Fall 2018 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Giselle Y. Acosta

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Anshu Agrawal

The Effect of Alcohol and Nicotine on the Response of Human Lung Epithelial Cells to Viral Ligands

Jocelyn Acosta

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth E. Cauffman

Racial Differences in Substance Use: The Role of Adolescents’ Future Expectations

Ana P. Acosta

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Han Li

Obtaining Thermostable NADPH-Dependent Enzymes

Sila Adhiningrat

Public Health Policy

Professor Suellen Hopfer

Sorting through Tweets: A Content Analysis of HPV Vaccine Information on Twitter

Samantha B. Ahn

Political Science

Professor John J. Gargus

Impaired Intracellular Ca2+ Signaling Caused by Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Roxana Akbari

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor David J. Frank

Establishing Sexual Identity in U.S. Asylum Cases

Angelika Gabrielle P. Alzaga

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Steven Chessler

Coculturing for Pre- and Postsynaptic-Like Sites on β Cells

Salvador L. Amezcua


Professor Mike Fortun

The Changing Perspectives of Southern California's Automotive Communities

Sneha Anand

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Ilhem Messaoudi

Determining Mechanisms of BEBOV Viral Pathogenesis

Rana N. Andary

Public Health Sciences

Professor Nathan D. Wong

Control of Cardiovascular Risk Factors among U.S. Adults with Type 2 Diabetes from 2013 to 2016: Comparison by Prevalent Cardiovascular Disease Status

Brandon T. Andrews


Professor Lai Jiang

Individuals’ Willingness to Pay for Immigration Legal Counsel under a Contingency Fee

Albert-Fred T. Aquino

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Rahul Warrior

Identification of a Novel Component of the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway in Drosophila

Gabriela Arreola

Social Policy and Public Service

Professor Jeanett Castellanos
Professor Ana E. Rosas

An Analysis of East Los Angeles Latinx Employees’ Job Satisfaction: Exploring Maslow’s Hierarchy

Chanika Assavarittirong

Pharmaceutical Science/ Education Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak
Professor Luiz Passalacqua

Selection for the Metabolite-Dependent HDV-Like Ribozyme

Mahima Avanti

Public Health Sciences/ Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Professor Virginia E. Kimonis

Late Onset of Bone Density in Pompe Disease Patients with Possible Therapeutic Effects by Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT)

Janett Avila

Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Effects Drug Cartels have had on Mexico's Democracy

Natasha A. Bailey

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law, and Society

Professor Jessica Z. Klemfuss

Memory for a Crime Video

Nicole Balbuena

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Sociology and Political Science

Professor Laura Enriquez
Professor Laura Enriquez

Undocumented Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: Access to Domestic Violence Resources

Angelina M. Ball

Exercise Sciences

Professor Emanuel Azizi

Effects of Collagen Content on in-vivo Muscle Length

Madison N. Bandini

Biological Sciences

Professor Kavita Arora

Activin Signaling Regulates Ecdysone Feedback

Abbygail N. Banglos


Professor Eleana Kim

Bay Area Migration to Sacramento Valley

Jude J. Banihani

Biological Sciences

Professor Rianne Campbell
Professor Marcelo A. Wood

The Role of Nr4a2 in Cocaine-Induced Behavior within the Nucleus Accumbens

Andrea N. Bao

Biological Sciences

Professor Marilyn N. Chwa
Professor Maria C. Kenney

Effects of PU-91 on AMD Cybrids with Different Haplogroups (H, K, J, U)

Lara Barakat


Professor Susanne M. Jaeggi

Among an Array of Skills, which Emerges as the Greatest Resource for Students with ADHD?

Zarlasht Baschshi

Chemistry/ Biological Sciences

Professor Alex Guenther

Investigating the Processes Controlling Biogenic Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds Background

Brittney A. Bayardo

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Psychology

Professor Rodolfo Torres

Environmental Classism and its Effects on Low Income Students

Altay Bayrakci

Biological Sciences

Professor Craig Murray

Study of Water Vapor Catalysis on Criegee Intermediate Reaction Kinetics

Calvin H. Belcher

Materials Science Engineering

Professor Enrique J. Lavernia

Application of a High Throughput Approach to High Entropy Alloy Design and Synthesis using an Induction Furnace

Natalie D. Berrios

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Criminology, Law, and Society

Professor Glenda M. Flores

First-Generation Homeless College Students: The Role of Acculturation

Sara H. Bertan

Biological Sciences

Professor Brian J. Cummings

Assessment of Clinically-Relevant Human Neural Stem Cell Transplantation for Traumatic Brain Injury

Ayesha Bhakta

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law, and Society

Professor Elizabeth E. Cauffman

The Impact of Parental Relationship Quality and Perceptions of the Police on Recidivism

Ruijie (Janice) Bi

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Feng Wang

Examine the Role of Liberal Institutionalism in the One Belt One Road Initiative and Project the Relations Changes in the Southeast Asia (UROP Research Abroad Fellowship Request—Geneva, Switzerland through UCEAP)

Jordan P. Bonecutter

Computer Engineering

Professor Quoc-Viet Dang

Driver Assistance Module

Daniel T. Booth

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Process Engineering: Kluyveromyces marxianus and Developing Optimal Conditions for Triacetic Acid Lactone Production

Alexandra L. Bormeth


Professor Loretta Livingston

Personal and Honest Movement Expression of Social Controversy

Fatima E. Bravo

Social Policy and Public Service/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Low-Income First-Generation Latinx College Students’ Eating Habits, Food Insecurity, and Well-Being: A Quantitative Study

Robert D. Cabrales

Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry

Professor Allon Hochbaum

Inhibition and Quantification of Trehalose in Bacteria

Maria A. Caicedo

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Vasan Venugopalan

Breast Cancer Metastasis: A Result of Extracellular Matrix Rigidity

Socorro Cambero

Education Sciences/ Gender and Sexuality Studies

Professor Gilberto Conchas

Special Call (Women's Empowerment) Latina College Student Perceptions of Inequality: Mestiza Consciousness and Organic Intellectuals In Higher Education

Elizabeth C. Carlisle

Criminology, Law & Society/ Film & Media Studies

Professor Kristen Hatch

Cover Up: The Use of Makeup to Covey Morality and Personality in Contemporary American Film Cinema

Carisa R. Carlton


Professor Angela Jenks
Professor George Marcus

Relationship between Domestic Violence and the State

Samentha T. Carpio

Social Ecology/ Psychology and social behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina College Students, Imposter Syndrome and Well-Being: A Qualitative Study

Alexzander Carranza


Professor Alice Crawford-Berghof
Professor Laura O'Connor

Confucianism, Hierarchies, and Feminism in Korean Art

Elizabeth Cervantes

Sociology/ Psychology

Professor Susan Brown

Sociology Honors Thesis: The Role of Stigma on Mental Health Services

Luis A. Chaidez

Sociology/ Education Science

Professor Jacob Avery

Negotiating the Barrio & Academia: Experiences of Chicanx Males in Institutions of Higher Education

Che-Wei Chang

Electrical Engineering

Professor Ian G. Harris

Custom Designed Drone with Active Obstacle Avoidance

Mindy Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Virginia E. Kimonis
Professor Lan Weiss

Muscle Glycogen Synthase Suppression by Antisense Oligonucleotide Therapeutics in Mouse Model of Pompe disease

Justina Chang

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Shahrdad Lotfipour

Investigation of the ⍺6 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Subunit in Adolescent Substance Use

Anthony Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Shahrdad Lotfipour

The Characterization of Baseline Behavioral Phenotype in a Humanized 3’UTR Chrna6C123G Mutant Rat Line

Allissa Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Stefania Forner

Impaired Synaptic Regulators in Alzheimer’s disease

Kenneth K. Chau

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Sarah J. Cross
Professor Frances M. Leslie

Kappa Opioid Receptor Regulation of Anxiety- and Depressive-Like Behaviors In Adolescent and Adult Rats

Terence Chen


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Taiwanese Americans and Distress Disclosure: A Quantitative Study

Xi Chen

Environmental Engineering

Professor Sunny Jiang

Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge: Passive Solar Desalination Water Bottles

Emilie Chien

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Travis E. Huxman
Professor Evelyn Valdez-Ward

Using Host Mediated Microbiome Engineering to Improve Heatwave Tolerance in Phacelia parryi

Henry Chin


Professor Lauren T. Fleming
Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Formation of Secondary Organic Aerosol by Reactions of Iron (III) Chloride and Catechol Derivatives

Om S. Chitnis

Biological Sciences

Professor Rianne Campbell
Professor Marcelo A. Wood

Role of HDAC3 Activity within D1R and D2R Cells of the NAc in Regulating Cocaine-Associated Memory Formation

Jemima Sook Yan Choong


Professor Charlotte Griffin

BFA Dance Choreography Senior Thesis: Transitions through Seasons

Kevin Chow

Computer Science

Professor Alexandru Nicolau
Professor Alexandru Nicolau

Predicting Sepsis through Machine Learning

Andrew C. Chu

Biological Sciences

Professor Gregory A. Weiss

Targeting SNAP29 through the Directed Evolution of a Protease

Karyssa A. Courey


Professor Michael Lee

Mate Selection as a Full Information Optimal Stopping Problem in a Changing Environment

Jazmin T. Cruz

Education Sciences

Professor Judith H. Sandholtz

The NGSS Era: Understanding Rural Elementary Teachers’ Science Instruction

Ella A. Csuka

Biological Sciences

Professor Natasha Mesinkovska

Analyzing Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Images of Alopecia: A Comparison of Skin Thickness and Hair Quality on the Scalp

Emma P. Danhash

Biological Sciences

Professor Mathew M. Blurton-Jones

Role of TREM2 in Alzheimer’s disease Pathogenesis in a Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Microglia Model

Kaitlyn M. DaVisio

Psychology/ Criminology, Law, and Society

Professor Stephen Schueller

Relationship between Personal Values and Subjective Well-Being

Manuel D. De Leon

Asian American Studies

Professor Judy T. Wu

Nakalipas: Researching the Development and Foundation of Early Filipinx -/ American Organizations within UCI

Danushi V. De Silva

Sociology/ International Studies

Professor Jacob Avery
Professor Ruth Goldstein

Face-to-Face Communication: Sri Lankan Traditional Ritual Masks and its Belief Systems are more than an Age-Old Folk Entertainment that Fulfill an Important Societal Function

Danushi V. De Silva

Sociology/ International Studies

Professor Jacob Avery
Professor Judy Wu

Present Living Conditions of Former Child Soldiers and Civilians in Post Conflict Sri Lanka: Employment, Education, Gender Perspective and the Effectiveness of the DDR Program

Samuel R. Dean

Electrical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Improving Pneumatic Oscillators for Microfluidic Automation

Brandon Dehdashtian

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Arash Kheradvar

Synchronizing Helix Cardia with a Pacemaker

Rodrigo Del Rio

Biological Sciences

Professor Susana Cohen-Cory

Time-Lapse Imaging of Neurons with CB1 Receptor Knockdown in the Developing Brain

Matthew R. Deleon

Public Health Policy

Professor Cynthia Lakon

College Student Narratives of Vaping and Other Drug Use

Azniv Derdzakyan

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor Jacob Avery

Student Debt: The Future of University of California Students

Abigail Diaz

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Influencing Factors on Latina Undergraduates’ Academic Honesty Behaviors: A Qualitative Study

Zhanbo Ding

Biological Sciences

Professor Michael J. Parsons

Establishing a Nitroreductase Transgenic Zebrafish Line to Further Enhance our Understanding of β-Cell Neogenesis

Austin C. Do


Professor Emiliana Borrelli
Professor Marcello Serra

Differential D2S and D2L Receptor Contribution on Chronic Haloperidol Action

Thu A. Do

Biological Sciences

Professor Virginia E. Kimonis
Professor Lan N. Weiss

Therapeutic Effects of CB-5083 as a Treatment for IBMPFD in Myoblasts

Phuc Do


Professor Rahul Warrior

How does Cellular Stress Impact Expression of the Alternative Translation Initiation Factor Eukaryotic Initiation Factor 2A (eIF2A)?

Theresa Do

Public Health Policy/ Political Science

Professor Mojgan Sami

Perceptions of Physical Activity in the Vietnamese American Community in Orange County, California

Stephanie S. Doering

Cognitive Sciences/ Informatics

Professor Michael Lee
Professor Michael A. Yassa

Development of Bayesian Hierarchical Models in Mnemonic Discrimination Tasks to Determine Pattern Separation Cognitive Processes

Tri N. Dong

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Janine Kwapis
Professor Marcelo A. Wood

Using CatFISH to Assess the Neuronal Population Engaged by a Novel Memory Updating Paradigm

Brianna M. Doratt

Biological Sciences

Professor Ilhem Messaoudi

Effect of Alcohol Consumption on Alveolar Macrophage Response to Influenza Infection

Maydellyn O. Dumaop

Public Health Policy/ Education Sciences

Professor Dara Sorkin

Perception of Undergraduate College Students towards Mental Health and the Effect on Use of Mental Health Services on Campus

Dominique N. Duong

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Plaque Re-Accumulation after Dental Gel Use: A Comparison of 3 OTC Formulations

Jason Duong

Computer Engineering

Professor Quoc-Viet Dang

Autonomous Driving with Computer Vision

Jessica M. Dutile

Sociology/ minor in Psychology

Professor Jacob Avery

Transition to College: Minority Students and Non-Minority Students

Mimi Eang

History/ Asian American Studies

Professor David Fedman
Professor Julia H. Lee

Redefining the Purpose of Karaoke: From Origin to Global Spread, 1970–2018

Stephany Echavarria

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law and Society

Professor Mark J. Warschauer

Understanding Group Dynamics during Online Synchronous Collaborative Writing in Middle School

Mario G. Elabd

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Investigating the Role of Microglia in Cocaine Reinforcement after Adolescent Nicotine Exposure

Mina Elabd

Biological Sciences

Professor Shahrdad Lotfipour

Alpha (α) 6 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Subunit Protein Expression in the Chrna6 C123G Humanized Rodent Line

Kimberly G. Escalante

Political Science/ Spanish

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Role of Transportation in the Homeless Community: Mobility and Opportunity Seeking

Justin A. Fabello

Biological Sciences

Professor Matthew A. Inlay

Lineage-Tracing of Hematopoietic Stem Cells in the Extraembryonic Mesoderm

Miriam N. Fam

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth A. Martin

Objective Measures of Emotional Functioning in Anhedonia: Evidence of a Deficit?

Kevin P. Fang

Computer Science

Professor Christopher Dobrian

Special Call (STEAM): Separating Instrumentals from Music

Rheem Fawaz

Biological Sciences

Professor Sheryl Tsai

Determining the Structure of Doxorubicin Priming Ketosynthase DpsC with ACP Crosslinker

Lindsay Fawcett

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jessica Borelli

Reflective Functioning Predicting Parent-Child Agreement in Emotion with Parental Emphasis on Performance and Achievement as a Moderator

Danika R. Ferguson

Biological Sciences

Professor Jennifer A. Prescher

Uncovering the Mechanistic Origin of Substrate Orthogonality for Engineered Luciferase-Luciferin Pairs

Irma Fernandez

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered Haun

Utilizing Bioorthogonal Reactions for Coupling DOTA to Antibodies

Alessandra K. Flaherty

Chemistry/ French, Earth System Science

Professor Adam Martiny

Impact of Ocean Biome Variation on Particulate Chemical Oxygen Demand (pCOD) and the Redfield Ratio

Esmeralda M. Flores

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Bui T. Long

Fragment Policies Rooted in Racism and Classism Perpetuate the Criminalization and Human Rights Violations of Human Beings

Kassandra Flores

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law and Society

Professor Rachel B. Baker

Supplemental Instruction and its Effect on Persistence among Community College Students

Leslie Flores


Professor Jacob Avery

Expectations and Outcomes of College Life

Audrey Y. Fong


Professor Judy Wu

Remembering Hiroshima: The Politics of Nationalist Memory

Alyssa M. Fowlds


Professor Adam Martiny

Temporal Changes within Marine Ecosystems Affecting Chemical Compositions

Stephanie M. Fruth

Public Health Sciences

Professor Zeba Wunderlich

Characterizing Survival and Ability to Fight off Infection in Various Genetic Lines of Drosophila melanogaster Injected with Serratia marcescens

Samaria J. Fuentes


Professor Jacob Avery

In-Class Laptop Use and its Variation Between Genders