipend allowing them to work for eight-weeks on a faculty-mentored research project. Nine CI faculty, with eight projects, mentored 23 students in projects ranging from the study of literature to the habits of hummingbirds. Beyond their faculty-led research, students met weekly to discuss interdisciplinary approaches to research and engage in professional development activities. SURF is funded by the CI Foundation from proceeds from a recent land sale.

(l to r) Provost Geoff Chase, Yosduan Ramos, Margarita Lopez, Julianne Gavino

The Lisagor Fellowship, funded by a gift to CI from Terri and Mark Lisagor, recognizes a SURF student who stands out for their contributions to the SURF community and in their research efforts. In addition to a certificate and trophy, the student receives $1,000 to travel to a professional research conference to present their research.

Yosduan Ramos, working with CI faculty Julianne Gavino (Art History) and Margarita Lopez-Lopez (Spanish) and two other students, helped to create a digital archive preserving Con Safos Magazine, a voice of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s in East Los Angeles. According to Ramos, the project “document[s] a historical awakening of the Chicano identity and community engagement through groundbreaking and cultural activism.” This project required students from Art History, Sociology, and Psychology to combine their strengths for the project to be successful. “It was amazing to see how our different expertizes (sociology, psychology, art history, global studies, and languages) were necessary to accomplish our project.”

“The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program has been a life-changing experience for me,” Ramos says. He will present the project “at the important Getty exhibition that will take place here in Channel Islands, during the Fall Semester.” Not too shabby for a rising Junior.

“Once my mom told me, “Para lograr lo que quiere, tiene que trabajar duro, dar lo mejor de usted, y aprovechar todas las oportunidades que se atraviesen en su camino” meaning that, “in order to achieve what you want, you have to work hard, give the best of you, and take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way.”  And that is exactly what I am doing” Ramos continues, “working hard, giving the best of me, and taking advantage of all the opportunities I encounter in my way.”

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Summer SURFers Celebrate Success

Twenty-two students and nine faculty brought the first Summer SURF faculty-mentored student research experience to a close on August 2, 2017. At the reception in the Broome Library’s Archives Courtyard, students received participation certificates and described their research for the 60 audience members. Yosduan Ramos was awarded the first Terri and Mark Lisagor Fellowship for his outstanding performance in the SURF community. “The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program has been a life-changing experience for me,” Ramos said.

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Now Archiving Student Research

The Student Research Advisory Committee invites you to the beta site for the Student Research Archive.

This site allows CI to archive student research projects from SAGE, the Student Research Competition, and disciplinary conferences where students present their research.

The “Contribute an Item” feature that allows students to submit their materials with minimal intervention from the site manager. In part, this allows us to document the impact of IRA funding. The Committee generously funds much of the travel in which students engage.

Currently, most of the contents posters and presentations from the first eight SAGE conferences. We also have photos from several years of SAGE, all of the SAGE Conference programs, some of the papers from the CSU Student Research Competition.

Constructive suggestions or files you would like to contribute, email us.

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Student Success Spotlight: Maria Pimentel

On Saturday, CI will graduate over 2,000 students. Among those students is Sociology major Maria Pimentel. In this short video, Maria describes her research and reflects on the important role that student research played in her undergraduate experience. Mentored by Professor Luis Sanchez, Maria’s research netted a 2nd place in the 2016 CSU Student Research Competition, and first place at the 2016 CSU SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium (S4).

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SAGE 2017 Redux

The SAGE Student Research Conference was the largest in the history of CI. About 200 posters, 40 oral presentations, and an Art Open House highlighted the festivities. Keynote speaker Bruce Erik Kaplan inspired the audience to believe that what they do can help them achieve their goals.

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Awards for outstanding oral presentations were presented to the following projects and students:

What are the Psychosocial Predictors of Academic Success in First Generation University Students?

By: Oliver Perez, Jeannette Herrera and Roby Ordonez

Mentors: Kimmy Kee-Rose and HyeSun Lee

Scare Tactics: Do Captive Gibbons Respond

Appropriately to Potentially Dangerous Stimuli?

By: Tiffany Darden

Mentors: Colleen Delaney and Mathew Campbell

Assessing the Effect of Game-Based Polynomial Activities

By: Susan Milne

Mentor: Ivona Grzegorczyk

Gendering Crime: When the Criminal Becomes the Offense

By: Caren Scott

Mentor: Robin Mitchell

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