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Thursday, January 5
Registration & Information Desk Open9:00 am - 10:00 pmCalifornia Ballroom Foyer
All-Day Workshop:
Biotech + Design (a collaborative, do-it-yourself biotech experience)
(pre-registration required)
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Sedona Room
CSUPERB’s Genomics Analysis and Technology Committee and the Quantitative Biology Network partnered to organize a day-long, hands-on, problem-solving workshop. We recruited faculty and students with a mix of disciplines, skills and perspectives interested in working in teams to solve problems. The goal of the workshop is to make progress towards solving a problem, rather than to produce completed tools. Teams work on a chosen problem and “build with” each other to make progress, hatch collaborations to design solutions, or investigate available tools to solve a problem. At the end of the workshop, teams will present their work and we’ll vote for teams with the Most Creative Idea, the Broadest Potential Impact, and the Biggest Potential Collaboration!

Workshop Designers and Facilitators: Bori Mazzag (Humboldt State University) & Sandra Sharp (CSU Los Angeles)
CSU I-CorpsTM Challenge
Preliminary Lessons Learned

(For I-Corps Teams, Mentors and Advisors only)
1:00 pm - Orientation
2:00 - 6:00 pm - Team Presentations to Evaluation Panel
California Ballroom 1-4
The final immersion weekend for the Fall 2016 CSU I-CorpsTM program is woven into the annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium schedule. During the fall 12 student CSU I-Corps teams from 7 CSU campuses started the program with a biotechnology research-based idea. Teams were supported by $2500 microgrants to work with mentors and advisors and to attend meetings to interview potential customers/partners and industry experts. During the final immersion weekend, challenge teams present their product concepts, justify the problem-solution fit, and describe lessons learned to evaluation panels. Teams’ success will be gauged by the amount of learning they do over the course of the Challenge. The Thursday preliminary sessions are not open to the public; CSU I-Corps teams will make public, final presentations Saturday afternoon (4:30 - 7 pm).

Session Moderators: Susan Baxter (CSUPERB), Stanley Maloy (San Diego State University) and Cathy Pucher (San Diego State University)
Student Workshop:
Graduate Research Fellowship Program Proposal Writing Workshop

2:00 - 4:30 pmCalifornia Ballroom 5-6
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) supports graduate students who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Next year's applications are due in October, but it is not too soon to start planning and crafting an application now!

This workshop is designed to inform students about the GRFP opportunity, but also to give participants some hands-on experience in project planning, effective writing and grantsmanship. These are useful, life-long skills to build whether you're applying for a fellowship, graduate school admissions or a job!

Workshop Designers and Facilitators: Edgar Campbell (Stanford; GRFP recipient & CSU Stanislaus alum), Kevin Johnson (University of California Santa Barbara; GRFP recipient & CSU Monterey Bay alum), Sally Pasion (San Francisco State University) & Koni Stone (CSU Stanislaus)
Plenary Session:
Astrobiology Showcase

Nikki Parenteau
(NASA Astrobiology Institute)

Astrobiology at NASA: Scope and Opportunities
7:00 - 9:30 pmCalifornia Ballroom 5-6
The Astrobiology Network, CSUPERB's newest research-themed network, was organized this summer by Dr. Rakesh Mogul at Cal Poly Pomona, with support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Very quickly he identified 32 faculty from 14 CSU campuses actively researching astrobiology-relevant topics. The Astrobiology Showcase is the first opportunity to bring network members together in person.

To celebrate, we've invited Dr. Niki Parenteau, PhD
Research Scientist,
Exobiology Branch at the NASA Ames Research Center, to headline the symposium and we've woven an astrobiology theme throughout the symposium - so watch for it!

During this session network members will present research posters, spanning a wide range of topics from biogeochemical cycling of metals to biological contamination of spacecraft. This fun and interactive event is open to all symposium participants, with light refreshments provided to fuel this energetic session. After Dr. Parenteau's talk, the showcase will feature student and faculty lightning (rocket?) talks (1-2 minutes!) in the middle of the session. The symposium audience will vote for Crowd Favorites from the posters presented and the lightning talks given; winners will be announced near the end of the session.

“Lightning talks are there to enable the audience to review as many potentially exciting ideas as possible in a short space of time. You are not there to provide the detail required for them to reproduce your work, you're there to inspire them to search out your work.” -– Software Sustainability Institute

Lightning Talks:
Ryan Baki, An Alcohol Rich Diet, Cal Poly Pomona (Mogul group)
Alex Burkert, Gee It’s Cold Out Here: Tales from Pleistocene Permafrost, CSU Northridge (Mackelprang group)
Scott Giatpaiboon, Alive in the Arctic, Cal Poly Pomona (Mogul group)
Cristina Gonzalez, Domestication of aigarchaeota, CSU San Bernardino (Dodson group)
Joshua Kading, Prebiotic continuous processing of nucleotide precursors, CSU Fullerton (Evans group)
Sidarth Lalla, Kleen Spacecraft!, Cal Poly Pomona (Mogul group)
Tara Mahendrarajah, Love Letters: Carbon and its flirtatious relationship with the Cryosphere, CSU Northridge (Mackelprang group)
Chantal Stieber, Seeing inside enzymes with spectroscopy, Cal Poly Pomona (Stieber group)

Showcase Organizers & Moderators: Rakesh Mogul (Cal Poly Pomona) & Daryl Eggers (San Jose State University)
Friday, January 6
Registration & Information Desk Open7:30 am - 8:00 pmCalifornia Ballroom Foyer
Plenary Session:
When Research-based Ideas Leave Campus

9:00 - 11:00 amCalifornia Ballroom 4-5
Sebastian Kraves
(Co-Founder, miniPCR)
Democratizing DNA Analysis

Margaret E. Black
(Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University )
From Benchtop to Tumor: How Basic Research Can Lead to Cancer Therapy

Diego Rey
(Founder and Head of Research, GeneWEAVE, a subsidiary of Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.)
Starting and Selling a Life Sciences Venture

The CSU I-CorpsTM program uses a tagline, "Where does your research go from here?" There is no one commercialization path from a eureka moment in the lab to a new patient treatment or research technology. The search for a problem-solution fit is notoriously difficult in the biotechnology field. In parallel there is no one career path for university-based entrepreneurs. The decision to hand-off (license), follow (spin-out a company) or partner (merge) to develop a promising biotechnology is a personal one. We've invited three researchers who transitioned ideas from a basic research concept to a company or product. They will share their own stories, describing how a career path might follow along, parallel or diverge from the development of new products based on research discoveries.
(with optional Table Topic Discussions)
11:30 am - 12:30 pmCalifornia Ballroom 6-9
During lunch there will be several (optional) topic tables where like-minded or curious participants can join themed conversations. Look for the topic tables at one end of the dining hall. Students and faculty are equally welcome to sit-in for the informal discussions. There is no agenda and a sign-up is not necessary!

Host: Rakesh Mogul (Cal Poly Pomona)

Hosts: Nathaniel Jue (CSU Monterey Bay) & Jamil Momad (CSU Los Angeles)

Biotechnology Entrepreneurship & CSU I-Corps
Host: Howard Xu (CSU Los Angeles) & Oscar Zavala (CSUPERB)

Cellular assays for drug discovery
Host: Roland Wolkowicz (San Diego State University)

Data Science & Statistics
Host: Judith Canner (CSU Monterey Bay)

Gender Bias in Science
Host: Carmen Works (Sonoma State University)

High-throughput technologies in biomedical research
Host: Anand Ramasubramanian (San Jose State University)

How do insects survive winter? A chemist's view
Host: Xin Wen (CSU Los Angeles)

Model-based population genomics
Host: Arun Sethuraman (CSU San Marcos)

Host: Jenny Cappuccio (Humboldt State University)

Organizational Change and Leadership
Host: Anya Goodman (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)

Plant Biotechnology
Host: Matt Escobar (CSU San Marcos)

Single Molecule Biophysics
Host: Kambiz Hamadani (CSU San Marcos)

Telehealth and Telemedicine
Host: Christopher Druzgalski (CSU Long Beach)

Translating research experience into a resume or CV
Hosts: Joseph Ross (CSU Fresno) & Daniel Nickerson (CSU San Bernardino)
Concurrent Sessions -
starting at 12:30 pm
(1) Short Talks:
CSUPERB-supported Faculty Principal Investigators

12:30 - 1:45 pm Grand Ballroom A-B
Troy Cline
(Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, CSU Chico)
Influenza virus replication alters critical antiviral functions in macrophages

Rachael French
(Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, San Jose State University)
The role of dietary fat, sugar, and oxidative stress in a fly model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Jason Schwans
(Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, CSU Long Beach)
Site-directed mutagenesis and unnatural amino acid mutagenesis to investigate enzyme function and inhibition
(2) Bioengineering Showcase, featuring Lightning Talks
12:30 - 2:00 pmSedona Room
The CSUPERB Bioengineering Taskforce organized this showcase to feature research and development from CSU groups system-wide. Posters and, in some cases, accompanying demos will be on display, spanning a wide range of topics from robotic arms to microbead synthesis using 3D printing. Lightning talks will be given in the middle of the session. The audience will vote for Crowd Favorites from the posters presented and the lightning talks given. Winners will be announced near the end of the session!

Lightning Talks:
Genesis Esqueda, CSU Long Beach (Lo group)
Nicole Fuentes, CSU Northridge (Summers group)
Harkishan Grewal, CSU Fullerton (George group)
Joshua Herrera, CSU Fullerton (George group)
Nina Robson, CSU Fullerton (Robson group)

Showcase Organizers & Moderators: Lorenzo Smith (CSU Sacramento) & Daryl Eggers (San Jose State University)
Concurrent Sessions -
starting at 2:00 pm
(1) Student Workshop:
Career Networking Session
2:00 - 4:45 pmCalifornia Ballroom 4-5
Kick-off Speaker:
Ryoko Kawashima (Scientist, BD Diagnostics & CSU Northridge alum)

We know that ~80% of science, technology, engineering and math graduates work outside academia. Most will not be working 'at the bench' ten years after gaining their last degree, whether it's a bachelor's or a PhD degree. CSU graduates go on to jobs in pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, industrial biotech, environmental monitoring and bioenergy companies, as well as universities! Others work in government labs, hospitals, public health agencies and K-12 schools. We also know some graduates go into medical school or graduate school and then join organizations listed above. Career paths are rarely "mapped out" - so how do you figure out the next step for your life beyond the university?

Due to the rapid evolution in science and technology these days, it is nearly certain that the students attending this year's symposium will have jobs and use biotechnology skills we've not yet imagined! So - how do you combine the skills you've learned in the lab, the knowledge you've gained in class, and your interests to find your own path?

We've recruited working professionals to help explain life science career options, talk about their own educational path, relate their own experiences, give career planning advice and answer questions about working in biotechnology. Even if you don't plan (at this point!) on following a particular career path, these mentors will inspire and educate you about the range of opportunities in the life sciences. Mentors provide students with an unmatched opportunity to "meet your future selves!" Read about this year's group of industry mentors here.

The session is organized with a kickoff speaker, followed by concurrent roundtable discussions hosted by mentors working as life sciences professionals. During the session students have time to rotate and visit 4 tables. Be curious! Explore a wide range of topics or tour a selected set of topics based on the list of mentors. Over the past five years, students (and alumni looking back) consistently rank this as one of their favorite and most impactful symposium sessions (sometimes in hindsight)!

Session Moderator: James Prince (Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
(2) Faculty Workshop:
Effective Tools for Developing Faculty Careers and Mentoring Students
2:00 - 4:15 pmGrand Ballroom A-B
This year's CSUPERB Professional Development Taskforce workshop will explore six topics of interest to CSU faculty rather than a single topic, based on feedback received in post-symposium surveys and from the Faculty Consensus Group!

Adopting the successful roundtable formats used in student workshops, participants will be able to rotate to different moderated discussions. Time will be reserved for individual reflection and topic summaries.

Mentoring and Teaching Topics
Topic 1: Less Writing and More Coaching for Master’s Theses (Koni Stone, CSU Stanislaus, moderator)
Topic 2: Successful Incorporation of Flipped Classrooms (Bianca Mothe, CSU San Marcos, moderator)
Topic 3: Effective Student Career Path Mentoring (Jill Adler-Moore, Cal Poly Pomona, moderator)

Career Development Topics
Topic 4: Assessment of Student Learning (Ed Lyon, Sonoma State, moderator)
Topic 5: Sabbaticals and Difference in Leave Pay: Academic and Industrial Sites (Michael Goldman, San Francisco State University, moderator)
Topic 6: Faculty Individual Development Plan: Where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? (Sep Eskandari, Cal Poly Pomona, moderator)

Session Organizers:
Jill Adler-Moore (Cal Poly Pomona) and Koni Stone (CSU Stanislaus)
Faculty Workshop:
Writing CSUPERB Grant Proposals
2:30 - 4:15 pmProspector Suite
This workshop is designed to introduce CSUPERB funding sources to CSU faculty members, to describe the review process, and to coach applicants on designing proposals that answer CSUPERB Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

Facilitators: Susan Baxter & James Schmitt (CSUPERB)

Faculty Workshop:
Achieving Inclusive Student Success through Purposeful Collaborations between Academic and Student Affairs
4:30 - 6:30 pmGrand Ballroom A-B
Over the last 6 years CSUPERB has organized an "Effective STEM Education" workshop for faculty and administrators during the annual biotech symposium. We've tackled scientific teaching, flipped classrooms, learning assessment, and culturally competent mentoring. These workshops are popular with participants because they are regarded as safe spaces and, as a result, have been influential. CSUPERB workshops are designed to plant seeds of thought, demonstrate what might be possible, and get creative juices flowing. They are not long enough to get significant work done.

This year our theme is cross-divisional collaboration. Increasingly STEM faculty are finding themselves across the table from student affairs specialists and professionals, whether they are solving an individual student's problem, teaming up on a grant proposal, or tackling a campus-wide issue.

This workshop is designed to deepen awareness of existing Academic Affairs-Student Affairs connections, to introduce a framework for cross-divisional collaboration around STEM student success, and provide some tools and support for AA-SA teams.

All Effective STEM Education workshops involve active learning, team- or network-building, and time for exploration and reflection - so come with an open mind and ready to learn!

The session will kick-off with Lightning Talks from Koni Stone (CSU Stanislaus), Elvin Aleman (CSU Stanislaus) and Bianca Mothe (CSU San Marcos) based on their experience using Design Thinking process to tackle campus-based issues and projects. All three attended CSUPERB's Design Thinking workshop in August 2016.

Workshop Designers & Facilitators: Deidre Sessoms (CSU Sacramento), Amy Sprowles (Humboldt State University), Stephen St. Onge (Humboldt State University), and Andrea Venezia (CSU Sacramento)
Student Workshop:
Graduate School Information Session

5:00 - 7:00 pmCalifornia Ballroom 4-5
Kickoff Speakers: Dr. Paula Matheus Carnevali (Post-doctoral scholar, University of California, Berkeley) and Dr. Mohammad Ali Samie (Senior Scientist, Genentech).

This workshop is designed to help students explore graduate school opportunities for the first time, but also help those who have already decided it is the “next step” on their career path. The workshop is organized with two kickoff speakers, followed by concurrent roundtable discussions hosted by CSU faculty members. The room is organized in a “progression.” One side of the room contains roundtable discussions for students just beginning to consider graduate school. On the other side, graduate school representatives will be available to talk with students who may have already decided they want to go on to graduate school. Depending on where where you are are in your decision-making process, you can explore each topic “progressively”, or visit only a subset of tables.

Each roundtable discussion addresses specific questions suggested or graduate schools nominated by previous student symposium participants. The discussions range from the graduate school application process, figuring out what you want out of graduate school, and surviving graduate school while balancing work-life issues.

Session Organizer: Math Cuajungco (CSU Fullerton)

This year’s line-up is:

1. How and When Should You Get Ready for Graduate School?
Ravi Abrol, CSU Northridge
Elena Keeling, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

2. Preparing Your Graduate School Application and Taking the GRE
Cynthia Crawford, CSU San Bernardino
Amybeth Cohen, CSU Fullerton

3. Choosing Graduate Schools and Programs (how many applications to send?)
Qiao-Hong Chen, CSU Fresno
Nicholas Salzameda, CSU Fullerton

4. Which Graduate School to Attend (if accepted by more than one!)
Karlo Lopez, CSU Bakersfield
Laura Miller Conrad, San Jose State University

5. How to Find a Mentor (and select the best one)
Joseph Ross, CSU Fresno
Farid Farahmand, Sonoma State University

6. Selecting a Research Group and Project (once admitted)
Karin Crowhurst, CSU Northridge
Daniel Nickerson, CSU San Bernardino

7. Making the Most of your PhD (or MS) Program
Sarah Forester, CSU Bakersfield
Maria Gallegos, CSU East Bay

8. Work-Life Balance (during and after graduate school)
Arun Sethuraman, CSU San Marcos
Howard Xu, CSU Los Angeles

9. Where Will a PhD (or MS) Degree Take Me (and how do I find a job afterwards)?
Anand Ramasubramanian, San Jose State University
Janey Youngblom, CSU Stanislaus

10. Coping During the First Two Years of Graduate School
Hwan Youn, CSU Fresno
Chantal Stieber, Cal Poly Pomona

11. What about Medical School?
Maria Soledad Ramirez, CSU Fullerton
Megumi Fuse, San Francisco State University

12. CSU Alumni (talking about their graduate school experiences)
Paula Matheus Carnevali, University of California, Berkeley
Mohammad Ali Samie, Genentech

13. University of California, Los Angeles
Anne Dela Cruz, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Admissions, UCLA Graduate Division
Anna Guzman, Manager of Outreach and Diversity Initiatives, UCLA Graduate Division

14. University of California, San Diego
Christopher Murphy, Graduate Student Affairs Office, Diversity Outreach, Recruitment, & Retention

15. University of Southern California
Richard (Watt) M. Watanabe, Vice Chair for Education, Preventive Medicine

16. University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Hermiston, Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Program Director, Hematology/Oncology; Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program

17. Stanford University
Samar Fahmy, Assistant Director, Graduate Educational Programs & Diversity
Tiana Moore, Assistant Director, Graduate Educational Programs & Diversity
Carlos Gonzalez, PhD candidate in Chemical & Systems Biology (CSU San Marcos alumnus)

18. California State University Scholarship and Funding Opportunities
Maridith A. Janssen, Director, California Pre-Doctoral Program, Academic Programs & Faculty Development
Elizabeth Sanchez, Manager, Chancellor’s Pre-Doctoral Incentive Program

19. University of California, Merced
Ajay Gopinathan, Director, NSF-CREST Center for Cellular & Biomolecular Machines; Associate Professor of Physics & Quantitative Systems Biology
Kara McCloskey, Graduate Lead, NSF-CREST Center for Cellular & Biomolecular Machines; Associate Professor of Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
Jing Xu, Faculty, NSF-CREST Center for Cellular & Biomolecular Machines; Assistant Professor of Physics & Quantitative Systems Biology

6:30 - 8:00 pmCalifornia Ballroom 6-9
Dinner is served until 8:00 pm. There is no need to show up exactly at 6:30 pm and dinners will be served anytime before 8 pm!
First Poster Session
8:00 - 10:00 pm
Grand Ballroom C-E and Hall of Cities
Posters Numbered #1 - 145 will be presented this evening. Please have at least one presenting author at your poster throughout the session to talk with interested symposium participants!

Posters can be set up during the afternoon. Remember to take posters down at the end of the session (10 pm).

Saturday, January 7
Registration & Information Desk Open7:30 am - 6:00 pmCalifornia Ballroom Foyer
Second Poster Session
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Grand Ballroom C-E and Hall of Cities
Posters numbered #146-290 will be presented this morning. Please have at least one presenting author at your poster throughout the session to talk with interested symposium participants. Remember to take posters down at the end of the session (11 am).
Plenary Lunch Session

"How Student Research Can Lead to Commercial Products”

2017 Awardee:
Dr. Joseph Pesek
(Professor, Department of Chemistry, San José State University)

Abstract: This is a 25-year story describing the involvement of undergraduate and Masters students in basic and applied research that resulted in the development of a commercial product for high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The effort started with an idea; design a new material that preserves the mechanical properties of silica, the most commonly used support in HPLC, but without the detrimental effects of the silanols on the surface. The proposed solution was to create a new surface based on silica hydride. Developing the synthetic procedure that resulted in a stable and reproducible material was a challenge that required the involvement of many students for a period of nearly 10 years. After reaching this milestone, the search began to find an industrial partner to manufacture and market the product. In addition, an effort was the needed to develop applications for the new material that demonstrated its capabilities and potential advantages with respect to existing chromatographic phases. Over the last 12 years a large variety of theoretical studies revealed many unique properties of silica hydride and have led to numerous practical applications that have been reported in scientific publications and on the manufacturer’s web site. All stages of this project involved extensive collaborations, both domestic and international, that gave the students unique opportunities to participate in multi-faceted research efforts that are a routine part of modern scientific investigations.
11:00 am - 12:30 pmCalifornia Ballroom 5-9
Concurrent Sessions -
starting at 12:30 pm
(1) Short Talks: CSUPERB-supported Faculty Principal Investigators
12:30 - 1:20 pmCalifornia Ballroom 1-4
Cory Brooks
(Assistant Professor, Biology, CSU Fresno)
Exploiting the camel immune system for the prevention and detection of Listeria

Rob Crawford
(Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, CSU Sacramento)
Research Experiences for All Biology Undergraduates: The Sacramento State SIRIUS Project

Rachel Mackelprang
(Assistant Professor, Biology, CSU Northridge)
Microbial Strategies for Survival in Ancient Permafrost

(2) Student Workshop:
The “Wow Me” Elevator Speech

12:30 - 1:30 pmSedona Room
…So I run into the CEO and she asks me, "Tell me about you and your work."
You have the time it takes to travel 1-3 floors to “wow her”(= The Elevator Speech)

Lightning Talks, Soundbites, Elevator Speeches, Short Pitches – no matter what they are called - are intended to spark curiosity, interest and make your audience want to know more. Why have an elevator pitch ready to go?
• Present preliminary results from a project,
• Get feedback on a new idea,
• Get a critique of a research design or data-gathering strategy,
• Showcase a tool or technique that hasn't been fully tested,
• Find collaborators at other institutions,
• Make a job or interview connection,
• Sell a product, or
• Inspire meaningful conversations...
-- from Southwestern Region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges

So – what makes an elevator speech effective, engaging or good? Attend this session and find out!

Session Organizers: Katherine Kantardjieff and Bianca Mothe (CSU San Marcos)
(3) CSU I-CorpsTM Information Session 12:30 - 1:20 pmGrand Ballroom A-B
The National Science Foundation (NSF) describes I Corps™ as “a set of activities and programs that prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of…basic-research projects.” Funded by NSF, CSU I-Corps supports entrepreneurship education, networking opportunities, and mentoring for faculty and student researchers at the 23 CSU campuses. CSU I-Corps is open to any CSU biotechnology researcher – whether funded previously by NSF or not. Successful teams are eligible for $50,000 follow-on funding to continue prototype development or proof-of-concept work.

We've assembled a small group of CSU I-Corps alumni (students and faculty) to describe their motivations and lessons learned from their I-Corps experience. Come to the session to learn more about the program and upcoming opportunities!

Daniel Forer (Aquantia, CSU Sacramento Alum, CSU I-Corps Cohort #1 team member)
Warren Smith (Professor, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, CSU Sacramento, CSU I-Corps administrative contact & U. Michigan Node I-Corps Team member)
Xin Wen (Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, CSU Los Angeles, CSU I-Corps Cohort #3 administrative contact & Southwest Node I-Corps Team member)
Roland Wolkowicz (Professor, Biology, San Diego State, CSU I-Corps Cohort #4 & LA Node I-Corps Team member)

Moderator: Susan Baxter (CSUPERB)
Plenary Session:
Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award Finalist Talks
1:30 - 4:15 pmCalifornia Ballroom 1-4
The Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award fosters excellence in graduate student research throughout the California State University (CSU) system in biotechnology-related research. The award honors Professor Don Eden (San Francisco State University) who held his students, colleagues and himself to the highest standards of excellence in research. In 1998 Professor Eden received the CSUPERB Faculty Research Award and was a tireless participant in CSUPERB governance from that time until his death in 2000.

This year CSU faculty mentors nominated 23 biotechnology students for the Eden Award. The 2017 Eden Award selection committee named 7 finalists, based on submitted poster abstracts, written essays and their mentor’s letter of recommendation. On Friday January 6th Eden Finalists make private poster presentations to the award selection committee.

During this Saturday session, Eden Award Finalists give public 10-minute talks, followed by time for questions-and-answers (Q&A) from the audience. Eden Finalists are judged based on their overall ability to effectively communicate (in written and verbal presentations) why their project is scientifically interesting to a general audience, to clearly present their research methods, results and conclusions, to handle questions from the audience, to adhere to a time limit, and to prepare comprehensible slides and posters. This is a challenging competition! Because of the very general, multi-disciplinary audience at the symposium, these talks should NOT be the typical "expert" talks Finalists might give to their own research group or at a specific professional society conference.

Listen along with the selection committee with these points in mind, ask questions, learn some new things, and cheer on these highly accomplished and well-regarded biotechnology researchers. Congratulations to all 2017 Don Eden Award Nominees!

2017 Eden Finalists

Noopur Dave (CSU Fullerton; mentor – Veronica Jimenez Ortiz)
Maricruz De La Torre (CSU Dominguez Hills; mentor – Fang Wang)
Xiang Li (CSU Fresno; mentor – Qiao-Hong Chen)
Ayla Manughian-Peter (CSU Long Beach; mentor – Deborah Fraser)
Jennifer Rubio (Cal Poly Pomona; mentor – Jill Adler-Moore)
Jesse Smith (CSU Chico; mentor – David Stachura)
Mengxi Tian (San Diego University; mentor – Kathleen McGuire)

2017 Eden Award Selection Committee Chair & Session Moderator: Michael Cohen (Sonoma State University)
CSU I-Corps: Final Lessons Learned Presentations4:30 - 7:00 pmGrand Ballroom A-E
The final immersion weekend for the Fall 2016 CSU I-CorpsTM program is woven into the annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium schedule. CSU I-Corps teams will give final Lessons Learned presentations to external evaluation panels. The teams will present 2-minute videos describing their technology, give 10-minute talks, and answer questions from the evaluation panel. No questions from the audience are allowed in these sessions; however you can vote for “Crowd Favorite” from each session! So come and cheer on these intrepid, hard-working and truly innovative biotechnology researchers and entrepreneurs!

”For the final presentation each team created a …presentation to tell us where they started, what they learned, how they learned it, and where they’re going. This ‘Lessons Learned’ presentation is much different than a traditional demo day. It gives us a sense of the learning, velocity and trajectory of the teams, rather than a demo day showing us how smart they are at a single point in time.” – Steve Blank (national I-Corps Architect)

Evaluation panels may give special recognition to teams who demonstrate significant learning over the course of the fall and/or who identify a compelling entrepreneurial opportunity. Important evaluation criteria will include, but are not limited to:
• The Problem-Solution Fit
• Value Proposition (What competitive advantages does your biotechnology have over current solutions?)
• The Problem (What customer job/pain/gain are you trying to address?)
• The team’s understanding of the initial customer segment served
• The team’s understanding of market size and aspects of a multi-sided market (regulatory issues?), if applicable
• The team’s understanding of key partners needed (Which partners are important when?)
• The team’s plan for developing the product (What milestones do they need to hit in the next 3-6 months to move forward?)
• The team’s tenacity, enthusiasm and story-telling skills
• The team’s arc of learning, demonstrated by evidence-based evolution of their product/solution concept (based on customer, partner and/or expert interviews)
Plenary Session:
Closing Banquet

7:00 - 9:30 pm
California Ballroom 5-9
2017 Andreoli Biotechnology Faculty Service Award

Dr. Warren D. Smith, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, College of
Engineering & Computer Science, CSU Sacramento

Recognition of 2017 Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholars

CSU I-CorpsTM – Announcement of Special Recognition and Crowd Favorites

2017 Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Awards

David Hsu (Master’s degree candidate, Department of Biological Science, CSU Fullerton)

Aaron Miller (Master's degree candidate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, CSU Northridge)

2017 Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Student Research Award Presentation

2017 Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award Presentation


The annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium comes together based on many volunteer hours and work from faculty and administrators system-wide. However, we could not pull together an event like this without the financial support from companies and funding organizations.  In total sponsors made it possible to bring 290 posters and 447 student researchers to the event this year – the most ever! We especially thank our major sponsors, Gilead Sciences and the National Science Foundation.





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