Fall 2011 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Jesus j. Macias

Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Ana E. Rosas

The Cholo Stories: Latinos Choosing Streets Over Classrooms

Arman Majidi

History/ International Studies

Professor Touraj Daryaee
Professor Bojan Petrovic

Safavids contributions to Modern Iranian State

Arman Majidi

History/ International Studies

Professor Touraj Daryaee
Professor Bojan Petrovic

Identifying influences of the Usuli-Akhbari Schism in Shi’a Islam on 19th and 20th Century Events in Iran

Victor W. Mak


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Progress Towards the Total Synthesis of (–)-Stenine

Mahyar Malekan

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

Examining Translation Initiation Function in Ribozymes

Shadia J. Mansour

Anthropology/ Public Health Policy

Professor Michael J. Montoya

Women and "PMS": Clinical, Pharmaceutical, and Social Influences

Sonia L. Martinez

Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Belinda Campos

"Migrant Farmworkers: The Conceptualization of Daily Stressors and its Influence on Anxiety and Depression

Samantha T. Matsumoto


Professor Loretta Livingston

A Viewing Station

Aaron A. McCullough


Professor David Frank

Global Inequality and Ties to the World Polity By INGO Sector

Paul A. Mceldowney

Mathematics/ Philosophy

Professor Jeremy Heis

The Epistemic and Methodological roles of Visualization in Mathematics

Tyler D. McGlasson

Biological Sciences

Professor Stephanie Tjen-A-Looi

Modulation of Cardiopulmonary Depressor Reflex in Nucleus Ambiguus by Electroacupuncture: Role of Opioid Neural Pathways

Nicole L. Mendoza

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Steven C. George

The Effects of Hypoxia-Conditioned Tumor Cultures on 3D Capillary Formation

Nancy E. Mendoza

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jodi A. Quas

Recantations Across Abuse Types

Nathan D. Mih

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Shiou-Chuan Tsai

Structure-Function Relationship of Mycocerosic Acid Synthase in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Indrani Mikkilineni

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Microplatforms for Malaria Diagnosis

Roya M. Mirilavassani

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

HDV-like Ribozyme Self-Cleavage Enhancement in the Presence of a Metabolite

Katie Mo

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Steven C. George

Donor Variability of Endothelial Progenitor Cells in Prevascularized Fibrin Tissue

Jeremy Moore


Professor Victoria Johnson

Playing For Immunity: Survivor’s Role as an Emergent Genre in the Humanities

Cameron S. Moore

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Bernard Choi

Quantifying Dental Pulpal Vitality with Laser Speckle Imaging

Christian A. Morales


Professor Samuel Gilmore

Cultural Production and Urban Renewal in Echo Park.

Clara A. Moreno

Social Ecology

Professor Belinda Campos

Simpatía and Stress: Do Cultural Ideals Shape Stress Experience?

Amber N. Morley

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Ilona Yim

Stress Reactivity and Depression in Early Pregnancy

Hassan Mukhlis

Political Science/ Comperative Literature

Professor Bojan Petrovic

Effect of Hudood (Hadd) Laws upon the Legislative branch of the state (Pakistan vs. Indonesia)

Karen N. Naguib

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Wendy Goldberg
Professor Agnes Ly

Question Asking Behavior Among Parents With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Children

Vincent Reginald F. Narvaez

Biological Sciences

Professor Michelle A. Fortier

Is There a Correlation Between Parental Anxiety and the Behavior towards and Use of Pain Medication in Pediatric Cancer Patients

Linda M. Naylor

Criminology, Law & Society/ Minor - Educational Studies

Professor Donna C. Schuele

Assessment of Structured (Facilitated) vs. Unstructured (Unfacilitated) Study Groups and Their Effect on Student Learning in C7 - Introduction to Criminology, Law and Society: a Course Offered at UCI

Michelle M. Nelson

Quantitative Economics

Professor Gary Richardson

The Role of the United States Government in Monitoring Economic Reform and Protecting Consumers

Zahra Nematinejad

Public Health Policy/ minor in cognitive sciences

Professor Jorge Busciglio
Professor Pinar E. Coskun

Analysis of Mitochondrial Dysfunctions in Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Marina Nemetalla


Professor Martin Smith

The Role of Agrin/alpha3 Na+, K+ ATPase Interaction in Regulating Postsynaptic Ion Homeostasis

Stella Ng

Business Economics

Professor Gary Richardson

Bank Morbidity in Rural vs. Cosmopolitan California in 1933

Thinh Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering/ Materials Science

Professor Farghalli A. Mohamed

An Investigation into the Effect of Parameters on Spark Plasma Sintering of Cryomilled Titanium Powders

Tony D. Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Brian Wong

Effects of Electromechanical Reshaping on Mechanical Behavior and Structural Changes of Bovine Tendon

Phoebe Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Wendy Liu

The Role of the Extracellular Matrix in Regulating Bone-Marrow Derived Macrophage Phenotype

Lucas Q. Nguyen


Professor Chris D. Vanderwal

Zincke Aldehyde Heck Couplings and Synthesis of Substituted Pyridines

My Chi N. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Shiou-Chuan Tsai

Elucidating the Novel Priming Mechanism by the Enzymes AuaE and AuaEII in Aurachin D Biosynthesis

Emily J. Nolasco

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

The Effects of Nicotine on Behavior Mediated by the Dentate Gyrus

Albert T. Novelozo

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Elliot Currie

Obstacles For Change: The Challenges Faced by Critical Resistance Activists

Michelle Oei

Chemistry/ Biology

Professor David Gardiner

Expression of Heparan Sulfates in Regenerating Limbs of an Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Hilda Ortiz

Public Health Sciences

Professor Frances Leslie

Determining the Role of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors (nAChRs) in the Rewarding Mechanism of Cigarette Smoke Extract (CSE) Using Radioligand Binding Displacement

Breanna N. Padilla

Biomedical Engineering/ Material Science Engineering

Professor Elliot Botvinick

Characterizing the 3-D Micro-Environment of Matrigel Network in a Novel Strain Gradient Device

Avinash B . Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Shiou-Chuan Tsai

Determining the Structure and Function of Monooxygenases BexI, BexE and BexM Involved in the Biosynthesis of BE-7585A

Michael C. Peng


Professor Andrej Luptak

Fluorescent Labeling RNA to Analyze Ribozyme Kinetics by Fluorescence Anisotropy

Lucy Perkins

Business Economics

Professor Gary Richardson

Do Income Tax Levels Have a Distinct Effect on Recovering from Economic Recession?

Ryan M. Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Edwin S. Monuki

Determining the Role of Lhx2 in maintaining the radial glial population

Kevin Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Bharath Chakravarthy
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Motor Vehicle Collision in Relation to the Proximity of Electronic Billboard in a Large Urban Setting

Lucas N. Phi

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Tallie Z. Baram

Mechanisms of Dendritic Spine Loss in Dissociated Hippocampal Pyramidal Neurons Induced by Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH)

Henna Pithia

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Bojan Petrovic

Human Rights in the Middle East

Aswini Ponnaluri

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Cell Simulation using Cardiomyocyte Cells

Jason Poullard

Dance/ Drama

Professor Chad Hall
Professor Sheron Wray


Sophie Punkar

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Elliot Currie

Transphobia and the Prison Industrial Complex

Kara E. Rajapakse

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Donna C. Schuele

To Serve and Protect: Tribal Policing in California

Richard G. Ramos


Professor Catherine Bolzendahl

The Perception of the Male Sex-Role in Media

Matthew L. Richardson


Professor Bruce G. Berg

Investigating Properties of the Auditory Temporal System

Maria E. Rivera

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina/o Mestizaje: The Influence of Generational Assimilation on Spiritual and Religious Practices

Betsy A. Robles


Professor Ana E. Rosas

Ethnic Mexican Women Activism and Resistance

Crystal E. Romero

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Mona Lynch

Minority Police Officers – Their Experience and How They are Viewed by Their Communities

Melissa C. Rose


Professor Irene Tucker

Jane Austen: Characterization and Literature in Transition

Skyler Rosso


Professor Rebecca Davis

Idealized Hypermasculinity and Demonized Femininity in the Grail Legend: A Look into the Gender Dynamics in the Society of Arthurian Writers

Sara Sabour

Political Science/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Diana Kapiszewski

Protecting Loyalty to the Truth? A Comparative Analysis of Whistleblower Legislation

Stella N. Sakhon

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Gary Richardson

Banking Panics and Decisions

Jamil S. Samaan

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Steven Gross

Altered Function of Kinesin by Halo Interaction

Asal Samadi

Biological Sciences

Professor Shin Lin

Impacts of Tai Chi on Athletic Performance Strength, Speed and Endurance

Alyssa Sanders


Professor AnneMarie Conley

Gender Differences is Math Course Selection Across High School Students

Navneet K. Sandhu


Professor Elizabeth Cauffman

Positive and Negative Experiences in Romantic Relationships: How do these Experiences Affect Anger in Adolescents and Rates of Offending while Incarcerated?

Vatche Satamian

Biological Sciences

Professor Jonathan R.T. Lakey

Noninvasive In-Vivo Monitoring of Host Response to Biomaterial Encapsulated Islets using the Dorsal Window Model

Ronica P. Senores

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Wendy A. Goldberg

Do Mothers of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder View Maternal Employment Differently than Mothers of Typically Developing Children?

Madiha Shahabuddin

Political Science

Professor James Danziger

Causes of Corruption in Colonial India

Mehwish Shakeel

International Studies

Professor Christine Hegel-Cantarella
Professor Karen B.. Leonard

American Muslim Women: Applicability of Islamic Principles in a Western Context

John Shen

Business Economics/ Political Science

Professor Donna Schuele
Professor Donna Schuele

The Years since 9/11: US Political Involvement in the Middle East: A Study of Afghanistan

Ankita K. Shukla

Developmental & Cell Biology/ Anthropology

Professor Christopher Hughes

Effect of Alk1 on VEGF Pathway in Endothelial Cells

Abdullah S. Siddiqui

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Computer Simulation of Cell Migration

Hannah Simon

English/ Creative Writing Emphasis

Professor Ron Carlson

Short Stories Discussing the Insane

Abraham E. Sosa

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan P. German

Phylogenetics of fishes in the family Stichaeidae

Cassandra D. Stiftl

Women's Studies/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Karen Kim
Professor Jennifer Terry

Marketing Birth Control and The Deviant Female Body

Alyssa R. Strawn

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven Gross

Regulation of Kinesin by CK II

Philip H. Suh

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Elliot Hui

Analysis of Tumor-Stromal Migration on Micromechanical Reconfigurable Co-Culture

Cheng-wei Sun


Professor Belinda Robnett

Inter-Asian Discrimination: Exclusion of Southeastern Asians in Mate Selection

Xiaocong Sun

Biological Sciences

Professor Bernard Choi

Preclinical Evaluation of Photosensitizers in the Use of PDT on Normal Vasculature Using the Dorsal Window Chamber Model

Hussain F. Syed

Biological Sciences

Professor Brian J . Wong

Electromechanical Reshaping and viability of Ex-vivo porcine trachea

Nayab Syeda

Sociology/ Anthropology

Professor Catherine Bolzendahl

Attitudinal Support for Women in the Public Sphere and Men in the Private Sphere