Category: Student Profiles

PHOTO: CSULB Criminal Justice students in safety suits with BCIT instructors and Canadian Royal Mounted Police in Vancouver

Last summer in Vancouver, during their first day of class, CSULB students came upon a crime scene. It involved a helicopter crash, a white powder, a cell phone, body parts, and other grisly evidence.
The scenes were fake, but the news was real: eight students from the Criminal Justice department were on a Short-Term Study Abroad trip focused on Comparative Forensic Sciences. The scenario had been expertly staged for educational purposes by CSULB’s partner university, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), which provided students with hands-on experience in classifying evidence, documenting clues, preparing items for lab exams, and eventually, solving crimes.
In the following days, course lectures focused on subjects related to the crime scene, including forensic toxicology, fingerprinting, drug and firearm analysis, DNA testing, GPS data, and more. The group also visited six Canadian criminal justice agencies and universities to observe their practices. Each lecture helped students to eventually solve the crime in question at the end of their two-week trip.
“I strongly believe the comparative perspectives and experiences of forensic science will enhance our students in finding jobs, continuing graduate studies, and pursuing oversea careers,” said Zheng Wang, CSULB’s Comparative Forensic Sciences instructor.
The final day of class featured a mock trial, with students given roles of group leader, DNA expert, and witness. Students also provided forensic evidence in court against real Canadian attorneys.
“Being able to see, touch, and hear everything that goes on in the field instead of reading or hearing it during a lecture was such a valuable lesson for me,” said CSULB student Stephanie Tran. “This study abroad trip pushed me to be sure that this was what I wanted to do as my career for the rest of my life.”

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PHOTO (L-R): Sport Management student Caleb Kephart and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal

Caleb Kephart knew nothing about auto racing when he began his internship at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The CSULB graduate student, pursuing a Master of Arts in Kinesiology with an option in Sport Management, was excited to gain experience. Soon enough, his speed in learning was matched only by the cars zooming around the track.

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​For many international students, American classrooms can feel like a strange environment. Open group discussions and fast-paced critical thinking are often difficult when English is not a student’s first language.

That’s why the Master of Business Administration Prep (MBAP) program, run by the American Language Institute, is a crucial step for international students to polish their English skills and familiarize themselves with graduate business studies at CSULB.

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PHOTO: 2017 TEFL graduate Ailesh Johnston with students

One of the many successful and important initiatives of CSULB’s American Language Institute (ALI) is the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program, which wrapped up its 2017 cohort this summer and is already sending alumni abroad to implement what they’ve learned as professional teachers.

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AVEP Scholarship Event Pic 4_600.jpgPHOTO (L-R): AVEP student Kevin Loudon; Marie Fullerton, wife of NASA astronaut and U.S. Air Force Colonel Charles Gordon; AVEP Executive Director Dr. Khalil Dajani; AVEP student Nicole Panossian; U.S. Congressman Steve Knight; Antelope Valley College Dean of Math, Science and Engineering Dr. Les Uhazy

Two Antelope Valley Engineering Degree Completion students, Nicole Panossian and Kevin Loudon, recently received the William J. “Pete” Knight Excellence in Aerospace Scholarship.

Nicole Panossian is a junior mechanical engineering in CSULB’s Antelope Valley Engineering Degree Completion Program (AVEP).  Nicole matriculated into the program from Antelope Valley College in spring 2016 and plans to graduate with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering in December, 2018.

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In April, the Center for International Education (CIE) and the International Student Association (ISA) co-sponsored the 50th International Dinner Gala at The Pointe, the education and conference center on campus.  This year’s show was particularly special, as it marked the half-century milestone achieved by the ISA. 

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