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2015 - 2016 UCR Chancellor Research Fellows


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  • ageangu Alina Geangu, Plant Biology
    Faculty Mentor: Jeffrey Diez, Plant Biology
    Project Title: The effect of climate and forest disturbances on the growth of Calocedrus decurrens at the southern and northern portion of its California range

    Memberships: BEUSA, STEM
    Awards: Myron T. Winslow Scholarship
    Graduation: June 2016
    Future Plans:  Alina plans to take a year off, then apply for a graduate degree from the Botany/Plant Sciences department at Oregon State University.
    Words of Wisdom: “Do not take for granted the opportunities that the Chancellor's Research Fellowship Program provides. Most importantly, however, value your time at UCR, as it is a place of learning and experience. Also, never think you have enough time!”
  • cgonzales Cody Gonzales, Mechanical Engineering
    Faculty Mentor: Sandeep Kumar, Mechanical Engineering
    Project Title:Investigation of the cobalt distribution in the room temperature ferromagnetic nanocomposite TiO2-Co thin films

    Conference Presentation(s): Ferromagnetism and Magnetoresistance of Nanocomposite TiO2-Co Thin Films—Poster Presentation, CAMP Symposium, UC Irvine, February 2015 Investigation of the cobalt distribution in the room temperature ferromagnetic nanocomposite TiO2-Co thin films—Oral Presentation, UCR Undergrad Symposium, April 2016
    Publication(s): Undergoing final edits to publish in the journal, Material Research Letters.

    Memberships: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, ASME President, University Honors, NASA Intern, SHPE, SWE, SACNAS, Great Minds in Stem HENAAC Scholar
    Awards: Bunton Waller Fellow at Penn State, UCR Eugene Cota-Robles Graduate Fellowship, UCR 2015 Best Poster, ASME John and Else Gracik Scholarship, HSI NASA OSSI Conference Correspondent
    Graduation: June 2016
    Future Plans: In fall 2016 Cody enrolled in the in the Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering department's Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering program at Pennsylvania State University.  His research focuses on molecular dynamic simulation in the wettability of 2D materials.
    Words of Wisdom: “Being a CRF isn't about the funding or about the meetings; it is about striving to make a difference with your research and being recognized for your work. By becoming a CRF, you encourage others to follow the same path.”
  • cibarraCynthia Ibarra, Psychology
    Faculty Mentor: Rebekah Richert, Psychology
    Project Title: Metacognitive Experiences in Interactive Gaming Environments

    Conference Presentation(s): Metacognitive Experiences in Interactive Gaming Environments—Oral Presentation, UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCR, April 2016 Children’s Individual Differences Influencing Effort during the Gaming Experience—Poster Presentation, Western Psychological Association (WPA) Conference, Long Beach, CA, April 2016 Children’s Individual Differences in Gaming Environments: Challenge, Difficulty, and Effort —Poster Presentation, Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC), UCLA, May 2016

    Memberships: Western Psychological Association, Psi Chi (international honor society in Psychology)
    Graduation: June 2016
    Future Plans: After graduation, Cynthia plans to continue working in a research lab (hopefully as a lab manager) and work as a behavioral therapist to children with autism. After a gap year, she will apply to grad school for a PhD in Cognitive Psychology
    Words of Wisdom: “My experience as a CRF has been one filled with personal, professional, and intellectual development. I have gained more confidence in my own abilities, especially in the research lab. It’s been an incredible learning experience for which I am beyond thankful.”
  • hkarimiHoneiah Karimi, Linguistics
    Faculty Mentor: Heidi Waltz, Linguistics
    Project Title: Linguistic analysis of gender-inclusive language in English
    Conference Presentation(s): Linguistic Analysis of Gender-Inclusive Language in English—Oral Presentation, UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCR, April 2016

    Memberships: Golden Key International Honour Society
    Awards: Dean’s Academic Distinction Award 2014-15, Chancellor’s Honors List 2014-15, Dean’s Honors List (Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015)
    Graduation: June 2016
    Future Plans: Honeiah will be working on a post-baccalaureatein Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Los Angeles. After that, she hopes to pursue a masters and ultimately become a Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology.
    Words of Wisdom: “The CRF program was not only indispensable in helping me hone my skills as a researcher, but also in making connections with students from other disciplines. It provided me with the opportunity to take on a project on my own and see my potential as a researcher.”
  • slapointSierra LaPoint, Art History/Religious Studies, Philosophy
    Faculty Mentor: Matthew King, Religious Studies
    Project Title: The Dynamic Social Agency of the Kālacakra Sand Mandala

    Conference Presentation(s): The Dynamic Social Agency of the Kālacakra Sand Mandala—Oral Presentation, American Academy of Religion Western Regional Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, April 2016 The Dynamic Social Agency of the Kālacakra Sand Mandala—Oral Presentation, Western Regional Honors Council Conference, this year hosted by UCR's Honors Department, Riverside, CA, April 2016 The Dynamic Social Agency of the Kālacakra Sand Mandala—Oral Presentation, UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCR, April 2016

    Publication(s): “The Dynamic Social Agency of the Kālacakra Sand Mandala,” Undergraduate Research Journal Vol. 10, June 2016.
    Memberships: University Honors, Phi Betta Kappa, 2016 Student Editorial Board Member and 2017 Editor-in-Chief of the UCR Undergraduate Research Journal, American Academy of Religion
    Awards: 2017 Rackham Merit Fellowship and Foreign Language Fellowship:  Hindi/Tibetan (University of Michigan); 2017 UCR College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award, 2017 UCR College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Academic Excellence Award, Cordell-Kress Fellowship for Religious Studies, Dean Loda Mae Davis Scholarship, Rosemary Schraer Memorial Scholarship, 2016 Academic Excellence Award in Art History/Religion. 
    Graduation: Spring 2017

    Future Plans: In 2016/2017 Sierra served as the Editor-In-Chief of the UCR Undergraduate Research Journal.  In fall 2017 enrolled in the South Asian Studies Master of Arts program at the University of Michigan.
    Words of Wisdom: “Not only will the CRF help you sharpen your research and writing skills, it will also provide professional development that’s both meaningful and fun. Enjoy this time! You are all flowers about to bloom.”
  • mluthMadeline Luth, Microbiology
    Faculty Mentor: Sharon Walker, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
    Project Title: Effect of Material Properties on Bacterial Attachment to Thin Film Photocatalytic Titanium Dioxide

    Conference Presentation(s): Effect of Material properties on Bacterial Attachment to Thin Film Photocatalytic Titanium Dioxide—Poster Presentation, Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research, Claremont, CA , November, 2015 Effect of Material properties on Bacterial Attachment to Thin Film Photocatalytic Titanium Dioxide—Oral Presentation, UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCR, April 2016 Publication(s): Hale, L., Luth, Madeline., Kenney, R., Crowley, D., 2014. “Evaluation of pinewood biochar as a carrier of bacterial strain,” Enterobacter cloacae UW5 for soil inoculation. Applied Soil Ecology 84, 192-199. Hale, L., Luth, Madeline., Crowley, D., 2015. “Biochar characteristics relate to its utility as an alternative soil inoculum carrier to peat and vermiculite,” Soil Biology & Biochemistry 81

    Memberships: University Honors
    Awards: UC Regents Scholarship, UCR Alumni Association Brithinee Scholarship, UCR Alumni Association Sher-Right Scholarship
    Graduation: June 2016
    Future Plans: In fall 2016 Madeline enrolled in UC San Diego’s Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program.
    Words of Wisdom: “The CRF experience has given me the perspectives and tools needed to be successful in my education and beyond. I encourage everyone to focus on developing their identities as scholars and ambassadors of UCR and the research community at large.”
  • anaklaAndrew Nakla, Biology
    Faculty Mentor: Devin Binder, Biomedical Sciences
    Project Title: Expression of glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST) in the intrahippocampal kainic acid model of epileptogenesis

    Conference Presentation(s): Expression of glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST) in the intrahippocampal kainic acid model of epileptogenesis—Poster Presentation, American Society of Neurochemistry , Denver, CO, March 2016 Expression of glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST) in the intrahippocampal kainic acid model of epileptogenesis—Poster Presentation, UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCR, April 2016

    Memberships: University Honors
    Awards:  Honors Leadership Scholarship (2x), Dean’s Honor List
    Graduation: June 2016 Future Plans: Andrew is currently applying to medical schools.
    Words of Wisdom: “I applied to the Chancellor's Research Fellowship in order to enhance my learning through an independent research project. CRF has done that and so much more, giving me the opportunity to meet the Chancellor learning from the deans from various UCR colleges.”
  • anekkantiAkhila Nekkanti, Neuroscience
    Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Davis, Psychology
    Project Title: The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Adolescent's Stress Management

    Conference Presentation(s): Mindfulness Meditation Training at a Summer Camp Improves Youth's Stress Management and Coping Self Efficacy—Poster Presentation, Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference,  San Diego, CA, Feb. 2016 Mindfulness Meditation Training Increases Cognitive Control and Emotion Regulation and Decreases School Avoidance for Youth—Poster Presentation, Western Psychological Association Convention, Long Beach, CA,  April 2016  Mindfulness Improves Youths' Emotional Awareness by Increasing Emotion Regulation—Poster Presentation, Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, Illinois, May 2016 Memberships: University Honors, Academic Resource Center Supplemental Instructor

    Awards: UCR Highlander Excellence Scholarship
    Graduation: June 2016
    Future Plans: In 2016/2017 Akhila  worked as a Youth Counselor at Pacific Lodge Boys' Home, and as Lab Manager in Dr. Elizabeth Davis' Emotion Regulation Lab  for the coming year. Her long term plan is to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. 
    Words of Wisdom: “The CRF fellowship has made possible for me not only to carry out my research project, but to explore both my own ambitions and the vast international opportunities that are available for me to achieve my goals.”
  • anguyenAnthony Nguyen, Biochemistry
    Faculty Mentor: David Reznick, Biology
    Project Title: Analysis of Reproductive Mode (Placental and Nonplacental) on Genetic Variation Across Geographically Isolated Populations of P. prolifica and P. infa

    Conference Presentation(s): Analysis of Reproductive Mode (Placental and Nonplacental) on Genetic Variation Across Geographically Isolated Populations of P. prolifica and P. infa—Poster Presentation, Western Regional Honors Council Conference, this year hosted by UCR's Honors Department, Riverside, CA, April 2016 Analysis of Reproductive Mode (Placental and Nonplacental) on Genetic Variation Across Geographically Isolated Populations of P. prolifica and P. infa—Poster Presentation, UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCR, April 2016

    Memberships: University Honors, Academic Resource Center Supplemental Instructor, Golden Key International Honour Society
    Awards: Chemistry 125 Fall 2014 Best Poster Award, Certificate of Outstanding Dedication: Cardiovascular Unit 2014 B Rotation
    Graduation: June 2016
    Future Plans: Anthony plans to apply to M.D./Ph.D. programs.  In 2017 he volunteered in Dr. Juli Unternaehrer's Lab at Loma Linda University.
    Words of Wisdom: “The CRF made my project possible, but I gained much more. Professionally, I have grown as a scientist and as a student from the opportunities opened to me, and I shall carry it with me no matter where I go.”
  • mquepondsMelanie Queponds, Theatre and English
    Faculty Mentor: Tiffany Lopez, Theatre
    Project Title: Contemporary Latina Theatre for Young Audiences: Mariachi Girl
    Conference Presentation(s): Latina Theatre for Young Audiences: Mariachi Girl —Oral Presentation, UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, April, 2016
    Memberships: University Honors

    Awards: Dean’s Academic Distinction Award 2015, Dean's Honors List, Robert and Kathleen Grey Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Student Support
    Graduation: June 2017
    Future Plans: In fall 2017 Melanie enrolled in the Fine Arts in Theatre Directing, M.A. at DePaul University in Chicago..
    Words of Wisdom: “Please know how exciting this upcoming year is going to be for you! It is going to have its ups and downs, and will seem like a whirlwind, but your projects are all going to be amazing!”
  • jrolfJulianne Rolf, Environmental Engineering
    Faculty Mentor: David Jassby, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
    Project Title: Conductive Reverse Osmosis- Polyamide Membranes for Silica-Containing Wastewater Treatment

    Conference Presentation(s): Conductive Reverse Osmosis- Polyamide Membranes for Silica-Containing Wastewater Treatment —Oral Presentation, UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCR, April 2016
    Publication(s):  “Coupling Underwater SuperoleophobicMembranes with Magnetic Pickering Emulsions for Fouling-Free Separation of Crude Oil/Water Mixtures: An Experimental and Theoretical Study,” (with Dudchenko, A., Shi, L., Olivas, L., Duan, W., Jassby, D.), ACS Nano 9, 9930-9941. 30 Sept. 2015. “Organic fouling inhibition on electrically conducting carbon nanotube–polyvinyl alcohol composite ultrafiltration membranes,” (with Dudchenko, A., Russell, K., Duan, W., Jassby, D.), Journal of Membrane Science 468, 1-10. 15 Oct. 2014. “Optimization of semi-permeable conductive carbon nanotubes-polymer thin films.” (with Russell, K., Dudchenko, A., Jassby, D.), UCR Undergraduate Research Journal Vol. 8, 51-56. 2014.

    Memberships: University Honors, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Golden Key International Honour Society , Student Editorial Board—UCR Undergraduate Research Journal
    Awards: 2016/2017 Fulbright Research Award (Germany) at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program (NSF GRFP), 2015/2016 Goldwater Scholarship
    Graduation: June 2016
    Future Plans: For her Fulbright research project Julianne conducted research in Germany on hardwater lakes.  In Fall 2017 she enrolled in the Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University.
    Words of Wisdom: “UCR is very focused on undergraduate students getting involved in research early, and the CRF has given me the chance to take my experience to a higher level. It has set me up for success that I never thought was possible.”
  • jsheddenJennifer Shedden, Biology
    Faculty Mentor: Timothy Higham, Biology
    Project Title: Escape Behavior and Flight Initiation Distance in the Granite Spiny Lizard, Sceloporus Orcutti

    Conference Presentation(s): Escape Behavior and Flight Initiation Distance of the Granite Spiny Lizard, Sceloporus orcutti—Oral presentation, Western Regional Honors Council Conference, April 2016 Escape Behavior and Flight Initiation Distance of the Granite Spiny Lizard, Sceloporus orcutti—Poster Presentation, UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCR, April 2016

    Memberships: University Honors, Golden Key International Honour Society, NCSC
    Awards: Violet Horn Fellowship (CSU Fullerton); University Honors Scholarship, Dean’s Academic Distinction Award
    Graduation: June 2016
  • Future Plans: In fall 2017 Jennifer will enroll in the M.S. in Ecology and Conservation at Cal State Fullerton.
    Words of Wisdom: “Without the CRF program, my research could not have gone as well as it did, and I would not have had the opportunity to learn about research in other fields and possible career paths in academia.”
  • btranBrandon Tran, Psychology
    Faculty Mentor: Kate Sweeny, Psychology
    Project Title: Use of Medical Jargon by Doctors as a Predictor of Patient Outcomes

    Conference Presentation(s): Pronoun Usage by Doctors and Patients in Surgical Consultations—Oral presentation, 9th Annual UCR Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, April 2015 Correlates of Medical Jargon Use and Patient Outcomes During Surgical Consultations—Oral Presentation, 10th Annual UCR Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, April 2016
    Publication(s): “Characteristics and correlates of word use in physician-patient communication.” (with Falkenstein, A., Ludi, D., Molkara, A., Nguyen, H., Tabuenca, A., & Sweeny, K.—in press). Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Feb. 2016.

    Memberships: Phi Beta Kappa, University Honors
    Awards: 2016 Eugene Cota Robles Award—UCR, Highly Commended Entrant in the 2015 International Undergraduate Awards
    Graduation: June 2016
    Future Plans: In fall 2016 Brandon enrolled in the  Ph.D. in Psychology program at UCR.
    Words of Wisdom: “Being a Chancellor's Research Fellow has been a priceless experience in fostering my development as a researcher and preparing me for future graduate endeavors. It provides a unique opportunity to really get to know and work alongside your factory advisor, explore caveats of the field, and gain insight into what you're passionate about.”

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