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Students win first place CSU research awards

June 22, 2005

Photo of Vinita MaratheSFSU students Vinita Marathe, Shelley Volz and Scott Lehman took home three of the 22 first-place awards at the recent CSU Student Research Competition.

Photo of Shelley VolzThe competition was held in late April at California State University, Sacramento. Nearly 200 graduate and undergraduate students from throughout the 23-campus CSU system presented outstanding research conducted in all academic fields. The awards carry a $400 cash prize.

Vinita Marathe, a graduate student from India, won for researching alternative cancer treatments. Her presentation described protein-based therapy as "a more targeted approach than chemotherapy," Vinita said. She plans to graduate this summer with a master’s degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry.

Photo of Scott LehmanShelley Volz, a graduate student in education, won first place for her presentation outlining faculty objectives when SFSU undergraduates work in groups. Originally a believer that interdependent education was ineffective, her project, "Collaborative Learning in Theory and Practice," has taught her its values.

"I traveled from complete skeptic to proselytizer," Volz said.

Scott Lehman, a graduate student in English, won for exceptional research on 18th century maps of Havana, Cuba, which appeared in Gentleman’s Magazine, a British periodical from colonial times. Lehman analyzed how the maps gave rise to the idea that Cuba and the West Indies were a public commodity for British colonization.

"They exemplify the birth of cartography as a tool in modern warfare and the use of warfare as a tool in the global marketplace," Lehman said.

-- Student Writer Lisa Rau with Matt Itelson


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