By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Two Cal State San Bernardino students, Audrey Hovanessian and Michelle Stone, ranked among the top 200 in a state-wide research competition, and both placed second among the best in the state in their respective competitive divisions.
The 27th annual CSU Research Competition, which took place May 10-11 at Cal Poly Pomona, showcased excellent research conducted by California State University undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU.
The competition promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University. Student participants gave oral presentations on their original research before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities in California.
As the highest-ranked competitors in their respective divisions at the preliminary CSUSB research competition in March, Hovanessian and Stone moved on to represent the university at the CSU system-wide competition. As a result, both won second place in their divisions after judges deliberated on the 200 student presentations.
Audrey Hovanessian placed second in the education division. She presented her research involving efforts to identify and solve issues related to school connectedness through reshaping teacher perceptions of their students by having dinner with them at home.
Hovanessian has called CSUSB home for nearly 20 years. Starting in 1995, she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies along with a master’s degree and specialist credential in reading language arts. In June she completed her doctoral degree in educational leadership and administration. Now, she is the assessment coordinator for the university’s College of Natural Sciences.
Michelle Stone was second in the behavioral and social sciences graduate division. Although she was an undergraduate student at the time of the competition, Stone competed against graduate students due to a mix-up, but still came out victorious. Her research used mice and examined the potential long-lasting spatial memory-related deficits that come from chronic exposure to Prozac during adolescence.
In June, Stone completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors and will remain at CSUSB to earn a master’s degree in general experimental psychology. Eventually, she plans to pursue a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience. She currently works as a scholar for the diversity-promoting institutions Drug Abuse Research Program in the CSUSB biopsych labs and is the public relations officer for the university’s neuroscience club. This summer Stone is also working as an intern at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA.