Spring 2018 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Eric A. Abdulaziz

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Joan Lobo Prat
Professor David J. Reinkensmeyer

Versatile Prosthetic for Congenial Limb Deficiency of the Forearm

Jasmine Adams

African-American Studies/ English

Professor Ama Wray

Race, Gender, Sexuality and Neoliberal Education Reform

Sahil Ahuja

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Gregory A. Weiss

Real-Time Insulin Biosensing: Expression and Isolation of InR Variants in CHO-K1 Cell Lines

Albert-Fred T. Aquino

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Rahul Warrior

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

Aleen L. Atikian

Biological Sciences

Professor Claudia Benavente

Role of Chromatin Remodelers Uhrf1 and Hells in Retinal Development and Retinoblastoma Tumor Formation

Natasha A. Bailey

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law, and Society

Professor Jessica Z. Klemfuss

Memory for a Crime Video

Sarah K. Balaian

Civil Engineering

Professor Mohammad Javad Abdolhosseini Qomi

Simulating Extraction of Water from Gypsum through Dehydration

Lara Barakat


Professor Susanne M. Jaeggi

Do Children with ADHD Show Better Performance on Tests that Assess Divergent Thinking in Comparison to their Peers?

Jade Barrilleaux

Earth System Science

Professor Katherine RM. Mackey

Chromatic Acclimation of Marine Synechococcus in Response to Differing Wavelengths of Light

Tiziano G. Bassi


Professor Athan Shaka

Simultaneous Measurement of Plutonium-239/Uranium-235 Mixtures utilizing a Redesigned and Enhanced Delayed Neutron Detection System

Nadine Ben Romdhane

Biological Sciences

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Using Structure-Activity Relationship Studies (SAR) to Improve Potency of Anti-Cancer Compound SH-BC-893

Olivia R. Benice


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Development of a Synthetic Nanoparticle Library for High Throughput Screening of Bacteria

Javier D. Burdette

Philosophy/ English

Professor Andromache Karanika
Professor Jayne Lewis

Weights of the World: A Comparison of Ancient Strength Training Methods of Myth and their Contemporary Revivals

Belen M. Cairo

Earth System Science/ Urban Studies

Professor Katherine RM. Mackey

Seasonal Variability of Prochlorococcus along Southern California’s Coastal Waters

Socorro Cambero

Education Sciences/ Gender and Sexuality Studies

Professor Gilberto Conchas

First-Generation White and Latinx College Student Perceptions of Inequality across Gender and Racial Lines

Bryce T. Carson


Professor Susanne M. Jaeggi

Inhibitory Control and Creativity in Children with ADHD

Emilie Chien

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Travis E. Huxman

Combined Effects of Drought and Herbivory Stresses on California Coastal Sage Scrub Fitness

Han Jin Cho

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Yun Wang


Lauren W. Chung

Human Biology

Professor Sophie Chu
Professor Andrea J. Tenner
Professor Andrea J. Tenner

C5a-Induced CR3 Expression and A1 Astrocytes: Involvement in Progression of Alzheimer’s disease

Isaias M. Contreras

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law, & Society

Professor Raymond W. Novaco

Anger and Angry Rumination

Rebecca Corona

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Sarah D. Pressman

What do you Appreciate? An Examination of Gratitude, Appreciation, and Positive Psychological Intervention

Sarah I. Daniel

International Studies

Professor Davin Pheonix

Tanazians' Attitudes towards International Law

Kushal R. Dave

Biological Sciences/ Applying for Business Administration in the summer of 2018

Professor Devon Lawson

Doublet Cell Sequencing to Elucidate Stem Cell Niche in Mouse Epithelium

Danushi V. De Silva

International Studies/ Sociology

Professor Cecelia Lynch

Religious/Political Dimensions of the Sri Lankan Civil War

Michelle Diab

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor James Nowick

Probing the Structures of AB Oligomers using Monoclonal Antibodies

Grace Diep

Public Health Sciences

Professor David Fruman
Professor Dennis Juarez

Assessing p53 Involvement in Promoting Multiple Myeloma Cell Death in Response to Statin and BH3 Mimetic Combination Treatment

Kelton K. Do

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Kelton K. Do
Professor Samuel Schriner
Professor Samuel Schriner

Evaluating the Efficacy of Chemical and Environment Effects on Saccharomyces cerevisiae Life Span

Phuc T. Do


Professor Rahul Warrior

Does Eukaryotic Initiation Factor 2A (eIF2A) Affect Viability under Cellular Stress?

Thomas B. Dolan

Electrical Engineering

Professor Jack Brouwer

Solar Vehicle Motor System

Jiafeng Du


Professor Philip G. Collins

Discovering the Mechanism and Parameters for Two Types of Growth in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Fabrication

Huixun Du

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Medha M. Pathak

Reprogramming Piezo1 Knockout Human Foreskin Fibroblasts (HFFs) into Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs)

Emma A. DuBridge

Biological Sciences

Professor Rahul Warrior

Generation of CRISPR-Induced Alleles in the Drosophila O-xylosyltransferase (oxt) Gene

Annie Duong

Biological Sciences

Professor Travis E. Huxman

The Effects of Soil Microbial Communities and Differing Regional Soils in California on Plant Defense and Herbivorous Communities