CSUN Professor Celebrates 23 Years of Engaging LAUSD Students in STEM Research

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The New Journal of Student Research Abstracts Volume 23

California State University, Northridge biology professor Steven Oppenheimer is celebrating 23 years of collaboration with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research done by K-12 students with the debut of volume No. 23 of The New Journal of Student Research Abstracts – on Dec. 19.

A symposium scheduled for 1 p.m. on March 10 at CSUN’s University Student Union will feature the work of hundreds of participating LAUSD students.

The annual symposium brings together CSUN faculty, teachers, students and parents to celebrate their science projects.

“Students receive medals, and when the kids hear their names [called], the cheers are louder than any baseball or football game,” Oppenheimer said.

The journal is composed of several different research topics like “organic vs. nonorganic apples,” “testing PH level of different brands of water” and do video games improve your reflexes,” to name a few.

The New Journal of Student Research Abstracts was first published in 1995 and was designed to help educators come up with creative research materials and ideas for their classrooms to engage students in scientific research.

“The United States is in need of top research scientists, and to create interest in research at the college level is in many cases too late, because many students have already made up their minds in terms of what type of career they want,” Oppenheimer said. “Our program begins stimulating kids to do research in middle school, and even sometimes elementary school,”

Over the years, the journal has garnered numerous awards for its outstanding impact on young science students. The accolades have included the CSUN Delmar T. Oviatt Library Open Access Award, the Presidential Award presented by President Obama at the White House and, most recently, the Ed Peckham Award presented by the CSUN Alumni Association.

All 23 volumes of the journal are available online for free and can be accessed by visiting: http://scholarworks.csun.edu/handle/10211.3/206671.


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