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Division of Research and Graduate Studies

17th Annual - CSU Student Research Competition Results

TURLOCK, Calif. (May 9, 2003) California State University, Fresno senior Kristen Callens received first-place honors for her oral presentation Saturday at the 17th annual CSU Student Research Competition, held at CSU Stanislaus.

The system-wide conference exhibits excellent research by CSU undergraduate and graduate students from each of the 23 campuses. Each of the eight academic schools submitted the names of their top candidates to represent the university at this event. A total of 150 students presented their research in nine different categories.

Callens was named the first-place winner in the Biological and Agricultural Sciences category for her presentation. An Assessment of the Economic Feasibility of Using Raisins as an Ethanol Feedstock. As part of her research, Callens analyzed raisin prices, looked at the level of production and allocation between free and reserve tonnage, and determined possible returns raisins would bring if converted to ethanol.

Callens, whose faculty mentor is Dr. Ellen Burnes, also took home top honors at the Central California Research Symposium in Fresno last month. She is scheduled to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business this December.

California State University, Fresno was also represented by four other participants at the CSU Student Research Competition: Rebecca Aleman (Social Work), Judith Cantrell (Education), Michelle Davison (Biological and Agricultural Sciences), Edward J. Garcia (Humanities and Letters), and Gita Rajani (Behavioral and Social Sciences).

The University Grants and Research Office (UGRO) manages Fresno State’s participation in the CSU Student Research Competition. For additional information, including research abstracts or participant contact information, please contact Dr. Thomas McClanahan or Mr. Douglas Carey at (559) 278-0840.

Past Competition Results