2021 Virtual CSUCI Student Research Conference

Message from
Dr. Richard Yao
Interim President
CSU Channel Islands

Message from
Dr. Mitch Avila
CSU Channel Islands

Welcome to the 13th Annual CSU Channel Islands Student Research Conference!

This year’s celebration includes nearly 100 projects representing the work of more than 120 students and faculty mentors across a variety of disciplines. This scholarly work occurred in research-intensive courses, independent study courses, independent research courses, and through co-curricular efforts. 

Some of the presentations being featured at this year’s conference were also showcased at regional and national conferences held virtually this past year. These include presentations that took place at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and California State University Statewide Student Research Competition. 

Student research is a high-impact teaching practice. Working alongside a faculty mentor, students engage with their discipline deeply. They feed their curiosity in a way that develops skills to become life-long learners.  

Faculty also benefit. At an undergraduate institution like CSU Channel Islands that expects excellence in the classroom as well as scholarly productivity, many faculty members work with undergraduates who want to immerse themselves in their chosen fields. In addition to presenting at national and international conferences, some even become coauthors on manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals. 

Please take time to view and engage with the students’ presentations. Given the challenges we have all faced this past year, we are extremely proud of their work. We commend their resilience and dedication to their scholarly pursuits.

Luis A. Sánchez, Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Coordinator for CI Student Research and Creative Activities