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Research Week


Hector tapia

Title: “Lust in Translation: Rethinking Why the Hyena Laughs in Aelian, Aesop, Aristotle, and Others”

Hector Tapia III is a Greek and Latin comparatist who teaches as a full-time lecturer for the Department of English at California State University, Fresno. His research interests include the various incarnations of "beast literature" of ancient Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe, proverbs, and folktales. He will start his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, with a designated emphasis in Classics, this fall.  

Hector's study seeks to complicate anthropocentric readings by addressing and examining how the hyena exceeds all linguistic signs. He intends to showcase how the hyena’s literal body forces it to not become a signifier for a queer pariah that commands separation in distance from the heteronormative society, but a beast that challenges and problematizes gender and sex taxonomies and binaries, instead.


Joel Slade and Carmen Licon

Featured speakers: Carmen Licon (Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition) and Joel Slade (Assistant Professor, Department of Biology)

Carmen Licon received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Science and Engineering where she specialized in dairy product development and aroma analysis. Prior to her Ph.D., Licon earned a B.S. in Food Engineering. Through research and hands-on experience, Dr. Licon teaches her students how different food products are made, emphasizing the processes, the engineering and sensory aspects behind. 

Joel Slade was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada. He grew up in a small fishing village where he explored tide pools and watched seabirds. This sparked his interest in the natural world, and since then he has never stopped. His research spans areas of evolutionary biology, from sexual selection to ecological immunology. 



Grant writing

Learn more about Pivot-RP and ORCID at this virtual workshop. Pivot is a searchable database of external opportunities featuring approximately $50 billion of available funding from federal, non-federal, and international sponsors. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Click here to join the workshop..



CCRS posters

The 44th Annual Central California Research Symposium (CCRS) will be held at the Fresno State Library from 8 a.m - 1 p.m., featuring presentations in the following formats: 12-minute oral presentation, poster presentation or 3-Minute Thesis oral presentation. The event showcases the diverse range of impressive research projects and provides opportunities for students to share their research and develop presentation skills.

Thermo Fisher

Would you like to be a part of making the world healthier, cleaner, and safer?  Join Thermo Fisher Scientific colleagues for a career panel as they share their journeys, connection to the Thermo Fisher Scientific Mission, and their roles and responsibilities within the organization. The panel will be followed by breakout sessions which offer focused mentorship for next steps of your journey.

Thermo Fisher Scientific participants and associated roles within the organization: 

Tiffany Foli – Director, Product Specialists
Kalen Berry – Engineer, Leadership Development Program
Kate Alford – Sr. Product Manager
Eulalia (Lala) Lopez – Scientist I
Bo Ding – Sr. Staff Scientist, Bioinformatics


Poster session

Graduate students are given the opportunity to interact with faculty and other students in this special event at the Graduate Student Success Center. The showcase is held as part of Fresno State's inaugural Research Week.


Join grants and research administrators Maral Kismetian, Judy Gagnebin and Gayle Sherwood as they provide an overview of the grant proposal cycle, including funding sources, budget development, research compliance, grant writing, and more. 



Jordan Agricultural Research Center: Research Showcase. Come see what's happening inside the JARC from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Students, staff and faculty will be displaying their research. Learn about what goes on in JARC, and connect with researchers and see how JARC can be a resource to you. Please RSVP to

Framing Friday

Framing Friday: Graduate Student Research Presentations
Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) - Library | 2nd floor
Room 2119; 2-3:30 p.m.

Nicholas McKenna (History) will be giving an overview of his thesis research, arguing that during the American Revolutionary War, religious and ethnic prejudices were fluid and subject to change.

Katharina Dreher (Criminology) will present her research conducted as part of her thesis on the topic of "Housing Needs and Experiences of Project Rebound Students at Fresno State."