Five SF State students take top prizes at CSU Student Research Competition
San Francisco State University students put on a strong showing at the 33rd annual California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition held recently at Cal State Fullerton: Three of the 10 in the competition came in first place in their category, putting San Francisco State in a four-way tie for first-place winners among all CSUs, and two more placed second.
Julia Moon, who is pursuing a master’s degree in psychology, led the graduate behavioral and social sciences division. Her research examined whether the way adolescents perceive time could influence anxiety. Moon used data collected by her mentor, Associate Professor of Psychology Zena Mello, from a previous study of hundreds of adolescent students. Participants who saw their past as more important than their present and future were more likely to have anxiety than those who didn’t, Moon found — and those who felt negatively about their past, present and future also had more anxiety than those with a more positive outlook.