Fall 2006 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Peter Ma

Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Coercive Diplomacy: Beijing’s Application of the Policy of Soft Decapitation—the Complexities it Brings to the Future of Cross-Strait Relations and Regional Politics

Steven Ma

Chemistry/ Spanish

Professor Athan J. Shaka

Catalyst-Induced Acetylation of Polyols with Indium Trifluoromethanesulfonate and Cerium Trifluoromethanesulfonate

Aida S. Macedo

Political Science/ Chicana/o Latina/o Studies

Professor Leticia Oseguera

Political Consciousness in Latina/o College Students

Katherine J. Mackenzie

Chemistry/ Biology

Professor Athan J. Shaka

The Development of an Alternative Synthesis of 12C, 14N-Labeled Trichloroacetyl Isocyanate

Scott M. Mackenzie

Neurobiology/ Psychology

Professor Benno Roozendaal

The Role of the cAMP/PKA Second Messenger Pathway in the Rat Prefrontal Cortex in Mediating Glucocorticoid Effects on Memory Consolidation for an Inhibitory Avoidance Task

Neha Mahajan

Genetics/ Criminology

Professor Jean-Guido Gehricke
Professor Tim L. Wigal

The Association Between Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Sleep Disturbance

Renee N. Manorat

Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Thailand: The Role of the King and the Future of Democracy

Nathaniel S. Marrocco

Information & Computer Science

Professor Michael T. Goodrich

Parallel Summation of Floating Point Numbers

Noah D. Marshall

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Salvatore R. Maddi

Hardiness Through Music

Jeevitha E. Martin

Chemical Engineering/ Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Daniel Mumm

Nanoscale Electrode Development for Fundamental Studies of Mixed Ionic and Electronic Conductors as High Temperature Fuel Cell Components

Autumn Maruniak

Chemistry/ MB&B

Professor Scott D. Rychnovsky

Tetrahydropyran Rings from a Mukaiyama-Michael-Prins Cyclization

Behshied Mashhoon

Biological Sciences

Professor Laurence Mueller

Physiology of Late Life in Drosophila melanogaster

Kenny Mayoral


Professor Shaul Mukamel

Modeling Electrostatic Interactions Between Porphyrin adsorbed on an Ultra-thin Aluminum Oxide Film and Other Low Dimensional Systems

Salvador Mayoral

Aerospace Engineering/ Material Science Engineering

Professor John C. LaRue

Optimizing Blended Winglets to Reduce Induced Drag

Lindsey L. Medearis


Professor Barbara W. Sarnecka

Low-Number-Word Meanings as Candidate Meanings for Less-Familiar Quantifiers

Patricia P. Medina

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor David S.. Meyer

A Tale of Two Cities: Looking at Funding Disparities Between Santa Ana and Irvine Unified School Districts and its Effects on Academic Achievement

Cynthia Medina

Psychology/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina/o Undergraduates and Mentorship: A Psychosociocultural Analysis

Steven D. Meissner


Professor Mark Steyvers

Pattern Recognition and Decision Modeling

Claudia C. Mendoza

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor George Tita

Social Networks and Crime in Santa Ana Neighborhoods

Kristen M. Meyer

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Elizabeth Cauffman

Sex Role Development, Offending, and Victimization among Juvenile Offenders

Kevin L. Miller


Professor William J. Evans

The Synthesis and Characterization of High Gadolinium Content Polyhedral Oligomeric Metallasilsesquioxane Materials for Enhanced Absorption of Radiation

Adam A. Moheban

Biological Sciences

Professor Shahram Lotfipour

A Needs Assessment Questionnaire of Driving Fitness in Older Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department

Jason Molina

Economics/ International Studies

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Treatment Patterns Towards Typee II Diabetes

Yvonne C. Montanez

Anthropology/ Social Ecology

Professor Michael Montoya

Ideological Effects of Advertisements Impacting Public Health

Tyler T. Moore

Asian American Studies

Professor Linda T. Vo

Biracial Identity in the Japanese American Community

Nicole Moshfegh

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

A Psychosocialcultural Perspective of Body Image and University Services among Racial Ethnic Minority Female Undergraduates in the United States

Arfakhashad S. Munaim

Environmental Analysis & Design

Professor Kristen Day
Professor Richard Matthew

Fatemi Architecture - An Environmental Perspective

Melisss M. Munich

Drama/ English

Professor William Rauch

The Difference a Smaller Cast Makes in The Vagina Monologues

Sue L. Murray


Professor Diane Diefenderfer

Pilates Certification and Its Effects on a Dance Career

Elizabeth Negrete

International Studies/ Spanish

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

US-Venezuelan Foreign Relations from 2000-2007: What do Venezuelan American and Venezuelans think?

Barry S. Nerhus

Biological Sciences

Professor Peter A. Bowler

Propagation and Reintroduction of Arenaria paludicola and Nasturtium gambelii

Thang X. Nguyen


Professor James S. Nowick

Structural Evaluation of Synthetic Oligomers from iota-Peptides

Jean Nguyen

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Larry D. Jamner

Do Different Social Situations Elicit Different Reactions to Caffeine?

Hoanglong Nguyen

Biological Sciences/ ICS

Professor Christine Suetterlin

Functional Characterization of the Interaction of the Golgi-Associated Proteins GRASP65 and GM130

Tan B. Nguyen

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/ Chemistry

Professor Sheryl Tsai

Structure-Based Drug Design of AccD6 by X-ray Crystallography for the Development of New Tuberculosis Therapeutics

Hanh K. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Ronald A. Sherman

Psycho-Social Aspects of Maggot Therapy

Jackson Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Yi-Hong Zhou

In Situ Detection of PAX6, MMP2, and VEGF Gene Expression in Glioblastoma Multiforme

Michael Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Arthur E. Weis

Seed Banks and Gene Flow Through Time in Brassica rapa

Nha TB. Nguyen


Professor Fillmore Freeman

A Theoretical Study of the Effects of Substituents on the Structures and Reaction Mechanisms of Phenylsulfinyl Carbenes to Alkenes

Linda N. Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Kenneth Shea

Synthesis of Carbohydrates Based on the Poly (trimethylsilyl methylidene) Substrate

Van N. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Sharon B. Wigal

Incidence of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Symptoms in Children and Adolescents with Congenital Heart Disease

Matthew J. Nudelman

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Bernard Choi

Photodynamic Therapy Studies on an Animal Model

Robert Oandasan

Economics/ Political Science

Professor Dan Bogart

Members of Parliament and the Passage of Redistributive Legislation in 18th Century England

Prem D. Parmar


Professor Fillmore Freeman

A Theoretical Study of the O-Centered and C-Centered Free Radicals in Antimalarials

Dharmi B. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor David K. Imagawa

Hepatitis Screening in the Asian-American Population: a Cost-Benefit Analysis

Sarah C. Pauly

Political Science/ Anthropology

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

How Can a Stable Democracy be Established in Iraq?

Marija Pejcinovska

Economics/ International Studies

Professor Volodymyr Bilotkach

Investigating Airlines Behavior in Response to Changes in Computer Reservation Systems (CRS) Regulations

Ameya Phalke

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Eric O. Potma

Determining the Dynamic Effects of Shampoo on Human Hair using Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering Microscopy

Bryan Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Lutz Hilgenberg
Professor Martin Smith

Agrin's Identity in Cardiac Myocyte

Phung K. Pham

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Susan T. Charles
Professor Jutta Heckhausen

Age Differences in Goal Selection and Goal Striving among Individuals with Orthopedic Conditions

Michele Q . Pham

Aerospace Engineering

Professor John C. LaRue

Optimization of a Gurney Flap on a Selig 1210 Airfoil

Jessica T. Pham


Professor David T. Goldberg

Human Trafficking: Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children in Southeast Asia

Kevin G. Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Z. David Luo

Systemic Effect of Glutamate Receptor Antagonists on Calcium Alpha2Delta Subunit Mediated Behavioral Hypersensitivity.

Amie H. Pham

Applied Ecology

Professor Betty H. Olson

Multiplex PCR Assays for Simultaneous Detection of Methanogenic Communities

Catherine N. Phan

Aerospace Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Professor John C. LaRue

Study of Trailing Edge Flow Behind a Feathered Flap

Long N. Phan


Professor James S. Nowick

Compare and Contrast of Two Cyclic Peptide Beta Sheets

Nathaniel J. Pope

Economics/ Film & Media Studies

Professor Peter Krapp

Virtual World Economies and Real-money Trade: Gray Market Analysis

Mary A. Pulido

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Sally Dickerson

Social Economic Status, Self-Esteem and Cortisol Activity in Stressful Situations

Ardeshir S. Rahman

Biological Sciences

Professor Jorge Busciglio

Investigation of Neuronal Abnormalities Due to Dosage Alterations of Intersectin (ITSN) as a Result of Trisomy on Chromosome 21 in Down’s Neurons

Kia Ravanfar

Aerospace Engineering

Professor John C. LaRue

Optimization of Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) Airfoils

Krishanu A. Ray


Professor Kieron Burke

Local Approximation to Exchange for One-Dimensional Systems with a Soft Coulomb Interaction

Zhongwei Ren


Professor Fillmore Freeman

Conformational Investigations of Structures Relating to Fused Cyclopenteno-1,2,3,-trioxacyclohexane Antimalarials

Sheilamae Reyes


Professor David S.. Meyer

Race, Immigration, Social Rights: Tracking Media Debate on California's Proposition 187

Justin Y. Rheem

Biological Sciences

Professor Edwin S. Monuki

Converting BMP4 Gradient Information into a Msx1 Threshold Response in Mouse Neural Stem Cells

Kristine I. Rivera


Professor Andrzej Warminski

The Figure of the Autobiographer in Wordsworth's The Prelude

Edgar Rodriguez

Sociology/ International Studies/Conflict Resolutions

Professor Judy Stepan-Norris

The Empowerment of Nursing Through the Doctor-Nurse Game

Austin J. Rogers

Political Science

Professor Matthew N. Beckmann

Can Presidents Influence Local News Coverage?

Dylan K. Rogerson


Professor Peter Taborek

Liquid Lens Topography Through Moire Imaging

Debra D. Roos-Lopez

Social Science

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

“Listen to the Children While They Play”: A search for Goal-alignment Opportunities to Foster Early Academic Achievement (and literacy) in At-risk Latina/o Youth.

Anthony T. Ruffolo

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Alson Clarke-Stewart

Child Externalizing Due to Parental Divorce and Processes Leading up to Divorce

Cesar I. Ruiz

Chemical Engineering

Professor Szu-Wen Wang

Thermal Stability and Structure Analysis of the E2 Component of the Bacillus stearothermophilus Pyruvate Dehydrognase Complex

Amanda M. Ruiz

Biological Sciences

Professor Carrie B. Brachmann

Genetic Interaction of Buffy and Debcl: Rlucidating the Role of Buffy and Debcl in the Apoptotic Pathway of the Pro-Apoptotic Protein Dark in Drosophila melanogaster.

Denise Sandoval

International Studies/ Economics (applying in winter)

Professor Raul A. Fernandez
Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Mexican Economy: Increasing Economic Opportunities by Understanding the Labor Market

Eric A. Saprid


Professor David A. Snow

Shelter and Street Homeless: Social Regulation and Instances of Freedom of Choice

Jennifer E. Schmahl

Comparative Literature

Professor Jane O. Newman

Engendered Protestant Pressures on Venetian Catholic Convents: Telling Depictions of Women in Italian Illustrated Broadsides, 1500-1600

Rachel K. Schreyer

Biological Sciences

Professor Edwin S. Monuki

Measuring the Activity of BMP in the Developing Mouse Cortex

Christopher A. Schroth


Professor Jeanette Castellanos

Attitudes Toward Utilization of Professional Psychological Services among Filipino/a Undergraduates

Todd D. Schweitzer

International Studies/ Economics

Professor Patrick M. Morgan
Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan: Towards a Framework for Civil-Military Coordination

Sahar Semnani

Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Using Curcumin as a Chemo-Preventive Agent to Alleviate Methotrexate Induced Reproduction Adverse Effects

Anupam Sharma

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Christine M. Gall

Origin and Functions of Sharpwaves In Mammalian Brain

Kimberly D. Shimasaki

Dance/ Choreography/Performance

Professor Janice Plastino

An Exploration into the Choreographic Process

Sukhwinder Singh

Biological Sciences

Professor Ronald A. Sherman

Effects of Lidocaine on the Efficacy of Maggot Debridment Therapy

Manish Sinha

Computer Science & Engineering

Professor Tony Givargis

Modeling Hybrid Vehicle Fuel Mileage Ratings with Software Simulation

Bipon P. Sira

Psychology/ Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Anti-Aging Properties of Valproic Acid

Alexander A. Spear


Professor Donald Hill

The Philadelphia Story

Kulginder S. Sran

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Three Dimensional Optical Coherence Tomography Combined With Optical Doppler Tomography For The Non-Invasive In Vivo Detection Of Small Blood Vessels In Normal and Cancerous Tissue

Mark H. Sueyoshi

International Studies/ Japanese Language and Literature

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Internet Communities: A Case Study of Ni Channeru, a Japanese Bulletin Board System

Emilyjane A. Sunga


Professor Reginald M. Penner

Electrodeposition and Characterization of Nanowire-based Thermocouples

David E. Swanson

Criminology, Law & Society/ Political Science

Professor James W. Meeker

A Spatial Analysis of Domestic Violence: Potential Contributing Factors

Tadeu Szpoganicz

Biological Sciences

Professor Patrick J. Farmer

Complexation and Structural Studies of Metalated Synthetic MeDHI-Melanin Precursor and Enzymatically Extracted Hair-Pheomelanin Characterization