Fresno State's inaugural Research Week is fast approaching, and we're excited to have you to join in the festivities. From April 17-21, we'll be turning the spotlight on a wide range of research-related events across campus, including the 44th Annual Central California Research Symposium. After being limited to primarily virtual events for the past few years, we're pleased to have a mix of virtual and in-person presentations during Research Week. We hope you can join us!


Hector Tapia III kicks off the week with his presentation, “Lust in Translation: Rethinking Why the Hyena Laughs in Aelian, Aesop, Aristotle, and Others.” A full-time lecturer for the Department of English, Hector's research seeks to complicate anthropocentric readings by addressing and examining how the hyena exceeds all linguistic signs. Fresno State Library (Room 2134) from 11-11:45 a.m.

"How to Get Involved in Research on Campus" workshop: Library 2206 from 1-2 p.m. Join professors Joel Slade (Biology) and Carmen Licon (Food Science and Nutrition), along with several of their students, as they discuss the various research opportunities available on campus and what to expect once you become involved. 


Learn more about Pivot-RP and ORCID at this virtual workshop from 9-10 a.m. Pivot is a searchable database of external opportunities featuring approximately $50 billion of available funding from federal, non-federal, and international sponsors. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher.


The 44th Annual Virtual Central California Research Symposium will be held at the Fresno State Library from 8 a.m - 1:30 p.m., featuring presentations in the following formats: 12-minute oral presentation, poster presentation or 3-Minute Thesis oral presentation. The event showcases the diverse range of impressive research projects and provides opportunities for students to share their research and develop presentation skills.


Graduate Student Poster Presentation: Don't miss this excellent opportunity to learn about the wealth of research being done by our graduate students as they highlight their dedication and accomplishments in their respective fields. From 10-11 a.m. in the GSSC, located in the Library on the 2nd floor (Room 2119).

"Getting Started in Grants" workshop: Thomas Administration 117 (Conference Room), 2-3 p.m. Join grants and research administrators Maral Kismetian, Judy Gagnebin and Gayle Sherwood as they provide an overview of the grant proposal cycle, including funding sources, budget development, research compliance, grant writing, and more.


Jordan Agricultural Research Center: Research Showcase. Come see what's happening inside the JARC from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Students, staff and faculty will be displaying their research. Learn about what goes on in JARC, and connect with researchers and see how JARC can be a resource to you. RSVP: [email protected].

Framing Friday at the Graduate Student Success Center: Come hear from graduate students Katharina Dreher (Criminology) and Nicholas McKenna (History) as they present their research from 2-3:30 p.m. in the GSSC, located in the Library on the 2nd floor (Room 2119).

>>  Complete Research Week schedule 


  • Karine Gousset (Biology) received third-year NIH funding ($256,680) for her project, "Deciphering the molecular mechanisms of TNT formation and function using a multi-omic approach."

  • Qun (Kristy) Sun (VERC) received ARI System funding ($26,500; Year 1 of 3) for her project, “Campus Investigating the impact of biofungicides on wine grape disease control and wine quality.”

  • John Green (LCOE) received a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for his project, "Expanding Summer Youth Programs in Rail through Virtual Learning and a National Campus Network.”

  • Ofelia Gamez (CAMP) received a $13,000 grant from the USDE (via Fresno County Superintendent of Schools) for Fresno County Migrant College Events - Spring 2023.

  • Emma Hughes (Criminology) received a $49,459 grant from the California Wellness Foundation (via CSU Fullerton) for her project, "Educating Our Youth."
>> View more recent awards 


Limited Submission: USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture is seeking proposals for its Equipment Grant Program. Fresno State can submit a maximum of two applications. If interested, please submit your summary by April 7.

>> Intent to Apply form


Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Fresno State at the 37th Annual CSU Student Research Competition, hosted by San Diego State University on April 28-29:

  • Nadia Lopez (Faculty mentor: Martha Vungkhanching)
  • Jose Maldonado (Selena Van Horn)
  • Jacqueline Machado (Jenna Kieckhaefer)
  • Zachary Padilla (Joel Slade)
  • John Gutierrez (Masaki Uchida)
  • Esveidy Oceguera Nava (Qiao-Hong Chen)
  • Keyara Piri (Qiao-Hong Chen)
  • Hayley Kumagai (The Nguyen)
  • Jasmin Banderas (Mariya Yukhymenko)
>> More info: CSU Student Research Competition


  • Ahran Koo (Art, Design, and Art History) was selected as the recipient of 2022 National Art Education Association Women's Caucus Mary J. Rouse Award, given to an early professional who has evidenced potential to make significant contributions in the art education profession.

  • Faculty spotlight on John Pryor (Anthropology): “I love teaching our diverse students. They bring so much to our classes.”

  • Faculty spotlight on Felipe Mercado (Social Work): “My passion is to promote the development of a culturally, linguistically, and healing-responsive mental health system that transcends national borders.”

>> Office of IDEAS: Faculty Stories


The Claude C. Laval III Award for Commercialization of Research, Innovation and Creativity supports Fresno State students and faculty whose scholarly activities are focused on commercialization of intellectual property, innovation and creativity. The award is not intended to support basic research or the early stages of innovative idea generation. Applications are invited from full-time faculty and students at Fresno State who have an interest in pursuing the next steps towards technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Apply via InfoReady by May 1.

>> Fresno State's InfoReady Portal


  • Kalyani Maitra (Chemistry and Biochemistry), along with her undergraduate biology research student Naomi Garcia (pictured), received a SoCalGas STEM-NET Student Research Fellowship Award (only one awardee was selected per CSU campus). Naomi will be presenting her research at Virtual Café on Thursday, April 27, at noon. Register online for the virtual event.

  • San José State will host a virtual webinar about the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on Fri., April 7, from 10:30-Noon. Topics include opportunities for research, as well as tips and suggestions for submitting competitive NEA proposals. Register online.

  • CSU NSF CAREER Seminar Series: This seminar series provides both general and individualized information to strengthen your proposal before submission. Register online. Live Webcasts: Fri., April 14 and Thurs., May 11.
>> Fresno State: Upcoming Events


  • Eduardo González was appointed executive director of the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State. González has been with the office for 11 years, most recently serving as interim executive director.

  • Anil Shrestha (Plant Science) was quoted about his campus research with students and industry partners tied to herbicide-resistant weeds.

  • Laura Ramos (California Water Institute) was quoted in the Sun-Gazette about the education sessions she taught at the World Ag Expo.
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The Arts and Humanities Showcase (April 13-15) offers a unique opportunity, through various performances, exhibits, lectures and workshops, to immerse yourself in the creativity and cultural diversity of Fresno State’s talented students. Among the many highlights: Arts in Motion, the Graphic Design Exhibition Reception, and the Barking Bulldogs Speech and Debate Showcase.

>> College of Arts and Humanities Blog


Fresno State now has an institutional account with the Grants Resource Center (GRC), which provides grant funding opportunity search tools and general information on agencies and funding trends. Be sure to check out the Funded Proposal Library and other resources. Please email [email protected] for username and password; open to all Fresno State faculty/staff/students.

>> Internal Proposal Deadline Policy

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Please don't hesitate to contact the grants administrator for your college/unit as you explore potential funding opportunities. Also, be sure to share with us important news or updates on your research, scholarly, or creative activities. Include NEWSLETTER in the subject line and send details to [email protected].

This newsletter is compiled and published by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Part of the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, RSP helps faculty and staff apply for and secure external grant funds.

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