Fall 2013 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Dandan Ma

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal

RA's Effects on Immune Tolerance of Aged and Young Subjects

Jennifer Mabe


Professor George Marcus

The Metaphysics of Ghost Hunting

Trisha Macaraeg

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Charles Limoli
Professor Charles Limoli
Professor Vipan Parihar

Effects of Oxygen Particle Radiation on the Cerebral Cortex of the Mice Brain

Monica A. Makar

International Studies

Professor Bojan Petrovic

Islamophobia in the American Coptic Community

Ariana M. Malagon

Public Health Sciences/ Biological Sciences

Professor Frances Leslie

Effects of Mecamylamine on Reinstatement of Nicotine-Seeking Behavior in Rats

Bassel A. Malek

Chemical Engineering/ Biomedical engineering minor

Professor Jered Haun

Molecular Detection of Prostate Cancer Using a Dual MR-Optical Imaging Probe With Activatable Fluorescence

Gordon Man

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Ron D. Frostig

Analysis of Horizontal Fiber Projection Patterns Extending from Cells in Layer 2/3 and Layer 5 in Rat Somatosensory Cortex

Nicole K. Manzano


Professor Virginia Richards
Professor Yi Shen

Efficiency of Speech Communication in Dynamically Varying Backgrounds

Gabriela Manzo

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Belinda Campos

Special Call: The Association of Family Interdependence and Intergenerational Conflict with Academic Performance in Ethnic Minority College Women

Akhila V. Marella

Business Economics

Professor Gary Richardson

Endogenous and Exogenous Variances: A Study of Small Town Bank Survival during the Great Depression

Michael L. Marks

Aerospace Engineering

Professor Bernard H. Choi

Development of a Turnkey HiLo Microscope for Quantitative Mapping of Microvasculature in Dorsal Window Chambers

Mark A. Marquez

Psychology/ Cognitive Sciences concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience

Professor Emily Grossman

Neural-Network Observation of the TPJ and the FAF through a Visual-Stream Discrimination Task

Annmarie E. Mendoza

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven D. Allison

Adaptive Temperature-Based Evolution Affecting the Fungal Extracellular Enzyme Activity of Neurospora discreta

Alexander M. Mercado

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Lorenzo Valdevit

Optimization of Negative Stiffness Beam Elements

Indrani Mikkilineni

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Cell Counter Integrated within a Microfluidic Device

James R. Miller


Professor Jeffrey L. Krichmar

Categorical Learning Demonstrated on a Neurorobotic Platform - An Analysis of the Embodied Nature of Intelligence

Anna K. Mills

Political Science/ Sociology

Professor Mark P. Petracca

Special Call: Methods of Argumentation in United States Supreme Court Opinions: The Equal Protection Clause and Women

Hataka Ryan. Minami

Biomedical Engineering/ Material Science Engineering Minor

Professor Zhongping Chen
Professor Jiawen Li

Flushing Agents for an OCT-US Integrated Probe in Simulated in-vivo Conditions

Mason Minot

Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Characterization of the Effect of Vacuolar Proteases on the Production of Polyketides in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Monica H. Miyakawa-Liu

Biological Sciences/ Criminology, Law, & Society

Professor Brian Sato

Acyl-Homoserine Lactones Production in Arthrobotrys oligospora

Naaila Mohammed

Literary Journalism/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Sohail Daulatzai

The Hegemony of American Islam

Zaki A. Molvi

Chemical Engineering

Professor Young J. Kwon

Synthesized Liposomes as a Novel Drug Delivery Agent for Cancer Treatment

Wade W. Monsen

Environmental Engineering

Professor Brett F. Sanders

Special Call: Modeling the Effect of Stormwater Control Measures on Little Stringybark Creek

Lourdes V. Morales


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latino College Students and Financial Literacy: A Family Resource Management Theory Perspective

Donald C. Morrow III

Chemical Engineering

Professor Mikael Nilsson

Low and High LET Radiation Studies of 2,2?:6,2??-Terpyridine

Michelle K. Mosich

Psychology/ Criminology, Law, and Society

Professor Mona Lynch

Substance Abuse: A Look at Obstacles and Motivators in Recovery

Brian Murray

Biological Sciences

Professor Shruti Gohil
Professor Susan Huang

Reducing Bio Burden among Surgical Patients: Patient Bathing Practices

Rohit A. Murthy

Chemical Engineering

Professor Lawrence Kulinsky

Low Cost Genetic Testing Technology for the Medicine of the Future

Devika Nair


Professor Steven Small

Cortical Reorganization: Observing Changes in Pre- and Post-task Activity from fMRI Images of Ischemic Stroke Patients

Norbert Negrea

Anthropology/ Social Policy Public Service

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Factors Influencing Commensurability Between the Homeless, Service Providers and Policy Makers in Orange County, California

Benjamin V. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Pharmacokinetics of Botanical Extracts in Drosophila melanogaster

Jacqueline A. Nguyen


Professor Valerie A. Olson

The Translation of Epigenetics in a Clinical Setting

Matthew T. Nguyen


Professor Jonathan R.T. Lakey

In Vitro Characterization of the Physicochemical and Biological Properties of Alginate Encapsulation Devices for use in Islet Transplantation

Tiffany M. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Understanding the Mechanism behind FTY720?s Anti-cancer Activity

Linh P. Nguyen


Professor Fillmore Freeman

Mechanisms of Tautomerism in (3S)- and (4S)-1-Aza-2-cyclobutanone Sulfenic Acids

Joseph P. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Xiangmin Xu

Circuit Connection Mapping of the Pulvinar Nucleus Using Novel Viral Tracing

Nadia Nikroo

Anthropology/ Biological Sciences

Professor Solomon Liao

Proactive Palliative Care in the ICU

Amanda N. Nili

Psychology & Social Behavior/ English

Professor Lisa Pearl

The Relationship between Acceptability and Frequency of Syntactic Structures in Child-Directed Speech

Jessica M. O'Neill


Professor Jennifer Prescher

Development Of Novel Luciferin Analogs

Jessica C. Oquist

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Adam C. Martiny

Nitrate and Nitrite Reductase Genes Among Cyanobacteria prochlorococcus

Ariana R. Oregel


Professor Thurston Domina

Factories influencing Transfer College Students? Institutional Commitment

Melanie G. Otico

International Studies

Professor Dorothy J.. Solinger

China's Urbanization and its Effect on the Environment

Christina Owens


Professor Scott D. Rychnovsky

Synthesis of Key Precursors Towards the Lycopodium Alkaloid (+)-Fastigiatine

Julissa P. Paige

Political Science

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Student Activists and the University of California: Pressures, Compliance, and Minorities

Ditty ES. Parampathu


Professor Katherine Faust

Variations in the Social Support Networks of Malayali Christians

Divya B. Parmar


Professor Fabio Milani

Production, Salary, and Value in the NFL Draft

Kishan J. Patel

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Silver Nanowire Based Strain Gauge

Akash Patel

Aerospace Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Material Science Engineering

Professor Khalid Rafique

Variable Emissivity Thermal Radiator for Satellites

Karishma D. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Ron Frostig

Are There Quantifiable Differences between the Laminar Spread of Horizontal Fibers in the Rat Cortex at Different Depths?

Hillary N. Patton

Psychology/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Julie Patterson

A Dimensional (Quantitative) Approach vs. Diagnostic (Categorical) Approach to Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia: Symptom Severity and Cognitive Function

Jeniffer Pena

Biological Sciences

Professor Jennifer Martiny

The Phylogenetic Conservation of Bacterial Functional Traits

Patrick J. Penalosa

Biological Sciences

Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Shahram Lotfipour
Professor Christopher E. McCoy

Are Immobilization Backboards and C-Spine Collars Needed for Patients who are Ambulatory at the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident? The Occurrence of Spinal Injury

Marissa N. Pennell

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Dissociation of Tumor Tissue Using a Microfluidic Device

Khoi Pham

Chemical Engineering

Professor Hung Nguyen

The Effect of Electrostatic Interactions and Concentration on the Self-Assembly of Peptides under Confinement

Christine H. Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Ulrike Luderer

Effects of Deficient GSH Synthesis Localized to Granulosa Cells or Oocytes on Premature Ovarian Failure

Andy H. Phan

Biological Sciences

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Effects of FTY720 analogs on Prostate Cancer Cells

Hyung Phouasalit

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Optogenetic Control of MyoD Activation in Order to Regulate Stem Cell Myogenetic Differentiation

Patricia J. Place

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus
Professor Lawrence Patihis

Exposure to Potential Trauma as a Predictor for Time Perspectives

Suzana Poghosyan

Studio Art

Professor William S. Roberts

Special Call: Roadmap to Armenian Feminism

Brian Polson

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy A. Da Silva

Down-Regulation of the Native Fatty Acid Synthase in the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to Increase Short Chain Fatty Acid Levels

Samuel L. Puliafico


Professor Keith M. Murphy

The Mobility of Culture and Spectacle in the Carnival Setting

Stephanie A. Pulles

Economics/ Comparative Literature, Statistics (Minor)

Professor Vinayak Chaturvedi
Professor Joanne Christopherson

Factors in the Success of the Mexican Migrant Entrepreneurial Class in the U.S.

Jose G. Quintana

Political Science/ Sociology

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Addressing the Unaddressed: The Plight of the Homeless in Orange County, California

Brianna R. Ramirez

Social Ecology

Professor Maria E. Rendon

Sense of Belonging on a College Campus: A Comparison between African American Males and Females

Amanda L. Ramirez

Biological Sciences

Professor Maksim Plikus

Achieving Embryonic-like Regeneration in Scars through in vivo Reprogramming

Shannon C. Ramsden

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Effect of Green Tea and Iron on Male Drosophila melanogaster Fertility and Lifespan Extension

Michael J. Rappuhn

Aerospace Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Professor David J. Reinkensmeyer

Autonomous In-Flight Rendezvous, Docking and Deploying

Jasmine Riad


Professor Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan

Muslim Brotherhood Diaspora: Examining the Islamic Movement?s Influences in American Based Islamic Organizations

Jacqueline E. . Rodriguez

Sociology/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Maria E. Rendon

Second-Generation Salvadoran Urban Youth

Ahmed A.. Routher

Political Science

Professor Robert M. Uriu

Applying the East Asian Model of Development to Pakistan

Sasha S. Sabherwal

Women's Studies/ International Studies, Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Special Call: Oriental Feminism And Crimes Against Women: A Discourse Analysis of Predominant Representations of Rape in India

Merna E. Salama

Chemical Engineering/ Materials Science minor

Professor Jesse P. Angle
Professor Martha Mecartney

Synthesis and Characterization of LaCrAl11O19 (Magnetoplumbite) Through Solid State Reaction

Bryan E. Salgado

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Education Minor

Professor JoAnn Prause

Ethnic Differences Among The Latino and Non-Latino Homeless Experience In Skid Row

Charith A. Samarasena

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Cancer Diagnostics using Silica Nanoparticles with Various Fluorescence Lifetime Properties

Rommel A. Santos


Professor Susana Cohen-Cory

Altering DSCAM Expression in Xenopus Tectal Neurons In-Vivo

Christos N. Sarantopoulos

Biological Sciences

Professor Martina Berger

Mitochondrial DNA Genome and Regulation of Manganese Superoxide Dismutase (MnSOD) in Hematological Malignant and Normal Cell Lines

Diana M. Schoenfield

Dance-Choreography/ Dance-Performance

Professor Loretta Livingston

A B.F.A. Dance Choreography and C.H.P. Thesis: 2 Bones are Missing

Olivia J. Schuetz

European Studies

Professor Kai Evers

Second Generation Immigrant Students in the German Education System

Michael R. Schutt

Materials Science Engineering

Professor James C. Earthman

Dissolution of Arterial Plaque by Magnetically Treated Solutions

Stacy Y. Serpas-Hernandez

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Belinda Campos

Family Ties: A Potential Memory Bias Regarding Family Interactions

Shayan Shahbazi

Chemical Engineering

Professor Mikael Nilsson

Comparison of natural zeolites as adsorbents for Cs and Sr ions in simulated spent nuclear fuel

Jiefang Shen


Professor Angela Lukowski
Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Influence of Sleep, Alcohol, and Work on Academic Achievement

Christopher H. Shum

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor An H. Do
Professor Zoran Nenadic

EEG and Evoked Potentials for Brain Lesion Localization

Jaspal Sidhu

Aerospace Engineering/ Material Science Engineering

Professor Donald Dabdub

Unmanned Spacecraft Development for the Exploration of Titan

Ajitesh Singh

Biological Sciences

Professor Ron Frostig

Analysis of Location and Morphology of Subcortical Cells Retrogradely Labeled by AAV

Neetu J. Singh

Psychology & Social Behavior/ (changing majors to Political Science)

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Special Call: Social Behaviors of Non-White Female Adolescents

Raymond Jed C. Singson

Biological Sciences/ Medical Antropology

Professor Ron D. Frostig

Do Long Horizontal Fibers Labeled by Cortical Injections of an Adeno-associated Viral Vector Project from Excitatory Pyramidal Neurons?

Daria A. Slepenkina

International Studies/ Minors: Spanish, French, Russian, Conflict Resolution, Business Management

Professor Scott Bollens

Agents of Peace: Cities and Security

Hana R. Smith


Professor Candice Gellner
Professor Frances Leslie

Testing the Acquisition of Self-Administration of Cigarette Smoke Extract vs. Nicotine in Adolescent and Adult Male Rats

Soo Young Song

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

The Effects of The Size and Shape of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles on Nanoparticle Adhesion Dynamics

Ernesto D. Sosa

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Wendy Liu

Generation of Recombinant mCD200 in E. coli for Immunomodulating Biomaterials

Nicholas R. Sullivan

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Anna Grosberg

Design and Construction of Cell Stretcher Devices for Stretching of Cardiomyocytes

Rachel Sunico

Biological Sciences

Professor Jefferson Chan

Nrf1 Protects Tumor Cells From Environmental Stress