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CSU-Pueblo hosts Graduate Research Symposium on April 18

Release Date: April 10, 2014

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

Press Release

PUEBLO – Nearly 50 graduate students from Colorado State University-Pueblo will showcase their research on April 18 as part of the second annual Graduate Research Symposium, the only event in southern Colorado showcasing graduate student work.  

This year’s keynote presentation  -- by City Council President Sandy Daff, Biology Professor Moussa Diawara, Associate Nursing Professor Ruth DePalma, and graduate student Sofy Shrestha   -- will highlight the benefits of the campus-community partnership for collaborative research into the potential for children’s exposure to lead found in topsoil around Pueblo.

Beginning at 10 a.m. in the Occhiato University Center, 46 graduate students from the Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Business, Education, Engineering, History, and Nursing departments will showcase their research in oral and poster presentations (details below).  Community members and CSU-Pueblo students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend all sessions free of charge.

Hosted by CSU-Pueblo’s Regional Access to Graduate Education (RAGE) program and the Graduate Studies Board, this year’s Symposium is sponsored by:

  • Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo – Gold Sponsor of the Keynote Presentation
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza – Gold Sponsor of the Community and Scholars Reception
  • Accolades Magazine – Silver Sponsor
  • Leroy Garcia, Candidate for Colorado State Senate District 3 – Silver Sponsor
  • Pepsico Foodservice – Bronze Sponsor
For more information, visit the Graduate Research Symposium website or contact the symposium coordinator, Roy Jo Sartin, at 549-2855 or

Complete Schedule and Participants follows:

10-10:45 a.m.
ORAL SESSION 1, OUC Blue Spruce (Sponsored by Silver Sponsor Accolades Magazine)
Lana Brumfield, Nursing, Pueblo 
Daryk Froman, Teacher Education, Pueblo

11 - 11:45 a.m. 
ORAL SESSION 2, OUC Blue Spruce (Sponsored by the Regional Access to Graduate Education Program and the Graduate Studies Board)

Christi Vergunst, Chemistry, Colorado Springs
Amanda Anaya, Chemistry, Pueblo

11- 11:45 a.m. 
ORAL SESSION 3, OUC Monarch (Sponsored by Silver Sponsor Leroy Garcia, Candidate for Colorado State Senate District 3)

Margaret Herdeck, History, Pueblo
Christopher Rivera, History, Pueblo

11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.
POSTER SESSION, concurrent with Community and Scholars Reception, OUC Ballroom (Sponsored by Gold Sponsor Little Caesar’s Pizza)


Sofy Shrestha, Biology, Nepal

Sudeep Shakya, Biochemistry, Nepal

Wei Cao, Chemistry, China

Lauren Bartolo, Chemistry, Pueblo

Harish Adhikesavan, India, Chalin Fernando, Sri Lanka, Engineering

Ann Toczek, Teacher Education, Cheyenne, WY

Kristy Kreider, Teacher Education, Pueblo

Jungok Becker, Teacher Education, Pueblo

Kathryn Brandon, Colorado Springs; Natalie Erb, Fountain; Jennifer Martin, Colorado Springs; and Deanna Minor, Colorado Springs; Nursing

Annabelle Florez, Pueblo West, Damian Gradisar, Pueblo West, and Cheri Cordova, Pueblo West, Nursing

Jeremy Brodhead, Boulder; Jennifer Milenski, Greeley; Sheryl Bacon, Centennial; Jenna Becker, Denver, & Jaime Cazar, Greeley, Nursing

Aileen Carlos, Pueblo; Helen Lewis, Canon City; Amanda Maes, Pueblo; Cassandra Standiford, Lakewood; Caswel Young, Gwynn Oak, Md.; Nursing

Ryan Morris, Pueblo; Nate Gasper, Pueblo West; Ashley Cox, Pueblo; Rob Jensen, Colorado Springs, Nursing

Jennifer Medina, Carla Flores, Pueblo; Lisa Person, Pueblo West; Diane Richardson, Colorado Springs; Nursing

Amber Gates, Colorado Springs; Keri Griffith, Colorado Springs; Linda Miller, Colorado Springs, Nursing

12:15 -12:45 p.m.
KEYNOTE: Campus-Community Collaboration in Action, OUC Ballroom (Sponsored by Gold Sponsor Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo)

Sandy Daff (Pueblo City Council President)
Dr. Moussa Diawara (Professor of Biology)
Ruth DePalma (Associate Professor of Nursing)
Sofy Shrestha, Nepal, (graduate student in Biology)

1:15- 2 p.m.
ORAL SESSION 4, Blue Spruce, OUC 2nd floor (Sponsored by Bronze Sponsor Pepsico Foodservice)

Napas Jeyashoke, Thailand, Boonyaluck Vongterapak, Thailand, Business
Becky Kirembu, Kenya, Business

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