Record participation turned out for the eighth annual SDSU Student Research Symposium (SRS) on March 6 and 7 at Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Organizers invited volunteer SDSU staff and alumni to serve as judges and moderators for the event.

The SRS provides a public forum for SDSU students to present their research, scholarship or creative activities during 90-minute sessions. Presentations are organized by academic disciplines with divisions for undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.

Judges evaluate the presentations while moderators introduce the student presenters and judges, keep time, and help moderate the question-and-answer portion of the session. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday followed by an awards reception Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. to which all volunteers are invited.

This year’s awards were presented to students affiliated with the COS. Awardees for 2015 include:

Kelly Spoon and Dr. Levine at SRS awards poster

Provost’s Award for Research and Scholarship
Winner: Kelly Spoon, Computational Statistics (Doctoral)
Title: Utilizing Random Forests to Evaluate Pedagogy and Inform Personalized Learning.  Mentor: Richard Levine, Sciences
photo: Kelly Spoon and Dr. Levine

Dr. Castillo and Mariangel Garcia at SRS awards in front of poster Dean’s Award for Research and Scholarship College of Sciences
Winner: Mariangel Garcia, Computational Science (Doctoral)
Title: Proposing the San Quintin Bay Hydrodynamic Forecast System Through Data Assimilation Scheme.  Mentor: Jose Castillo, Sciences
photo: Dr. Castillo and Mariangel Garcia

Dean’s Award for Research and Scholarship College of Education
Winner: Raymond M LaRochelle, Mathematics and Science Education (Doctoral)
Title: Observing Mathematical Caring Relations in the Classroom
Mentor: Lisa Lamb, Education