Fall 2011 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Andres Aguirre

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Bioethanol Production from D-xylose by Using Genetically Engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Brian R. Agustin

Biological Sciences

Professor John P. Fruehauf

Effect of Black Raspberry Components and Extracts on Differentiation and Proliferation of HL60 Leukemia Cell Line

Angela M. Allen

Biological Sciences

Professor John C. Fox
Professor Elizabeth Turner

Implementation and Assessment of a Formal Curriculum for Bedside Ultrasound Training

Jaime N. Allen


Professor Keith Murphy

How Children Use Money Despite Restrictions on Their Earning and Spending

Christina Amato

Biomedical Engineering

Professor James Earthman

A Novel Coating for NiTi alloy: PDMS with ZnO Particles

Imer Arnautovic

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Peter Ditto

Formal versus Intuitive Reasoning on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Thomas S. Assali

Biological Sciences

Professor Kenneth J. Shea
Professor Yusuke Yonamine

Enhancing Stability and Suppressing Non-Specific Adsorption of Synthetic Polymer Nanoparticles using a Zwitterion Monomer

Nada Awad

Biological Sciences

Professor Jennifer Martiny

Exploring Infectivity Patterns of Myoviruses on Unknown Synechococcus Strains

Cameron S. Bader

Biological Sciences

Professor David Camerini

Characterization of HIV Protease from Rare Viremic Non-Progressors

Rahaf Baker

Biological Sciences

Professor Ron Frostig

The Effect of Stimulation on the Infarct Size Directly after Temporary Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion in an Adult Rat Ischemic Stroke Model

Timothy Banh

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Wendy A.. Goldberg

Internalizing Symptoms and Sleep Quality in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Rene J. Barcenas


Professor David Snow

The Affects of Neighborhood Changes and Gentrification on Downtown Santa Ana Residents

Chesca Barrios

Biological Sciences/ Women's Studies Minor

Professor Lisa Flanagan

Generating Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells and Measuring their Dielectric Properties

Galia Barsever

Biological Sciences

Professor Lisa Pearl

Understanding the “Less is More” Effect in Language Development: A Look at Word Segmentation

Markie Bear

Anthropology/ Minor in Global Cultures

Professor Michael Montoya

Current Trends in Chocolate

Kyle A. Bishop

Quantitative Economics

Professor Gary Richardson

A Comparison of Long-Term Unemployment in the United States During the Great Depression and the Aftermath of the 2007 Financial Crisis

Allyson E. Blackstone

Chemistry/ Dance

Professor Jeffrey A. Russell

Relationship Between Lower Body Muscular Power and Incidence of Injuries in Dancers

Samantha D. Bondi

Urban Studies/ Political Science and Social Ecology

Professor David L. Feldman

Relationship between Air Pollutants and Water Quality in Southern California

Eddie Bonilla

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Rodolfo D.. Torres

Taking a Left at the Chicano Movement

Rao Borden

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor JoAnn Prause

The Relationship between Loan Modification and Homeowners’ Psychological

Giovanni A. Botten

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Michelle Fortier

Differences in Parental Response to Pain between White and Hispanic Parents of Pediatric Oncology Patients in the Home Setting

Myles D. Brady

Business Economics

Professor Jiawei Chen

Analysis of the 2008 SAFE Act: The Effect of Broker Licensing Requirements on Employment Outcomes for Loan Officers and Market Outcomes for Consumers

Marissa Brown

Dance-Performance/ Dance-Choreography

Professor Loretta Livingston

Creating a Concert

Nina Butingan


Professor Ron D. Frostig

The Aged Cortex Is Capable of Sensory-Induced Recovery from Ischemic Stroke

Everardo Camacho

Biomedical Engineering

Professor An H. Do
Professor Zoran Nenadic

Interfacing of a Brain Computer System with a Motorized Wheelchair

Tracy T. Cerda

Psychology/ Social Science

Professor Jodi A. Quas

Stress and Child Mental Health

Sebastien R. Cervantes


Professor Rebecca A. Davis

The Test within the Journey: Ritual and Game and the Effects of Failure in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Michelle K. Chan

Nursing Science

Professor Alison Holman

Social Environment Interacts with Genes to Predict Comorbid Posttraumatic Stress and Cardiovascular Disease

Jane T. Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Peter Kaiser

Methionine Stress in Breast Cancer Cells Induce Intrinsic Apoptosis

Vincent C. Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Mark Langdorf
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Timeliness of Consultation in the Emergency Department

Philip Chao

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Robert Edwards
Professor Elliot Hui

Optimization of Microfabricated In Vitro Culture Environment for Explanted Colon Crypts

Kevin Cheng


Professor Zhibin Guan

Utilization of Hydrogen Bonds to Prepare Dynamic Nanocomposites

Francesca B. Cheng


Professor Stanley R. . Bailey

Ethnic Church Effects on Second Generation Chinese American Protestants

Vickie Cheng

Chemistry/ Biology

Professor Shiou-Chuan Tsai

Elucidating the role of HedE in the Biosynthesis of the Hedamycin Aromatic Core

Silviu Cherloaba


Professor Gary Richardson

A Look into the Factors that Determine Commercial Bank Lending during Periods of Great Financial Stress

Edgar Cheung

Economics/ Minors: Digital Arts, Information & Computer Science

Professor John Crawford

Experience In The Honors Program

Heyzel F. Chevez

Psychology/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Belinda Campos

Pregnancy Intention: The Influence of Unintended Pregnancy on Pregnancy Experience and Postpartum Adjustment in Latinas

Linett M. Chevez

Psychology/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Belinda Campos

Culture, Stress and Social Support: Can Culture Buffer the Effects of Stress on Health and Academic Outcomes?

Chanel N. Chew

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

The Effect of Adolescent Nicotine Self-Administration on Alcohol Reinforcement during Adulthood

Kent Chiu

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Wendy A.. Goldberg

The Broader Autism Phenotype (BAP) in College Students: Associations with Individual Well-Being

Nicole N. Chmielewski

Women's Studies/ Chemistry

Professor Marek Kaminski

The Political Outcome of the Smolensk Tragedy in Poland

Joseph H. Choe

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven Gross

Regulation of Kinesin Light Chain by JIP

Ellen Y. Choi

Biological Sciences

Professor Olivier Civelli

The Role of Melanin-Concentrating Hormone in Regulation of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

Kenneth Chow

Environmental Engineering

Professor Sunny Jiang

Analysis of Flow Cytometry for Real-Time Virus Monitoring in Waste Water Treatment Processes

Jane Y. Chung

Political Science/ Religious Studies

Professor Cecelia Lynch

Ideology Survival through Propaganda

Jennifer L. Condas

Art History

Professor Alice Fahs
Professor Jon Wiener

The Emancipation of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller through Modern Art Matronage and Museum Building in Manhattan

Alexandra G. Coombs

Public Health Policy/ Sociology

Professor Tom Boellstorff

From Local to Global: How the Spatial Scaling of Globalization Impacts the Functioning of NGOs in their Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Alexandra Crampton

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Steven George

Optimization and Standardization of the Experimental Protocol for Calcium Ion Oscillations in Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cells

Rachel Danielson

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Ann K. Sakai
Professor Stephen G. Weller

Importance of Hybrid Zones in Breeding System Evolution

Chase T. Davis

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Wendy F. Liu

Analysis of Complement Protein Absorption on Cationic Polymer Coatings

Vileana L. De La Rosa

Comparative Literature

Professor Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Recreating and Rethinking La Voz: Analysis of Ethnic Student Media at UC Irvine and Beyond

Jason Del Rio

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Steven P. Gross

Regulation of Kinesin-1 Activity Through RanBP2: Control of Cytosolic Localization?

Anthony B. DeNicola

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Optimization of Growth Conditions for Yeast Cells Producing Human Collagen III

Ahmed T. Dessouki

Electrical Engineering

Professor Michael M. Green

Phase Locked Loop

Jason Q. Dinh

Mechanical Engineering

Professor David Reinkensmeyer

Integrating Technology with Motor Learning and Rehabilitation

Sang X. Do

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Eric D. Knowles

Speaking Without Words: Nonverbal Communication in Intergroup Interactions

Kathleen L. Dooley

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Demonstration of Gap Junction Formation on Novel Co-Culture Platforms

Kelsey L. Duckstad

Political Science

Professor Anthony McGann

Can NATO learn from the Taliban? A Study of Drug Interdiction in Afghanistan

Natasha T. Duell

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth Cauffman

Change Over Time in Risk Judgments Among Adolescents and Adults

Alyssa Marie A. Dy

Public Health Sciences/ Sociology

Professor Roxane C. Silver

Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer and their Parents: Parent Perceptions and Post-traumatic Growth

Samantha A. Elliott

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Donna Schuele

Is the Rise of Gender Equality in the Work Place Contributing to an Increase in White-Collar Crime Committed by Women?

Horacio M. Estabridis

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Botvinick

Fiber Matrix Analysis With Confocal Microscopy and Space Time Image Correlation

Chad D. Eyerly


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Analysis of Mass Changing, Photochemical Reactions Occurring in the Atmosphere

Ryan T. Farraro

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Bernard H. Choi

The Use of the Dorsal Window Model in Assessing Appropriate PDL+PDT Protocol

Kathryn Y. Felsinger


Professor Loretta Livingston

Creating a Dance Concert: the Value of Collaborative Processes in Dance-Making

Christine A. Feng

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

The Effect of 5-HT1A Antagonism on Behavioral Alterations Elicited by Nicotine on the Developing Dopamine System in Adolescence

Craig S. Flath

Biological Sciences

Professor David Gardiner

Expression of Cell-Surface Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans in the Regenerative Blastema of Ambystoma mexicanum (Axolotl)

Matthew E. Foerster

Political Science

Professor Patrick Morgan

Sharing Deterrence: “Origins of Unevenly Bolstered Security Arrangements and their Detrimental Effects on Northeast Asian Security”

Earl E. Foust

Comparative Literature/ History

Professor Adriana Johnson

Placeholders: The Native in, and out of, the Philippine Nationalist Imaginary

Lauren R. Freschauf

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Michelle Khine

Shrink-Induced Superhydrophobic Surfaces

Wesley T. Fuhrman


Professor Alexander L. Chernyshev

Magnon Decay Dynamics in the Quasi-2D Heisenberg Antiferromagnet

Wesley T. Fuhrman


Professor Sarah Eichhorn

Game Theory in the Quantum Regime: Routes to Resolution of Prisoner's and Traveler's Dilemma