Fall 2012 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Jennifer Majdick

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Crimonology, Law & Society

Professor Michael R. Rose

Defining the Effect of Desiccation on Athletic Endurance and Cardiac Function in Drosophila melanogaster

Talar Malakian


Professor Arlene R. Keizer

Armenian-American Diaspora Narratives of Postmemory

Mahyar Malekan

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

Examining Translation Initiation Function of HDV-like Ribozymes Using Bicistronic Constructs

Meena A. Malik

Comparative Literature

Professor Jane Newman

Nawal El Saadawi

Asad Malim

African-American Studies

Professor Sohail Daulatzai

40 Acres and a Mosque: Black Islam, Racialization, and the Post 9/11 Era

Melinda Malley

Mechanical Engineering/ English

Professor Mark Bachman

Direct Hearing Device

Andrew Martin del Campo

Information & Computer Science

Professor Alex Nicolau

Classification of Programs and Program Optimization for Performance (Completion Time) versus Power Consumption

Kelsey C. Martinez

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Sally Dickerson

The Effects of Personality on Appraisals of Acute Stress

Margaret McDuffee

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Ilona Yim

Placental Corticotropin-releasing Hormone and Infant Outcomes

Lucus D. McKenzie


Professor David A. Smith

Worker Stratification in the Southern California Logistics Industry

Esther Mealy


Professor Sheila O'Rourke
Professor Kristin Peterson

StripperWeb: Resistance to and Collusion with Sexual Norms in an Online Community of Professional Transgressives

Bozhao Men

Biological Sciences

Professor Yi-Hong Zhou

EFEMP1 in Prostate Cancer and Stromal Tissue

Yoselinda Mendoza

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Glenda Flores
Professor Maria Rendon

Latino Male Persistence in Higher Education: A Qualitative Analysis of the Latino Male Undergraduate Experience

Janki Merai

Psychology/ Anthropology

Professor Jodi Quas

The Relation between Child Witnesses' Numerosity Abilities and Case Outcomes

Fergie Anne C. Mercado

Biological Sciences

Professor Michelle Fortier

Is There a Relationship between Parental Behavioral Responses to Pain and Ethnicity and the Quality of Life in Pediatric Cancer Patients?

Indrani Mikkilineni

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C.. Tang

Integration of Optical Detection System with Microplatforms to Diagnose Malaria

Roya M. Mirilavassani

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

Metabolite-Induced Change in Self-Scission of the F. prausnitzii ribozyme

Lubna s. Mohammad

Criminology, Law & Society/ Social Ecology

Professor Susan Turner

The Mental Effects of Solitary Confinment on Adult Males

Verenice I. Mojica

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Derek Dunn-Rankin

Experimental Study of Water-Laden Methane Non-Premixed Flame in a Counterflow Configuration

Geovani Montoya


Professor Barbara Finlayson-Pitts

Impact of a Particle Concentrator on Physicochemical Properties

Lourdes V. Morales


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina/o Students: The Role of Positive Psychology and Well-Being

Kevin Mori

Business Information Management

Professor Gillian Hayes

Navigating Multiple Identities Through Offline and Online Spaces

Karen G. Munoz

Public Health Sciences/ Public Health Policy

Professor Brandon Brown

HPV and Cervical Cancer Knowledge among Low-socio Economic Hispanic Women in Orange County

Paige M. Murata

Chemistry/ Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

Selection for Natural Eukaryotic Aptamers to Identify Potential Riboswitches that Regulate Gene Expression

Khang P. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Luis P. Villareal

Can Squalamine Present an Effective Anti-viral Activity against Encephalomyocarditis Virus in the Context of Interferon Immunity?

Ai-Thuan P. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Min Li

Cholecystokinin (CCK) Effects on Sympathoinhibitory Responses

Amanda Nguyen

Public Health Policy/ Political Science

Professor Lisa Grant-Ludwig

Emergency Medical Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and Its Application to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

Emily H. Nguyen

Biological Sciences/ N/A

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Neuronal Activation Induced by Acute Co-administration of EtOH and Nicotine

Phoebe Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Wendy Liu

The Roles of the Physical Microenvironment in Regulating Bone Marrow Derived Macrophage Polarization and Function

Tan Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Olivier Civelli

Sex Differences in the Expression of Melanin-Concentrating Hormone

Y T. Nguyen


Professor Yang Su

Contradictions, the Chinese Revolution and Its Influences

Therese P. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Michelle Fortier

Parental Perception of Postoperative Pain in Pediatric Patients and Child Temperament

Adrienne K. Nguyen

History/ Anthropology

Professor Emily S. Rosenberg

Second Generation Vietnamese Americans and the Historical Memory of the Vietnam War

Y Nguyen


Professor Raul Fernandez
Professor Rodolfo Torres

The University Factory System

Monica Le. Nguyen

Political Science

Professor Charles A.. Smith

The Judicialization of Politics: Campaign Finance Reform and Corporate Speech in the Wake of Citizens United V. FEC

Jessica M. O'Neill


Professor Jennifer A. Prescher

Development of Novel Luciferin Analogs

Michelle A. Oei

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor David M. Gardiner

Wound Epithelium Removal: A Model for Tumorgenesis in the Axolotl

Eunice E. Oh

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

GTP Aptamers in Human Genome Selection

Veronica Ortiz

Biological Sciences

Professor Melanie J. Cocco

Analysis of the Envelope Protein Pertaining to the Jaagsiekte Sheep Retrovirus (JSRV) that Causes Cancer in the Lungs of Sheep

Alfonso C. Ortiz

Public Health Sciences

Professor Dan Cooper

Perceptions of the Importance of Physical Activity

Sarah F. Ottone

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Donna Schuele

Toward a More 'Natural' Union: Criteria and Justifications for the Regulation of Marriage in the United States

David Ou

Political Science

Professor Dorothy J. Solinger

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Zhongshan, China

Seyed Soroush Pairawan

Biological Sciences

Professor Christine Suetterlin

Studying the Chlamydial Developmental Cycle using Electron Microscopy

Federico A. Palacios

Biological Sciences

Professor Celia Goulding

Crystallization of holo-Hal NEAT

Yu Fang Pan


Professor Sam Gilmore

The Ingroup and Outgroup Effect: How Being Part of a School Organization Affect Studentís Willingness to Help Outside their Organization

Avinash B. Patel

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Sheryl Tsai

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

Thea v. Patterson

English/ Dance

Professor Ann J. Van Sant

Jane Austen, Cinematic Adaptation and the Question of Narrative Authority

Hillary N. Patton

Psychology/ Criminology, Law, and Society

Professor Elizabeth F.. Loftus

Planting False Autobiographical Memories

Michael C. Peng


Professor Andrej Luptak

Fluorescent Labeling RNA to Analyze Ribozyme Kinetics by Fluorescence Anisotropy

Junyan Peng

Chemical Engineering

Professor Ali Mohraz

Synthesis of Economical Bijels in Macroscopic Dimensions

Andrew Pham

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Effect of Maltodextrin on Drosophila melanogaster Lifespan and Health

Kevin Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Robert Katzer
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

The Natural History of Human Stingray Injuries

Thuy Quyen L. Pham

Public Health Policy

Professor Zuzana Bic
Professor Brandon Brown

Vietnamese Americans' Attitudes towards Compensation for Living Kidney Donation

Anthony D. Pham

Social Ecology

Professor Stephanie Reich

Informing Youth Mentoring: Short-Term and Long-Term Perceptions of Mentoring Roles

Dorothy T. Phan

International Studies

Professor Yuliya Tverdova

Trafficking Victims' Protection Act: Language of Protection and Exclusion

Pauline Q. Phan

Biological Sciences

Professor Joseph C. Wu

FreeSurfer: A Novel Approach Used to Determine whether a Significant Difference Exists between Specialized Brain Regions of Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI) Patients and Normal Non-TBI Controls

Hyung Phouasalit

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Tumor-Fibroblast Expression Patterns Induced by Short Range Paracrine Signaling and the Effects of Spatially Activating the Wnt Pathway

Miah C. Pollack

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The effect of Fullerene-C60 on Lifespan and Stress Resistance Drosophila Melanogaster

Brian Polson

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy A. Da Silva

Secretion and Prevention of Re-importation of Fatty Acids Produced by Fatty Acid Synthases in the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Boss Povieng

Biological Sciences

Professor Lisa Flanagan

Manipulation of Glycosylation: The Effects of Glycosylation Modulators on Membrane Capacitance

Tiffany R. Quebral

History/ Political Science

Professor Dorothy Fujita-Rony

Comfort Women: How Government, Law and Personal Memory Create a New Historical Narrative

Jessica M. Quintana


Professor Matt L. Huffman

Gender Inequality and factors that affect Household Division of Labor

Ramita Rahimian

Biological Sciences/ Spanish

Professor Cristobal Barrios

Hyperglycemia and Venous Thromboembolism

Diksha S. Ramnani


Professor Steven P. Gross

Cytosolic Histone Mediated Immunity in Male vs. Female Drosophila

Pooja Rana

Biological Sciences

Professor Manny Azizi

How Toads Reduce Torque to Stick Their Landings

Jerry Richo

Biological Sciences

Professor Thomas Poulos

Biochemical studies of the HNOX-subunit in sGC

Kendy A.. Rios Gonzalez


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Alzheimerís Disease and the Latina/o Community: Latino/a Elderly Patients & Alzheimerís Disease: A Psychosocialcultural Perspective

Braxton T. Roam

Social Science/ Biological Sciences

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

MD/MBA Programs in the United States: Value of the dual-degree for physician executives

Christopher R. Rodriguez

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Larry Jamner

Electrocutaneous Nociceptive Stimulation Sensitivity as a Measure of Hypnotizability in Repressive/Defensive Copers

Sasha S. Sabherwal

Women's Studies/ Political Science

Professor Vinayak Chaturvedi

Intersections of Indian Politics and Gender: The Mobilization of Women and the Role of Motherhood in the Hindutva Movement

Stella N. Sakhon

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth Loftus

Imagination Inflation: Investigation of Negative and Positive Events with Personalized or General Suggestions

Merna E. Salama

Chemical Engineering/ Minor: Materials Science

Professor Jesse P. Angle
Professor Martha Mecartney

Novel Synthesis of LaCrAl11O19 for The Catalytic Combustion of Methane

Lorena Salcedo


Professor Eugenia Lo

Identifying Incidence of Malaria Cases and Genotypes of the Malaria Parasite Species

Satyajeet Salvi

Biological Sciences

Professor Marc Madou

Polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-Carbon Intermediate Materials for Carbon MEMS and Carbon NEMS

Tanishia N. Santana


Professor Catherine Bolzendohl
Professor Carol Burke
Professor Samuel Gilmore

Readjusting after Military Sexual Trauma

Naira Sargsyan

Biological Sciences

Professor James L. McGaugh
Professor Craig E.L.. Stark

Retention Rate and Nature of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) Over Time

Jessica M. Satterlee

Environmental Engineering

Professor William Cooper

Natural Organic Matter and its Effect on the Environmental Fate of Water Contaminants

Thomas D. Sayles

Mechanical Engineering/ material minor

Professor John C. LaRue

Decay and Homogeneity of Active Grid Generated Turbulunce

Nathan Schlaffer

Business Administration/ Quantitative Economics

Professor L. Robin Keller

Optimizing Decision-Making Quality as a Function of Time & Choices

Ashley S. Scott

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Elliot Hui

Characterizing Cell Migration through Juxtacrine-Permeable Membranes

Ronica P. Senores

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Chuansheng Chen

The Roles of Self-Esteem and Gender on Mate-value Accuracy in a Speed-dating Environment

Naomi Setiawati

Biological Sciences

Professor Virginia Kimonis

Intelligence Test Result Comparison between Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS) Treated with or without Growth Hormone and Comparison between PWS and Early-onset Morbid Obesity (EMO)

Sunit R. Shah

Biological Sciences

Professor David M. Gardiner

Expression of FGFs and Cell Surface HSPGs in the Mouse Limb Bud

Tejas N. Shah

Biological Sciences

Professor James V. Jester

Role of SUMO-ylated PPAR Gamma in Lipogenesis

Mehwish Shakeel

International Studies

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

National Identity and the Impact of Drones in Pakistan

Dahnish Shams

Social Ecology/ Public Health Policy

Professor Richard Matthew

Communicating Climate Science

Shivani Sharma

Biological Sciences

Professor Donald H. Brown

The role of Astrocytes and Lamina Cribrosa Cells in Age Related Changes of the Human Optic Nerve Head

Kriti Sharma

International Studies

Professor Cecelia Lynch

Effects of Spainís Autonomous Communities on the Citizensí Response to the Global Financial Crisis

Bereket T. Shibeshi


Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor Katherine Tate

New Voter ID Laws and Young Minority Males

Christopher H. Shum

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor An H. Do
Professor Zoran Nenadic

EEG and Evoked Potentials for Brain Lesion Localization

Abdullah S. Siddiqui

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor William Tang

Finite Element Analysis of Piezoelectric iSensors for the Study of Cardiomyocyte Contractility

Rene Slykhous

Biological Sciences/ Earth and Environmental Science

Professor Julie Patterson

The Relationship Between Clinical Diagnosis, Symptoms and Degree of Sensory Gating in P85 and N100

Mika A. Smith


Professor Keith Murphy

Linguistic Registers in On-Campus Organizations and How They Create and Foster Identity and Personal Relationships

Abraham E. Sosa

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan P. German

Phylogenetics of Fishes in the Family Stichaeidae

Dongjin Suh

Biological Sciences

Professor David Baglietto-Vargas

Traumatic Acute Stress Plays a Significant Role in Progression of Alzheimerís Disease by Affecting Aβ and Tau

Rachel Sunico

Biological Sciences

Professor Jefferson Chan

The Nrf1b isoform of Nuclear Factor E2-related Factor 1 is Activated by ER Stress