Past Symposia


Notes on the 2016 symposium. The symposium was held on Thursday, May 5 at San Diego State University. A total of 74 students (including co-authors) from 16 campuses made 64 presentations (48 based on formal papers, 16 on abstracts only).Thanks again this year to the generosity of Dr. Gene Geisler, $5,000 awards were presented for the best papers in each of three categories, with smaller awards given for all other papers presented. Abstracts of the Winning Papers have been posted.The conference program is available in PDF format. 

Winning papers.

Charles McCall Award for Best Undergraduate Paper

 2016 Best Undergraduate Paper Award WinnerPhoto (left to right): Gilbert Garcia (Awards Committee Chair, CSU Los Angeles),  Brittany Marberry, Hala Alnajar, Maria Pimentel, Dr. Stafford Cox (SSRIC Chair, CSU Long Beach).

  • Best Paper
    • Maria Pimentel (Sociology, CSU Channel Islands).
      Is Education the Great Equalizer? Comparing the Wages of Native and Immigrant Latinos and Asians in California: 2000-2012. 
  • Honorable Mention
    • Brittany Marberry (Sociology, CSU Channel Islands). 
      Investigating Individual and Contextual Factors Related to Arrests Across Latino Immigrant Generations.
    • Hala Alnajar (Sociology, CSU Bakersfield). 
      On a Scale of Faith: Muslim American Attitudes Towards Homosexuality.

 

 

Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper

 2016 Best Graduate Paper Award WinnerPhoto (left to right): Gilbert Garcia (Awards Committee Chair, CSU Los Angeles), Jacob Schreiber, Dara Seidl, Jen Marony, Dr. Stafford Cox (SSRIC Chair, CSU Long Beach).

  • Best Paper
    • Dara Seidl (Geography, San Diego State University).
      Privacy and False Identification Risk in Geomasking Techniques.. 
  • Honorable Mention
    • Jacob Schreiber (Anthropology, CSU Long Beach). 
      Everyone here is sick: Constructing Identities of Illness Through Narrative in Assisted Living.
    • Jen Marony (Sociology, CSU Northridge). 
      Tonight's Top Story: Newsworthiness and Race on Los Angeles' Television News.

 

 

Gloria Rummels Award for Best Use of Quantitative Data

 2016 Best Use of Quantitative Data Award WinnerPhoto (left to right): Gilbert Garcia (Awards Committee Chair, CSU Los Angeles),  Ashley Araiza, Jose Lara-Ruiz, Kaitlyn Kauzor, Ginger Hashimoto, Dr. Stafford Cox (SSRIC Chair, CSU Long Beach).

  • Best Paper
    • Ginger Hashimoto (Public Policy and Administration CSU Sacramento).
      Analyzing Factors that Predict Alumni Giving at a Public University in California. 
  • Honorable Mention
    • Jose Lara-Ruiz and Kaitlyn Kauzor (Psychology, CSU Northridge). 
      MCI and Mild Alzheimer's Disease Patients' Cognitive and Functional Status as Predictors of Caregiver Burden.
    • Hala Alnajar (Sociology, CSU Bakersfield). 
      On a Scale of Faith: Muslim American Attitudes Towards Homosexuality.

 


Notes on the 2015 symposium. The symposium was held on Thursday, May 7 at CSU Sacramento. A total of 60 students (including co-authors) from 13 campuses made 55 presentations (37 based on formal papers, 18 on abstracts only). Thanks again this year to the generosity of Dr. Gene Geisler, $5,000 awards were presented for the best papers in each of three categories, with smaller awards given for all other papers presented. The conference program is available in MS Word format. 

Winning papers.

 2015 Best Paper Award Winners

Photo (left to right): Dr. Matt Jarvis (SSRIC Chair, CSU Fullerton),  Simone Radliff, Aaron Jackson, Mikaela Vournas, Dr. Francis Neely (Awards Committee Chair, San Francisco State).

Best Paper Award Winners:
  • The Gloria Rummels Award for Best Use of Quantitative Data: Simone Radiff (San Francisco State) for Education for Political Empowerment: The Effect of Collective-Efficacy Developing Curriculum and Experiences in High School Civics Courses on Political Engagement
  • The Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper: Aaron Jackson (CSU Sacramento) for Why They Endured: Trench Journalism as a Reflection of the Soldierly Community in World War One.
  • The Charles McCall Award for Best Undergraduate Paper: Mikaela Vournas (Cal Poly SLO) for Mapping Motivations: Nutrition in Transition in Fiji.

 


 

Notes on the 2014 conference. The conference was held on Thursday, May 8 at CSU Fullerton. A special feature of this year's event was the awarding of prizes from the "SSRIC Faculty Memorial Fund." The fund was created thanks to a generous contribution from Dr. Gene Geisler, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at San Francisco State, and a key founding member of the Council. There were three Best Paper Awards of $5,000 each, and 47 awards of $100 each for other paper presentations. In all, 79 presentations (50 based on formal papers, 29 on abstracts only) were made. Sixteen CSU campuses and one community college were represented.

The conference program is available in PDF. 

Winning papers 2014 Best Paper Award Winners

Photo (left to right): Dr. John Korey (SSRIC Chair), Dr. James Till (Interim Assistant CSU Vice Chancellor, Research Initiatives and Partnerships), Noor Qwfan (CSU Bakersfield), Gokh Alshaif (CSU Bakersfield), Jennifer Bernard (CSU Fresno), Jody Lewis (CSU Sacramento), Dr. Steve Stambough (Conference host and Chair of Political Science, CSU Fullerton).

 
Best Paper Award Winners:
  • The Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper: Noor Qwfan and Gokh Alshaif, International Relations, CSU Bakersfield for Daughters of Sojourners: Yemeni American Females’ Experience in Education
  • The Charles McCall Award for Best Undergraduate Paper: Jennifer Bernard, Economics, CSU Fresno for An Examination of California’s Realignment Policy and Property Crime Rates
  • The Gloria Rummels Award for Best Paper Using Quantitative Data: Jody Lewis, Public Policy Administration, CSU Sacramento for Improving Bachelor’s Degree Completion Rates: An Examination of First Year Experience at Sac State

 


Notes on the 2013 conference. The conference was held on Thursday, May 2 at San Francisco State. There were about 30 presenters from about 8 campuses. The conference program is available in PDF. See more photos from the Conference.

Winning papers (award winners (Marc Joffe (left) and Karl Nicholas (right), shown with 2012-2013 SSRIC Chair, Dr. Rhonda Dugan; not shown, Kathryn Gruszecki):2013 Best Paper Award Winners , Marc Joffe (left) and Karl Nicholas (right), shown with 2012-2013 SSRIC Chair, Dr. Rhonda Dugan; not shown, Kathryn Gruszecki

Winning papers (award winners (left to right: Lauren Bates, Lia Marshall, Martha Nuño Diaz) shown with 2011-2012 SSRIC Chair, Dr. Josh Meisel):

  • The Charles McCall Award for Best Undergraduate Paper: Karl Nicholas, San Francisco State, Effect of Poverty on Attorney Representation in San Francisco Family Court
  • The Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper: Kathryn Gruszecki, Cal Poly Pomona, Japanese Incumbency: A Focus on Confucian Values and the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan
  • The Gloria Rummels Award for Best Use of Quantitative Data: Marc Joffe, San Francisco State, Drivers of Municipal Bond Defaults During the Great Depression

 

 

 


Notes on the 2012 conference. The conference was held on Thursday, May 3 at CSU Los Angeles. There were a record high 52 presentations by 65 students (including co-authors) from 9 CSU campuses. The conference program is available in PDF.

Winning papers (award winners (left to right: Lauren Bates, Lia Marshall, Martha Nuño Diaz) shown with 2011-2012 SSRIC Chair, Dr. Josh Meisel):2012 Best Paper Award Winners, shown with SSRIC Chair Dr. Josh Meisel (right)

  • The Charles McCall Award for Best Undergraduate Paper: Martha Nuño Diaz, California State University Fresno, Aqui y Alla: Using Alternative Medicine to Cope with Mexican-American Diaspora
  • The Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper: Lia Marshall, California State University Los Angeles, Acculturation and Health Literacy: Heart Disease Self-Management of Older Immigrant Adults
  • The Gloria Rummels Award for Best Use of Quantitative Data: Lauren Bates, California State University Long Beach, Difference in Perspective Precipitates Difference in Memory Performance in the Survival Processing Paradigm

 

 


 

Notes on the 2011 conference . The conference was held on Friday, April 29 at San Jose State University. There were 14 presentations from 4 CSU campuses. The conference program (including presentation abstracts) is available in PDF format.

Winning papers:

  • Samantha Paine (Antropology, San Jose State University). The Charles McCall Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, "An Ethnography of Water Birth and Its Representations on YouTube.com."
  • Juan Pablo Mercado (Mexican American Studies, San Jose State University). The Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper, "Re-visioning the Mexican American Experience in World War II."

 


 

Notes on the 2010 conference . The conference was held on Friday, April 30 at Cal Poly Pomona. There were 33 presentations (involving a total of 37 students) from 9 CSU campuses. The conference program is available in PDF format, as are abstracts of the papers submitted.

Winning papers: 2010 Best Paper Award Winners, shown with SSRIC Chair Dr. Ellen Berg (right)

Dr. Ellen Berg (left), SSRIC Chair for 2009-2010, shown with (left to right):

  • Daniel Krystosek - Sociology, Sacramento - Gloria Rummels Award for Best Quantitative Paper, "The Church Influences the State: Religion and Marijuana Laws."
  • Mark Ocegueda - History, San Bernardino - Charles McCall Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, "Lopez v. Seccombe: The City of Sn Bernardino's Mexican American Defense Committee and Its Role in Regional and National Desegregation."
  • Andria Black - Political Science, Long Beach - Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper, "Composing a Nation: A Multidisciplinary Approach to French Nationalism."

 

 


 

Notes on the 2009 conference . The conference was held on Friday, May 8 at CSU, Sacramento. There were 43 presentations (involving a total of 50 students) from 12 CSU campuses. The conference program is available in PDF format.

Winning papers: 2009 Best Paper Award Winners, shown with SSRIC Chair Dr. Kathy Naff (right)

Dr. Kathy Naff (right), SSRIC Chair for 2008-2009, shown with (left to right):

  • Christopher Lewis - Business Management, Long Beach - Gloria Rummels Award for Best Quantitative Paper, "Capitalization or Lock-In? An Empirical Study of the 2003 Capital Gains Tax Cut."
  • Daniel Liu - Government, Sacramento - Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper, "US-China Relations Viewed through the Lenses of Prospect Theory."
  • Vivian Helliwell - Economics, Humboldt - Charles McCall Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, "Fisheries Management for California Dungeness Crab: Adaption to Change."

 

 


Notes on the 2008 conference . The conference was held on Friday, May 2 at CSU Long Beach. Students from 11 CSU campuses made a total of 43 presentations.

Winning papers:

  • The winner of the Charles McCall Award for best undergraduate paper was Chris Curd (Sociology, Long Beach) for his paper, "Male Virgins: Social Isolation, Religion and Self-esteem.
  • Elizabeth P. Adie (Psychology, Long Beach) won the Betty Nesvold Award for best graduate paper for her paper on "The Effect of Social Support on Depression and Maternal Stress Dduring Pregnancy."
  • The Gloria Rummels Award for best paper using quantitative data went to Jeff Hemsley (Economics, East Bay) for his paper, "Tobacco Interests, Information Policy and Market Failure: An Empirical Analysis.

Honorable Mentions (awarded for the first time this year):

  • Melanie Duncan (Sociology, Chico), "Young Feminists and the Beauty Ideal: Analysis of Internalization and Reduction Behaviors."
  • John J. Eddy (Anthropology, Northridge), "Source Characterization of Santa Cruz Island Chlorite Schist and Its Role in Stone Bead and Ornament Exchange Networks."
  • Brooke Hundtoft (Anthroploogy, Long Beach), "Stylistic Variability of Stemmed Obsidian Biface Tools on Easter Island Using a Frequency Seriation."

Notes on the 2007 conference. The conference was held on Friday, April 27 at CSU East Bay. Students from 11 CSU campuses made a total of 24 presentations.

  • The winner of the Charles McCall Award for best undergraduate paper was Paula Wright (Economics, Fresno) for her paper on "Breathing and Wheezing: The Effects of Home Environment on Asthmatics' Income."
  • Patrick Lynch (History, Los Angeles) won the Betty Nesvold Award for best graduate paper for his paper on "Sheridan Downey and the 160 Acre Limitation."
  • The Gloria Rummels Award for best paper using quantitative data went to Lucinda Winward (Public Policy and Administration, Sacramento) for her paper, "Emergency Room Overcrowding: Policy, Problems and Potential Solutions."

Last Updated: May 12, 2016.