Spring 2017 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Brianna L. Ma

Biological Sciences

Professor Peter H. Ditto

A Longitudinal Study on Freshman Sexual Assault

Julia E. Majdali

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Emily D. Grossman

Investigation of Neural Mechanisms in those with Autistic Traits when Completing the Stag Hunt

Connor J. Marsh

Music Theatre

Professor Myrona DeLaney

An Exploration of a New Style of Dance and Necessary Preparation for a Theatrical Career

Sierra D. Mazzarini

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Timothy Downing

Optimization of DNA Plasmid Transfection Methods in Primary Mouse Macrophages

Gabrielle McGahey

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Michelle Digman

A Study on the Effect of Metabolic Inhibitors and Substrate Stiffness on Cancer Cells

Christopher M. McGuire

Earth System Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

The Effects of Wastewater Discharge on Coastal Marine Phytoplankton Populations

Carla Mendez

Earth System Science

Professor Claudia I. Czimczik
Professor Jennifer Walker
Professor Xiaomei Xu

Investigating Radiocarbon and Stable Carbon Isotope Signatures of Recycled Water and their Potential Usage to Trace Recharge within the Coastal Los Angeles Basin

Ryan Moore

Public Health Sciences

Professor Michael Berns

Effect of LED Exposure on Astrocyte Scratch Assay

Chamee V. Moua

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jessica Borelli

The Power of Positive Moments: Promoting Socioemotional Health in Mother-Child Dyads through Relational Savoring—Pomona MOU

Sarah N. Mousa

Political Science

Professor Mark Andrew. Le Vine

The Misrepresentation of African Americans in Advertisements and Print Media

Laman Musayeva


Professor Lisa Naugle

Exploring the Cultural Heritage of Italy and the Experience in Working in the International Setting

Christine J. Nam

Education Sciences

Professor Stephanie M. Reich
Professor Joanna Yau

The Effects of Messaging on Teen Stress

Thi Ngo

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Kavita Arora

The Role of Drosophila Activin Signaling in Lipid Metabolism

Donhao T. Nguyen

Chemical Engineering/ Minor in Biomedical Engineering

Professor Juan Du
Professor Filipp Furche

Computational Analysis of the Ln3+/Ln2+ Reduction Potential

Pauline A. Nguyen

Comparative Literature

Professor Judy T. Wu

Nguyen Thi Ve, the First Female Judge of Vietnam: How Education, War, and Law Shaped her Life

Lisa Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Using Gold Nanoparticles to Detect Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNF-Alpha)

Thinh Q. Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered B. Haun

Soluble Expression of Recombinant Single-Chain Fragment Variable (scFv) Antibodies

Brianne N. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Matthew Bracken

Characterizing Nutrient Profiles of California Rockweeds

Hannah M. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal
Professor Sudhanshu Agrawal

The Effects of Environmental Toxin on the Immune Response to Infections

Eva Ni

Biological Sciences

Professor Albert Siryaporn

Signaling Pathway of Escherichia coli Biofilm Dispersal

Justin C. Ong

Biological Sciences

Professor Charles G. Glabe
Professor Justyna M. Sosna

Damage Associated Molecular Patterns (DAMPs) and Neutrophil Extracellular Trap (NET) Formation Have Distinct Presentations in 3xTg Alzheimer's Disease and Wildtype Mice

Guillermo Paez


Professor Rocio Rosales

Understanding Day Labor Practices in Orange County

Hanh M. Pham

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Impact of Cinnamaldehyde on the Healthspan of Alzheimer’s disease Drosophila melanogaster models

Megan M. Quan

Chemical Engineering

Professor Regina Ragan

Expanding Raman Scattering Biosensing with Longer Molecular Linkers

Sayna Rahnamoun

Biological Sciences

Professor Kyoko Yokomori

Epigenetic DNA-Damage Response

Brandon L. Rawson


Professor Albert Siryaporn

Propagation of Phage Infection of Pseudomonas Biofilms

Cheyenne E. Read

Art/ History, European Studies (Prior BA, UCI 2013)

Professor William S. Roberts

Photographing Living Conflict

Raymond Z. Rendon

Biological Sciences

Professor Victor Pham
Professor Xiaolin Zi

Gartanin Project

Anthony Ricaldi

Materials Science Engineering

Professor Catherine Loudon
Professor Albert F. Yee

The Use of Synthetic Surfaces in Control Effects with Bed Bugs

Samuel W. Richesson

Chemical Engineering

Professor Allon I. Hochbaum

Modification of Surface Ligands on Lead Selenide Quatum Dots in Thin Films to Study and Optimize Thermoelectric Properties

Jordyn Rodwell

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Bruce Tromberg

Monitoring Radiation Induced Skin Toxicity using Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging (SFDI)

Michael Schneider

Biological Sciences

Professor Veedamali Subramanian

Biotin/Panthothenic Acid Over-Supplementation to SLC5A6 (SMVT-cKO) Mice Effects on Growth Rate, Intestinal Mucosal Morphology, and Tight Junction Integrity of the Knockout Animals

Guanhua Shu


Professor Janine Kwapis
Professor Marcelo A. Wood

Characterizing the Effects of HDAC3 Inhibition on Memory and Plasticity Impairments Induced by Mutant nBAF Nucleosome Remodeling Complex

Sana M. Siddiqui

Biological Sciences

Professor Ann K. Sakai
Professor Stephen G. Weller

Impact of Post-Zygotic Reproductive Barriers on Hybridization

Amrit K. Sidhu

Education Sciences

Professor Stephanie M. Reich

How Much Education is in Educational Preschool Apps?: Analyzing and Experimentally Testing Educational App Designs

Ritika A. Singh

Biological Sciences

Professor Cascade Sorte

Avian Predators: Bridging the Gap between Intertidal and Terrestrial Ecosystems

Bianca D. Soto Alarcon

Psychology/ Education Sciences

Professor Carol M. Connor

Exposure to Different Types of Literature at Home and How it May Affect Children’s Literacy