CSULB BUILD Kicks Off Fall Semester In-Person with Annual Student Research Symposium

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Contact Info: nicole.streicker@csulb.edu
Group of people at BUILD Research Symposium
BUILD PIs and Training Directors with BUILD student (Daisy Ortiz) and her loved ones.

The BUILD program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) held their annual BUILD Summer Research Symposium on Sept. 10, 2021, on the CSULB campus. This was the program’s first in-person event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. 

BUILD has held research symposiums as the culminating event for the Summer Undergraduate Research Gateway to Excellence (SURGE) Program. Last year’s symposium took place as a virtual event. Fortunately for the CSULB BUILD community, students presented their work in-person at the start of the fall semester and even invited their friends and family to the event.

The symposium included two hour-long poster sessions with 31 poster presentations to an audience of about 100 people. Following health and safety guidelines from the campus, the event was held outdoors to allow social distancing, and attendees were provided with grab-and-go snacks and beverages.  

“The annual research symposium is often students’ first opportunity to present a research poster and gives them a boost of confidence as they begin their research career,” Nicole Streicker said. “This year, students had the opportunity to share their hard work and research with their peers, loved ones, and the campus community. This event is especially meaningful to the BUILD staff and faculty, as it provides an opportunity for us to engage with students’ loved ones.”

The event also allowed CSULB BUILD to welcome two new campus leaders to the community: the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Karyn Scissum Gunn, Ph.D., and the Dean of the College of Engineering, Jinny Rhee, Ph.D.

People look at research presentation
BUILD Fellow, Cameron Larios, presenting research poster to peers.
Student presents research
BUILD Year One Scholar, Antonio Arrequin, presenting his research poster to attendees.
Student presents work to faculty
BUILD Year Two Scholar, David Guirgus, presenting his poster to CSULB Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. Karyn Scissum Gunn.

Below is the list of BUILD student presenters, which includes the newest cohort of Scholars and Fellows, and several second-year Scholars: 


Poster title

Antonio Arreguin

Treatment of Contaminated Water using Recycled Plastics

Marc Barcelos

Relative RNA Expression of Opioid Receptors Subtypes to Ethanol in Reward Pathways

Sabrina Calderon

ANAC072 Contributes to the Regulation of Leaf Senescence 

Samid Ceballos

The Design Optimization of a Powered Knee-Ankle Prosthesis for Amputee Trials

Roshni Choksi

Familiarity and Working Memory: How Familiar Objects require less Working Memory Resources 

Danna De Boer

Coarse-grained Model of Gecko Foot Keratin Spatula for Steered Molecular Dynamics Simulations 

Anna Esquivel

Inherent Chirality of Au-Cavitands in Catalyzing the Cycloisomerization of Nitrogenous Enynes

Victor Flores

Genetic Characterization of Ampicillin-Resistant E. coli from a Southern California Beach and Tidal Channel  

Ana K. Garcia

The Effects of Activating Serotonin 1B (5-HT1B) Receptors on Ethanol Preference in Adolescence Female and Male Rats

Devin Ghidella

The Role of Cognitive Impairment on Dual-Task Gait Performance

David Guirgus

How does exposure to computer science before college increase motivation to pursue a further study in computer science and related fields?

Lynn Ha

Stepping Towards a Healthy Lifestyle with HeartSteps

Cecilia Heredia

Effects of Wildfire on Soil Microbes in Chaparral Environments

Lauren Lakritz

The Impact of Covid-19 on Venezuelan Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Costa Rica

Cameron Larios

Differences in Myoglobin Concentration Between Control Mice and Mice Selected for Wheel-Running Behavior

Silvia Yesenia Lopez Torres

The Effect of Menstrual Phase on Metabolic Parameters During Fasted and Fed Exercise 

Emily Marquez

Directed Evolution of Metalloenzymes for Stereo-controlled Atom Transfer Radical Addition and Polymerization

Tyler Nelson

Using a Supervised Machine Learning Model to Detect Freezing Behavior in Mice

Daisy Ortiz

Deposition of Lithium and Interfacial Process on Copper Surfaces in Liquid Electrolyte

Gabriela Pena Carmona

Remodeling BioSentinel's Microbial Metabolism Measurement System

Makena Pollon

An Analysis of Depressive Symptoms Among Varying Demographics of the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Drew Ramos

Evaluating DDAO-Arachidonate Activation in Canine and Human Lung Tumors

Adeline Rosales

A Survey of Public-Health Data Tracking & Communication Practices for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in Southern California to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

Emma Rosas

Health-Seeking Behaviors among Children of Immigrant Families

Angel Ruiz

Metal-Organic Framework Thin-Films for Drug-Eluting Stent Coatings 

Kunaal Sarhaya

Application of 3D Printed Patient-Specific Models for Optimal Treatment of Carotid Arterial Diseases

Maria Soto

Degradable Elastomers Based on Sustainable and Green Chemistry

Johann Tailor

Utilizing CRISPR/Cas9 to determine the role of clathrin in enhancing HIV-1 Nef mediated infectivity

Corey Tanaka

Effects of Footwear on the 1-Repetition Maximum Deadlift

Diana Than

Predictors of Obtaining Restraining Orders

Meleia Vyrak

Characterization of Ampicillin-Resistant Escherichia coli Isolates from a Southern California Beach and Tidal Channel

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