Fall 2009 Grant Recipients - (G-L)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Jeannette Garcia

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Susan Coutin

A Closer Look at Home Town Associations: A Case Study on Reinas de la Caña

Ces'Ari R. Garcia

Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The United States' and Mexico's Shared Physical Infrastructure

Jenna Garza

International Studies/ Law Forum

Professor Carl Schwarz

The Effectiveness and Consequences of the International Criminal Court and how International Criminal Tribunals Have affected its Creation and Implementation

Raha Ghasemi

International Studies

Professor Bojan Petrovic
Professor Caesar Sereseres

The Effects of Web 2.0 on the Mobilization of Grassroots Reform Movements in Iran

Nelli Ghazaryan

Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Effects of the Active Ingredients of Rhodiola Rosea, Salidroside and Rosavin, on Lifespan Extension in Drosophila Melanogaster

Aleksan Giragosian

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Yuliya Tverdova

A Competition for European Energy Markets

Krupa P. Gohil

Biological Sciences

Professor Olivier Civelli

A Potential Mechanism for the Antidepressant Effects of Melanin Concentrating Hormone Receptor Antagonists

Grant Gontarski

Chemical Engineering

Professor William Cooper

Fate of Endorcrine System Disrupting Chemicals in the Environment

Michael Gou


Professor Gary Richardson

Monetary Shocks and how they affect Firm's Behavior

Michael W. Gragnani


Professor John C. Fox

Should Emergency Ultrasound Directors Primarily Teach B Mode or M Mode Transthoracic Ultrasonography for the Bedside Detection of Pneumothorax?

Adilene Guerrero

International Studies/ Chicano Latino Studies

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Community-Based Organization: Finding the Tools for Success

Christina M. Guirguis

Political Science

Professor Lina H. Kreidie

Helem: The Emergence of the First Gay Rights Movement in the Arab World

Silvia B. Gutierrez

Criminology, Law & Society/ International Studies

Professor Alfonso J. Valdez

Human Trafficking in the 21st Century

Maria S. Hadi

Biological Sciences

Professor Hartmut Luecke

Human Annexin A2 and its Interactions with Anti-Tumor Compounds and Acidic Phospholipids

Vanessa M. Hadox


Professor Emily Rosenberg

The Holocaust as an American Memory

Huzaifa Hakimuddin

Biological Sciences

Professor Devin K. Binder

Regulation of Angiogenic Factors in the Mouse Iintrahippocampal Kainic Acid Model of Epileptogenesis

Adam C. Hall

Sociology/ Quantitative Economics

Professor Nina Bandelj

Social and Economic Embeddedness of Fundraising in On-Campus Student Organizations

Tova Handelman

Social Ecology

Professor William Cooper

The Plastic Ocean: A survey of Marine Debris Found at Crystal Cove State Park and How Land-Based Plastics are Polluting the World’s Oceans

Keely A. Hanson

Political Science

Professor Mark Petracca

The Forgotten Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education: Separate, and Still Unequal: Continued Segregation in Public Schools

Sandra B. Helmy

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Lindsey Richland

Children’s Development of Analogical Reasoning: A Closer Look at Individual Differences

Jessie R. Henry

Comparative Literature

Professor Jane O. Newman

The Theological Question in Dante's Inferno

Emily Hetu

International Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Human Rights Violations Against Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda and Their Reintegration Back into Society

Carly A. Hiebert


Professor Samuel L. Gilmore

The Gendered Organization of Work and the Intersection of Social Statuses in Full Service Restaurants

Arman Hirose-Afshari

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Kitty Calavita

Financial Takeover: Revolving Door Politics of the TARP Bailout

Stephanie S. Ho

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Mona P. Lynch

The Role of Gender, Leadership, and Similarity in Team Interaction

Asal Hosseini-Bidokhti

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Mark LeVine

The Curtailment of Women’s Rights with the Arrival of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Naveen Hothi


Professor Donald Hoffman

Iris Size and Attraction

Nelson Hsu

Biological Sciences

Professor Yi-Hong Zhou

Determining the Role of PAX6 in Glioma Neural Stem-Like Cell Growth In Vivo

Yesica Huerta

Psychology/ Sociology

Professor Maria E. Zarate

An Analysis of School Dropout Rate of English Second Language Hispanic Student with Emotional Behavioral Disorder

Laurel K. Hui

Sociology/ Minor in Educational Studies

Professor Catherine I. Bolzendahl

Female Chinese American Undergraduates: Influence of Childhood and Adolescent Experiences on Attitudes Towards Ideal Household Division of Labor

Naoko Ichiishi

Chemistry/ Biological Sciences

Professor Elizabeth R. Jarvo

Development of a Palladium-Catalyzed Propargylation and Allenylation of Pyruvate

Laura M. Innes

Physics/ International Studies

Professor Zuzanna Siwy

Studying Transport of Nanospheres through Single Nanopores for the Preperation of a Virus Sensor

Deena Jamal

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Botvinick

The Role of the Glycocalyx Layer in Endothelial Cell Mechanotransduction and its Presence In Vitro

Fang Jiang


Professor Stephanie Tjen-A-Looi

Role of Glutaminergic Receptors in Neurological Pathways from Ventrolateral Periaqueductal Gray to Nucleus Raphae Pallidus in Electroacupuncture Inhibition of Cardiovascular Reflexes

Mayra Jimenez


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Undocumented Latina/o Students’ Graduate School Aspirations

Mayra Jimenez


Professor Maria E. Zarate

Latino Undocumented College Students: Obstacles, Perception, and Outcomes

Leda Katebian

Chemical Engineering

Professor Sunny Jiang

the Efficiency of Osmosis Stress for the Prevention of Biofilm Growth

Mina Kazemian

Chemistry/ Biology

Professor Andrej Luptak

A Search for Self-Cleaving Ribozymes

Diana Khuu

Biological Sciences/ Public Health Policy

Professor Ann K. Sakai
Professor Stephen G. Weller

Incompatibility Relationships in the Mid-Styled Morph of Oxalis alpina Populations from Sierra La Mariquita, Pinos Altos Mts., and Chiricahua Mts.

Kathy Kim


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Synthesis and Characterization of Atmospherically-Relevant Nitrogen-Containing Compounds

Eunjae J. Kim


Professor Mark Warschauer

Language and Literacy Practices in a Technologically Intensive Environment

Yoon Ji Kim

International Studies

Professor Katherine Faust
Professor Samuel Gilmore

Social Network Analysis of the Intramural Sports Program at the ARC

Sooye Kim

Art History/ biology minor

Professor James Earthman

The Study of a Titanium Oxide Silicon Coating over Several Trials of Dental Implants

Max Klement

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Characterization and Expression of Bacterial Fatty Acid Biosynthesis Genes for the Production of Short Chain Carbon Molecules in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Joshua E. Klobas


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Determination of mass loss from photolysis of SOA by QCM

Joe M. Klunder


Professor Michael E. Martinez

Computerized Cognitive Training Methods to Improve Human Intelligence

James Kuo

English/ Political Science

Professor Alison Brysk

Jester In the King’s Court: How Satire Acts as a Lens Cleaning Solution to the Tainted Lens of Political Media Coverage in the 21st Century

Raquel A. Laguna


Professor Elizabeth G. Allen

Comparative Analysis of Chaucer and Shakespeare's Troilus and Criseyde/Cressida

Andrew Lam


Professor James S.. Nowick

Synthesis of Peptides which Adopt Parallel Beta-Sheet Confirmations

Yu H. Lam

International Studies

Professor Thomas J. Douglas

Real Property Rights in China

Elizabeth Landeros

Social Ecology

Professor Kristen Day

Effects of Conspicuous Recycling Receptacles and Recycling Behavior on UCI’s Campus

Anthony E. Larios

Biological Sciences

Professor James W. Hicks

Net Energy Intake, Metabolic Rate, and Growth Rate of the American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis) in Response to Atmospheric Oxygen Levels

Kristine A. Le


Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Role of Activist Researchers' Participation in The Globalization Process of Social Policy and Social Movements

Tracey P. Le

Public Health Sciences/ Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Impact of Rhodiola rosea and its Active Putative Compounds on Differentiated Neurons from P19 Embryonal Carcinoma Stem Cells

Bryan Q. Le


Professor Zhibin Guan

Synthesis and Characterization of Electronic Variants of the 4-Ureido-2-Pyrimidone (UPy) Motif

Kristal H. Lee


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Depression and Suicide Ideation among Korean American Undergraduates: A Psychosocialcultural Study

Joshua H. Lee

Biological Sciences

Professor David Z. Luo

Influence of Thrombospondin-4 and Calcium Channel Alpha-2-Delta-1 Subunit in the Development of Hyperalgesia

Jiae Lee

Biological Sciences

Professor Adam Martiny

Identifying Marine Prokaryotic Communities in Coastal Sea Waters

Chana M. Lein

Literary Journalism/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Justin B. Richland
Professor Henry E. Weinstein

Newspaper Coverage about Roe v. Wade

Tiffany . Leung

Biological Sciences

Professor Kavita Arora

Investigating the role of the Smad-cofactor Schnurri in growth of the larval Neuromuscular Junction (NMJ) in Drosophila melanogaster

Cari F. Levay

Sociology/ (minors in Political Science and French)

Professor Francesca Polletta

Is Radical Democracy Effective? How Transnational Networked Organizations are Transforming Movement Outcomes

Amanda Lim

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Brian J.F.. Wong

Evaluating the Relationship between Voltage Magnitude and Degree of Tissue Softening in EMR-treated Rabbit Septal and Auricular Cartilage

Tammy Lin

International Studies/ Business Economics

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Technology Transfer for the Rising Giant: Brazil and France Defense Relations

Dennis T. Lin

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Management

Professor Salvatore R. Maddi

The Moderating Effect of Hardiness on the Student Learning Motivation of College Students During an Economic Downturn

Gloria C. Lin

Biological Sciences/ Business Economics

Professor James V. Jester

Topical Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Gamma (PPARγ) Antagonists for Age-Related Changes in the Meibomian Gland

Dana Lin

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

Characterizing Genomic Sassanfar Aptamers

Justin Lin

Biomedical Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering, Material Sciences Engineering

Professor Michael Berns

The Centrosome and its Role in the Process of Cell Migration

Matthew CS. Linder

Public Health Sciences

Professor Sunny Jiang

Enzyme Activity Analysis of Multiple Marine Biofilm Producing Bacteria

Christy A. Loo


Professor William Cooper
Professor Michael Gonsior

Method Development for the Investigation of Photochemial Reactivity of Dissolved Organic Matter and its Dependency on Oxygen

Juan Lopez

Political Science/ History

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Transit Points: The Trafficking of Drugs through West Africa

Ronald Lopez Ramirez

Anthropology/ Economics

Professor Leo Chavez

Oil, Water, and Violence

Peiran Lu

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Microfluidic Design for Rapid Malaria Detection

Vanessa Luna

Psychology/ Education

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Micro Successes of First Generation Transfer Students