Congratulations to the Fall 2021 Recipients!

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


Gwendolyn Erdosh, Entomology - Is an insect’s ability to locate food hindered by ambient smoke?

Noah Faber, Global Disease Biology - Characterization of a Mycobacteria Mutant Deficient in a Sulfur Metabolism Enzyme

Ryan Packer, Entomology - Elucidating two Effector genes of Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis)

Madeline Selecky, Animal Biology - The Effect of Body Weight, Age, and Sex on Left Ventricular Echocardiographic Parameters in Non-Athletic Quarter Horses


College of Biological Sciences


Takhmina Abdul, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior - AMPA Receptor Auxiliary Factor Complexes in the Brain: Defining SynDIG4 and CNIH-2 Interaction Sites

Theint Aung, Molecular and Medical Microbiology - Antimicrobial Activity of Induced DEFB103 from Corneal Epithelial Cells Stimulated with the Plant Derivative, Andrographolide

Abigail Brand, Microbiology - Aberrant EN-1 expression promotes aggressive PDA metastasis

Mylena Corona, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior - Testing for differences in CACNA1C enhancer function caused by deletion of the sequence containing the transdiagnostic psychiatric risk SNP

Erika Dao, Biological Sciences - Investigating the relationship between pancreatic delta cells and virgin beta cells using immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy

Carmen David, Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity - Invasive Litter Effects on Plantago lanceolata Germination and Seedling Recruitment

Shelly Lee, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Characterizing the molecular mechanism of how plants germinate in response to fire

Ezequiel Ponce, Biochemistry - Determining the Effect of YY1 on Dystrophin Protein and Mitochondrial Mass

Katherine Sayaseng, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior - Investigating Changes in Ephexin’s Role in Drosophila melanogaster Upon Induction of Neuronal Activity

Aman Singla, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Regulation of HDACs by the novel gene product TNRC18: a potential epigenetic mechanism in DDT exposure

Jeffrey Toman, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Synthesis of Tetrasubstituted Allenes

Matthew Wong, Biological Sciences - Characterization of the BRCA2 C-terminal DNA-Binding Domain

Howard Zhang, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Kinetic and Structural Studies of Hydra ADAR Protein


College of Engineering


Skylar Foust, Biomedical Engineering - Identifying force-sensitive interactions surrounding cten using proximal biotinylation

Jonathan Potter, Biosystems Engineering - Visualizing Neutrophil Degranulation via pH-Sensitive Fluorescent Sensors

Karen Zhao, Biomedical Engineering - Defining the Minimum Force-Sensitive Sequence of Tensin 3


College of Letters and Science


Darinka Becerra Garnica, Sociology - Political-Institutional Factors, Societalization, and Covid-19: Explaining the American Response

Emily Bergman, Applied Chemistry: Forensic Chemistry - Increasing Accessibility to the Bis(trifluoromethyl) amino Group

Alexis Black, Psychology - Stress Contagion

Celine Busnelli, International Relations, History - The Thirst For A Dam Raise: The Legal, Environmental and Cultural Implications of Raising The Shasta Dam

Emily Jiminez, Pharmaceutical Chemistry - Synthesis of Densely Substituted Tetralins

Monalisa Laxa, Sociology Organizational Studies - How K-pop Affects the Self-Perceptions of Filipino Americans

Katarina Merk, Mathematics - Mathematical modeling of rumen fermentation

Naina Narain, Cognitive Science, Linguistics - Lexical Features of Bilingual Infant-Directed Speech

Janine Nguyen, Sociology - UCD API Needs and Assets Assessment

Sarah Niederholzer, Sociocultural Anthropology - Multi-species Disaster Response: 2018 Camp Fire

Ernan Ochoa, Sociology - Digital Love: The Navigation of Online Romantic Relationships in Today's Culture

Denisse Vega Zarate, Sociology - Parental Involvement in Mexican Immigrant Families

Kairo Weber, Sociology - Symbolic Boundaries of (Trans)Gender Categories

Spring 2021