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SURP Awards - 2008

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

Vana Abedi Biomedical Engineering Professor Zhongping Chen Develop an Ultrahigh Speed, High Resolution 3-D Fourier Domain OCT (FDOCT) System
Lakeshia Adeniyi Criminology, Law & Society, Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Sara Wakefield The Affects of the Adoption and Safe Families Act on Incarcerated Mothers
Onyemaechi N. Ahanotu Chemical Engineering Professor Keith A. Woerpel Investigation of Diffusion Control Situations of Nucleophilic Substitution to Tetrahydropyran
Luis Alberto Anthropology, Chicano/Latino Studies Professor Caesar D. Sereseres Post 9/11 Views on Immigration: How Immigrants are Portrayed Through Images and Language in the Media Post- 9/11
Salar Aliassar Civil Engineering Professor Ayman S. Mosallam Upgrade of Wood Members Using Advanced Polymer Composites
Tania S. Asef Biological Sciences Professor Lynn Carpenter If Pines Primarily Associate with ECM, Can their Introduction to Angiosperm-AMF Ecosystems Negatively Impact AMF Populations?
Ogen J. Aslanian Biological Sciences Professor Elysia Davis The Effects of Maternal Sensitivity on the Development of Behavioral Inhibition in Two-Year-Old Children
Marya Bangee Sociology, English Professor Shawn Rosenberg Muslim Women in America: The Formation of Identity
Clifton Barnhart International Studies, Chinese Professor Kenneth Pomeranz Mao & Washington: Revolutionaries and National Patriarchs
Rachel M. Bell Dance Professor Molly Lynch Dance USA: Arts Advocacy and Organizational Structure
Timothy J. Bohr Aerospace Engineering Professor Rainer Doemer Research and Development of a Flexible Converter for Digital Video Processing
Max E. Broad Social Ecology Professor David Feldman A Comparison of the ICLEI and RISA Organizations in the Efficacy of Influencing Local Government Response to Climate Change
Patrick E. Burns Drama Professor Dennis Castellano Summer at the Music Circus
Kevin A. Camaclang Biological Sciences Professor Carl W. Cotman Explaining the “Dumb Jock” Mouse: Neurogenesis, Survival, and Incorporation in Mice Selectively Bred for High Running Behavior
Marinelle L. Camilon Biological Sciences Professor Gregory R. Adams The Effects of Systemic IL-6 on Growth and Development
Jay L. Carlon Dance Professor Loretta Livingston An Exploration of Various Dance Forms, Techniques, Atmospheres, and Environments in California
Abhishek Chadha Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Professor Christine M. Gall Long-Term Postsynaptic Phosphorylation of CaMKII after Theta-Burst Stimulation
Allen Chau Earth & Environmental Sciences Professor Diego Rosso Analysis of Carbon and Energy Footprints for Wastewater Biosolids Disposal Options
David Y. Cheng Biological Sciences Professor John H. Weiss Zn2+ Induced Changes in and Interaction with Dysfunctional Mitochondria Related Apoptotic Cell Death
Lori Chiu Political Science Professor Mark Petracca Federal Phenomenon: A Comparison of Historical and Present Rhetoric Used in Justifications for Federal Government Bailout in Times of Economic Crises
Bryan T. Chow Biological Sciences Professor David Camerini Expression and Purification of Novel Human β-Defensins and the Characterization of their Anti-HIV 1 and Antimicrobial Activity
Lawton Chung Biological Sciences Professor Naomi Morrissette Structural Analysis of Tetrahymena thermophila Tubulin
Ymkje A. de Vries Biological Sciences Professor Susana Cohen-Cory The Role of Aβ Aggregation in Synapse Loss
Gabriel Dilanji Physics Professor Thorsten Ritz Investigation of a Possible Link Between Photochemical Magnetotaxis and Geotaxis in Fruit Flies, Drosophila melanogaster
Xiao Ding Economics Professor Hong-kai Zhao Estimation of Energy Index Regression Model and Performance Forecasting
Ai-Quyen T. Duong Biological Sciences Professor Mahtab Jafari,
Professor Sam Schriner
The Effect of Rhodiola rosea on SIRT Activity
Matthew M. Erro Biological Sciences Professor Michael R. Rose Relationship Between Development Time and Hsp26 Expression in Drosophila melanogaster
Jamie A. Evora Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot Botvinick U-Fluid Flow Induction of Endothelial NO Production
Cristina Flores Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Jeanett Castellanos Latina/o Educational Micro-Success: A Picture Story
Kimberly H. Fok Biological Sciences Professor Tallie Z. Baram Characterization of Stress-Induced Expression of Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone (CRH) in the Postnatal Rat Limbic System
Ashley H. Fong Biological Sciences Professor Leslie F. Lock Effects of Growth Factors on Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell Proliferation
Laura J. Fredrickson Mathematics, Philosophy Professor Vladimir A. Mandelshtam Using Pseudoclassical Potentials to Study Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Quantum Liquids
Raymond Fung Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering Professor William C. Tang Strain Sensitive Array for the Study of Muscle Surface Mechanics
Sarah M. Gahng Biological Sciences Professor Alan G. Barbour Borrelia hermsii and Borrelia burgdorferi Responses to UV Irradiation
Sahil S. Gandhi Electrical Engineering Professor Phil Collins Laminated Active Layer Organic Photovoltaic Devices
James C. Garritson Music Professor Kei Akagi,
Professor Gerald Pinter
Thelonious Monk: Contributions of a Jazz Innovator
Paul R. Gebhart Physics Professor Asantha Cooray Prediction of the Cosmological 21 cm Signal Through Simulation
Michael T. Ghijsen Physics Professor Gultekin Gulsen The Effect of Pressure Differentials in Diffuse Optical Tomography (DOT)
Andrew C. Gibas Physics Professor Michael Dennin Investigation of Foam Flow Through the Analysis of Bubble Raft Characteristics Between a Fixed and Oscillating Barrier in a Trough
Benjamin O. Gillig Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Ilona S. Yim Emotion, Physiology, Gender and Memory: How Do They Interact, and with what Effects?
Karun Gogna Developmental & Cell Biology Professor Douglas J. Tobias Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Voltage-Sensing Domain in KvAP and Energetic Analysis of Ion Movement through the Omega Pore
Xiangshu Hai Social Ecology Professor William Zeller Student-Faculty Relations: Perceptions of Informal Student-Faculty Relationship at the University of California, Irvine
Martyn T. Haynes Chemistry Professor Keith A. Woerpel Development of a Catalytic Kinetic Resolution of Silyl Protected Hydroperoxides with Enantiopure Phosphines/Phosphine Oxides
Christian Herrera Psychology Professor Charles E. Wright,
Professor Charlie F. Chubb
Proprioception Influences Attention
Kyle C. Horvath Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Professor Dana W. Aswad Investigation of a Potential Relationship Between Isoaspartate Formation and Aggregation during in vitro Aging of the Neural Protein CRMP2
An-Chih Hsieh Biological Sciences Professor Matthew Brenner 3-D Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of Lung and Pleural Cancer in an Animal Model
George L. Huang Biomedical Engineering Professor Noo Li Jeon Model of Cancer Chemotaxis with Respect to Gel Density
Chun-Ching Huang Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Professor James Nowick Using Fmoc-Abc2k-OH to Build Three-Dimensional Structures
Brian A. James Materials Science Engineering Professor Regina Ragan Effect of Localized Charged Defects on Nanowire Sensore Sensitivity
Nicholas C. Juni Biomedical Engineering Professor Michael R. Rose Effects of Increased Fat Storage on Cardiac Function in Drosophila melanogaster
Christina M. Kapucija English Professor Carol Burke,
Professor Susan E. Davis
Croatian and Slovenian Folklore
Niki S. Katoozi Biological Sciences Professor Mahtab Jafari,
Professor Sam Schriner
The Effect of Rhodiola rosea on Mitochondrial Function and Antioxidant Defenses in Drosophila melanogaster
Aaron K. King Biological Sciences Professor Adam Martiny Oil from Algae
Maximilian Klement Chemical Engineering Professor Andrew Putnam Characterization of the Interaction of 3-D Capillary Morphogenesis with Tumor Spheres in a Fibrin Matrix Gel
Shannon I. Kurashige Dance, Biology Professor Molly Lynch The Influence of Personal History on Artistic Creation and its Transmission
Belinda H. Lau Music Professor Darryl Taylor The Development of Artistry Through Exposure to Musicality in Diverse Cultures: Spanish and Latin American Vocal Repertoire
Bryan Q. Le Biological Sciences Professor Shaul Mukamel RNA Conformational Dynamics: Computing Folding Trajectories Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Paul Y. Lee Physics Professor Michael Dennin Analysis of the Compression and Elongation of Two-Dimensional Bubble Rafts
Cameron A. Lewis Information & Computer Science Professor Tatsuya Suda,
Professor Ariffin Yahaya
The 'Winning Streak' Reputation System
Lauren F. Lewis Computer Science Professor Rebecca W. Black,
Professor Bill Tomlinson
Fanfiction University
Debbie D. Liang Biological Sciences Professor Seong Sil Chang,
Professor Clare C. Constantine,
Professor Hoda Anton-Culver,
Professor Hoda Anton-Culver,
Professor Hoda Anton-Culver
Use of Nail DNA is Feasible for Genetic Epidemiologic Studies: Feasibility Test of Nail DNA Compared to Blood DNA by for Sequencing of the Hypervariable D-loop Region of mtDNA
Melanie I. Lim Political Science Professor Gary Richardson The Influence of Strict Settlement on Jane Austen Novels
Justin Lin Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Professor Elliot Botvinick The Design and Construction of a Microscope Cage Incubator
Sandy Liu Economics Professor Gary Richardson Could the Federal Reserve Have Prevented the Great Depression?
Leslie S. Liu Informatics Professor Gillian R. Hayes Evaluation of Personal Health Records
Bonnie L. Lo Biological Sciences, Art History Professor David Camerini Expression and Purification of Novel Human β-Defensins and Test for Anti-HIV-1 and Antibacterial Activities
Bryan G. Lopez Biological Sciences Professor Richard T. Robertson Metastasis of B16 Melanoma Cells in a Mouse Model
Andrea R. Marcantonio Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Professor Ann K. Sakai,
Professor Stephen G. Weller
Changes in Fruit Traits after Two Generations of Artificial Selection for Male and Female Biomass in Schiedea salicaria
Gabriela Marcu Informatics, Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Gillian R. Hayes Cultural Differences in Reactions to the Use of Wearable Recording Technology for Aiding People with Memory Impairments
Andreea Marina Biological Sciences Professor Thomas J. Carew Regulation of MAPK Distribution in Aplysia CNS by Different Patterns of 5-HT Applications
Brent C. Martin Biological Sciences Professor Aimee L. Edinger Role of Akt in Growth Factor Withdrawal-Induced Cell Death
Courtney McConnell Mechanical Engineering Professor Farghalli Mohamed Creep Behavior of Nanocrystalline Ni
Brian P. McGrew Chemistry, Biology Professor Elizabeth R. Jarvo Development of Practical Syntheses of Allylic Boronic Esters
Julie Ann M. Minaai Dance Professor Loretta Livingston A Study of Movement Analysis, Artistry and Choreographic Process in Preparation for a Professional Career in Dance
Wael Mismar Biomedical Engineering Professor Noo Li Jeon Microfluidic-Based Substrate Patterning for Axonal Growth
Nima Nassiri Biomedical Engineering Professor Ranjan Gupta Expression of Schwann Cell Integrin Expression after Peripheral Nerve Injury
Sean M. Nazari Biological Sciences Professor Anshu Agrawal The Effects of Hormones and Cytokines on MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cell Lines
Bryan D. Ngo Biological Sciences, Bioengineering Professor Wen-Hwa Lee Hec 1 and Nuf2 Interaction and Proper Localization is Essential for Microtubule Formation
Victoria Ngo Biological Sciences Professor Maike Sander Live Imaging of Pancreatic Explants
Elaine Nguyen Biological Sciences Professor Bernard Choi Rose Bengal Photo-Dynamic Therapy: A Non-Invasive Means of Photochemical Induction of a Localized Ischemic Stroke
William H. Nguyen Chemistry, Biology Professor Athan J. Shaka Scandium Triflate Catalyzed Acetylation of Sugars for the Better Elucidation of Molecular Structures Through NMR Spectroscopy
Tri H. Nguyen Biomedical Engineering Professor William C. Tang Active Micromixer for Microfluidic Systems Using Lead-Zirconate-Titanate (PZT)-Create Streaming to Push Viruses Attach to Beads
Paul Nguyenfa Biological Sciences Professor Craig Walsh Co-Localization of FADD and Atg5 in Autophagy
Nazila Norouzi-Bazaz Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot Botvinick Microrheological Measurements in Engineered Protein Hydrogels
Brenna Norris Psychology Professor Charlie F. Chubb Variance in Sensitivity Levels in Hearing Through the Classification of “Twitters”
Jared P. Novak Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Wendy Goldberg Associations Between Interparental Conflict and Adolescent Peer Relationships, and Adolescent Romantic Relationships
Jonathan T. Oishi Biological Sciences Professor Michael R. Rose Selection for Early-Life Fecundity May Affect the Evolution of the Hsp26 Gene in Drosophila melanogaster
Tricia J. Olaes Sociology, Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Caesar D. Sereseres University Public Health Policy
Yu Ong Biological Sciences Professor Yi-hong Zhou Angiogenic Levels in Glioma Xenografts from Modified Expression of PAX6 and Putative Anti-Angiogenic Gene EFEMP1
Jenna N. Otter Dance, Biological Sciences Professor Lisa Naugle Gaga and Improvisation: A Study of Innovation in Contemporary Dance
Jeremy L. Ovadia Mathematics Professor Kieron Burke Expanding a Semiclassical Approach to Density Functional Theory of Non-Interacting Atoms
Rachel Pace Dance Professor Molly Lynch Backhaus Dance Intensive: The Impact on my Choreography
Joshua Park Chemistry Professor Seong Sil Chang,
Professor Clare C. Constantine,
Professor Hoda Anton-Culver
Use of Nail DNA in Epidemiology: Assessing DNA Copy Number and Strand Integrity as Biomarkers
Alyssa B. Penacho Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Professor Lynn Carpenter Ferns and Non-Native Grasses Invade Abandoned Overgrazed Pasture in the Tropics: Do They Help or Hinder Forest Regeneration?
Maria Petrosyan Computer Engineering, Piano Performance Professor Benjamin Villac Autonomous Flight Control System for CubeSAT Spacecraft
Jessica Pharar Biological Sciences Professor Petra Wilder-Smith An Optical Approach to the Periodontal Tissue Implications of Diabetes Mellitus
Amanda M. Prince-Lubawy Dance Professor Loretta Livingston Dance Theatre
Erin E. Pritchard Philosophy, Environmental Engineering Professor Martin Schwab An Existentialist Look at Environmental Ethics
Timothy Quang Biomedical Engineering Professor Albert Cerussi,
Professor Bruce Tromberg
In vivo Quantification of Vascular Reactivity in Muscle Using Diffuse Optical Spectroscopic Imaging
Jessica D. Rabanzo-Flores Dance, Sociology Professor Susan L. Menaker Bates Dance Festival: Exploration of Modern Techniques to Enhance Performance and Choreography
Ardeshir Rahman Biological Sciences Professor Jorge Busciglio Investigation of Neuronal Abnormalities Due to Dosage Alterations of Intersectin as a Result of Trisomy on Chromosome 21 in Down’s Neurons
Mohsin A. Rajani Biological Sciences Professor Thomas J. Carew A Cysteine Rich Neurotrophic Factor (CRNF) in Aplysia californica: Cloning and Characterization
Rupal Ramani Biological Sciences Professor Virginia E. Kimonis,
Professor Jouni Vesa
Analysis of Gene Expression Profiles in Inclusion Body Myopathy, Associated with Paget’s Disease of the Bone and Frontotemporal Dementia
Stephen D. Ramgren Chemistry Professor Suzanne A. Blum Investigation of the Role of Gold in a Bimetallic Catalytic System for the Highly Regioselective Synthesis of Olefins
Ramyadeepika Rao Biological Sciences Professor Hartmut Luecke Solving the Structure of Alpha-19 Giardin Using X-Ray Crystallography
Blanca E. Rincon Sociology, Chicano/Latino Studies Professor Jeanett Castellanos Latina Sororities: Their Role and Impact on Latina Educational Journeys
Samer Roumani Biological Sciences Professor Shahram Lotfipour,
Professor Michael Menchine
Cross-Border Utilization of Health Services
Sara (Marzieh) Sameni Biomedical Engineering Professor Fan-Gang Zeng Melody Recognition in AN Patient
Yas Sanaiha Biological Sciences Professor Christine M. Gall Investigation of Integrin Signaling during Long Term Synaptic Potentiation in the Hippocampus
Dongjoon Shin Psychology Professor Salvatore Maddi Hardiness and its Relation to Self-Esteem and Narcissism
Amarinder Singh Biological Sciences Professor Frank L. Meyskens MITF Positive and MITF Negative Cells Show a Differential Response to Drug Treatment
Jessica L. Smith English Professor VIctoria Silver Testing the Net
Batjargal Solongo Chemistry Professor Athan J. Shaka Synthesis of Several Anhydrides and Acetylation of Sugar in Ionic Liquids for Better Elucidation of Molecular Structure Through NMR Spectroscopy
Kelly Sry Biomedical Engineering Professor Anthony J. Durkin Quantitative Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy of Cutaneous Melanoma
Adela Stroescu Biological Sciences Professor Michael R. Rose Effects of Increased Fat Content on Drosophila melanogaster Heart Function
Chelsea K. Sugimoto Psychology & Social Behavior, Criminology, Law, & Society Professor Lindsey E. Richland Gender Differences in the Test Effect
Patrick K. Sung English Professor Jonathan Alexander Turning Japanese? Cultural Reimaginings in Western Boys' Love Fandom
Anh-Minh Ta Biological Sciences Professor Steve D. Allison Microbial Decomposers and their Competitors
Roy B. Taggueg Psychology & Social Behavior, Criminology, Law, & Society Professor Roxane C. Silver,
Professor Eric Knowles
Cross-Cultural Use of the Internet: Utilizing Online Tools for Psychological Self-Benefit
Christina R. Tajalli Psychology Professor Caesar D. Sereseres From Scars to Self-Sufficiency: The Plight of Child Soldiers
Ahramahzd V. Tatavoosian Biomedical Engineering Professor Mohsen Davoudi COPD Prevalence in the Republic of Armenia
Richard W. Taylor Biomedical Engineering Professor Steven C. George Determining the Optimal Sampling Interval of the Exhaled Nitric Oxide Profile
Sevan Torossian Not On This List, Public Health Professor Michael Demetriou Regulation of CNS Autoimmunity Through β1,6GlcNAc Branched N-Glycan Alterations by 1α,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3
Farah Toullier Psychology Professor Barbara Sarnecka,
Professor Emily Slusser
What Features Do Children Use when Matching?
Tracy T. Tran Literary Journalism Professor George D. Meier Cried Over Today, Forgotten Tomorrow
Tiffany J. Tu Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Professor Sheryl Tsai Deconstructing the Lovastatin Polyketide Synthase
Kevin C. Urmaza Biological Sciences Professor Bogi Andersen Analysis of Grainyhead-like Epithelial Transactivator 1 (GET-1) in Hydra
Eric J. Vallee English Professor Rodrigo Lazo Dialectic of Conquest: Literature as a Justification for the Subversion of Indigenous Populations during the Conquest of America in Relation to Plato’s Dialectic Model of Writing
Chau Y. Van Biological Sciences Professor Daniele Piomelli The Role of Palmitoylethanolamide in Inflammation
Leyna P. Vo Psychology Professor Jeanett Castellanos Vietnamese Life Struggles, Support Systems and Coping Mechanisms in the Urban: A Study on Attitudes toward Psychotherapy and Utilization Patterns
Aditi Wahi Psychology & Social Behavior, Literary Journalism Professor Jodi A. Quas Physiological Memory Study
Kevin Y. Wang History, Educational Studies Professor David Igler The Gold Rush as the First Instance of Globalization
Montrischa M. Williams Political Science Professor Thurston Domina,
Professor Matthew Ormond
A Step Ahead for At Risk Students? Measuring the Effects of Middle College HIgh School
Howard W. Wong Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering Professor Jean-Luc Gaudiot Parallelization of Telemedicine Benchmark for the Xbox 360 Architecture
Steven K. Wong Biological Sciences Professor Sheryl Tsai Determination of the Structure and Function of ZhuI, an ARO/CYC Domain in the Aromatic R1128 Polyketide Synthase
Nicholas Woo Political Science Professor Daniel Brunstetter Just War Theory and U.S. Military Recruitment Policies
Robert Woo Computer Science & Engineering Professor Benjamin Villac,
Professor Ian G. Harris
Design of an Efficient Communication Protocol and a Telemetery Handling System for Earth-Orbiting Spacecraft
Jessica Wung Dance, Social Ecology Professor Loretta Livingston Approaching the Rumba from a Choreographic and Kinesthetic Perspective
Steven E. Yampolsky Chemistry Professor Vartkess A. Apkarian Ultrafast Time-Resolved Surface Enhanced CARS Measurements of Single Molecules
Meng Yang Economics, International Study Professor Caesar D. Sereseres Academic Dishonesty at UCI
Joanne Yao Literary Journalism, International Studies Professor Carol Burke A Kick from the Torchbearer: Covering the Beijing 2008 Olympics
Joshua K. Yee Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Professor Farghalli Mohamed Investigation of Boundary Sliding during Deformaton of Nanocrystalline Metals
Allison J. Zemek Biomedical Engineering Professor Zoran Nenadic Single-Trial Detection of Error-Related EEG Response to Images with Incongruent Captions

Number of Proposals Submitted = 156
Number of Fellowships Awarded = 133
Number of Honorary Fellowships = 10

Total Funds Requested = $454,250
Total Funds Awarded = $246,150

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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