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Fall 2016 Grant Recipients

Jonathan Mackris
Major(s): Film Studies
Faculty mentor (s): Dr. Kelli Fuery
Title of Project: Politics and Participation in the films of William Castle

Jessica Rush
Major(s): Biological Sciences and Spanish
Faculty mentor (s): Dr. Cassandra Medvedeff, Dr. Jason Keller
Title of Project: Direct Effect of Temperature on Humic Substance Reduction in a Minnesota Peatland

Fernando Silva
Major(s): Environmental Science and Policy
Faculty Mentor (s): Chris Kim
Title of Project: Study of the Effects of Drying on Iron nanoparticle Aggregate Size and Metal Absorption

Jessica Bocinski
Major(s): Art History and Anthropology
Faculty Mentor (s): Denise Johnson
Title of Project: Perspectives and Perceptions: Examining Chicano/a Muralists of Southern California

Elizabeth Rentko
Major(s): Psychology
Faculty Mentor (s): Dave Frederick
Title of Project: The Effect of Media Images on Body Dissatisfaction Among Gay and Heterosexual Men

Brianna Tomlin
Major(s): Fine Arts
Faculty Mentor (s): Lia Halloran, Dave Kiddie
Title of Project: Breathe, a Senior Thesis show

Tammy Taller
Major(s): Public Relations and Advertising
Faculty Mentor (s): Janell Shearer
Title of Project: National Student Advertising Competition

Paul Titterton
Major(s): Physics and Computational Science
Faculty Mentor (s): Professor Justin Dressel
Title of Project: Analog simulation of a quantum computing circuit

Nilsha Khurana
Major(s): Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor (s): Dr. Jennifer Funk
Title of Project: Utilizing next generation DNA sequencing technologies to study plant response to climate change

Elizabeth Iantosca
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor (s): Sun Yang
Title of Project: Effects of curcumin on iron-induced toxicity in cardiomyocytes

Alessandra Rosser
Major(s): Studio Art
Faculty Mentor (s): Micol Hebron
Title of Project: Senior Thesis Exhibition

Trina Killian
Major(s): Kinesiology
Faculty Mentor (s): Marcia Abbott
Title of Project: Yoga for the Potential Treatment of Obesity Related Inflammation

Morgan Mein
Major(s): Fine Arts
Faculty Mentor (s): Micol Hebron
Title of Project: This is Not Home Senior Fine Art's Thesis Proposal

Kris Swanson
Major(s): Creative Writing
Faculty Mentor (s): Morgan Read-Davidson
Title of Project: Narrative Music Virtual Reality Video Game Production

Jimmy Evans
Major(s): Screenwriting and English Literature
Faculty Mentor (s): Jocelyn Buckner
Title of Project: Hinukan: A (Re)Memoir

Ian Nel
Major(s): Psychology
Faculty Mentor (s): Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook
Title of Project: Psychoneuroimmunology of PPD: Investigating the Relationship between Psychosocial Variables, C-Reactive Protein, and Postpartum Depression

Erika Gibson
Major(s): History
Faculty Mentor (s): Jennifer Keene
Title of Project: "Frenchified:" French food and salon culture in Jefferson's White House

Caitlyn Turner
Major(s): Psychology
Faculty Mentor (s): David Frederick
Title of Project: Social Media, Confidences killer? The Effects of Social Media on Body Image

Spring 2016 Grant Recipients

Alex Himstead
Major: Biology
Faculty Mentor: William G. Wright
Title of Project: Behavioral Ecology of Dolabrifera

Seth Yund
Major: Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Marco Bisoffi
Title of Project: Genetic Factors Influencing the Digestion of Gliadin by Bifidobacteria longus

Yasmin Akbari
Major: Psychology
Faculty Mentor: David Frederick
Title of Project: The Effectiveness of Warning Labels and Subvertising on Reducing the Harmful Effects of Media Exposure

Rose Mackenzie
Major: Theatre Studies
Faculty Mentor: Jocelyn Buckner
Title of Project: Performing Queer Femininities

Zachary Ellis
Major – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: Jason Keller
Title of Project: Organic Matter Reduction Regulates Methanogen Gene Expression in Anaerobic Decomposition

Alexandra Sidun
Major: Environmental Science & Policy
Faculty Mentor: William Wright
Title of Project: Ocean Acidification and Predator-Prey Relations

Anastasia Kalyta
Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: William Wright
Title of Project: Connecting the Physiological and Behavioral Response to Heat Stress in Pagurus Samuelis

Matthew Gothong
Major: Health Science
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Kim
Title of Project: In Vivo Study of Arsenic Bioavailibility in the Live Liver

Bryce Cyrier
Major: Creative Producing
Faculty Mentor: Kiku Terasaki
Title of Project: The Eleventh

Shannon Corenthin
Major: Theatre Performance
Faculty Mentor: Jocelyn Buckner
Title of Project: The Un-Told Story of African American Women Playwrights

Anton Pham
Major: Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Marcia Abbott
Title of Project: The Relationship between AMPK and IL-15 for Potential Obesity Treatment

Lena Romano
Major: Theatre Studies and Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Jocelyn Buckner
Title of Project: The Influence of Social Class on Women in Theatre

Fernando Silva
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Kim
Title of Project: Lung Specific Assessment of Arsenic Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability via Inhalation

Kiana Smith
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Kim
Title of Project: The Effects of Alternating Weather patterns on Arsenic Bioaccessibility of Mine-Impacted Sediments

 

+ - 2015 Grant Recipients

Spring 2015 Grant Recipients

Graeme Aegerter
Major: Sociology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Lynn Horton
Title of Project:  Yup'ik Women's Activism: Native Identity and Social Change

Jenna Alley
Major: Psychology
Faculty mentor: David Frederick
Title of Project:  Acceptance of Hook-Up Culture: Is There Truly a Gender Difference, and What Factors Might Explain This Difference?

Devon Bloss
Major: Environmental Science and Policy (Earth Systems)
Faculty mentor: Dr. Chris Kim
Title of Project:  A Quantitative Analysis of Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Methods

Stephanie A. Bucholz
Major: Biological Sciences
Faculty mentor: David Frederick
Title of Project:  Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Linear and Cyclic Peptides of Histidine-Arginine as a Molecular Transporter

Jenna Alley
Major: Psychology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Rakesh K Tiwari
Title of Project:  Acceptance of Hook-Up Culture: Is There Truly a Gender Difference, and What Factors Might Explain This Difference?

Alexandra M. Contreras
Major: Public Relations and Advertising
Faculty mentor: Cory O'Connor
Title of Project:  Creative: Production, Prom

Shiva Amant and Taylor Delaney
Major: Psychology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook
Title of Project:  Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Glucorticoid Receptor and Postpartum Depression Risk

Jeremy Feck
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty mentor: Dr. William Wright
Title of Project:  Consequences of Global Warming: Physiology-Behavior Correlations in an Intertidal Model Species

Lena Haddad
Major: Biological Sciences
Faculty mentor: Dr. Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith
Title of Project:  Assessment of the Effects of Pomegranate Juice and Caffeine Extract on Apoptosis, and the m-TOR, p-Akt, BCL-2, MCL-1 Anti-Apoptonic Proteins

Jack Jacobs
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Christopher Kim and Dr. Marco Bisoffi
Title of Project:  Effects of Fine-Grained, Arsenic-Bearing Particulate Matter on Alveolar Macrophage Gene Expression

Abigail Kim
Faculty mentor: Alexander R. Bay
Title of Project:  Creating Identity: The Korean Third Space

K.B. (Ki Bbeum) Jenny Kim
Major: Sociology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa
Title of Project:  The Comparative Analysis, and Narratives of Diversity Initiatives at Chapman University

Elizabeth Murtough
Faculty mentor: Dr. Anna Leahy
Title of Project:  Fighting Historical Oblivion: Poetry as Decolonization

Kurt (Quoc) Nguyen
Major: Biological Sciences
Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Funk
Title of Project:  Effect of Bagrada Hilaris on Exotic Invasive Mustards

Nikki Shahbazi
Major: Psychology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook
Title of Project:  Association Between Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Oxytocin Hormone Receptor (OXTR) Gene and Postpartum Depression Risk

Dor Shoshan
Faculty mentor: Dr. marco Biscoffi
Title of Project:  Prostate Field Cancerization -- Thinking outside the Tumor

Kathy Tavakoli
Major: Biology/Psychology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Marcia Abbott
Title of Project:  IL-15 and Obesity: Increase Metabolism, Decrease Body Fat

Fall 2015 Grant Recipients

Kristine Avena 
Major: History  
Title of project – “the Good of the Country Rises Above Party”:  Roosevelt, La Guardia, and O’Connor and the Works Progress Administration in New York City During the Great Depression

Monica Freeman  
Major: History
Title of project: Senior Thesis: Wonder Woman

Sydney Guthrie 
Major: Documentary Film
Title of project: The Impact Point

Robert Schumaker 
Major: Creative Writing & French
Title of project: Mapping the Queer Caribbean

Bijan Kazerooni
Major: History
Title of project: “Injurious to the Honour of his Majesty, and the English Nation” :Piracy and British State Building in the post-Spanish War of Succession

Aidan Wood
Major: TV Writing & Producing
Title of project: The Dragon Slayers: Web Series

Katherine Whiteman 
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Title of project: Arsenic Bioaccessibility as a Function of Rainfall Exposure and Time in Mining-Impacted Sediments under ambient Diurnal Conditions

Sarika Chowdhry
Major: Health Science
Title of project: Design and Synthesis Peptide

Young Jae Kim
Major: Biological Sciences
Title of project: Designing and Evaluating of Dasatinib-Peptide Conjugates as Anti-Cancer Agents.

Crystle-Joie Agbayani 
Major: Psychology
Title of project: What Constitutes Sexual consent and Assault?  The Effects of Verbal, Physical, and Linguistic Cues

Tessa Oliaro 
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Title of project: correlating Arsenic Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability Through In-Vivo Rat Exposures.

Clarissa Hampton 
Major: Art History
Title of project: Senior Research Thesis

Maci Reed 
Major: History
Title of project: American Soldiers’ Songs and the Training Camp Experience in the World War I

Gaganjyot Sandhu 
Major: Psychology
Title of project: Effects of Competing News Media frames of Weight on Antifat Stigma, Beliefs About Weight, and Support for Obesity-Related Public Policies

Mackenzie Smith 
Major: Psychology
Title of project: Anxiety and Cognition

Anthony Torossian 
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Title of project:  Effects of pH on Cu(II) adsorption and retention to aggregated iron oxyhydroxide nanoparticles

 

+ - 2014 Grant Recipients

Fall 2014 Grant Recipients

Yasmin Akbari  
Faculty mentor: Steven Schandler, Ph.D.
Title of Project:  Information Processing as a Risk Factor for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Nicole Brashears
Faculty mentor: Michelle Cleary
Title of Project:  The Validity and Reliability of Mobile Postural Stability Testing Devices

Melissa Bond
Faculty mentor: Connie Shears
Title of Project:  Cognitive Dissonance Between Strangers

Leah Ficeli
Faculty mentor: Jessica Walker
Title of Project:  Mathematics Learning: Implicit or Explicit?

Isabellle Grimm
Faculty mentor: Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner
Title of Project:  Trojan Whores: Unsung Stores of Women in Theaters of War

Jack Jacobs and Jon Woo
Faculty mentor: Dr. Christopher Kim and Dr. Marco Bisoffi
Title of Project:  Effects of Fine-grained, Arsenic-bearing Particulate Matter on Alveolar Macrophage Gene Expression

Kassandra Lee
Faculty mentor: Ken Sumida
Title of Project:  Young Women's Cognitive, Behavioral, Emotional, and Physiological Empathic Responsiveness as Mediated by Evocative Video Stimulus Content

Michelle Lin
Faculty mentor: Stephanie Takaragawa
Title of Project:  History of Multiculturalism and Diversity at Chapman University

Marc Rosenfield
Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Funk
Title of Project:  Discovering Common Ground

Gaganjyot Sandhu
Faculty mentor: David Frederick
Title of Project:  The Effect of Competing Perspectives on Obesity in Media on Support for Obesity-Related Public Policies and Attitudes Towards Obese Persons

Terri Scott
Faculty mentor: David A. Frederick
Title of Project:  Can the negative effects of media exposure on body image be reduced: Examining the effectivness of photoshop warning labels and downward social comparisons

Caleb Sturges
Faculty mentor: Andrea Molle
Title of Project:  Two Party Systems by Design: Testing the Mechanism of Plurality Rule

McKenzie Tavoda
Faculty mentor: Dr. Takaragara
Title of Project:  Japanese American Identity in Manzanar Internment Camp Gardens

Marissa Wong
Faculty mentor: Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa
Title of Project:  The Politics of Memory in Rwanda: Implications for Peace Education