Fall 2012 Grant Recipients - (G-L)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Christopher A. Galeano

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Louis DeSipio

Immigration Related Media and its Negative Influence on Public Opinion of Immigration

Jessica Garcia

Political Science

Professor Patrick Morgan

Women Veteran Health Care

Berkenesh T. Gebrekristos

Biological Sciences

Professor Oswald Steward

Assessment of Forelimb Motor Function on Rats Using the Automatic Grip Strength Meter (auto-gsm) by Implementing Various Training Paradigms

Sahara E. George


Professor Fan-Gang Zeng

Release from Loudness Adaptation as a Function of Amplitude Depth Modulation in Young and Elderly Normal Hearing Listeners

Armen Gevorkyan

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Hartmut Luecke

The Use of Small Organic Molecules to Rescue Mutant Forms of the Tumor Suppressor p53

Heeva Ghane

Public Health Sciences

Professor David S. Timberlake

Rapid HIV Testing at a Mobile Testing Unit Amongst Men who have Sex with Men

Parneet Ghuman

Public Health Sciences/ Sociology

Professor Caesar Sereseres

How Do We Mobilize the Immobilized Population?

Jeffrey S. Gibson

Political Science/ Business Administration

Professor Patrick Morgan

Ethnic Conflicts in Pakistan: How the Army Exploits Them to Retain Power

Christopher J. Griffin


Professor Martin Schwab

Tea and The Arts of Being and Time

Roblen Guevarra


Professor Ron Frostig

Laminar Analysis of Horizontal Fiber Distributions in the Rat Somatosensory Cortex

Kristin K. Gundersen

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Salvatore R. Maddi

Hardiness as a Predictor of Officer Cadet Performance: A Longitudinal Study at the United States Military Academy, West Point

Eden S. Gutierrez

Biological Sciences

Professor Oswald Steward

The Effects of Lidocaine in Axonal Regeneration in Nogo-deficient Mice

Brenda Guzman

Biological Sciences

Professor Michelle Fortier

The Effects of Parental Language on Children's Illness Uncertainty

Lucas Hahn

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Robert Uriu

Shifts in Grand Strategy: China

Shacole L. Hamlett

Social Science/ African American Studies

Professor Jeanett Castellanos
Professor Thomas Parham

The Role of Spirituality in Success African American Entrepreneurship

Katherine L.. Hamorsky

Biological Sciences

Professor Virginia Kimonis
Professor Marie Wencel

The Quality of Life Questionnaire and the Inclusion Body Myositis Functional Rating Scale Used to Indicate the Effects that Diet and Exercise Have on the Progression of InclusionBody Myopathy with Early-onset Paget Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia

Patrick Hang

Biological Sciences

Professor Meredith A. Chabrier
Professor Frank LaFerla

Does Intracellular or Extracellular Amyloid-Beta Preferentially Facilitate Tau Pathology?

Anastasia J. Harris


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Introduction to Welwitindolinone

Bima Hasjim

Biological Sciences/ Psychology

Professor Min Li

Role pf Enkephalin during the Effects of Electroacupuncture on Hypertension

Brian Hermosillo

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Double Minoring in Chicano/Latino Studies and Biological Sciences

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Compadrehood: An Untapped Support System for Latino Male Undergraduates

Brian Hermosillo

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Double Minoring in Chicano/Latino Studies and Biological Sciences

Professor Belinda Campos

The Role of Perceived Social Support from Romantic Relationships for Latino Men

Victoria T. Ho

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Elliot Hui

Mathematical Modeling of Cell Behavior Verified Through 3-D Geometric Culture

Sophia P. Ho

Biological Sciences

Professor Zhiwei Wang

Screening Agonist/Antagonist of 5-HT7 in Fractionated Traditional Chinese Medicine

Rochelle K. Hoffman

Anthropology/ Education-minor

Professor AnneMarie M. Conley

What Defines Success: Culture as a Determinant of Academic Achievement for Immigrant and Nonimmigrant High School Students

Melika Hosseini


Professor Andrew Noymer

State Wide Infant Mortality Rates

Justin R. Huft

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Social Ecology

Professor Peter H. Ditto
Professor Eric D. Knowles

Qualitative Differences in Schemas of Depression Between Religious Groups

Jasmine K. Hugo

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor Salvatore R. Maddi
Professor Marina L. White

The Relationship between Hardiness Levels and Cardiovascular Recovery following an Aerobic Exercise Manipulation

Tyler H. Hunt

Political Science

Professor Charles A. Smith

Developments in the Judiciary’s Response to Human Trafficking Cases

Syed F. Hussain

Biological Sciences

Professor Brian J. . Wong

Electromechanical Reshaping and viability of Ex-vivo porcine Trachea

Carol T. Huynh

Biological Sciences/ Minor: Educational Studies

Professor Dan M. Cooper

Self-Regulation in Children with ADHD: The Relationship Between Self-Perceptions of Academic Competence and Academic Performance

Ji I. Hwang

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Automated Tumor Tissue Processing Dissociation Chamber for Microfluidic Biopsy Chip

Michelle Hwang

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot H. Hui

Microfluidic Implementation in Serial Dilution Processes

Caitlyn E. Hwe

Biological Sciences

Professor David M. Gardiner

Comparison of Opposing Positional Information in Axolotl and Mouse

Marty Ralph M. Ignacio

Public Health Policy/ Business Economics

Professor Zuzana Bic

Shifting the Fear of Hypoglycemia of Parents with Type 1 Diabetic Children

Anum Iqbal

Biological Sciences

Professor Bharath Chakravarthy
Professor Shahram Lotfipour
Professor Arthur Youssefian

Does a Consensus Exist between Emergency Physicians Regarding Physical Characteristics that Constitute a “Seatbelt Sign”?

Anam Iqbal

Public Health Sciences/ Minor in Education

Professor Matthew Blurton-Jones

The Potential Role for TOMM40 in Neuronal Function and Survival in Alzheimer's Disease

Jenny H. Jo

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Larry Jamner

Project Dream: Do Strong Emotions During the Day Correlate to the Contents of the Dreams at Night and the Time Spent in REM Cycle?

Trevor Jones

Civil Engineering

Professor Russell Detwiler

The Effects of Mineral Precipitation on Fluid Flow Properties in Carbonate Rock Systems

Bhavin S. Joshi

Chemistry/ Concentration in Biochem

Professor Zhibin Guan

Molecular Wiring of Quantum Dot Thin-Films: Towards Enhanced Transport

Long H. Kan

Political Science/ Economics

Professor Patrick M. Morgan

Outsourcing Security - The Private Military Industry's Impact on International Security

Long H. Kan

Political Science/ Economics

Professor Patrick M. Morgan

The Iraq Bubble: How Private Security Companies Adapted to the End of an Era

Akanksha Kandhari

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal

To Determine Whether and How Increased Activation of Aged Dendritic Cells Affects the Function of Lung Epithelial Cells

Hannah M. Kang

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Peter H. Ditto

Taboo Trade-offs Based on Five Moral Foundations

Khizar I. Karwa


Professor John Garman

Motor Control for Accurate Characterization of a Small IC Engine

Behdad Kavianpour

Biological Sciences

Professor James V.. Jester

Evaluation of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation as a Potential Therapy for Corneal Disease by Immunofluorescent Computed Tomography (ICT)

Parastou S. Khalessi Hosseini

Public Health Sciences/ Psychology

Professor Brandon Brown

Cultural Perceptions of HPV and Vaccine Uptake among High School Students in Orange County

Anthony A. Khong

Biological Sciences

Professor Chris Fox
Professor Shahram Lotfipour
Professor Eric J. Mervis

Common Bile Duct

Nima Khoshab


Professor Kwang M. Jung
Professor Daniele Piomelli

Endocannabinoid-Mediated Neuroprotection in Cellular Models of Alzheimer’s Disease

Amrita Khoshoo

History/ Global Cultures

Professor Allison Perlman

Adventure & Mystery: The Legends and Legacies of Contemporary Adventurers Hiram Bingham, Henry Steele, and Indiana Jones

Esther Kim

Biological Sciences

Professor Cristobal Barrios
Professor Allen Kong

The Importance of Brief Screening and Intervention in Older Patients

Kenny Kim

Business Economics

Professor Gary Richardson

Federal Reserve Policies of Great Depression

Lauren R. King


Professor Julia R. Lupton

"As Woman or as Knight": An Exploration of the Role of the Female Knight in Literaure

Kevin P. Klein

Chemical Engineering/ Minor in Bioprocess Engineering

Professor Szu-Wen Wang

The pH-Responsiveness of Engineered Protein Nanocapsules

Jennifer Komissarenko

Political Science/ History

Professor Patrick Morgan
Professor Caesar Sereseres

Land Rights and Terrorism: An Analysis of the Growing Threat of Mapuche Indigenous Tribes to the United States and Chile

Marc Kryger

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Metabolic Pathway Optimization of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for Production of Polyketides

Steven Kurumada


Professor Mahtab Jafari

Identifying Cinnamomum aromaticum’s Mechanism of Action through Dietary Restriction in Drosophila melanogaster

Valerie Ky

Social Science

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

PSC Model Factors that Contribute to High School Counselors' Perspective On a Successful College Placement

Rocio La Rosa

International Studies

Professor Christopher Whytock

Prosecutorial Discretion and the International Criminal Court

Kenneth W. Lai

English/ Classics

Professor James A. Steintrager

Nationalized Provinces: H.P. Lovecraft and the Search for Identity in Post-Industrial America

Sophia Lam

Biological Sciences

Professor Paolo Casali
Professor Tonika Lam

Induction of Autophagy in B Cells by CD40, BCR and TLR Signaling

Tiffany T. Lam

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Biological Sciences

Professor Wendy Goldberg

Are Sibling Relationship Quality and Friendship Quality Related to Theory of Mind in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Khuyen Lam

Anthropology/ Political Science, International Studies

Professor Kristin Peterson

The Delta Blues: How Foreclosure is Dragging Down California's Most Inland Port

Anthony C. Lan

Chemical Engineering

Professor Hung Nguyen

Deciphering Kinetic Mechanisms of DNA Renaturation and Self-Assembly via Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Benjamin M. Latham-Bryman

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor JoAnn Prause

Understanding Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants by College Students: The Roles of Locus of Control, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Esteem

Linh K. Le

Political Science/ Anthropology

Professor Robert Garfias
Professor Caesar D.. Sereseres

Examining the Rise of Hatsune Miku: The 1st International Virtual Idol

Jeanette Lee

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Adam Martiny

Marine Nutrient Stoichiometric Ratios in Southern California

Julia I. Lee

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth Cauffman

Involvement in the Juvenile Justice System and its Impact on Self-Esteem

Marilyn Leider


Professor James T. Chiampi

Dante's Choreography: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Deborah A. Lewis


Professor Alice Fahs

A Place to Call Home: Revisiting America's First Jewish Orphanage

Amanda G. Li

Biological Sciences

Professor Sunny Jiang
Professor Janet Rowe

Interactions Between Pseudo-nitzchia and Bacteria

Zhenzhi Li

Biological Sciences

Professor Yi-Hong Zhou

Different EFEMP1 Domains’ Role in Glioblastoma Multiforme

Vicky Lien

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Ilona Yim

Biculturalism, Loneliness, and Stress Reactivity in Asian Americans

Jonathan B. Lim

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Business Administration

Professor Chuansheng Chen

Love at First Sight?: Asian Americans’ Use of Impression Management on a First Date

Eric C. Lim

Biological Sciences

Professor Ron Frostig

Mechanism of Broad Multi-whisker Sensory Integration in Barrel Cortex: Understanding Initial Input Activity in Layer 4 Circuits

Kevin M. Limtao

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Mark Bachman

Microfluidic Platform for High-Throughput, Small-Sample Protein Analysis

David D. Liu

Anthropology/ Public Health Policy

Professor Kristin Peterson

Mexican Orphan Experience and the Impact from Non-profit Organizations

Estefania Lopez

Political Science/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

The Psychosociocultural Analysis on Undocumented Latina/o Students’ Academic Persistence

David Lu

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Identifying Green Tea’s Effect on Dietary Restriction in Drosophila melanogaster

Becky N. Lu

Biological Sciences

Professor Enrico Gratton

FAK and Paxillin dynamics inside Focal Adhesions