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+ - 2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Spring 2017 Grant Recipients

Sara Siwiecki
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty mentor: Douglas Fudge
Title of Project: Analyzing the charge and composition of mucin vesicles


Sam Sarokin
Major: Film Production - Directing Emphasis
Faculty mentor: Tom Zoellner
Project title: Experimental Documentary on American Youth and Social Media


Lauren Ogie
Major: Art History
Faculty mentor: Wendy Salmond
Title of project: The Temples at the Bagan Archaeological Site: Works of Art and Circumambulation in an Active Buddhist Site


Haley Miller
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Faculty mentor: Jason Keller
Title of project: Exploring Methane Flux from the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project


Sarah Boardman
Major: Dance
Faculty mentor: Liz Maxwell
Title of project: Outside/In  


Aylin Gann
Major: Psychology
Faculty mentor: Connie Shears
Project title: Pressure Gauge for Construction of Vacuum Chamber in Catalysis Lab


Aaron Grisez
Majors: BS Physics and Computational Science and BM Music Composition
Faculty mentor: Justin Dressel
Project title: Qhord: Gamifying the Quantum through Music


Thang Nguyen
Major: Chemistry
Faculty mentor: Jerry LaRue
Project title: Catalysis Research


Emily Hanna
Major: Biological Sciences
Faculty mentor: Cassandra Medvedeff
Project title: Are methylotrophic substrates important in northern peatland methane cycling?


Timothy Kristedja
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty mentor: Rakesh Tiwari
Project title: Peptide Conjugate for the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer


Brennan Hobbs
Majors: Strategic and Corporate Communication
Faculty mentor: Kerk Kee
Project title: Message Strategies for Voluntary Water Conservation


Ariana Victor
Major: Film Production
Faculty mentors: Roy Finch and Sally Rubin
Project title: Dream Seekers


Amy Lam
Major: Physics
Faculty mentor: Jerry LaRue
Project title: Pressure Gauge for Construction of Vacuum Chamber in Catalysis Lab


Rebecca Wilson
Major: Peace Studies
Faculty mentor: Lisa Letiz
Project Title: Homelessness and Criminalization in Orange County


Humam Alkhaled
Major: Biology
Faculty mentor: Keykavous Parang
Project Title: Designing Cell-Penetrating Antimicrobial Peptides as Molecular Transporters of Antibiotics against Pathogenic Bacteria


Carlos Hernandez
Majors: B.A. Music Performance, Instrumental and B.A. Music Education, Instrumental
Faculty mentor: Christopher Nicholas
Project Title: Translating Musical Languages and Intelligences

 

Fall 2016 Grant Recipients

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


Jessica Rush
Majors: Biological Sciences and Spanish
Faculty mentors: Dr. Cassandra Medvedeff, Dr. Jason Keller
Title of project: Direct Effect of Temperature on Humic Substance Reduction in a Minnesota Peatland


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


Jessica Bocinski
Majors: Art History and Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Denise Johnson
Title of project: Perspectives and Perceptions: Examining Chicana/o Muralists of Southern California


Elizabeth Rentko
Major: Psychology
Faculty mentor: Dave Frederick
Title of project: The Effect of Media Images on Body Dissatisfaction Among Gay and Heterosexual Men


Brianna Tomlin
Major: Fine Arts
Faculty mentors: Lia Halloran and Dave Kiddie
Title of project: Breathe, a Senior Thesis show


Tammy Taller
Major: Public Relations and Advertising
Faculty mentor: Janell Shearer
Title of project: National Student Advertising Competition


Paul Titterton
Majors: Physics and Computational Science
Faculty mentor: Professor Justin Dressel
Title of project: Analog simulation of a quantum computing circuit


Nilsha Khurana
Major: Biological Sciences
Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Funk
Title of project: Utilizing next generation DNA sequencing technologies to study plant response to climate change


Elizabeth Iantosca
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty mentor: Sun Yan
Title of project: Effects of curcumin on iron-induced toxicity in cardiomyocytes


Alessandra Rosser
Major: Studio Art
Faculty mentor: Micol Hebron
Title of project: Senior Thesis Exhibition


Trina Killian
Major: Kinesiology
Faculty mentor: Marcia Abbott
Title of project: Yoga for the Potential Treatment of Obesity Related Inflammation


Morgan Mein
Major: Fine Arts
Faculty mentor: Micol Hebron
Title of project: This is Not Home Senior Fine Art's Thesis Proposal


Kris Swanson
Major: Creative Writing
Faculty mentor: Morgan Read-Davidson
Title of project: Narrative Music Virtual Reality Video Game Production


Jimmy Evans
Major: Screenwriting and English Literature
Faculty mentor: Jocelyn Buckner
Title of project: Hinukan: A (Re)Memoir


Ian Nel
Major: Psychology
Faculty mentor: Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook
Title of project: Psychoneuroimmunology of PPD: Investigating the Relationship between Psychosocial Variables, C-Reactive Protein, and Postpartum Depression


Erika Gibson
Major: History
Faculty mentor: Jennifer Keene
Title of project: "Frenchified:" French food and salon culture in Jefferson's White House


Caitlyn Turner
Major: Psychology
Faculty mentor: David Frederick
Title of project: Social Media, Confidences killer? The Effects of Social Media on Body Image

+ - 2015-2016 Grant Recipients

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 and 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
Majors: 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

 

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

 

+ - 2014-2015 Grant Recipients

Spring 2015 Grant Recipients

Graeme Aegerter
Major: Sociology
Faculty mentor: 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: 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: 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: Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook
Title of project: Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Glucorticoid Receptor and Postpartum Depression Risk


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


Lena Haddad
Major: Biological Sciences
Faculty mentor: 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: Christopher Kim and 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: Stephanie Takaragawa
Title of project: The Comparative Analysis, and Narratives of Diversity Initiatives at Chapman University


Elizabeth Murtough
Major: English 
Faculty mentor: Anna Leahy
Title of project: Fighting Historical Oblivion: Poetry as Decolonization


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


Nikki Shahbazi
Major: Psychology
Faculty mentor: 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: Marco Biscoffi
Title of Project:  Prostate Field Cancerization: Thinking outside the Tumor


Kathy Tavakoli
Majors: Biology and Psychology
Faculty mentor: Marcia Abbott
Title of project: IL-15 and Obesity: Increase Metabolism, Decrease Body Fat

 

Fall 2014 Grant Recipients

Yasmin Akbari  
Faculty mentor: Steven Schandler
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: Jocelyn L. Buckner
Title of project: Trojan Whores: Unsung Stores of Women in Theaters of War


Jack Jacobs and Jon Woo
Faculty mentors: Christopher Kim and 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: 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 effectiveness 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: Stephanie Takaragara
Title of project: Japanese American Identity in Manzanar Internment Camp Gardens


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