Fall 2007 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Joel J. Madero

Economics/ Political Science

Professor Gary Richardson

Can the Size of Banks Assets and Liabilities be Used to Explain Bank Failures During the Great Depression

Erick J. Maravilla

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Adam P. Summers

The Muscle Activity Patterns of a Feeding Jawless Fish, Atlantic Hagfish (Myxine Glutinosa)

Nancy G. Martinez


Professor Mary Louise Kean

Verbal Working Memory In Spanish-English Bilinguals

Nick M. Masellis

Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Modern Application of Counterinsurgency

Nairi L. Mathewsian


Professor Lindsey Richland

The Impact of a Working Memory Load on Problem Solving

Krystal A. Matsuyama

Dance/ Minor: Digital Arts

Professor Jodie C. Gates

StaatsBallett Berlin Assistance Project

Stephen J. Mayclin

Biological Sciences

Professor Alexander McPherson

The Search for Silver Bullets: 3- 5-mer Peptides as Crystallization Additives

Vikram Mehta

Biological Sciences

Professor Sastry Gollapudi

Increased MCF-7 Susceptibility When Exposed to Chemotherapeutic Agents and TLR-2/TLR-4 Binding Ligands

Claudia C. Mendoza

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Al Valdez

A Spatial Analysis of Gang Crimes in the City of San Bernardino

Natasha Miric


Professor Edwin Amenta
Professor Samuel L. Gilmore

Globalization or Glocalization: Soccer in the United States

Vishnu Vivek Mittapalli


Professor Peter Taborek

Investigating Microscopic Causes of Friction Through Ring-Down Experiments of High-Q Crystal Oscillators

Shabnam Moghbeli

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Roxane C. Silver

Coping After a National Tragedy Using Web 2.0

Jason Molina

Economics/ International Studies (Honors Program)

Professor Caesar D.. Sereseres

Assessing Health Pandemics as Bi-National Security Threat

Nicole Moshfegh

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Iranian American Female Undergraduate’s Body Image Perceptions: A Psychosociocultural Perspective

Nicole Moshfegh

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Salvatore R. Maddi

Impact of Perceived Educational Barriers, Cultural Fit, and Hardiness on the Psychological Well-Being of Undergraduate Students

Shamik Mukherji

Biological Sciences

Professor John Billimek
Professor Quyen Ngo-Metzger
Professor Dara Sorkin

Ethnic/Racial Differences in Medication Adherence Among Patients With Type II Diabetes

Elizabeth D. Munoz

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Susan T. Charles

The Relationship Between Perceived Mastery and Acute Laboratory Stress Reactivity in Older Women With Varying Levels of Perceived Stress

Nadia Nabulsi

Mohsen Rafizadeh

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Professor Athina Markopoulou

Distributed Denial of Service Attack, Implementation of Systematic Distribution of Filters

Anish Nanduri

Biological Sciences

Professor Devin Binder

Epileptogenesis Using the Pilocarpine and Kainic Acid Models

Quan T. Nguyen

Biological Sciences/ Microbiology and Immunology

Professor Lbachir Benmohamed

Immunization with Lipopeptide Vaccine Candidates Combined CD4+CD25+ Regulatory T Cells Depletion to Protect Against Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1

Anne Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Edward Nelson

Dissecting the Biology of Dendritic Cells and a DC Tropic Viral Vector

Jennifer D. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Christine M. Gall

Upregulation of AMPA Receptor Associated with Change in Synapse Morphology During LTP

Roxanna J. Ochoa

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Naomi Morrissette

Analysis of Dinitroaniline Resistance: the Effects of Double Mutations in Toxoplasma Alpha-Tubulin

Yu Ong

Biological Sciences

Professor Yi-hong Zhou

Detection of Different Degree of Angiogenesis in Glioma Xenografts from Cells Modified on Expression of PAX6 and Putative Antiangiogenic Gene EFEMP1

Laura Ortiz

Biological Sciences

Professor Ulrike Luderer

The Effect of Benzo(a)pyrene on the Testes of Nrf2 Deficient vs. Wild Type Mice

Rebecca A. Paquette

Biological Sciences

Professor Michael D. Cahalan

The Temperature Dependence and Energetics of Lymphocyte Motility

Regina M. Park

International Studies/ Anthropology

Professor Bojan Petrovic
Professor Caeser Sereseres

Iranian Influence on Iraqi Shiites

Snehal Y. Pathak


Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor Jennifer Lee

South Asian American Ethnic Identity

Sneha Y. Pathak

Biological Sciences

Professor Jennifer Martiny

Fungal Community Composition in Salt Marshes

Kevin M. Pease

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Keith Fowler

Addressing Pertinent Social Issues Through the Medium of Theatre

Lindsay N. Peltz

Biological Sciences

Professor Danielle Simmons

Increasing BDNF Levels in HD Mutant Mice Using Ampakines Will Increase Neurogenesis in the Striatum

Kevin Peng


Professor Emily Rosenberg

American Exceptionalism and Conflict

Cecilia A. Peralta

Sociology/ International Studies

Professor Samuel L. Gilmore

Is a Happy Marriage a Delayed Marriage?

Laura R. Perez


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Educating Latino Parents in Supporting College Pathways

Tiffany A. Pham

Chemistry/ Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

In vitro selection of self-cleaving ribozymes in the mouse genome

Sylvia V. Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Zhongping Chen

3D Imaging of Retinal Transplants in Photoreceptor Degenerate Rats With Optical Coherence Tomography

Bryan Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Lutz Hilgenberg
Professor Martin Smith

Is the ?3NKA Required for Normal Neuronal Excitability?

Huy Pham


Professor Fabio Milani
Professor Gary Richardson

Federal Deficit and the Course of Our Country

Kevin C. Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Paolo Sassone-Corsi

Is Drosophila Circadian Regulator dCLOCK is a Histone Acetyltransferase?

Visa Phraphilom

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor Samuel L. Gilmore
Professor John Liu

Comparative Case Study of Post 1980s Southeast Asian Refugees: Assessing Acculturation Outcomes of Laotian Refugees in the United States

Dante D. Podesto


Professor Scott D. Rychnovsky

Modification of the Duff Formylation Reaction

Nadia Nabulsi

Mohsen Rafizadeh

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Professor Athina Markopoulou

Distributed Denial of Service Attack, Implementation of Systematic Distribution of Filters

Ardeshir 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

Mohsin A. Rajani

Biological Sciences

Professor Thomas J. Carew

Role of Neurotophin-Receptor Signaling in Learning and Memory

Steven M. Rao

International Studies

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Increasing Internal Security and Governance Challenges in the People’s Republic of China and the Relationship to U.S. National Interests

Krishanu A. Ray


Professor Kieron Burke

Semiclassical Approach to Density Functional Theory

Brett M. Reid

Political Science/ Criminology, Law, & Society

Professor Anthony (Tony) Smith

American Protests, the Supreme Court, and Public Policy Outcomes

Sheilamae Reyes

Sociology/ Anthropology

Professor David Meyer

Framing California's Proposition 187

Melissa A. Rico

Psychology/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina Students and Their Graduate School Decisions: A Psychosociocultural Analysis

Carla Rodriguez-Gonzalez

Sociology/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Ricardo Chavira
Professor Caesar Sereseres

US-Mexico Border Enforcement and Border Crossing Patterns

Kaivan M. Salehpour

Biological Sciences

Professor Devin Binder

Epileptic Seizures Regulate the Expression of AQP4 in the Brain

Rina D. Salurialam


Professor Scott D. Rychnovsky

Formylation of Aromatic Substrates Using a Modified Duff Reaction

Sevana Sammis

Political Science

Professor Yuliya Tverdova

The South Caucasus: Towards Regional Cooperation and Integration

Yas Sanaiha

Biological Sciences

Professor Christine M. Gall

Activated Tyrosine Kinase Receptors Influence Long-Term Potentiation

Ileisha L. Sanders

Not On This List/ Public Health Policy

Professor Zuzana Bic

Relationship Between Health Literacy and Culture at UC Irvine

Denise Sandoval

Economics/ International Studies

Professor Carolina Rangel

Brazil's Infrastructure: Potential Avenue for Economic Development?

Luis A. Sarmiento


Professor Samuel L. Gilmore

Cultural Collective Action and Community Development

Michael T. Schatzmann

Chemical Engineering

Professor Martha L. Mecartney

Overcoming Material Limitations of Solubility and Conductivity in Solid Monazite for Practical Application in Fuel Cell Materials

Timothy M. Schowe


Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor Calvin Morrill

The Labeling and Emotions of Organizational Mistakes

Rachel K. Schreyer

Biological Sciences

Professor Edwin Monuki

Measuring and Mapping the Activity of BMP in the Developing Mouse Cortex

Patrick R. Schultz

Information & Computer Science

Professor Wayne Hayes

Existence of Chaos in Triaxial Elliptical Galaxy Potentials

Sarah R. Seif

International Studies/ Doubling in Anthropology and minoring in Management

Professor Thomas J. Douglas
Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Oral Histories of Coptic Orthodox Christian Persecution in the Late 20th Century

Marcus Seldin

Biological Sciences

Professor Devin K. Binder

Expression of the Glial Water Channel Aquaporin-4 in the Mouse Brain

Kanika Shah

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor Stanley R. Bailey
Professor Samuel Gilmore

The Maintenance of a Religious Identity: A Comparative Study Among 2nd Generation Hindus and Jains

Yvette Shahinian


Professor Susan K. Brown

Armenian Immigrants and Their Use of Social Networks

Anupam Sharma

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Christine M. Gall

Effects of Adenosine A1 Receptor on the Phosphorylation of Actin Binding Proteins in CA1 Synapses of the Hippocampus

Yvette Shirinian

Political Science

Professor Alison Brysk

Exporting a Revolution in Education: Is the Cuban Educational Model a Viable Option for Educational Reform in Developing Countries?

Lauren M. Smith


Professor Catherine I. Bolzendahl

Women's Political Action Committees, Donor Networks, and the Candidates They Support

Kimberly J. Snodgrass

Social Science/ Education

Professor Thurston Domina

A Former Foster Youth's Journey and Acceptance into a University of California: Qualitative Case Study

Diego Solares

International Studies

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Role of Post-Conflict Violence in Crippling Health Services and Exacerbating Communicable Disease Incidence in Port-au-Princeʼs Slums

Sylvia Soo

Genetics/ East Asian Cultures

Professor Celia Goulding

Determination of if M. Smegmatis Preferentially Uptakes Iron from Transferrin or Heme, and Characterization of a Novel Mycobacterial Hemophore

Kulginder S. Sran

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

A Non-Invasive Optical Approach to In Vivo Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease

Andrew Sumarto

Biomedical Engineering/ Biological Sciences

Professor Gregory R-D. Evans
Professor Thomas Scholz

Tissue Engineering Constructs for Peripheral Nerve Injuries

Yichao Sun


Professor Daniel Bogart

Equity-Linked Structured Notes