Fall 2017 Grant Recipients - (G-L)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Alexandra Gacuya

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

Aptamer-Based Biosensor for Bladder Cancer Detection and Surveillance

Veronica Garcia

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology

Professor Valerie Jenness

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Transgender Women's Perceptions of Safety in Prisons for Men

Joseph A. Garcia


Professor Mark Richardson
Professor Gregory Weiss

An Investigation of Self-Catalyzed Bioconjugating Peptides

Navid Ghaffari


Professor James L. McGaugh

Novel Classification Test for Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory

Yiwei Gong

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Stephanie Tjen-A-Looi

Moxibustion Modifies Pressor Responses in Rats through Opioids in Hypothalamic Paraventricular Nucleus

Irene Gonzalez


Professor Kimberly Lakes

Creatively Able: An Innovative Dance Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Martha A. Gray

Dance/ Dance Performance and Dance Choreography

Professor Loretta Livingston

Integrating Vulnerability into a Contemporary Dance Practice

Suki Gu

Chemistry/ Biological Sciences

Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Effects of Transition Metals on Optical Properties of Atmospheric Organic Aerosols

Alejandro Guardado


Professor Rachel S. O'Toole

A Mexican Dirty War Narrative: Revealing the Forgotten Guerrerense Ideology

Onalli Gunasekara

Aerospace Engineering

Professor Gregory Washington
Professor Gregory Washington

Dynamic Search and Rescue: Autonomous Decision-Making Quadcopter

Emily J.F. Guy

Public Health Policy

Professor Tim A. Bruckner

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Sexual Assault Reporting Differences among College Students

Kayla M. Guzman

Biological Sciences

Professor Kimberley Lakes

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Measuring Self-Regulation in 12-Month-Old Children using the Response to Challenge Scale (RCS)

Sepehr Haerianardakani


Professor James S. Nowick

Determining the Mechanism of Toxicity of Oligomers Formed by Peptides Derived from -Amyloid

Aya Hallak

International Studies

Professor Daniel R. Brunstetter

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): A Change in Gender Roles: Syrian Women Take over Male-Dominated Fields

Joseph Han

Biological Sciences

Professor Marcelo Wood
Professor Marcelo Wood

The Role of CREST in Formation of Drug Associated Memories

Xuan Han


Professor James S. Nowick

Testing of Teixobactin Analogue Based on Alanine Scan

Line Hariri


Professor Lilith Mahmud

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Tantra and the Uses of the Erotic: Audre Lorde, a Feminist Poetry in Motion

Sarah S. Hasal

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth Cauffman

Evading the Searchlights: Examining the Influence of Neighborhoods among Successful and Unsuccessful Callous-Unemotional Youth

Jennifer Heng

Biological Sciences

Professor Jonathan Lakey

Special Call (Women’s Empowerment): Using Hormone Therapy to Balance Estradiol in Female Non-Obese Diabetic Mice to Improve Kidney Function

Esmeralda Hic

Earth System Science

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Civic Engagement and the Salton Sea: Learning from Environmental Justice Advocates in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, 2000-Present

Elena K. Hinkle

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Jessica Borelli

Associations of Language Style Matching with Empathy and Social Anxiety among Therapists and Non-Therapist Professionals

Lauren A. Hisatomi

Public Health Policy/ Psychology

Professor Miryah Runnerstrom

Origins of Classroom Distraction

Vanesse Hiten


Professor Laura J. Mitchell

How were White South Africans Able to Claim Ignorance of the Political and Social Climate Affecting Black South Africans during 1975-1977?

Sandy Hoang

Biological Sciences

Professor Julie V. Patterson

The Contribution of Evoked Gamma Oscillations to P50 Sensory Gating in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Tamara L. How

Political Science

Professor Robert M. Uriu

The Effect of Mianzi Culture on Chinese Foreign Policy Formulation regarding the United States

Vanessa Hsia

International Studies/ French

Professor Heidi Hardt

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Women in Costa Rica: Examining the Effects of International Organizations on Women’s Economic Reality

Ophelia Huang

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Stephanie Tjen-A-Looi

Role of Interleukin-1 during Electroacupuncture on Hypertension

Melissa Hurtado


Professor Angela C. Jenks

Impact of Healthcare Access, Age, Race, Marital Status, and Social Support on the Perceived Health Status of Low-Income Minority Women in the Blue Collar Workforce

Bunchhin Huy

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Steven Gross

Load-Induced Enhancement of Dynein Force Production by NudEL Phosphorylation

Philip H. Hwang


Professor Marcelo Wood

The Role of NR4A2 in Regulating Cocaine Action in the MHb

Natalie R. Jacquez

Biological Sciences

Professor Nancy T. Burley

Influence of Male Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) Cheek Patch Size on Success of Extra-Pair Copulation

Afraah Javed

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Michael T. Green

Characterizing the Reactive Intermediates of Two Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases

Jennifer J. Jones


Professor Tom Boellstorff

How Hierarchy Shapes Places of Community in Fandoms Online and Offline

Daijanique T. Joseph

Political Science/ Social Policy and Public Service

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): A Qualitative Analysis of African American Female College Students’ Academic Persistence: Using a Psychosociocultural Model

Sanika M. Joshi

Public Health Sciences

Professor Scott Bartell

Mortality Risk Attributable to Extreme and Ambient Temperature in the State of California

Ramneet Kaur

Human Biology

Professor Baotran Vo

Interventional Means of Pre-Medical Applicants’ Career Turnouts

Natasha A. Kaushal

Public Health Policy/ Political Science

Professor Scott Bartell

Water In Conflict Zones: Analyzing Public Health Crises amid Political Conflicts

Hannah N. Keane

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Katrine L. Whiteson

Identifying Dysbiosis of the Skin Microbiome on Residual Limbs of Prosthetic Users

Junhee Kim

Biological Sciences

Professor Nimisha K. Parekh

Special Call (Women’s Empowerment): Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE)

Junhee Kim

Biological Sciences

Professor Nimisha K. Parekh

Migrant Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Microbiome Analysis Study (MIMAS): Association between Diet and IBD Flare-Ups

Nicole K. Kirin

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Teresa Dalton

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): The Role of Media Images on Self-Esteem and Body Perception

Kavita Krishnan

Biological Sciences

Professor Kimberley Lakes

Creatively Able: An Innovative Dance Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Samantha Ku

Political Science

Professor Etel Solingen

Post-Brexit Relations between the European Union and United Kingdom: The Case of Nuclear Nonproliferation

Malak Kudaimi

Public Health Policy/ International Studies

Professor Alana LeBron

The Health and Well-Being of First-Generation Students

Beatrice Kug

Education Sciences

Professor Stephanie M. Reich

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Understanding Preschool Children’s Reading Engagement with Interactive eBooks

Mohamed Laayouni


Professor Kate McKnelly
Professor James S. Nowick

Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Macrocyclic Peptides Derived from HuPrP116–132

Yessica Y. Landaverde


Professor Natasha A. Mesinkovska

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): The Value of Hair Maintenance in Cancer Patients during Chemotherapy Treatment

Lauren S. Lastra

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Creating a Lifetime Library for Tumor Characterization using Silica Nanoparticles

Lillian Lee

Earth System Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

Copper and Light Interactions in Diazotrophic Phytoplankton

Jonathan Lee

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Education Sciences

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

A Qualitative Study: Undergraduate REM Homelessness and Well-Being

Jenna A. Lee

Earth System Science

Professor Adam Martiny

Evaluation of the Latitudinal Variation in Phytoplankton Stoichiometry

Brandon M. Lehrich

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine/ N/A

Professor Harrison W. Lin
Professor John C. Middlebrooks

Auditory Brainstem and Middle Latency Responses in a Murine Repeat-Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Model

Davita V. Lesch

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jodi Quas

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Youth Engagement in the Plea Arrangement Process: The Role of Ethnicity and Parental Presence

Christina Leung

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Sabee Y. Molloi

Pulmonary Physiologic Assessment with First-Pass Perfusion using Low-Dose Computed Tomography Imaging

Yong Li


Professor Fillmore Freeman

Mechanisms of the Additions of Benzenethiols to Alkenes and Michael Acceptors

Haofei (Frances) Li

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Education Sciences

Professor Elizabeth A. Martin

Anticipatory and Consummatory Pleasure Experiences in Subjects with Social Anhedonia

Runjing Li

Materials Science Engineering/ Quantitative Economics

Professor Weian Zhao

Amplifying and Detecting Nucleic Acids within Crude Samples

Guohao Liang

Biological Sciences/ Biomedical Engineering

Professor Chang C. Liu
Professor Theresa B. Loveless

Engineering Terminal Deoxynucleotidyl Transferase to Reduce its Nucleotide Incorporation Bias

Yiyang S. Liang


Professor Christopher Vanderwal

Synthesis of 19-Hydroxytotarol and Development of a Selective Epoxy Polyene Cyclization

Brian J.K. Ligh

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Ilhem Messaoudi

Modeling Temporal Gene Expression Changes in Whole Blood to Identify Determinants of Protection to Marburg Virus

Kairong Lin

Biological Sciences/ Business Economics

Professor Amal Alachkar

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Assessing the Effect of Changing Maternal Care on the Behaviors of Mice

Frances Liu

Computer Science/ Chemistry

Professor David Van Vranken

Reaction Predictor: Using Machine Learning to Predict Chemical Reaction Products and Mechanisms

Ryan J. Lombardo

Philosophy/ Political Science

Professor William R. Schonfeld
Professor Michael Tesler

American Partisanship and the 2016 Presidential Election

Zane G. Long


Professor Jennifer Prescher

Non-Canonical Cyclopropene Amino Acids as Bioorthogonal Probes

Jocelyne Lopez

Biological Sciences

Professor Claudia Benavente

Determining the Role of UHRF1 and HELLS in Tumor Progression in Osteosarcoma

Jocelyn K. Lopez


Professor Charles Chubb

Inferring Target Prior in the Centroid Task

Adriana Lopez

Political Science

Professor Davin L. Phoenix

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Health Care Insurance and Women of Color

Andrea Sthepania Lopez Torres

Social Policy and Public Service/ Sociology

Professor Alana LeBron

Special Call (Women’s Empowerment): Undocumented Women Navigating Life without DACA: Implications for the Social Determinants of Health

Mathew Loren

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Bernard Choi

Determining Maximum Imaging Depth from Light Attenuation Reduction

Da Lu

Biological Sciences

Professor Amal Alachkar

Characterizing the Neurogenesis and Neuronal Fate Traces in Cross-Fostering Schizophrenia Cognitive Deficits

Silin Lu

Biological Sciences

Professor Amal Alachkar

Effect of MCH Neuron Ablation on Social Behavior

Laura Lucero

Biological Sciences

Professor Tallie Z. z. Baram
Professor Alicia Hall

Determining if a Mouse Model of Experimental Febrile Status Epilepticus (eFSE) Generates Epilepsy and Cognitive Deficits

Renhao Luo

Biological Sciences/ Bioinformatics minor

Professor Tallie Z. Baram
Professor Megan M. Curran

Blocking Prostaglandin E2 Binding to the EP2 Receptor will Prevent Long Term Learning and Memory Deficits following Febrile Status Epilepticus (FSE) in Rats