Fresno State colleges display research by students

The College of Health and Human Services celebrated its annual research showcase at the University Dining Hall Tuesday night, where seven colleges at Fresno State and other programs showcased their research to attendees.

The event consisted of 31 research poster presentations with topics ranging from knowledge of Hepatitis B among Hmong college students to hydration practices among the Fresno State grounds crew.

The research projects are part of each presenter’s tenure process and also serve as a way for the community to get an idea of what each college is working on. Many presenters were happy to showcase their projects to the community because they had been working on them for a long time.

Taylor Munoz, a graduate student in the kinesiology department, partnered with Wade Gilbert to work on the Induction Program for newly hired coaches in Fresno Unified School District. The two said that the project was about a six-month process.

“A project like this can have a lot of positive implications for coaches and students in Fresno,” Munoz said, “If you educate coaches and prepare them better for their jobs you can create a better situation for athletes.”

Dean of the College of Health and Human Services Jody Hironaka-Juteau spoke to everyone in attendance at the beginning of the event, thanking the researchers for presenting their projects.

Hironaka-Juteau also thanked the college’s honor students who were presenting two projects at the event. She mentioned in her speech that some of the projects are still ongoing and that the event serves as an opportunity to show the community what the college has been doing so far.

“This is a fun open house event for the faculty to show off what they have been working on,” said Development Coordinator for the College of Health and Human Services Beth Wilkinson. “This event shows that we’re not just about teaching students, it shows that the faculty is working on projects that have a real effect in the community.”