Fall 2010 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Samar Abedrabbo

Biological Sciences

Professor Adam Martiny

Diversity and its Limits: Variation within Cyanobacterial Ecotypes

Ahmad Abiri

Computer Engineering/ Neurobiology

Professor An H. Do
Professor Zoran Nenadic

BCI-FES Integration System

Leah C. Acosta

Psychology/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Charles E. Wright

Investigating the Relationship between Effector Selection, Frame of Reference and Hick's Law

Asim Q. Ahmad

Biological Sciences

Professor Sheryl Tsai

Elucidating the Mechanism of Cyclization by the Bikaverin Synthase Product Template Domain through Site-Directed Mutagenesis

Steve Alcantar


Professor Stanley R. Bailey

Government Classification of Mixed-Race Individuals in the United States Census and its Effects on Self-Identification today

Ronald Almojuela


Professor Yen-Sheng Chiang
Professor Tonya Schuster

Undergraduate Utilization of Social Networking Sites

Justin Alters

Political Science/ Chinese Studies

Professor Dorothy Solinger

Treatment of Counterculture Movements by the Government in China

Helena N. Alvarado

Women's Studies

Professor Jennifer Terry

Gay and Lesbian Movement Coalition with Black Communities: A Critical Analysis

Daniela P. Amado

Psychology/ Cognitive Science

Professor Michael D. Lee

The Effects of Alzheminer's Disease on Metamemory

Menna H. Araya

Biological Sciences

Professor Elizabeth Rugg

An Investigation of Cold-Induced Gene Expression in Keratinocytes

David Avila

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Brian Wong

Investigating the Correlation between Frontal and Lateral Views of the Face using Internet-Based Ratings

Brenda Ayon

Political Science/ Sociology

Professor Susan K. Brown

Immigrant Social Mobility: The Immigrant v. Native Perspectives

Christopher E. Bach

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven D. Allison
Professor Donovan P. German

Optimizing Oxidase Assay Methods

Rahaf Baker

Biological Sciences/ Minoring in Philosophy

Professor Ron Frostig

The Effect of Reperfusion without Stimulation on the Infarct Size after Temporary Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion in an Adult Rat Ischemic Stroke Model

Mohammad A. Bandeali

Biological Sciences

Professor James W. Hicks

Thermoregulation Preferences During Pregnancy in the Oviparous Squamate Lamprophis fuliginosus

Bianca Y. Barrios

Social Science/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina Undergraduates Perceptions of Microaggressors, Coping and Well-Being

A. Melissa Benitez

Public Health Sciences/ Earth & Environmental Sciences

Professor Rufus Edwards

Global Warming and Aerosol Toxicity Co-benefits from Small-scale Industries in Mexico

Alisia M. Berci

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrea Tenner

Genetic and Pharmacological Approaches for Studying Potential Therapeutic Treatments with CD88-specific C5aR Antagonist in AD Mouse Models

Rachel I. Berman

Dance-Performance/ Dance-Choreography

Professor Loretta Livingston

CHP Honors Thesis: A Movement Study and Another Look

Karthik R. Bharadwaj


Professor Timothy Allen
Professor Norbert Fortin

Prefrontal Cortical Activity Coupled with Selective Hippocampal Inactivations in Rats During a Sequential Odor Task

Stephen J. Breen


Professor Russell Detwiler

Bench-Scale Experiments to Evaluate ERT as a Monitoring Tool for Geologic CO2 Sequestration

Curt K. Brown

Philosophy/ Political Science

Professor Anthony McGann

Election Forensics: Statistically Detecting Electoral Fraud in Iran's 2009 Presidential Election

Anna T. Bui

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Szu-Wen Wang

Truncation of E2 Scaffold for Control Disassembly and Assembly of the Nanoparticle Cage for Drug Delivery

Rachal Burton

African-American Studies

Professor Jessica Millward

Antiblackness in Tyler Perry Films

Colin S. Campbell

Biological Sciences

Professor James W. Hicks

Histologic Study of Heart Hypertrophy in Alligators with and without the Left Aorta

Juan E. Carrillo


Professor Frank D. Bean

The Effects of Birth Order and Gender on the Intergenerational Reproduction of Family Size Among Mexican Americans

Suzanne M. Casazza


Professor Alice Fahs

Vanity Fair and Defining the Emerging Middle Class

Elizabeth Chaboya

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Psychology

Professor Virginia A. Mann

Evaluating the Long-Term Effectiveness of Home-Based Program HABLA

Stephany S. Chacon


Professor Steven D. Allison

Organic Matter Concentration as a Constraint on Microbial Decomposition

Jane T. Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Peter Kaiser

Methionine Stress in Breast Cancer Cells Induce Intrinsic Apoptosis

Matthew J. Chang

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Fan Gang Zeng

Objective Assessment of Human Tinnitus

Melissa Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor James V. Jester

Using Bio Markers on in Vitro Bovine Eyes to Measure the Severity of Irritants Exposed to It

Philip H. Chao

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Optimization of Microfabricated in Vitro Culture Environment for Explanted Colon Crypts

Ivan Check

Information & Computer Science

Professor Tatsuya Suda

School Bullying and Cyberbullying Detection

Jung-Wei J. Chen

Studio Art

Professor Antoinette LaFarge

The Rising Influence of Consumer-Generated Media Through Vocaloid

Jesse Cheng

Asian American Studies

Professor Dorothy B.. Fujita-Rony

Many Families, One Household: The Changing Demographics and Racial Dynamics of Asians and Latinos Southern California

Vickie Cheng


Professor Sheryl Tsai

Elucidating the Role of HedE and WhiE Aromatase in the Biosynthesis of the Type II Polyketides

Favian S. Cheong

Biological Sciences

Professor Jogeshwar Mukherjee

Evaluation of CT Contrast Agent for Rat Spleen and Pancreas

Sriram E. Cherukupalli

Biological Sciences

Professor William J. Cooper

Rain Water Harvesting as an effective solution to Fluoride Poisoning in Rural India

Emma M. Choi

Biological Sciences

Professor Peng Li

Effects of Electroacupuncture on Neuronal Activity in the Arcuate Nucleus, Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla, and Ventrolateral Periaqeuductal Grey

Manita Choudhary

International Studies/ Biological Sciences

Professor Bojan Petrovic

The Status of Women in Post-Taliban Afghanistan

Christopher W. Chu

Quantitative Economics

Professor Gary Richardson

Bank Runs: The Precautions Necessary When More Money Is Taken Than Is Owned

Alice Chuang


Professor Evan Schofer

Sociodemographics and Their Association with Environmental Concern

David J. Curry

Sociology/ Economics

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres
Professor David A. Snow

Becoming All You Can Be: A Historical Analysis of the Role of Higher Education in Military Transition

Peter L. Damon


Professor William J. Evans

Bismuth Coordination Chemistry of the [2,6-(R2PCH2)2C6H3]1- Ligand

John M. Dandurand


Professor William Batchelder

Two Truths and a Lie

Morgan A. Davis


Professor Casey Perin

Mathematics and 17th Century Scepticism

Janice D. De Jesus

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Characterization and Integration of Poly N-Isopropylacrylamide in Pneumatically Controlled Microfluidic Channels

Jorge E.. Delmuro

Political Science/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

United States-Canadian Interdependency by Shared Infrastructure via Transportation, Security, Energy, and Trade

Pierre N. Demian

Political Science

Professor Caesar D.. Sereseres

Coptic Minority: Between the Guards and the Lions

Zixin Deng

Biomedical Engineering/ Minor: Biology

Professor Gultekin Gulsen

Implementing MR Dixon Imaging In Vivo

Tiffanie T. Do

Biological Sciences

Professor Jose M. Ranz
Professor Shu-Dan Yeh

Experimental Analysis on Efficiency of Sperm-Specific Gene SDIC in Drosophila melanogaster

Huy Q. Do

Biological Sciences

Professor Christine Suetterlin

Determine the Cleavage Site of CPAF in Centrosome Regulator Protein HsSAS-6

James P. Dolas

Electrical Engineering/ Music - Viola Performance

Professor Regina Ragan

Design and Fabrication of a MEMS Biosensor for Cellular Transport Research

Brianna J. Dong

Chemical Engineering

Professor William J. Cooper

Photo Degradation of Statins in Simulated and Natural Water Systems

Kathleen L. Dooley

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Demonstration of Gap Junction Formation on Novel Co-Culture Platforms

Usama Ehsan


Professor Michael P. Clark

Truth and Metaphors: A Path Diverged

Alexandra Epler


Professor Rebecca Black

Literacy, Learning, and Development in Virtual Worlds for Young Children

Jennifer Frayssinet

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Sociology

Professor Elizabeth Loftus

Fears, Phobias, & Childhood

Sara Freitas

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Adam Martiny

Flux and Composition over Time of Verrucomicrobia Population in Newport Bay

Lauren R. Freschauf

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Michelle Khine

Antibacterial Fabrication Through Super-Hydrophobic Conditions

Rose L . Friedland


Professor Raúl A. Fernández

Latin American Music in the United States

Samantha C. Frontera


Professor Katherine Faust

The Sorority Social Network vs. Mass Media Influences on Members’ Decision-Making