Success Stories at SF State

Photo of students and Professor Oscar Guerra shooting video in an operating room

Professor Guerra wins national awards for UCSF, SF Giants videos »

The Broadcast Education Association honors collaborative project between BECA faculty members, alumnus Paul Hodges III and students.    



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SFSU Alumna Marilyn French-Speller with Meals on Wheels client, Jimmy Davis

New SF State research shows that the Meals on Wheels program improves seniors' health and reduces their risk of return hospitalization.



A group of about thirty faculty members smile at the camera, seated and standing, with two trees and a yellow building in the background

Biology faculty at SF State spent three years getting smarter about the way they teach. Then, they published a study about the project so other universities can follow in their footsteps.



Several people on a white boat look at a yellow buoy floating in the water, with a bridge in the background.

A new buoy launched in collaboration with UC Davis and other organizations represents the first effort to monitor ocean acidity and carbon dioxide in the waters of the Bay.



Leticia Márquez-Magaña, dressed in red, stands in front of a whiteboard with writing on it

Balancing science and personal stories, representatives of SF Build are working to spread techniques for creating more inclusive classrooms through a series of faculty training workshops.




“In highly rejecting families, LGBT young people as young adults are more than eight times as likely to have attempted suicide, six times as likely to report depression, more than three times as likely to use illegal drugs.”

— Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan, WHYY




String musicians play their instruments as students watch in a music studio.

A new course in video game scoring and sound design is part of a push to expand academic and professional opportunities for students in the School of Music.


Student Success

Jen Cross stands in front of the SF State Library

SF State MFA student Jen Cross recently published a book to help sexual trauma survivors heal through writing.



A book of postage stamps featuring various bioluminescent organisms in blue, green and red on a black background

For the first time, a U.S. Postal Service stamp features a mushroom — one discovered by Professor of Biology Dennis Desjardin and his colleagues in Brazil.



Professor stands in front of a bookcase

SF State professor of humanities takes a modern look at the topic of animal suicide and pushes for a revised definition of what constitutes suicide.


Student Success

BECA film students visiting Mexico

SF State Broadcast and Electronic Arts (BECA) students traveled to Mexico to make films about issues of accessibility and public transportation.



Professor Charmayne Hughes (gesturing) and project leader Tatiana Mariscal discuss the mPOWERED app with NeuroTech Lab students.

A new app designed by SF State's NeuroTech Lab will help emergency room doctors and other health care providers better evaluate and treat victims of intimate partner violence.

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