Fall 2009 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Lauren T. Mack


Professor Donald Hill

The Auditioning Actor: Research in New York City

Steven Maler

Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari
Professor Sam Schriner

Measuring Activation of Sirtuin Protein in Rhodiola rosea-fed Drosophila Melanogaster

Erna Mamikonyan

International Studies/ Economics

Professor Levon Marashlian
Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Background of US Policies Toward Armenia and US Involvement in Current Armenian-Turkish Negotiations

Michelle A. Mar

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor Wayne Sandholtz

HIV/AIDS and Africa: How Cultural Norms have transformed HIV/AIDS into a Gendered Disease

Kathleen Rae B. Marcelo

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven Allison
Professor Donovan German

The Effects of Temperature on the Dynamics of Soil Organic Matter Decomposition

Andreea Marina


Professor Thomas J. Carew

Regulation of PKA Activity in Response to Repeated P9 Shocks

Cristian N. Martinez

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Comparative Analysis: Brazilian Foreign Policy Strategies To Attain Global Power Status

Isabel Rose O. Masanque

Political Science/ Sociology

Professor Diana Kapiszewski

Judicial Decision-Making in the Context of Rights-Based Claims in South Africa

Roxann Massoumi

Biological Sciences

Professor James Nowick

Aggregation Inhibition

Heather C. Maynard

Public Health Sciences

Professor Anthony A. James

Estimating the Economic Cost of a Dengue Fever Epidemic in Mexico

Kelsey D. Meagher


Professor Richard Matthew

Student Attitudes and Behaviors around Sustainable Food at UC Irvine

Nilofar Mehdizadeh Saraj

Political Science/ Business Management Minor

Professor Caesar Sereseres

How Countries Circumvent Economic Sanctions

Maria S. Menchaca

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Effects of Adolescent Alcohol Exposure on Alcohol Preference Later in Life

Erik E. Menjivar

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Raymond Novaco

Weekend Warriors: The Effects of Deployment Stress on Medical Air Force Reservists

David A. Merten-Jones


Professor Christopher Dobrian

Realtime Interpretation of Musical Gesture in Performance Data

Shadi N. Milani

Biological Sciences

Professor Yi-Hong Zhou

To Determine the CCL2 Effect on the Migration of Neural Stem-Like Cells in Glioma

Hannah L. Morris


Professor Loretta Livingston

Pedagogy and Methodology of Yoga

John B. Morrison


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Hygroscopic Growth and Deliquescence of Inorganic Nanoparticles Mixed with Surfactants

Niloufar Moslehi


Professor Nasrin Rahimieh

The Radically Evolving Persian Language

Mariam Mostamand

Biological Sciences

Professor Virginia Kimonis

Validation of the Quality of Life Questionnaire and the IBM Functional Rating Scale in VCP Associated Inclusion Body Myopathy, Paget Disease of Bone and Frontotemporal Dementia

Melissa E. Munoz


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

A Psychosociocultural (PSC) Analysis of Latino Gay Undergraduates and Their Coping Strategies

Benjamin K. Ndugga-Kabuye

Anthropology/ Criminology

Professor William Maurer

Privatization of the UC: Effect on Underrepresented Populations A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis

Valerie D. Neino

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Steven D. Allison

Marine Time Series Analysis

Marina A. Nemetalla

Biological Sciences

Professor Martin Smith

Agrin/alpha 3 Na,K-ATPase Interactions and Seizure Activity in Brain

Bryan D. Ngo

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Wen-Hwa Lee

Molecular Dissection of Hec1 Reveals Leucine Heptad-Rich Domain 1 Is Essential for Stable Mitotic Spindle Assembly and Function

Annie Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Ann K. Sakai
Professor Stephen G. Weller

The Level of Inbreeding Depression Following Intermittent Autogamy in Oxalis Alpina

Long-Quan T. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Ann K. Sakai
Professor Stephen G. Weller

The Effects of Asymmetric Incompatibility on Morph Segregation Patterns in Progeny of the Mid-Styled Morphs in Three Tristylous Populations of Oxalis Alpina

Tony D. Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Brian Wong

Mechanical Changes in Stiffness of Bovine Tendon Following Electromechanical Reshaping

Natalie T. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Sunny Jiang
Professor Marilou Sison-Mangus

Interactions of Viruses and Bloom-Forming Diatoms in the Southern California Coast

Brian T. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Thomas L. Poulos

Biochemical Characterization and Structure-Function Analysis of the Thermophilic Cytochrome P450 CYP119 of Sulfolobus Acidocaldarius

Lucas Q. Nguyen


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Kinetics of Chemical Aging of SOA on Solid Substrates

Madelyne M. Oliver

Art History/ Anthropology

Professor Alka Patel

In the Face of Architecture: a Look at Andalusia

Kristin M. Oto

Political Science/ Minor: Conflict Resolution

Professor Patrick Morgan

Contemporary Status of the Laws of War

Breanna N. Padilla

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Botvinick

Determining the Force Gradient of the Twistometer 9000 and its Influence on Capillary Formation

Anish D. Parmar

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Biological Sciences

Professor Eric Potma

Fluid Dynamics and Structural Implication of Mosquito Proboscis

Pinal J. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

FTY720 Effects on Cells Over-Expressing Rheb

Reena N. Patel


Professor Gary Richardson

Political Events during the Great Depression

Jessica M. Perez

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Mechanisms Underlying Nicotine, Norharmane, and Nicotine plus Norharmane Self-Administration in Adult Male Rats

Romela Petrosyan

Biological Sciences

Professor Tallie Z. Z. Baram

Persistence of the Repression of the hcn1 Gene by NRSF after Seizures

Kevin T. Phan

Biological Sciences

Professor Hans S. Keirstead

A System to Study Neurogenesis and Development: Comparison of Gene Expression in Human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESCs) to Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Motor Neuron Progenitors (MNPs) and Adult Human Spinal Cord

Angelica Pinedo

Comparative Literature

Professor Catherine Liu

Adorno and Debord on Subjectivity and Mass Culture

Nicholas Plassaras

Political Science

Professor Wayne Sandholtz

Cross-Case Comparison of Alien Tort Statute Jurisprudence

Hao Qu

English/ European Studies, and Chinese

Professor Kai Evers
Professor Jane O. Newman

Dream of Globalization: Chinese Work-Study Movement in France

Nancy K. Quintanilla


Professor Rodrigo Lazo

Movement through Language: the Object of Bilingualism in Julia Alvarez’s and Judith Ortiz Cofer’s Writing

Jonathan D. Radocay

English/ Philosophy

Professor Richard Godden

The City Noir: Representations of Los Angeles' Urban Landscape in 1930s Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction

Victoria Ramirez

Criminology, Law & Society/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Ana Rosas

The Effectiveness of Gang Injunctions in Latino Communities: Do Gang Injunctions Serve to Provide a Safe Environment for Compton Residents?

Monica D. Ramstetter

Mathematics/ Economics

Professor Adriana D. Briscoe
Professor Michael J. Phelan

Pinpointing the Origins of a Novel Wing Color in Mimetic Butterflies

Pitcha Ratanawong

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Yi-Hong Zhou

Extracellular Functional of EFMP in Suppressing Angiogenesis of Glioma

Bogdan A. Rau

Biological Sciences

Professor Ulrike Luderer

Effect of Absent Gclm Expression on Male Mouse Fertility and Sperm Counts

Maryam Rokhideh

International Studies/ Conflict Resolution

Professor Paula Garb

African Solution to Conflict: Mediation in Africa

John M. Romero


Professor Lynn Mally

The "National Question" and Early-Soviet Nationalities Policy

Eric C. Romney

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Matthew Katz

The Effect of Nicotine upon Pancreatic Cancer Progression and Metastasis In Vitro and In Vivo

Jiraporn Rungvivatjarus


Professor Amihai Glazer

Pharmaceutical Expenditure

Ali Saadi

Biological Sciences

Professor William R. Schonfeld

Current Judicial Interpretation of the California Public Records Act

Arya Saidi

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Zhongping Chen

Fluorescence Guided Early Detection of Atherosclerosis with an Additional Optical Coherence Tomography Characterization

Stephanie A. Sajor

Film & Media Studies/ Political Science

Professor Kristen Hatch

Film Comes to Life: Unpacking the Success of Theme Park Rides

Melissa N. Sakamoto

International Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

The Future of the Italian State: Italian National and Regional Identities

Patricia Salgado

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances Leslie

5-HT's Potential to Modulate Nicotine's Addictive Effects

Natalie R. Sanaee

Biological Sciences

Professor Douglas C. Wallace

Changes in mtDNA tRNALeu(UUR) A3243G Heteroplasmy Levels Result in Changes in the Mitochondrial Gene Expression Profile which Correlate with Phenotypic Shifts from Diabetes to MELAS

Sandra Saravia

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Jeanett Castellanos
Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina/o Religion and Spirituality Influence on Students’ Experience

Jessica Schlitz

International Studies/ Spanish

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Strategic Aspects of Turkey

Eric T. Schlothan


Professor Michael McBride

Mega Churches and the Problem of "Free Riders"

Meriam A. Sebaa


Professor Clare Yu

Study of the Effect of Flow on the Direction of Cilia Beating in Xenopus Embryos

Samantha G. Serrano

Criminology, Law & Society/ Chicano/ Latino Studies

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres
Professor Alfonso J. Valdez

Social Influences on Females Leading to Gang Affiliation

Osama Shabaik

International Studies/ Economics

Professor William Maurer

Islamic Economics as an Alternative to Capitalism, and a Possible Solution to the Economic Crisis

Nirvi V. Shah

Biological Sciences

Professor Yi-Hong Zhou

An Analysis of the TP53 Gene Mutation Status in Neural Stem-Like Cells from Malignant Gliomas

Jagadev P. Sharma

Psychology/ political science

Professor Margaret Schneider

Sleep and Fitness in Adolescents

Adria J. Sherman

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Michael W. Berns

Identification of Parameters for Cellular Response to Laser Induced DNA Damage of Mitotic Chromosomes

Jenny Shi


Professor Pernille Hemmer
Professor Michael D. Lee
Professor Mark Steyvers

The Influence of Prior Knowledge on Reconstructive Memory

Jenny Shi


Professor Mary Louise Kean

False Memories Elicited from Word List Stimuli

Reveka V. Shteynberg

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Mona Lynch
Professor Donna C. Schuele

Gender Roles in Perception of Female Criminals Based on Crimes Committed

Guneet Singh

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Celia W. Goulding

Characterizing the D2 Domain of the Mycobacterial Protein Rv0206c, a Potential Transmembrane Heme Transporter

Shannan F. Slagle


Professor Jeffrey A. Russell

Intra-Tester and Inter-Tester Reliability of Inclinometry to Measure Plantar Flexion in Ballet Dancers

Kevin J. Slagle

Physics/ Math

Professor Anyes Taffard

The Search for the Heavy Majorana Neutrino and the ATLAS Data Quality Monitoring Display

Tandis Soltani

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrei Novac

Posttraumatic Relational Syndrome

Wendy Sosa

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Media Influence; A Case Study of Mexican and Venezuelan Violence in Internal Conflict Perception

Dhivya Sridhar

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Marc Madou

Capillary Valving and Pumping

Aishwarya Sridharan

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal

Mechanisms of Age-associated Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells Dysfunction

Patrick G. Stanley


Professor Margaret Schneider

Sedentary Activities & Enjoyment of Physical Activity

Katherine M. Stewart

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Stephanie M. Reich

The Impact of Maternal Verbalizations During Shared Book Reading on Language Development at 18 Months of Age

Scott Strayer

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Botvinick

Construction of an Active Micro-Rheometer

Erica Su

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Brian J-F. Wong

Evaluation of Laser Ablation of Knee Cartilage as an Alternative to Microfracture Surgery

Victoria L. Suarez

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Elliot Currie

Where Are They Now?: Life Course Changes Among Rural Youth