Four CSUSB Students Nominated For Research Award

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– – Four Cal State San Bernardino students were nominated for the Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Student Research Award, with two of them named as finalists.

The award was one of two featured at the 25th annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Jan. 3-5 at the Anaheim Marriott.

CSUSB students nominated for the award were Niki Arab, mentored by biology associate professor Paul Orwin; Regie Felix, mentored by computer and science engineering professor Arturo Concepcion; Jonathan Bradley, mentored by biology professor Nicole Bournias-Vardiabasis; and Veronica Perez, mentored by biology associate professor Laura Newcomb.

Bradley and Perez were among the six finalists for the award, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate student research in biotechnology throughout the California State University system. The research topics were wide-ranging within the field of biotechnology and included cellular, molecular, chemical and physical studies of the life sciences.

The award is named after the late Glenn Nagel, who served as dean of Natural Science and Mathematics at Cal State Long Beach and was active in the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biology from its inception in 1987 until his death in 2003.

All four students, along with six others from throughout the CSU system, shared their research through poster presentations at the conference.

The 25th annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium was designed to broaden exposure to cutting-edge biotechnologies, product-focused innovation and the spectrum of career paths available in the life sciences. The symposium brought together CSU students, faculty and administrators, as well as biotech professionals working in academia, government and industry.

This year 266 research posters were accepted for presentation. These posters represented work from 146 faculty-led research groups at 22 campuses. The number of submitted and accepted abstracts was the most in the 25 years of the CSU Biotechnology Symposium.

For more on the symposium, visit the 25th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium website <>.

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