Fall 2015 Grant Recipients - (G-L)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Karthik Gajulapalli

Computer Science & Engineering

Professor Richert K. Wang

Multi-Agent Cars Navigating through Means of Distributed Artificial Intelligence

Keulanna Gandasetiawan

Computer Science

Professor An H. Do

Digital Signal Processing for a Fully Implantable Brain Computer Interface System

Isley M. Gao

Computer Science/ Informatics

Professor Paul Dourish

A Qualitative Study of Online Dating Users

Fan Gao

Biological Sciences

Professor Xiaolin Zi

The Regulatory Effect of srGAP1 on the Cell Growth, Migration, Invasion Ability in 22RV1 Prostate Cancer Cells

Christine Garabetian

Biological Sciences

Professor Maria Cristina Kenney

Correlation of APOE Alleles and Mitochondrial(mt)-DNA Haplogroups in Patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Harwood R. Garland II


Professor Donald Blake

Longitudinal Tropospheric Gas Analysis in South Pacific

Harwood R. Garland II


Professor Angela Jenks

The Troubles of Veterans Adjusting to Colleges and Colleges Adjusting to Veterans: From Warrior to Academic

Salsabil Gehan

History/ Biological Sciences

Professor Mark Le Vine

The French Invasion of Egypt: What they Left Behind

Salsabil Gehan

Biological Sciences/ History

Professor Steven Cramer
Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont

Electroencephalogram (EEG) Studies for Brain Functions

Daniel E. Ghobrial

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances Leslie

Comparison of Cigarette Smoke Extract (CSE) and Nicotine Somatic Withdrawal in Adolescent Male Rats

Anthony Gibson

Film & Media Studies/ Literary Journalism

Professor Erika Hayasaki

Film: A Guardian—Looking at our Choices and Character

Karen E. Godinez

Aerospace Engineering/ Cognitive Sciences

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina/o Undergraduate Commuters and Persistence: A Quantitative Psychosociocultural Perspective

Rupal Golakiea

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Action of Rhodiola rosea on Drosophila melanogaster Lifespan and Cyclic AMP Levels

Rosemary C. Gomez

Criminology, Law & Society/ Political Science

Professor Louis DeSipio
Professor Laura E. Enriquez

Texas v. United States: Beyond the Legality of the Extended DACA and DAPA Directive Background

Rosemary C. Gomez

Criminology, Law & Society/ Political Science

Professor Doug Houston

The Landscape of Immigration in Orange County: The Viability of a Sanctuary City

Aimee E. Gonzales

Public Health Policy

Professor Jun Wu

Commuting Struggles at UC Irvine

Veronica V. Gonzalez

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Doug Houston

Impact on Parenting Education Program on Parenting in Domestic Violence Survivors

Cristian Gonzalez

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Study of Reproductive Behaviors in Alzheimer’s Disease Models of Drosophila melanogaster and Cinnamaldehyde as a Suggested Treatment

Alexandria E. Green

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

The Protection of Cultural Heritage Sites in Iraq and Syria

Margarito O. Guzman

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Roger H. Rangel

High-Pressure-Reduction Pipeline System From Pressure Vessel to Air Bearings

Jordan Ha

Biological Sciences

Professor Rahasson Ager
Professor Frank Laferla

Impact of Early-DMT2/Obesity Linked Systemic Inflammation on the Neuropathology and Cognitive Impairments found in Aged 3xTg-AD Mice

Seda M. Hakopian

Political Science

Professor Mark P. Petracca

American Intervention in Mass Attrocities

Youanna Halaka

Biological Sciences

Professor Melanie Cocco

Structural Studies of Reticulon-4

Eleni L. Haloftis

Anthropology/ Global Cultures

Professor Keith M. Murphy

Language Policies and Inclusivity: Creating Spaces of Care

Samouel Hanna

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances Leslie

Comparison of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors Levels after Chronic Cigarette Smoke Extract and Nicotine Exposure

Candace H. Hart


Professor Scott D. Rychnovsky

Developing a Colorimetric Determination for the Competing Enantioselective Conversion (CEC) Method

Elizaveta Harvey


Professor Emily Grossman

Eyes Don’t Lie: Analysis of Viewing Order, Heat Maps, and Pupillometrics when Scanning an Advertisement

Lisa C. Haygood

European Studies/ History

Professor Kai Evers

From Dinant to Louvain: A Study in the Heroic Civilian Resistance in Belgium at the Start of the Great War

Jason G. Hedy

International Studies/ Film & Media Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

ISIS Propaganda and the Recruitment of Westerners

Anisha Hegde

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Albert Yee

Utilization of Z-Phasor Analysis to Understand Cell Adhesion on Nanopillars

Damaris M. Hernandez

Sociology/ Cognitive Psychology

Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor Matthew Huffman

Special Call: What Creates Gender-Role Socialization? Links between Organizational Culture and Upward Mobility? Differences between Men and Women Examined

Michael A. Hernandez

Anthropology/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Alejandro Morales

Generational Perceptions of Mexican-Americans concerning the Healing Art of Curanderismo

Marycruz Hernandez

Sociology/ Chicano/Latino Studies and Education Sciences

Professor George Farkas
Professor Samuel Gilmore

Educational Attainment based on Students’ Academic Orientation, Aspirations, Expectations, Parents, and Peers within Latino Nativity Groups

Michelle Herrera

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan German

Phylogenetics of Fishes in the Family Stichaeidae

Kimberly M. Hilby


Professor Scott Rychnovsky

Radical Photoredox Catalysis in Flow

Richelle Roelandt L. Homo

Chemistry/ Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Quantification of Cinnamaldehyde in Drosophila melanogaster using ESI-UPLC/MS-MS

Shadi Houshangi

Public Health Policy

Professor Terry Schmidt

Increasing the Consumption of Mental Health Resources on a College Campus

Irishia E. Hubbard

Dance-Choreography/ Education Sciences

Professor Shaun Boyle
Professor Sheron Wray

Then, There, and Now: A BFA Thesis Concert

Laura C. Hunerberg


Professor Samuel M. Gilmore

Cultural Lives Compared: American and Dutch

Christy Huynh

Biological Sciences

Professor Angela Fleischman
Professor Sarah Morse
Professor Kim Nguyen

Pathogenesis of Calreticulin Mutated Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Sara Jahangiri

Biological Sciences

Professor Oswald Steward

mTOR Specificity of Cortical Stimulation used to Promote Neural Regeneration after Spinal Cord Injury

Heather L. Johnson

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Sabrina Schuck

Analysis of Pet Preferences in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Kristine E. Johnston

Biological Sciences

Professor Rozanne M. Sandri-Goldin

Functional Characteristics of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Protein ICP27 in the Head-to-Tail and Dimer Conformations

Daniel A. Jordan

Civil Engineering

Professor Sunny Jiang

Isolation and Growth Rate Optimization of Microcystin Degrading Bacterium for Improved Biofiltration in Drinking Water Treatment

Deborah Kang

Biological Sciences

Professor Dara Sorkin

Special Call: Mi Salud, Mi Vida: Examining Factors associated with Perceived Cognitive Impairment in Latina Breast Cancer Survivors

Lauren F. Kanzaki

Biological Sciences

Professor Thomas F. Schilling

The Investigation of Integrin Receptors and Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Associated Proteins in the Development and Function of Zebrafish Tendons

Preny Karamian

Chemistry/ Spanish

Professor Stephanie Tjen-A-Looi

Median Nerve Stimulation Inhibits Benzold-Jarisch Reflex through Opioids in Paraventricular Nucleus

Jessie Kaur


Professor Donovan P. German

Diet and Gastric Digestive Physiology of Podarcis sicula

Carla R. Kekejian

English/ Education Sciences

Professor Lisa Pearl

Special Call: Armenian Women's Sign Language: How Silenced Women Came to Speak

Sarah M. Kellogg

Biological Sciences

Professor Mathew Blurton-Jones
Professor Natalie R.S. Goldberg

The Influence of Microglia on Alpha-Synuclein Pathology in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Maria T. Khan

International Studies

Professor Heidi Hardt

The Politics of Sustainability in Palestine

Katie Khuu

Computer Science/ Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Lisa S. Pearl

Evaluating Language Learning Strategies by how Useful they are to Children

Stephanie H. Kim


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Photolysis of Atmospherically Relevant Carbonyl Compounds in Different Phases

Eurie Kim


Professor Sylvia Nam

LA Coffee Scene: The Culture of the Shop and Place

Dae Hwan Kim

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Sunil P. Gandhi

Blood Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Animal Model Multiple Sclerosis

Catherine H. Kim

Social Science

Professor Jeanett Castellanos
Professor Judy T. Wu

Special Call: Asian American College Students' Attitudes toward Rape

Erica Ku

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Nicholas Scurich

The Dark Figure of Crime: Why Some Crimes Are Unreported to the Police

Louai Labanieh

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Weian Zhao

Digital Quantification of microRNA using a High-Throughput Microfluidic Device

Aya Labanieh

Comparative Literature/ French, Philosophy, Cognitive Science (with Neuroscience Emphasis)

Professor Elizabeth Loftus
Professor Elizabeth Loftus

The Facial Feedback Hypothesis: How Distorting the Face Can Yield to Exaggerated Emotions

Brennan K. Lagman

Social Ecology

Professor Doug Houston
Professor Doug Houston
Professor Doug Houston

Identity, Well-Being, and Community Consciousness in Youth: A Project Based Study of the Youth Empowerment Network

Tanya Lam

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Nathan Garcia
Professor Adam Martiny

ENSO’s Temporal Variability on the Elemental Composition of Particulate Organic Matter along the Southern California Coast

Clara Law

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Elizabeth A. Martin
Professor Elizabeth Martin

Anxiety and Attentional Bias

Stephanie P. Le

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor James Nowick

Crystallographic Studies of Familial Mutations in Amyloid-Beta Peptides

Christina Le

Biological Sciences

Professor Medha M. Pathak
Professor Francesco Tombola

Localization of the Stretch-Activated Ion Channel Piezo1 Relative to Cellular Tension

Jessica E. Leal-Cruz

Materials Science Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Observing the Binding Kinetics of Recombinant DNA for Nanoparticle Adhesion

Christopher G. Lee

Chemical Engineering

Professor Elizabeth L. Read

Computational Modeling of Combination Therapy for T Cell Dysfunction in Chronic Viral Infections

Angela Lee

International Studies

Professor Robert Uriu

Implications of North Korea’s Reactions to Openness from 1998 to Present

Shannon M. Lee

Biological Sciences

Professor John Fox
Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Shadi Lahham

Ultrasonographic Measurements of Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Systolic Excursion to Diagnose Patients with Acute Pulmonary Thromboembolism: A Comparison to the Gold Standard

Katherine L. Lee

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Roxane Cohen Silver

How do Self-Identified Coping Strategies Relate to Mental Health Outcomes two Years after the Boston Marathon Bombings?

Annette Lee

International Studies

Professor Dorothy Solinger

Economic and Security Relationship of China in the South China Sea Territorial Dispute

Sarah Lee

Biological Sciences

Professor Michael Alexander
Professor Jonathan Lakey
Professor Shiri Li

Fibroblast Growth Factor Improves Islet Survival and Neovascularization with Novel Prevascularized Scaffold

Sean A. Lee

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Recombinant Single-Chain Antibody: Improving Binding Properties using Yeast Surface Display and Directed Evolution

Darren J. Lee


Professor David B. Baglietto Vargas

Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Synaptic Impairments in AD Cases

Megan N. Lee


Professor Michael D. Lee

Calibration Curves for the Wisdom of the Crowd in Binary Decisions

Andrew O. Leon

Political Science/ International Studies, Criminology

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Community Perception and Relations with Police: Understanding Community Policing Relations

Yvette Leon

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Special Call: Latina College Students' Female Development, Coping Strategies, and Well-Being: An Examination of the ELLA and SOMOS Model

Chenguang Li

Business Economics

Professor Michael T. McBride

Human’s Decisions are Influenced by Gossip in the Stock Market

Xiaoran Li

Electrical Engineering

Professor Michelle Khine

Bluetooth Wireless Integration of Wearable Strain Sensors for Health Monitoring Applications

Maranda Y. Li


Professor Rahul Warrior

Creating GFP-tagged O-Xylosyltransferase in D. melanogaster using the CRISPR-Cas Method

Xinting Li

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Scott D. Rychnovsky

Efficient Synthesis of the Eastern Quinolizidine Fragment of Himeradine A

Ricardo Light

Urban Studies

Professor Doug Houston

Assessment of Community Garden Project at Lighthouse Community Center in Santa Ana, California

Ricardo Light

Urban Studies

Professor Doug Houston

Survey of Bicycle Commuter Satisfaction at the University of California, Irvine

Iliana Limas

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jutta Heckhausen

Academic Stress in University Students and its Relationship to Motivation and Mental and Physical Health

Jimmy C. Lin

Biological Sciences

Professor Xiaoming Wang
Professor Guiyun Yan

The Functions of Microbiota in Mosquitos using Quantum Dots

Krista A. Linzner

Biological Sciences

Professor Adam C. Martiny

Physiological Response of E. coli Adapted to High Temperature

Xin Liu

Biological Sciences

Professor Celia W. Goulding

Role of the CdiA Receptor-Binding Domain in Contact-Dependent Growth Inhibition of Escherichia coli Models

Michelle A. Loo

Public Health Sciences

Professor Jennifer Martiny

Comparing Fungal Hyphal Length Approximations using two Techniques: The Grid System Method and a Semi-Automated Program

Luke R. Loper


Professor Andrew Zissos

The Historiographers, and Emperor Nero’s Persecution of “Christians” following the AD 64 Great Fire of Rome

Maria G. Lopez Lozano

Sociology/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Samuel L. Gilmore
Professor Rocio Rosales

Access to Health Care: A Perspective from Mixed-Status Families

Caleb Lou

Biological Sciences

Professor Yama Akbari

Increased Cardiac Arrest Time Increases Oxidative Stress Impairing Neurological Recovery

Diana Luong


Professor Shane Ardo

Utilizing Ion Transfers in Solar Energy Conversion Devices