May 6, 2016

Student research returns with 2nd Annual Mesa College Research Conference

By Office of Communications

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The 2nd annual Mesa College Research Conference took place on May 6, showcasing Mesa’s top student researchers.

Like last year’s conference, this year’s event was divided into Analytical, Descriptive, and Experimental research categories. 25 students presented their original research on psychology, biology, chemistry, language, history, and more.

Taking top honors this year in the Analytical category was 2015’s Descriptive category winner, Patricio Gallardo García Friere. His research, “Reinserting Ourselves into the Ecosystem: The Implications of Human Waste Recycling in Water Management,” focused on re-using waste in water management. In the Descriptive category, Isabella MacIsaac was named the winner for “Storm-related Changes in Beach Morphology and Analysis of Beach Sediment Characteristics, Torrey Pines State Beach.” Nicholas Cantrell won the Experimental category with “Training Artificial Neural Networks in Virtual Environments.”

The award winners were presented with special trophies 3D printed from a design by Jonathan Demetrio, a student in professor Morteza Mohssenzadeh’s Engineering 151 class.

Special thanks goes to the judging panel, consisting of Lisa M. Will, Moe Ebrahimi, Michael S. Reese, Phil Lawrence, Andrew MacNeill, Argero Zerr, Elizabeth Armstrong, G. Thomas Kaye, James McMahon, Mary McMahon, Oscar Torres, and Jennifer Carmichael.

Thanks also goes to the MCRC Conference Committee members: Dean of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Saeid Eidgahy; professors Paul Sykes, Shahrokh Parvini, Jaye Van Kirk, Justin Estep, Leticia Lopez, Alison Primoza, and Ian Villalta; and Honors student Sandra Perez.

Tags: Students, Research

Additional Information


Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
(619) 388-2759