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2016 - 2017 UCR Chancellor Research Fellows


CRF Photo Gallery 2017-2018


 
 
  • debbeDebbie Arce, History
    Faculty Mentor: Dana Simmons, History
    Project Title: Women of Color, Activism and Race Suicide in Twentieth-Century Birth Control Initiatives

    Why I applied to the CRF

    I was drawn to the CRF because of the emphasis it places on interdisciplinary research, and the support provided to my research in history.  I have always seen history as a field that can cross the boundaries that often divide disciplines. I knew that the CRF would allow me the valuable time and resources to conduct research that truly highlights the importance of studying history. The CRF allows humanities students the amazing opportunity to see that their research is an invaluable and critical contribution to social structures in society, which is something many students of the humanities could all benefit from greatly.


    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    “Tracing Race Suicide: The Negro Project Case Study.” Presented at the 2017 Department of History Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of California, Riverside.


    Publications:

    Memberships:

    Awards:

    Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (June 2017-June 2018)

    Dean’s Honors List (2014-Present)


    Graduation:
    June 2018

  • Future Plans

    Advice for Future CRFs
  • Do not doubt your abilities. Undergraduate research is an incredibly fulfilling thing to participate in and anyone is capable of it. Take opportunities that come (like the CRF!) and do not be afraid of the new and intimidating. I would also advise future applicants to really listen to the advice of new and old mentors. They are a great source of knowledge and support.

  • folashade Folashade Ayodele, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production
    Faculty Mentor: Bella Merlin, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production
    Project Title: The value of language and actor training in enacting social change

    Why I applied to the CRF:

    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

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    Advice for Future CRFs:
  • amy Amy Ayotte, English
    Faculty Mentor:Heidi Brayman, English
    Project Title: Heroic Virtue: Moral Testings in the English Renaissance

    Why I applied to the CRF:

    Unique to other universities, UCR’s research reputation proved definitively true for the courses that were more stimulating, more challenging, and more intriguing than the community college classes I had already encountered before transferring to this school. Intrigued by this new niche of the academic community, I sought research opportunities that would allow me to explore the interweaving of different academic subjects, but, more importantly, those that would promote my academic interests for their importance. I applied for the CRF because it allowed me to do just that. The CRF would provide a platform for research in the humanities to be regarded as a contributive force in the academic world. With the countless opportunities and support from the CRF, I would be able to prove the necessity and importance of studying English Literature and the impact it has had on the shaping of our society. 


    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    “Self-Portraiture in Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath and Bernini’s David” 37th Annual James Young Colloquium (2017) — Oral Presentation


    Publications:

    Memberships:

    University Honors (2016-present)


    Awards:

    Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (2017-2018)  

    University Honors Scholarship (2017)

    Riverside City College Outstanding Academic Excellence Scholarship (2016)

    Dean’s List (2014-2016)

    The Lawrence Walker, MD & Kim Walker, RN Scholarship (2014)

    Terri Tipton Outstanding Scholar Award (2014)


    Graduation:
    June 2018
  •  Future Plans
    I hope to attend a PhD program in Fall 2018 to study English Literature.
    After completing the program, I want to pursue a professorship while I continue
    to research.

    Advice for Future CRFs:
  • Embrace the challenges that come with conducting research. Plan accordingly—give yourself time to dwell on and adapt to the changing process of your project. Don’t be afraid to explore any new questions that may arise and pursue these ideas with a fresh perspective. Start early on your application, too. Give yourself ample time to prepare. Most importantly, enjoy the process of becoming a researcher. Have fun exploring what interests you the most.

  • jordan Jordan Cohen, History
    Faculty Mentor:Denver Graninger, History
    Project Title: Analyzing the Effects of Authority on Premodern Science

    Why I applied to the CRF

    I applied to the CRF after first participating in a history seminar class, I really enjoyed having a community of peers dedicated to research and being able to work closely with a faculty mentor. I knew the CRF would provide a similar environment to share and expand ideas beyond my individual perspective and emphasize how research in history can have meaningful and important developments. The CRF is also a great opportunity to also grow personally and professionally as a researcher and student. 


    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    Publications:

    Memberships:  University Honors

    Awards:

    Chancellor's Scholarship

    Dean's Academic Distinction Award


    Graduation
    June 2018

  • Future Plans
    I plan on applying to graduate history programs with the goal of completing a Ph.D. 

  • Advice for Future CRFs:
  • Take your time to really explore your topic and be articulate about what you want to say, it's okay to follow the rabbit hole of research and fall into work that may not seem immediately relevant. Don't be afraid to ask questions either, especially with your faculty mentor, you're not expected to know everything! 

  • emily Emily Harris, Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
    Faculty Mentor:Richard Cardullo, Biology
    Project Title: Muscle Contractions in the Male Reproductive Tract of Culex Mosquitoes

    Why I applied to the CRF:
    :  I applied for the CRF because I wanted to be part of an interdisciplinary cohort and gain independent research experience.  The CRF provides support for all research topics and provides professional and academic development opportunities for all participants.  The CRF stood out to me because it treats their students like independent and competent researchers capable of great discoveries.
    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    Harris, E.A., Stephens K, Thaler, C.D., and Cardullo, R.A. “Muscle Contractions in the Male Reproductive Tract of Culex Mosquitoes” (Signaling Pathways) UCR RISE Symposium (2015) – Oral Presentation

    Harris, E.A., Stephens K, Thaler, C.D., and Cardullo, R.A. “Muscle Contractions in the Male Reproductive Tract of Culex Mosquitoes” (Calcium Imaging) UCR RISE Symposium (2016) – Poster Presentation

    Harris, E.A., Stephens K, Thaler, C.D., and Cardullo, R.A. “Muscle Contractions in the Male Reproductive Tract of Culex Mosquitoes” (Muscle Tissue Organization), Society for the Study of Reproduction, Washington D.C. (2017) – Poster Presentation



    Publications:

    Memberships:

    Promoting Engagement, Retention, and Success in STEM Training (PERSIST) Peer Mentor

    Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Member

    Awards:

    Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) Scholar (2015 and 2016)

    Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (2017)

    Dean’s Academic Distinction 

    Graduation:
    June 2018
    Future Plans
    I plan to enter a PhD Program in the fall of 2018 and research reproductive biology.

    Advice for Future CRFs:
  • I would advise future CRFs to begin their application process as soon as possible and reach out to the many resources available on campus.  Your PI and the writing support staff in the Academic Resource Center will be great sources to help improve your proposal.  I would also encourage future CRFs to take advantage of every opportunity available to get the most out of this experience. 
  • amrik Amrik Kang, Biology
    Faculty Mentor:Jeff Perry, Biochemistry
    Project Title: Development of Anacardic Acid Analogues to Target the SUMO E1 Enzyme

    Why I applied to the CRF:

    I applied to the CRF because it is a unique opportunity allowing for both an in-depth research experience and interaction with several campus leaders and officials.  Furthermore, it represents an excellent chance for self-improvement and opens up further opportunities, both on-campus and elsewhere.  Finally, the CRF program provides mentorship and guidance that is very difficult to receive elsewhere, which has pushed me to attempt and achieve far more than I would otherwise have thought possible.


    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    Publications:

    Memberships:

    University Honors

    Billiards Club

    Engaging Riverside Fellows

    Awards:

    Chancellor's Research Fellowship

    University Honors Scholarship

    RISE Scholar

    Dean's Academic Distinction Award

    UCR Regent's Scholar

    Graduation:
    June 2020
    Future Plans
    I plan on applying to graduate programs in the biomedical field in 2019.
    Advice for Future CRFs:
  • Make sure that you begin early on the application process for CRF.  A good proposal will require a large amount of reading, writing, and revision.  Once you have been accepted to the program, take advantage of the many opportunities that open up to CRF recipients, and don't be afraid to try something new!

  •  chrystal Chrystal Kim, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production
    Faculty Mentor: Stuart Krieger, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production
    Project Title: Challenging Stereotypes that Confine Women in Film and Television

    Why I applied to the CRF:

    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    Publications:

    Memberships:
    The Phi Beta Kappa
    Honor Society; UC Riverside's University Honors Program

    Awards:
    Chancellor's Performance Award; Dean's Academic Distinction Award
    Graduation:
    June 2018
    Future Plans
    I hope to further my career as a filmmaker by learning and gaining as much experience as I can, meanwhile pursuing my dream of becoming a film director. I plan to continue writing and directing to develop my craft and storytelling abilities, and
    networking with people who are currently working or, like me, aspiring to work in the industry.

     Advice for Future CRFs:
  • I applied to the Chancellor's Research Fellowship because I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to fully utilize the award and expand my comfort zone as a filmmaker/artist and a student. I never would have imagined myself applying for anything as I began my first year at UCR, but taking these chances and grasping each opportunity has lead to so many great results. Being open minded has lead me to work harder, to befriend anyone and everyone (because you never know what'll come of it), and to find opportunities, such as the CRF, to help me grow not only as a student, but also as a person and a filmmaker. Take this opportunity and your time at school to do and be the absolute best you that you can be at this time in your life. Use this project to not only educate others, but also to educate yourself because you never know what might come out of it.

  • eli Eli Labinger, Psychology
    Faculty Mentor: John Franchak, Psychology
    Project Title: Examining the effectiveness of decisions when recalibrating perception of action possibilities

    Why I applied to the CRF
  • I applied to the CRF because it offered a unique opportunity to deepen and broaden my research experience. Applying for the fellowship also helped motivate me to pursue an individual research project, and prompted me to narrow my interests to an achievable goal—to design and carry out a study in perception-action psychology. The process of drafting my research proposal was a rich, challenging, and satisfying experience, and it allowed me to work more closely with my faculty mentor and to become more familiar with the existing literature in my field. The CRF’s dedication to supporting undergraduate interdisciplinary research has proven to be beneficial to all who apply.

  • The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    Publications:

    Memberships:

    Awards
  • UCR CHASS Dean’s Academic Distinction Award

    Graduation:
  • June 2018

    Future Plans
  • I hope to be admitted to a PhD program in the field of clinical psychology, where I will conduct research on treatment effectiveness in young clients with trauma history, conduct disorder, or learning differences. I hope to work clinically with such individuals, to use these experiences to pursue a career in clinical research, and ultimately to enrich the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable. 

    Advice for Future CRFs:
  • It is impossible to foresee every detail of a research project. Take it all in stride, and don’t become discouraged by changes to your plan. Stay focused on the larger goals, and learn to adapt to challenges in new ways that will achieve these goals.
  • sarah Sarah McElligott, Chemical Engineering
    Faculty Mentor: David Kisailus, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
    Project Title: Analysis of Biomineralized Fire-Resistant Seeds

    Why I applied to the CRF:

    I applied to the CRF because it was an opportunity to develop myself and my research. The fellowship gives me the chance to hone my research techniques, improve my public speaking skills, and forge connections that I would not be able to make elsewhere. In addition, applying to the CRF has allowed me to prepare more for life as a graduate student like, for example, practice writing grants. 


    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    “Biomineralized Seed Coating in Pyrophytic Plants with an Energy-Absorbing Utility” (poster), Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of California Riverside


    Publications:

    Memberships:

    University Honors

    Society of Women Engineers

    MacREU

    National Society of Collegiate Scholars 

    Awards:

    Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant (Winter Quarter 2017)

    Deans Honors List (2014 - Present)

    UCR Chancellors Research Fellowship (2017-2018)


    Graduation:
    June 2018

  • Future Plans

    I plan to apply to graduate programs for Material Science and Engineering and then tryout industry before going for a Ph. D.


    Advice for Future CRFs:
  • joshua Joshua Misa, Chemical Engineering
    Faculty Mentor: Ian Wheeldon, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
    Project Title: Engineering Lipid Droplets in Yarrowia Lipolytica as a Novel Synthetic Biological Tool

    Why I applied to the CRF:
  • After conducting research in my lab for about a year, my fellow undergraduate researcher Keith Frogue (CRF 2016-2017) recognized my abilities and encouraged me to apply. After looking into the program, I realized that becoming a CRF could greatly reinforce my abilities as a researcher and open doors to unique opportunities. I knew becoming a CRF was a very prestigious position and could give me the resources to succeed in my future career as a researcher.

    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    Publications:
  • Schwartz C., Frogue K., Ramesh A., Misa J., Wheeldon I., “CRISPRi Repression of Nonhomologous End-Joining for Enhanced Genome Engineering via Homologous Recombination in Yarrowia Lipolytica.” Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 19 Aug. 2017, doi:10.1002/bit.26404.


    Memberships:
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers

    UCR Orchestra


    Awards:
  • Dean's Academic Distinction Award 

    Chancellor's Scholarship


    Graduation:
    June 2018

  • Future Plans
    After graduating I plan to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering. I want to study the optimization of natural and synthetic pathways in microbes. After finishing graduate school I want to use my knowledge of pathway engineering in industry to create biochemical products on a large scale using microbial factories. Eventually, I hope to return to academia as a professor to share my industry knowledge.

    Advice for Future CRFs:
  • I encourage future CRFs to take advantage of every resource that being a CRF has to offer. Many deadlines for other prestigious awards and fellowships are sooner than you anticipate, so it is important to act early. I also advise future CRFs to keep an open mind with their research or project. Things often do not succeed on the first try, so you must persevere through the failures to reach the success you want. 

  • syris Syris Norelli, Physics
    Faculty Mentor: Flip Tanedo, Physics
    Project Title: Application of Neural Networks to the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model

    Why I applied to the CRF:  

    I applied to the CRF because of the numerous resources it provides to enrich research. One of the big draws for me was the community - the CRF gives access to distinguished researchers, mentors, and administrators. The funding allowed me to more easily collaborate between UCR and UCI (which has a larger machine learning department). In a broader sense, research (through programs like the CRF) gives the opportunity to stand in the gap between the known and the unknown, which is a humbling experience.


    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    Publications:

    Memberships:

    Society of Physics Students (SPS) officer

  • University Honors

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
     
     Awards:

    2017 Michael Devirian Award - Outstanding Achievement by a 1st Year Undergraduate Student

    CNAS Dean's Academic Distinction Award

    Graduation:
    June 2020
    Future Plans

    In the next year, I'd like to work with the rocket team on campus and do science outreach to CHASS. At the end of the year, I'll decide whether I want to focus fully on research, science communication, or aerospace. This will affect my grad school choices and where I allocate my resources. Regardless of my path, I will obtain a PhD.


    Advice for Future CRFs:
  • A good amount of time spent planning pays off in the long run. Make sure you have the broad strokes of your research progress planned out. Take time to engage with everything offered by the CRF - Gladis will give you a lot of resources.

  • nicholas Nicholas Pham, Chemical Engineering 
    Faculty Mentor: George Becker, Physics and Astronomy
    Project Title: Two-Dimensional Mapping of the Intergalactic Medium

    Why I applied to the CRF:

    After applying for the Goldwater Scholarship the first time as a sophomore, I realized that I had some research experience but no general direction of where I wanted to go or study. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my math, physics, and engineering classes, but just couldn’t settle on a specific topic to pursue. I felt if I chose one topic, then I would automatically be forfeiting the others. When I heard about the Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, I knew I wanted to apply. This research opportunity would not only strengthen my application for future scholarships, but also allow me to explore new intersections of science that satisfies all my interests. Of course, tackling a new topic is always initially daunting; ultimately, the reward comes from paving your own research path. What might be right for others may not necessarily be right for you.


    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:

    N. Pham, G. D. Becker, “Analyzing Lyman Alpha Emissions in the Intergalactic Medium,” Oral Presentation presented at the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium,University of California, Riverside.(May 2017)


    Publications:

    Memberships:
    American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)                                                                                                                      Tau Beta Pi
  • Awards:
    Chancellor’s Research Fellowship Chancellor’s Scholarship, Dean’s Academic Distinction Award
  • Graduation:
    June 2019
  • Future Plans
    Obtain a MSci or MEng degree in the UK (scholarship pending). Apply to a doctorate program in applied physics, chemical engineering, or related field that allows me to perform computationally intensive research.
  • Advice for Future CRFs:
  • Don’t be afraid to map your own route. There is nothing more exhilarating than being at the intersection of two (or three) completely different fields. Find a way to piece them together. As for the application, start brainstorming early, your first idea may not be your greatest. Give some thought (and time) to what you might like to research. The answer may surprise you
  •  sruckman Sarah Ruckman, Biology
    Faculty Mentor: David Reznick, Biology
    Project Title: Quantitative Assessment of Aggression and Schooling in Trinidadian Guppies

    Why I applied to the CRF:  I applied to be a Chancellor’s Research Fellow because I was looking to further my undergraduate research experience. I had been the lead on a group project in our lab, but was interested in pursuing an independent research project. I also wanted to become more familiar with grant writing and the peer review process.  

    The impact the CRF experience has had on me:

    Conference Presentations:
  • Ruckman, S.N., Zhu, S.W., Poon, V., Reynoso, Y., and Reznick, D.N. "The Genetic Basis for Inheritance of Life History Traits in Trinidadian Guppies," The Evolution Conference, Portland, Oregon,  2017
  • Ruckman, S.N., Zhu, S.W., Poon, V., Reynoso, Y., and Reznick, D.N. "The Genetic Basis for Inheritance of Life History Traits in Trinidadian Guppies", UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2017.

  • Ruckman, S.N., Zhu, S.W., Poon, V., Reynoso, Y., and Reznick, D.N. "The Genetic Basis for Inheritance of Life History Traits in Trinidadian Guppies", The West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, 2017

     Ruckman, S.N., Levell, S., and Reznick, D.N. 2017. "The Role of Semen in the Evolution of Reproductive Mode", UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2017


    Publications:

    Memberships:

    Mu Sigma Rho Statistics Honors Society

    American Statistical Association

    American Society of Naturalists

    University Honors

    Supplemental Instruction Mentor

    UCR Highlander Band


    Awards:

    Chancellor’s Research Fellowship – UCR (June 2017 – June 2018)

    Undergraduate Mini Research Grant – UCR (Spring Quarter 2017)

    Most Involved 3rd Year – UCR Pep Band (Spring Quarter 2017)

    University Honors Scholarship – UCR (Spring Quarter 2017)

    Sophomore STEM Success Award – UCR (September 2016 – June 2017)

    Chancellor’s Honors List – UCR (2014 to Present)

    Dean’s Honors List – UCR (2014 to Present)           

    Highlander Excellence Scholarship – UCR (2014 to Present)


    Graduation:
    June 2018

  • Future Plans

    Advice for Future CRFs:

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