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Alexandra Sidun '16
Environmental Science and Policy
Honolulu, HI
Faculty Mentor: Dr. William Wright
"Ocean Acidification and Predator-Prey Relations: Correlating Disruption of Predator Avoidance with Chemosensory Deficits." The impacts of ocean acidification on specific ecosystems and the behavioral ecology of organisms are still relatively unknown. Risk of predation is a critical feature in behavioral ecology for a wide array of animal species. Many marine species respond to chemical signals from their predators with anti-predator behaviors. Recent research suggests such behaviors may be compromised by increases in acidity. This research is investigating whether slightly acidic water reduces anti-predator behavior in Pagurus samuelis.
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Jessica Bocinski '18
Art History and Anthropology
San Diego, CA
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wendy Salmond
"Looking Back to Look Forward: The Pre-Raphaelite Movement and its Northern Renaissance Influences." This project will explore the historical context of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, the purpose and goals of the movement itself, why the Pre-Raphaelites looked to Northern Renaissance art for inspiration, how the “discovery” of Northern Renaissance art impacted the collecting and museum trends of the later 19th and 20th century, and, finally, analyze how the style and philosophy of the Pre-Raphaelite movement is a reaction to the introduction of modernity in the 19th century.
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Sho Schrock-Manabe '19
Creative Producing
Seattle, WA
Faculty Mentor: Bill Kroyer
"VR Horror." How can we use virtual reality technology to make a viewer feel stressed or vulnerable from forces that are not actually present?
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Robert A. Roussel '16
Political Science and Psychology
Paris, France
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Steven Gjerstad and Dr. Eric Schniter
"Speech and Cooperative Exchange." We are looking at the role of speech in coordinating reciprocal exchange and deterring theft in virtual foraging worlds of either high or low resource scarcity.
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Natalie Tom '17
San Jose, CA
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lilian Were
"Mushrooms as a Shelf-Life Extender of Meat." To increase the shelf life of beef patties and lower the sodium salt content, all while maintaining the original taste, we will use the white button mushroom, Agaricus Bisphorus, as an antioxidant that will inhibit lipid oxidation and provide an umami flavor that is lost when sodium salt contents are decreased.
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Benji Whitmore '18
Chico, CA
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Miao Zhang
"Allosteric Modulation of SK Channels." Development of a positive allosteric modulator molecule to act upon Ca 2+ SK channels.
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Emmett Griffith '16
Integrated Educational Studies and English Literature
San Jose, CA
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Quaylan Allen
"To Always Feel Like an Afterthought: Transgender Student Experiences in Higher Education." The following research study employs qualitative methods to explore the underrepresented and diverse experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming undergraduate students. The major collection of data comes from a series of semi-structured interviews with participants who are currently enrolled or have recently graduated from the same four-year college and identify as transgender and/or gender non-conforming. The study focuses primarily on perceptions of campus climate and support in order to promote trans inclusion at the university level.
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Nicole Hornaday '16
Biological Sciences
Chino, CA
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gennady Verkhivker
"Using Bioinformatics Tools to Characterize the Effect of Cancer Mutations in ABL Kinase." Protein kinases are a regulated set of switches that control most biological events in eukaryotic cells. Protein kinase structures have had a significant impact on the development of selective and specific targeted therapies. The goal of the research is to use computational modeling and biophysical simulations of protein kinases involved in oncology-related pathways and drug binding to understand the role of protein dynamics in drug recognition.
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Lena Romano '17
Theatre Studies and Sociology
Tucson, AZ
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner
"The Influence of Social Class on Women in Theatre." This research project is an investigation of the role that class plays in the representation of women in theatre, both in terms of how women are portrayed on stage, and the demographics of the workforce in the industry; as well as an exploration of how feminist women playwrights have dealt with issues of gendered and domestic violence as they relate to class standing.
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Rose MacKenzie '17
Theatre Studies and Philosophy
Costa Mesa, CA
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner
"Performing Queer Femininities." This project explores queer women’s positionality in theatre, focusing on the intersectionality of women’s identities and critically examining how women in theatre express diverse experiences. Through the examination of queer-feminist dramatic literature and theories from academics and performers, I will establish a queer-feminist dramaturgical framework which will inform my production of a queer-feminist play as part of a collaborative festival coordinated by myself, Shannon Corenthin, Lena Romano, and our faculty mentor Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner
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Mary Howard '17
Orange County, CA
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Bart Wilson and Dr. Jan Osborn
"Cognizing Property." Focusing on the human cogitation of property, the project is to design a laboratory experiment integrating the academic disciplines of economics, linguistics, and law. The experiment is projected to be administered through the Economic Science Institute and used in an academic paper concentrated on the understanding and convention of property.
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Seth Yund '16
Biological Sciences
Stockton, CA
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marco Bisoffi
"Fighting Celiac Disease with Gut Bacteria: Non-Cytotoxic Gliadin Digestion by Bifodobacterium longus." My project is to study the gene expression of the bacteria Bifidobacteria longum to determine how it digests gliadin, the problem causing digest of gluten for people with Celiac Disease.
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Anastasia Kalyta '18
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Vancouver, BC
Faculty Mentor: Dr. William Wright
"Connecting the Physiological and Behavioral Response to Heat Stress on a Warming Planet." Excessive exposure to heat has been found to cause behavioral as well as physiological responses in intertidal marine organisms. I am looking for the correlation between the two, using the blue-banded hermit crab as a model species. I am inducing heat-shocks to measure changes in feeding behavior and the expression of HSP-70, a ubiquitous heat shock protein expressed under excessive heat or other environmental stressors.
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Samira Amirazizi '18
Ladera Ranch, CA
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Connie Shears
"Are Bilingual Speakers on the Same Emotional Page as Monolinguals?" Our project focuses on bilingual speakers and their differences in language comprehension. It has been thought that one's native language is more emotionally connected than a second language learned later in life. Using archival data, we are looking at the differences between monolingual native English speakers and bilingual native English speakers for comprehension across positive, negative, or neutral valenced stories. Differences between monolinguals and bilinguals may provide evidence for a comprehension of emotional language unique to bilingual participants.
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Shannon Corenth '17
Theater Performance
San Francisco, Montreal, Paris
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jocelyn Buckner
"The Forgotten Story of African American Women Playwrights." Investigating the production and place of African American women as playwrights in theater over the last century.
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Kathy Tavakoli '16
Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Keykavous Parang
"Design and Evaluation of Peptides as Drug Delivery Tools." This project focuses on using peptides as cell - penetrating molecular transporters in a drug delivery system. The new developing drug delivery system use peptides to increases the stability and intercellular uptake of drugs while reducing the toxicity of them. This is a new approach for treatment of diseases such as cancer and HIV in the future.

+ - 2015 Scholars

James Langner Major: Business and Sociology — Title of Project: The Division of Labor and Firm Formation

Emma Plotnik Major: Music — Title of Project: Vocal Emphasis- From A Chat in the Parlor to Viral Music Videos: An Analysis of Music as a Social Occasion

Austin Thiel — Major: Computer Science — Title of Project: Virtual Reality Systems for Treating Autism

Tran Bao Le — Major: Health Science — Title of Project: Cortisol in Breast Milk and the Implications on Growth

Jessica Paek — Major: History — Title of Project: Between Language and People: Origins of Bantu Languages in Namibia

Andrew Shiroishi — Major: Chemistry — Title of Project: Tumor-Targeting Peptide Drug Delivery System

Aaron Goodman — Title of Project: Recovering Newtonian Limits from String Dilaton Fields

Young Jae Kim — Major: Biology — Title of Project: Designing and Evaluating of Dasatinib-Peptide Conjugates as Anti-Cancer Agents

Tyler Demshki — Major: Computer Science — Title of Project: A Comprehensive Study of Performance Bugs That Have Non-Intrusive Fixes

Alfredo Gonzalez  Major: History — Title of Project: Between Language and People: Origins of Bantu Language in Namibia

Brady Slater Major: Biological Sciences — Title of Project: The Effects of Diet and Resistance Training on Female Rats during the Growth Period

Alexander Himstead Major: Biology — Title of Project: The Behavioral Ethology of an Phylogenetic Knock Out

Kory Cablay — Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology — Title of Project: Arsenic Reduction by Glyceraldehyde-3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (GAPDH) in Rat Liver Cells due to Arsenic Particulate Exposure

Kayla Velloso — Major: Communication Studies — Title of Project: The Hollywood Hillbilly

Fernando Amador II — Major: History — Title of Project: Between Language and People: Origins of Bantu Languages in Namibia

Lauren Henderson — Major: Strategic and Corporate Communication — Title of Project: Water & Energy Conservation

Abigail Kim  Major: History — Title of Project: The Comfort Women Controversy: Its Impact on Post-War Politics of Japan

Morgan Green  Major: English Literature and theatre Studies — Title of Project: Living Between the Lines: Intersectionality and Self-Actualization in Shakespeare’s Plays

+ - 2014 Scholars

Yasmin Akbari Major: Psychology — Title of Project: Information Processing as a Risk Factor for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Leah Ficeli — Major: Psychology — Title of Project: Mathematics Learning: Implicit or Explicit?

Isabelle Grimm — Major: Theatre Performance — Title of Project: Trojan Whores: Unsung Stories of Women in Theatres of War

Tracey Gunanto — Major: Biological Sciences — Title of Project: Lottia Gigantea as a New Model Species for the Non-Lethal Effects of Global Warming

Lena Haddad — Major: Chemistry — Title of Project: Assessment of the Effects of Caffeine, Gallic Acid, and Epigallocatechin-3-gallate on the PIM-3 Protein Levels in Two Lines of Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Sovanndara Hok — Chemistry and Physics — Title of Project: Schrodinger Equation for Gravity

Kassandra Lee — Major: Biological Science — Title of Project: Young Women's Cognitive, Behavioral, Emotional, & Physiological Empathic Responsiveness as Mediated by Evocative Video Stimulus Content

Justine Li — Major: Athletic Training — Title of Project: Consortium for Outcomes Research and Education for Athletic Trainers (CORE-AT)

Michelle Min-chong Lin — Major: Film Production — Title of Project: Multiculturalism and Diversity at Chapman University

Karen Liu — Major: History — Title of Project: Oral History on Beijing Female Artists

Jennifer Seo — Major: Art — Title of Project: Exploration of the LA River

Dor Shoshan — Major: Biological Sciences — Title of Project: Field Cancerization – Thinking Outside of the Tumor, Association Analyses of Markers of Prostate Oncogenesis

Gabrielle Stetz — Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Music — Title of Project: Protein-protein Interactions of HSP70 and HSP110 Chaperone Proteins

Caleb Sturges — Major: Political Science and Economics — Title of Project: A Two Party System, by Design: Testing the Mechanism of Plurality Rule

Erin Wainwright — Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology — Title of Project: The Effect of Sleep Deprivation on Bone Metabolism in Rats

Christopher Watkins — Major: Mathematics — Title of Project: Exploring New Ranking Methods

+ - 2013 Scholars

Jessica Mosolf — Major: Environmental Science & Policy — Title of Project: Humic Reduction in Peatland Soils – Redox Recycling

Amy Ortega — Major: Biological Sciences — Title of Project: Evolutionary Responses of California Grassland Species to Variation in Precipitation and Nitrogen Levels Following Prescribed Fire

Krista Rasmussen — Major: Integrated Education Studies — Title of Project: The impact of Haboob events on Precipitation patterns in Arizona: A Cross‐Correlation Analysis

Nathan Lawless — Major: Mathematics and Biochemistry — Title of Project: An Orderly Algorithm for Generation of Modular Lattices

Mindy Gibson — Major: Psychology — Title of Project: Identifying Sociocultural Predictors of Body Image in White and Asian American Women: Understanding the Role of Culture

Gianvieve Schwirblat Major: Biology

Ashley Lovell — Major: Peace Studies and Economics — Title of Project: Microfinance After War

Marley McLaughlin — Major: History and Anthropology — Title of Project: The California Gold Rush: Historical and Anthropological Analysis into the “Rush” to Abandon Mining and Cerro Gordo - 1870-1875

Aaron Gerston — Major – Biochemistry and molecular Biology — Title of Project: Attenuation of Bone Degradation in Calorie‐Restricted Animals

Kyle Lee — Major: Physics and Mathematics — Title of Project: Experiments with (2+1)‐Dimensional Causal Dynamical Triangulations

Diana Gonzalez — Major: Sociology — Title of Project: The Rise of Latino community Organizing and Political Opposition

Jared Celniker — Major: Psychology — Title of Project: “Illusions of Oasis Making You Look Twice:” Repression and Narcissism in Hip-Hop

Marilyn Love — Major: Religious Studies — Title of Project: The Cult of the Canaanite Gods in Jezreel

Stephanie Nelson — Major: Theatre — Title of Project: Theatrical Trans*formations

Brad Sherwood — Major: Business Administration and Economics — Title of Project: Narrativizing the Extensive form Game

+ - 2012 Scholars

Adam Borecki — Major: Music Composition and Guitar Performance — Title of Project: Online learning of advanced music theory concepts, and its influence on music education

Cathleen Browning  Major: Peace Studies — Title of Project: Excuse me Officer?: Police Officer's Perceptions of Rape and the Current Criminal Justice System

Casey Coleman  Major: Physics/Computational Science — Title of Project: Nonlinearity and the Superposition Principle: The Interplay between Dynamical Systems & Algebra  

Christina Dietz  Major: Philosophy — Title of Project: The Role of Emotion in Perceptual Recognition               

Azriel Dror — Major: Chemistry — Title of Project: Osteogenic Effects of Resistance Training on Young Female Rats             

Malia Horch — Major: Biological Sciences — Title of Project: Human Impact on climate variability around the Antarctic Region       

Daniel Howard — Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology — Title of Project: Desensitization of Muscarinic Receptor-mediated Modulation of Adenylate Cyclase Activity in Transfected Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells       

Courtney James — Major: Biology — Title of Project: A model system for predicting the effects of global warming:  Acute and chronic effects of warm temperature on feeding behavior of Paragus samuelis

Krish Rangarajan — Major: Biological Sciences — Title of Project: A Simulation Based Study on the Selection of Optimal Statistical Weights Incorporated in Regression Analysis of Tumor Methylation Data     

Eileen Regullano — Major: Piano Performance/Keyboard Collaborative Arts — Title of Project: Assimilation, Space, and Identity in Japanese Americans             

Julianne Russo — Major: Art — Title of Project: Relativity

Jennifer Schumacker — Major: Integrated Educational Studies — Title of Project: Transformative Interactions Between University and Community Spaces:  An Exploration of Engaged Scholarship, Service-Learning, and Civic Engagement        

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