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SURP Awards - 2006

Congratulations to the following students for receiving Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Fellowships in support of their faculty-mentored research projects and creative activities.

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Katty V. Afshar Biological Sciences Professor Arthur E. Weis Changes in Flowering Phenology After One Generation of Assortative Mating
Nour M. Al-Hashimi Political Science Professor Richard Matthew Iraqi Kurdistan: Female Genital Mutilation and why it Prevails
Laura R. Antonie Biological Sciences Professor Lynn Carpenter Do Pioneer Trees Help Restore Valuable Hardwoods to Poor Farmland in the Tropics?
Jacob A. Arnold Physics, Mathematics Professor Elizabeth J. Barton Analysis of Star formation Bursts in Closely Interacting Galaxy Pairs
Kimberly S. Balazs Biological Sciences Professor Oladele A. Ogunseitan The Fate of Anthropogenic Caffeine in Ocean Water and Freshwater: Implications for Cnidarian Bleaching and Wastewater Treatment
Kristin Beardsley Biological Sciences Professor Haoping Liu Inhibiting the Protein Cph1 Makes Candida albicans Less Pathogenic
Rachel M. Bell Dance, Literary Journalism (Currently Declaring Spring 06) Professor Robert W. Boross Contemporary Jazz Dance Across Europe: An Investigation of Historical and Geographical Influence
Shaheena R. Bielman Biological Sciences Professor Elysia P. Davis The Effects of Betamethasone on Infant Cortisol Response at Six Months of Age
Rita A. Blaik Materials Science Engineering Professor Farghalli A. Mohamed Investigation of the Microstructure after Creep Deformation of Metals at Very Low Stresses
Lauren H. Bloom Women's Studies Professor Inderpal Grewal A project to examine the effects of the 1998 Violence Against Women Act. In particular, the Grants to Reduce Violence Against Women on College Campuses
Daniel R. Blyskal Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Minor Professor Ayman Mosallam Experimental And Analytical Investigations On The Viscoelastic Behavior Of Advanced Composite Materials
Meghan M. Brown Drama Professor Donald Hill London vs. Irvine: Artistic Identity, Theatre, and Culture
Cynthia Bui Biological Sciences, Chemistry Professor Sheryl Tsai Towards Structural Work on a Promiscuous Glycosyltransferase: X-ray Crystallography of DesVII
Lauren M. Burgeno Chemistry Professor Daniele Piomelli Determination of the Role of Endocannabinoid Signaling in the Anxiety Induced by Social Isolation
Lisa C. Butler Physics Professor Roger D. McWilliams Tissue Discrimination via Laser Induced Flourescence
Nicholas A. Castello Biological Sciences Professor Carl W. Cotman Effect of Exercise on Patterns of BDNF Protein Induction and Cognitive Function
Kelvin H. Cheung Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Professor Farghalli A. Mohamed Cavitation and Low Temperature Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Ni
Andrew W. Choung Biomedical Engineering Professor Vasan Venugopalan Impact of Compartmentalization and Location of Biological Absorbers on Optical Properties
Andrew Correa Information & Computer Science Professor William M. Tomlinson The EcoRaft Project - Creating Multiple Exhibits Using Flash
Bonnie A. Crotzer Dance, Italian Studies Professor Jennifer Fisher Perspectives on Contemporary and Traditional Dance in Italy and Austria
Belinda Dao Biological Sciences Professor Brian J. Wong Effect of Cigarette Smoke Condensate on Fibroblast Cell Viability and Induced Apoptosis in Organotypic Skin Models
Valerie D. Dao Political Science, Sociology Professor Mark P. Petracca The Rehnquist Court: Democratic Implications of a Counter-Majoritarian Institution
Judy De La O Political Science Professor Caesar D. Sereseres The California Community College System: Patterns in Latino Transfer Rates to the University of California
Leah L. Dickenson Psychology & Social Behavior, Psychology (Cognitive Science) Professor Sally S. Dickerson Effects of Socially Evaluative Audience Size on Physiological and Psychological Stress Reactivity
Linh N. Dinh Materials Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering Professor Farghalli A. Mohamed Work Hardening and Low Temperature Deformation of Nanocrystalline Ni
Joyce E. Dong Classical Civilization Professor M. Cristina Kenney,
Professor Saurabh Luthra
Investigation of Caspase Pathways Activation in Human Microvascular Endothelial Cells After Treatment with 7-Keto-Cholesterol
Erick Russell Elchico Biomedical Engineering Professor Ralph V. Clayman,
Professor Leslie A. Deane
Comparative Study of Lymphatic Seal Strength Between Ligasure V, Gyrus Trissector, Harmonic Scalpel and EnSeal in Porcine Thoracic Duct
Jeffrey S. Felgner Biological Sciences Professor Mahtab Jafari Screening Potential Antiaging Drugs in Drosophila Using DNA Microarrays
Owen P. Finch Electrical Engineering Professor Henry P. Lee Acousto-Optic Spectrometer Automation
Ann K. Fischer Dance, Political Science Major Professor Israel Gabriel Exploration of the Development and Modernization of Dance in Austria's Famous Mozart Festival: Salzburg International Ballet Summer Intensive
Christopher M. Frantz Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Materials Science and Engineering Professor Derek Dunn-Rankin Implementing and Testing the Efficiency of Hydrogen as a Fuel Source in a Miniature RC Engine.
Mohamed S. Galal Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering Professor Tadashi Nakano,
Professor Tatsuya Suda
Molecular Communication: Modeling and Simulations
Lakshmi L. Ganesan Biological Sciences Professor Naomi S. Morrissette Oryzalin Resistance in Toxoplasma gondii: The Effects of Single and Double Point Mutations to Parasite alpha I -tubulin
Evan M. Gorski Mechanical Engineering, Minor: Material Science Professor Derek Dunn-Rankin Effect of Pre-Combustion Water Injection on Modern Combustion Engines
Sean D. Graham History Professor Vicki L. Ruiz The Industrial Workers of the World: The Dynamics of an Anti-Political Ideology
Phillip S. Haralson Electrical Engineering Professor Philip Collins Automating the Interface with Nano-Electronics
Nicholas J. Hendricks Dance Professor Lisa Naugle Modern Dance Technique and Its History
Ismael D. Herrera Chicano/Latino Studies, Sociology Professor Gilbert G. Gonzalez The Inability of Rural Public High Schools to Prepare Students for Higher Education: A Case Study of Firebaugh High School
Jon B. Heston Biological Sciences, Anthropology Professor James D. Belluzzi The Role of Serotonin 5-HT2A Receptors in Nicotine Self-administration in the Rat
Vivi C. Hoang Criminology, Law & Society, English Professor James D. Vigil Hurry Up and Buy
Sally Hosn Political Science, Economics Professor Lina Kreidie The Lebanese Opposition Movement
David W. Hubin Computer Science Professor Natasa Przulj Multi-Metric Classification of Biological Networks
Evan G. Johnson Biological Sciences, Chemistry Professor Zhibin Guan Biomimetic Modular Polymers for Advanced Biomaterials
Marlen Kanagui Psychology, Sociology Professor Jeanett Castellanos The Validity of the Beck Depression Inventory, The Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale, and the Self-report Depression Scale for Latina/OS
Ravdeep Kaur Biological Sciences Professor Sheryl Tsai p53R2 Structure and Function
Jennifer R. Kenz Biological Sciences Professor Grant R. MacGregor Investigating How FNDC3A Functions in Mammalian Reproduction by Analysis of FNDC3A-interacting Proteins
Rola Khedraki Biological Sciences Professor Fan-Gang Zeng Effect of Companding Borne Temporal Changes on Consonant Perception
Behnood Khodayari Biological Sciences Professor Mahtab Jafari Evaluating Metabolic Rate as a Rule of Investigation for Anti-Aging Pharmacology
Gary Kim Biological Sciences Professor Aimee L. Edinger Role of Nedd4 in Growth Factor Withdrawal-induced Cell Death
Kyle L. Kimmel Chemistry Professor Keith A. Woerpel Studies Toward a Kinetic Resolution Utilizing an Asymmetric [3+2] Annulation of A-Siloxy Allylsilanes
Allison N. Knight Dance, Drama Professor Myrona L. Delaney European Music and American Musical Theater: Bridging the Past and Present
Calvin Kong Biological Sciences Professor Gregory A. Weiss Bordetella Phage Mutagenesis as a Model System for Understanding HIV Drug Resistance
Mukul Kumar History Professor Vinayak Chaturvedi Nationalism, Modernity and Public Space in Post-Colonial Delhi: A Social History of the 1962 Master Plan
Ryan A. Langan Biomedical Engineering Professor William C. Tang,
Professor James Fallon
Designing and Constructing a Pneumatic Artificial Muscle Actuator for an Improved Upper Limb Prosthesis
Brett M. Ledeker Materials Science Engineering Professor Vasan Venugopalan Development of a Novel Monte Carlo Program to Simulate Light Propagation in Biological Tissues
Kevin Li History Professor Charles Wheeler Hegemony, Subversion, and Counter-Subversion: The Construction and Transformation of Ho Chi Minh as a Historical Figure in Vietnam
David B. Lim Biological Sciences Professor Michael Rose Project Cryofly: Selection for Improved Cryopreservation of Drosophila
Hannah S. Lim History, International Studies Professor Eugene Y. Park The Virtues and Dangers of Korean Women in Politics: A Comparative Study of Lady Hyegyong and Pak Kun-hye
Dana D. Ling Biological Sciences Professor Frances M. Leslie Dopaminergic Changes as a Mechanism for Nicotine as a
Victor A. Lopez Mathematics Professor Nathan D. Wong Prevalence, Treatment, Control, and Preventable Coronary Heart Disease Events in U.S. Adults with Hypertension NHANES 2001-2002 and 2003-2004
Trinh M. Luu Comparative Literature, Asian American Studies Professor Charles Wheeler Exploring Vietnamese-Cuban Diplomatic Relations and Their Reciprocal Representations in Literature and Visual Images
Paul S. Mac Alpine Information & Computer Science Professor William M. Tomlinson EcoRaft Flash Port Project
Angelika W. Maciol Biological Sciences Professor Melanie Cocco Characterization of Nogo Receptor Protein Binding Sites and the Role of Glycosylation in the Receptor-Ligand Interactions
Katherine J. Mackenzie Chemistry, Biology Professor Athan J. Shaka The Development of an Alternative Synthesis of Trichloroacetyl Isocyanate
Carlos Maldonado Psychology & Social Behavior, Criminology, Law, and Society Professor Susan T. Charles Emotional Expressiveness: A Multi-Ethnic Study
Colin J. Mann Physics Professor Philip Collins Identifying the Detection Mechanism in Carbon Nanotube Field Effect Transistor Chemical Sensors
Renee N. Manorat Political Science Professor Mark P. Petracca Asian American Women in Politics
Nathaniel S. Marrocco Information & Computer Science Professor Magda El Zarki Wireless Personal Area Network Coordination Framework
Erin M. Milner Environmental Analysis & Design Professor Rufus Edwards The Impact of VOCs From Improved Biomass Cook Stoves in Michoácan, Mexico
Adam A. Moheban Biological Sciences Professor Shahram Lotfipour A Needs Assessment Questionnaire of Driving Fitness in Older Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department
Roger S. Moon Biological Sciences Professor Edward K. Wong The KCS Project
Ashley S. Murray Dance Professor Loretta Livingston Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Intensive
Kevin D. Musser Biological Sciences Professor Arthur E. Weis Changes in Flowering Phenology After One Generation of Assortative Mating
Mahva Naghipor Biological Sciences Professor Daniele Piomelli,
Professor Jin Fu
Effects on OEA in FAAH Gene Deficient Mice
Linda N. Nguyen Biomedical Engineering Professor Kenneth J. Shea Synthesis of Poly(trimethylsilylmethylidene)
Kim N. Nguyen Biomedical Engineering Professor Larry E. Vickery Determination of the Allosteric Interaction Between HscA N-terminal Nucleotide-binding Domain and C-terminal Substrate-binding Domain
Thang X. Nguyen Chemistry Professor Fillmore Freeman Cycloadditions, Insertion Reactions, and Rearrangements of Sulfinyl Carbenes: A Theoretical Study
Emily T. Nguyen Biological Sciences Professor Hartmut Luecke Crystallization of Alpha-11 Giardin and Determination of the Protein Structure for Further Understanding of the Cytoskeleton of Giardia lamblia and Drug Discovery for Giardiasis
Diana T. Nguyen Biological Sciences Professor Edwin S. Monuki Bmp and Fgf Interaction in Choroid Plexus Development
Christina L. Nizar Sociology, Political Science Professor Judy Stepan-Norris Are Population Ecology Models Truly Representing Organizations? A look at the Labor Movement.
Jenny Q. Ouyang Biological Sciences, French Professor Nancy T. Burley Sex Differences in Begging Calls of Young Zebra Finches
Jen-Hao Pan Biomedical Engineering Professor Abraham P. Lee Real Time Monitoring of RNAi Assays
Sarah C. Pauly Political Science, Anthropology Professor Caesar D. Sereseres Effects of the Evolving Insurgency on Iraqi Democratization
Yekaterina S. Pavlova Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering Professor John Lowengrub Turing Instability on Irregular Domains.
Charlotte A. Perebinossoff Dance Professor Jennifer Fisher Artistic Collaboration in Dance: Past, Present, and Future
Raul Perez Sociology Professor William M. Maurer Research on Intentional Communities: Past and Present
Amie H. Pham Not On This List, Applied Ecology Professor Betty H. Olson Producing Biohydrogen via the Anaerobic Digestion Process: Is It Feasible?
Van Q. Pham Biological Sciences Professor Rainer K. Brachmann DNA Binding Specificity of the Transcription Factor p63
Trang K. Pham Developmental & Cell Biology Professor Rainer K. Brachmann A Functional Yeast Assay for Determining DNA Binding Specificity of Beta-catenin-LEF/TCF Complexes
Long N. Phan Chemistry Professor James S. Nowick Study of the Unnatural Amino Acid Hao
Quyen T. Phung Chemistry Professor Fillmore Freeman A Theoretical Study of the Relative Energies of Conformers and the Conformational Interconversion of Cyclic Organic Polyoxides
Jason M. Rogers Biological Sciences Professor Sanjay Dhar,
Professor Gregory Evans
Tissue Engineering Scaffolds for Nerve Regeneration Manufactured by Ink-jet Technology
Vanessa M. Scarfone Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Professor David A. Fruman KLF4 Blocks Pre-B Cell Transformation
Sahar Semnani Biological Sciences Professor Mahtab Jafari Curcumin as an Anti-aging Botanical
Anju Sharma Computer Science Professor William M. Tomlinson EcoRaft Project - Creating Multiple Exhibits Using Flash
Allison I. Shim Psychology Professor Bruce G. Berg,
Professor Ramesh Srinivasan
EEG Recordings Using Amplitude Modulated Tone, Noise, and Speech for Temporal Modulation Transfer Functions
Ahad A. Shiraz Biological Sciences Professor Christine Gall,
Professor Ching-Yi Lin
Study the Effects of Global Ischemic Insult on Calpain-mediated Spectrin Breakdown
Christopher M. Shymansky Chemical Engineering, Chemistry Professor Rachel W. Martin Expression and Comparison of Human Wildtype and Mutant ?D-crystallin
Allyson K. Sia Chemistry Professor Alan F. Heyduk Fundamental Chemistry of Solar Energy Conversion: Small Molecule Activation at Ni, Pd, and Pt Metal Complexes.
Kevin M. Smith Anthropology Professor William M. Maurer Research in Intentional Communities: Past and Present
Charles M. Smythe Physics, Drama Professor Elizabeth J. Barton Baby Galaxies: How to Find Them
Diego Solares International Studies Professor Leo R. Chávez,
Professor Oladele A. Ogunseitan
Social and Economic Inequality and its Perpetuation of Stigma of Leprosy in Brazil as the Primary Contributions to Brazil’s Repeated Failure to Meet Goals of Elimination
Kulginder S. Sran Biological Sciences Professor Petra Wilder-Smith Three Dimensional Optical Coherence Tomography and Optical Doppler Tomography For The Non-Invasive In Vivo Diagnosis Of Oral Malignancy
Heather B. Stalker Genetics Professor Kyoko Yokomori The Role of Condensin II in DNA Repair
Jeannine Stepanian Political Science, Anthropology Professor Shawn Rosenberg Political Socialization of Immigrants
Brian H. Tavakoli Biological Sciences Professor Mahtab Jafari Drosophila Melanogaster, A Model System for High-Throughput Screening of Drug-Induced Central Nervous System Changes
Matthew Teeter Information & Computer Science Professor Chris Dobrian Developing an Open Software System for Wireless Remote Control of Musical Instruments
Michael A. Thompson Chemistry Professor Reginald M. Penner Fabrication of Single Nanowire Devices by Lithographic Electrochemical Step Edge Decoration
Heath C. Timmons Chemistry Professor Scott D. Rychnovsky Synthesis and Study of a Substituted Phenyl Thioether Library Toward the Improvement of Tertiary Organolithium Synthetic Methods
Megan J. Trotter Psychology, Sociology Professor Johanna Shapiro Creative Identity Formation in Kenyan Orphans
Taylor A. Ullery Dance Professor Donald McKayle Dance in Malawi: An Exploration of Teaching, Choreography, and Performance in Kogoya Village
Enny Van Political Science, Women's Studies (minor) Professor Mark P. Petracca The Branding of Women: An Investigatory Study of Regional Image Demands on Campaigning and Political Advertisements within the Context of Female Candidateship
Anita P. Vora Biological Sciences, Philosophy Professor Thorsten Ritz Magnetic Field Effects on Phenotypes in Arabidopsis Thaliana
Constance S. Wang Comparative Literature, East Asian Language and Literature Professor Jane O. Newman Periods of Transition: Literature as a Possible Mode of Political Intervention in Meiji Japan
Shatina D. Williams Sociology, Psychology and Social Behavior Professor Jared Sexton The Influence of Skin Tone and Color Consciousness on the Perception of Life Opportunities for African Americans
Ryan S. Winkleman Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Professor Katharine N. Suding Understanding the Effects of Nitrogen Deposition on Plant-soil Feedbacks in the Alpine Tundra
Tim Wong Biological Sciences Professor Olivier Civelli Effect of MCH antagonist, TPI 1361-17 on diet induced obesity (DIO)
Emily Wong Biological Sciences Professor Sheryl Tsai Structural Enzymology of Lovastatin Polyketides: Towards the Development of New Cholesterol Lowering Drugs
Justin K. Wong Biological Sciences Professor Sheryl Tsai Structural Analysis of ACP-TE: The Search for Inhibitors of the Aflatoxin Biological Pathway
Alison N. Wu Biomedical Engineering Professor Kavita Arora Role of the Maverick Gene in Drosophila Development
Gowa P. Wu Psychology Professor Barbara Sarnecka Early Concepts of Specific and Unique Numbers
Richard T. Yi Biomedical Engineering Professor Zoran Nenadic Error Rate Reduction in Brain Computer Interfaces Using Information-Theoretic Features
Yali Yu Neurobiology Professor Frances Leslie The Role of Monoamine Oxidase Inhibition in Tobacco Addiction
Allison J. Zemek Biomedical Engineering Professor Brian J. Wong Evaluation of Time-dependent Elastic Modulus, Mechanical Properties and Temperature Distribution Profiles of Porcine Septal Cartilage Following Laser Irradiation with Nd:YAG laser and RF Generator

Number of Proposals Submitted = 150
Number of Fellowships Awarded = 115
Number of Honorary Fellowships = 9

Total Funds Requested = $431,750
Total Funds Awarded = $234,950

For more information, please contact:

Said M. Shokair, Director
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
Student Services II, Suite 2300
Phone: 824-4189 e-mail:

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