Fall 2015 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Debra Ma


Professor Francesca Polletta

Content Analysis Comparison of Texas and California History Books: Ethnic Minorities

Meghan F. Macias

Education Sciences/ Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Mark Warschauer

Three Unique Approaches to Introductory Biology: A Comparison of the Attitudes and Academic Outcomes of Underrepresented Groups

Kimberly Y. Macias

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Education Sciences

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Community Factors Affecting Special Education Post-High School Adult Transition Programs

Julienne B. Mackey

Dance-Performance/ Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Shaun Boyle

CHP Senior Thesis

Laura Magallanes

Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Cynthia Feliciano

A Qualitative Study of the Undergraduate Experience of Non-Traditional, Latino/a Students at the University of California, Irvine

Asif Mahmud

Electrical Engineering

Professor Jean-Luc Gaudiot

Consolidation of Memory Information during Runtime of a Program

Marineh Malek

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Laurence Mueller

The Metabolic Reserves of Intensely Selected Populations of Drosophila melanogaster

Shant Malkasian

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Sabee Molloi

Quantification of Regional Cerebral Tissue at Risk using Computed Tomography Angiography

Nicole Mansur

Public Health Policy

Professor Terry Schmidt

Crohn’s Disease: Spreading Awareness of Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Oscar M. Manzo

Dance-Choreography/ Dance-Performance

Professor Chad M. Hall

Special Call: Dancing Gender and Sexualities

Brandy L. McCurdy

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan German

The Effects of Sex on the Diet and Digestive Physiology of Manipulated Populations of Podarcis sicula

Colin P. McGrath

Computer Science

Professor Wayne Hayes

Dark Matter and its Relationship to Spiral Structure in Galaxies

Brandon J. McMahan

Neurobiology/ Physics

Professor Steven C. Cramer

Investigation of Corticospinal Motor Tract Integrity and EEG Power in Motor Areas

Dagmawit A. Mengestu

International Studies

Professor Daniel R. Brunstetter

France’s Model of Integration and Assimilation: How its “Color-Blind” Approach in Policy-Making and Research in Social Science Poses Great Challenges for Citizens of Immigrant and Non-European Origins

Bernadette Mercado


Professor Elizabeth Jarvo

Negishi-Type Cross-Coupling Reactions with Natural Products

Christina M. Michael

Biological Sciences

Professor Marcelo A. Wood

Epigenetic Regulation of BDNF following Exercise

Shiaki A. Minami

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy A. Da Silva

Metabolic Pathway Engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for Biorenewable Production of Triacetic Acid Lactone

Zaki A. Molvi

Chemical Engineering

Professor Young Jik Kwon

Enhanced Doxorubicin Delivery in vitro via Acid-Labile Shell Functionalized Liposomes

Janine A. Montag

Dance-Choreography/ Dance-Performance

Professor Molly Lynch

Building a Family: A Movement Based Exploration of the Idea of Family

Mark T. Nakata

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

In vitro Selection and Characterization of Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate Aptamers and the use of Selective 2’hydroxyl Acylation Followed by Primer Extension (SHAPE) to Determine Secondary Structures of Potential cAMP Riboswitches

Noel I. Navarro

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Albert Yee

Fabrication of Length-Controlled Poly (methyl methacrylate) Nanopillars using Poly (dimethylsiloxane) or Polyurethane Filled Anodized Aluminum Oxide Templates

William B. Ngo

Public Health Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith
Professor Petra Wilder-Smith
Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Effects of two Dental Gels in Subjects with Early Periodontal Disease

Thi N. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Weian Zhao

Development of a Rapid Test for Ebola Virus Infection using Integrated Comprehensive Droplet Digital Detection

Tracy H. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Wirachin Y. Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Computerized Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in Trauma Patients

Cindy Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Evaluation of Rhodiola rosea in a Drosophila melanogaster Model of Huntington’s Disease

Diana T. Nguyen

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Patrick Rafter

Marine Carbon Isotope Evidence for Changes in Ocean Circulation during the Last Deglaciation

Johnny Q. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Christine Gall

Identification of Parallel Memory Systems by Mapping Activity Patterns of the Mouse Brain

Theodore S. Nieblas

Biological Sciences

Professor Ron D. Frostig
Professor Brett A. Johnson

Long, Horizontal Axons Radiating from the Dysgranular Zone of the Primary Somatosensory Cortex have Similar Spatial Distributions to the Horizontal Axon and Activity spreads from the Posteriormedial Barrel Subfield

Chun-Hao Niu

Chemical Engineering

Professor Szu-Wen Wang

Evaluation of Non-Native Peptide Sequence Stability and Activity in Recombinant Human Collagen III

Jiani Niu


Professor Young Jik Kwon

Special Call: Proposal of Drug Conjugation to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Caitlin O'Bara

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Elizabeth Cauffman

Offending Together: Resistance to Peer Influence and Co-Offending Group Characteristics among Male Juvenile Offenders

Sean C. O'Reilly-Jones


Professor Emily D. Grossman

The Efficacy of Color Correcting Lenses on the Colorblind

Hiroyuki R. Ogikubo


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Nanoparticles containing Tryptophan and Tyrosine Derivative as an Antivenom

Carl V. Olson

Biological Sciences/ Music

Professor Sunil P. Gandhi
Professor Sarah E. Lutz

Tight Junction Permeability in Caveolin-1 Knockout Mice versus Wild Type Mice

Kevin Ou

Biological Sciences

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Determining the Combinatory Effects of FTY720 Analog with Metabolic Inhibitors

Margarita Palafox Figueroa

Social Science/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Mexican American Undergraduate Students’ Decisions to Become Peer Mentors

Jasmin Pannier

Art History

Professor Amy Powell

Reformation Politics and Costume in Hans Holbein's Portraits

Yash R. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Liang-Wu Fu

Role of Opioid Receptors in Regulation of Ischemic Mediator-evoked Cardiac Reflex

Matthew W. Pavesic

Biological Sciences

Professor Olga Razorenova

From Cardiovascular Disease to Cancer: Investigations into Statins for Renal Cell Carcinoma Therapy

Stephanie I. Pearlman

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Measurement of Cancer Cell Biomechanical Properties using a High-Throughput Microfluidic Platform

Jessica B. Pedraza

Social Science

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Special Call: Afro-Mexicanas' Self-Identity Formation within the United States

Alexandra Perebikovsky


Professor Marc Madou

A Microfluidic Disc for Electromagnetic Stimulation and Growth of Stem Cells

Vito M. Perez

African-American Studies/ Film & Media Studies

Professor Tiffany J. Willoughby-Herard

The Continuity of the Concept of Race

Anhuy N. Pham

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva
Professor Szu-Wen Wang

Optimization of Recombinant Collagen III Production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Sky Phillips


Professor Steven Barwick

Searching for Cosmic Rays in Data Collected by ARIANNA

Celine H. Phong

Biological Sciences

Professor Anthony A. James

A Cas9 Mediated Gene-Drive System in Anopheles stephensi

Charlie Pisuraj

Computer Engineering

Professor Aparna Chandramowlishwaran

Raspberry Pi Cluster Hyper Wall

Sadaf Qadir

Biological Sciences

Professor Hamid Djalilian
Professor Yaser Ghavami
Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont

Clinical Evaluation of Tinnitus after Head Trauma in Emergency Setting

Yuewen Qi


Professor James S. Bullock

The Smallest Galaxies in the Universe: Investigating the Origins of Ultra-Faint Galaxies

Raveena Rajput

Public Health Policy

Professor David Timberlake

Federal Legislations and FDA Processes regarding the First Modified Risk Tobacco Product Application

Flo M. Ramirez

Genetics/ Anthropology

Professor Zeba Wunderlich

The Role of Core Promoters in Gene Expression Patterning in Developing Drosophila

Monique R. Reyes

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Jennifer A. Prescher

Engineering Orthogonal Luciferin: Luciferase Pairs

Andrew H. Rezk

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Evaluation of Precipitated Somatic Withdrawal Symptoms after Chronic Cigarette Smoke Extract Treatment

Chloe M. Richman

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Raymond Novaco

The Personal Empowerment Program for Domestic Violence Victims: Evaluation of Orange County Programs

Santiago Rivera


Professor Tong Wang

The Promise: An Undergraduate Senior Thesis

Alma D. Rizo

Political Science

Professor Pamela Kelley

Student Rights: Balancing Students’ Right to Privacy in a Public School Setting against School Officials’ Interest

Stephanie Rocha

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Angela F. Lukowski

Sleep Quality and Autobiographical Memory: A Daily Diary Study

Wendy Rocha

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal

Cytokine Production of Dendritic Cells Stimulated with Amyloid Beta and the Relationship to Alzheimer's Disease

Monica Rodriguez

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

The Impact of Plan Frontera Sur on Migration in Mexico

Joseph e. Romero-Reyes

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina/o Male Community College Students: Factors Contributing to Transfer Patterns

Jacqueline A. Rosenberg


Professor Amanda Nili
Professor Mark Warschauer
Professor Mark Warschauer

How Clickers Click

Rebecca E. Ruggiero


Professor Larry Marsh

Identifying the Kinases that Modify the HTT Protein

Marian J. Sagoe


Professor Jennifer A. Prescher

Development and Optimization of Genetically Eencoded Reporters for Imaging Cell-Cell Interactions

Valery Saikaly

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Laser Speckle Imaging for Early Detection of Pulpal Viability

Jocelynda Salvador

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Bernard Choi

Vascular Effects of Pulsed Dye Laser in Combination with Topical Everolimus

Megan Sam

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven Wechsler

HSV-1 Reactivation Response of the Mutant LAT3.3Δ2 in Latency-Associated Transcript

Priscilla San Juan

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Donovan German

Subfunctionalization of Amylase Isoforms may Explain Dietary Specialization in the Herbivorous Fish, Cebidichthys violaceus

Judith I. Sanchez

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor Samuel L. Gilmore
Professor Ana E. Rosas

Changing Family Dynamics: How Detention and the Deportation Process Affect Family Dynamics throughout the Undocumented Latino Community in the U.S.

Candice R. Sandoval

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Police Injustices: A Focus on Public Perceptions of the Police by the Latino Community

Jessica D. Sanmarti

Dance-Choreography/ Dance-Performance

Professor Shaun Boyle

Dance Projections

Tatiana A. Sarkhosh

Political Science/ Public Health Policy

Professor James N. Danziger

Special Call: Success of Sexual Violence Prevention Programs on three Southern California University Campuses

Jesica M. Sathy

Public Health Sciences/ Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Zuzana Bic

The Frequency of Stress Management Modalities among College Students’ and its Relation to Perceived Academic Self-Concept

Kenneth J. Schmitt

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Jaime Landman

Comparative Analysis of Laparoscopic Fogging Prevention Techniques

Chloe J. Schneider


Professor Cynthia Bassham

You are what you Eat

Steven D. Schwartz

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Brendon J. Butler
Professor Peter H. Ditto
Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus

Motivated False Memory: Associations between Political Affiliation and Misinformation

Sabeena Sebastian

Chemical Engineering

Professor Shane Ardo

Charge-Discharge Properties of Metal Oxide Materials for use in Particle Based Redox Batteries

Prachi Shah

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Bernard Choi

Point of Care Laser Speckle Imaging Device for Blood Flow Imaging and Quantification

Xiaowen Shen

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Yun Wang

Novel Dew-Collecting Technology for Water Harvest from Humid Air

Justin Shun

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Weian Zhao

Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns (DAMPs) as Adjuvants for Tolerogenic Vaccines

Samantha Shwe


Professor John C. Fox
Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Shadi Lahham

Bedside Ultrasound vs. Chest X-Ray in the Evaluation of Placement of Central Venous Catheters

Neetu Singh

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Special Call: Domestic Violence: Strategies and Perceptions of Resistance for Immigrant Indian Women

Bahareh Sorouri

Biological Sciences

Professor Klemens J. Hertel

Spliceosomal Complex Assembly at Variable 5' Splice Sites

Samuel A. Stetkevich

Biological Sciences

Professor Aaron Esser-Kahn

Construction of a TLR 2, 4, 7 Tri-Agonist to Elicit Distinct Immune Responses