CSU Stanislaus students place at research competition

Two of the seven students representing California State University, Stanislaus earned runner-up honors at the 21st Annual California State University Student Research Competition.

Gina Grgich of Oakdale, who will receive her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in June, came in second in the Education category for her presentation titled "Gifted Students' Standardized Test Achievement Based on Classroom Placement and Overall School Academic Performance." Her faculty mentor was Dr. Armin Schulz of the Department of Teacher Education.

E.K. Reese, a Psychology major from San Jose, took a second place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category for her presentation titled "Visual Dominance of Touch and the Somatosensory Homunculus: Does the Amount of Cortical Space Matter?" Her faculty mentor was Dr. Dawn Strongin of the Department of Psychology and Child Development.

Other student presenters representing CSU Stanislaus included Cathy Burrows of Steger, IL, Interdisciplinary Studies; Jolene Howard of Roseville, English; Katie Nelson of Turlock, Criminal Justice; Jessica Park of Modesto, Biology; and Hugo Vazquez of Castroville, Social Work.

More than 170 undergraduate and graduate students from the 23 California State University campuses presented scholarly research and creative activity during the May 4-5 competition for cash awards at CSU Dominguez Hills.