21st Annual Student Project Showcase Highlights Research and Creative Projects

On Friday, May 3, more than 200 student presentations in SF State’s Student Life Events Center showed off the depth and breadth of projects across CoSE as part of the college’s 21st annual Student Project Showcase. For three hours, the students showed off the fruits of their year’s work, from microbiology research to earthquake engineering projects to psychological interventions and more. Amid a crowd of SF State students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, fifty-three volunteer judges assessed the projects both on the students’ quality of the work and their presentations.  

After a welcome speech from CoSE Dean Carmen Domingo and the presentation of service awards to Computer Science Lecturer Duc Ta and Administrative Support Coordinator Raul Contreras, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Zhaoshuo Jiang and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Hao Yue gave a talk on their work titled “Toward a smart and connected home for elders.”

To cap off the event, the winners of the showcase were announced—each awardee in ten categories won a cash prize, with $400 going to each of the first-place winners across ten categories. 

First-place winners in the graduate division included Julia Moon for a presentation on research on the link between anxiety in adolescents and their perspective towards time; Steven Sun for work identifying a novel fusion-linked gene in a group of fungi; Brittany A. Baker for research on how the genomes of a group of archaea vary globally; Alec Maxwell for developing an automated platform for optimizing building topology; and Patrick Delear for work creating nanowaveguides with unique optical properties. 

For undergraduates, the first-place winners were Rocio Cisneros for work towards understanding how filopidia could influence some types of cell-to-cell communication; Jan Mikhale Cajulao for research on the potential of a group of bacteria to eliminate E. coli infections on lettuce; Carina Kalaydjian, Maria Flores and Niquo Ceberio for research on false positive rates in DNA tests used by law enforcement; Zachary Prince and Deeptanshu Jha for a project using machine learning to detect novel drug slang in internet comments; and Samuel Benzoni, John Hanson, Lungyuen Lau, Batool Zaro, Aishwarya Laturkar and Gayatri Pise for work on a 3D system for detecting falls in the elderly.

Information on the other awardees is available here, and photos from the event can be viewed here.

Congratulations to all of the showcase winners, and thank you to our sponsors CCLS and Kenson Ventures as well as all who volunteered their time to judge the event!