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Past Research Projects


Student Project Title Faculty Mentor
Marlene Andrade Phonetic Repair Strategies for Siri Versus a Human Voice: An Investigation of Non-Native English Speakers Dr. Georgia Eve Zellou, Linguistics
David Correa Effects of Financial Stress on Latinx Students Dr. Paco Martorell, School of Education 
Jocelyn Crowell Fecal Transplants on B6 Mice Dr. Brian Bennett, Nutrition
Michael Diabali Understanding how Deepfake Videos Deceive People: An Exploratory Study  Dr. Cuihua Shen, Communication
Scott Hogan Under, Over, but Never Spot On: Rules of Thumb for a Population Proportion Interval Estimate Miss the Mark Dr. Shelley Blozis, Psychology
Berenice Padilla-Vilchis Reconstructing a Lost Manuscript: The Quest for Felipe de Pamanes’ Notables del Perú Dr. John D. Slater, Spanish and Portuguese 
Nicole Payton TEMPO-Cellulose Nanofibrils Dye on Cotton Fabric Dr. You-Lo Hsieh, Textiles and Clothing 
Jasmine Ramirez-Barba Defining Culturally Competent School Counselors and Needs of Low-Income Students Through Surveys Dr. Natalia Deeb-Sossa, Chicana/o Studies
Elizabeth Tune Online Text Processing by Poor Comprehenders: An Interdisciplinary Approach Dr. Tamara Swaab, Psychology


Student Project Title Faculty Mentor
Kimia Kamal A New Rodent Model for Intraventricular Hemorrhage Dr.  Gene G Gurkoff, Neurological Surgery 
Kimberly Galindo The Mental Health Of Undocumented Students Dr.  Malaquias Montoya, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Oriel Gomez Observing Latinx Student Satisfaction: Experiences at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Emerging HSIs, and Non-Hispanic Serving Institutions (Non-HSIs) Dr.  Marcella Cuellar, School of Education 
Madison Garcia Navigating the “Hidden Curriculum”: College Student Academic Engagement Strategies with Authority Figures Dr.  Caitlin C. Patler, Sociology 
Manpreet Singh Exploring Punjabi Women’s Identity at UC Davis Dr. Sunaina Maira, Asian American Studies
Niloofar Radgoudarzi Investigating Debri Removal Process In Frog Optic Nerve Dr.  Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong, Ophthalmology
Kyle Kelly The Decline of Religion in the U.S. and the Rise of Social Issues Dr. Lindsay Reid, Political Science
Stacy Ruiz Chinantec Diaspora and Second Generation Identity in the United States: 1980-2018 Dr. Susy J. Zepeda, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Grace Serrato Empowering Desert Rats: Social and Environmental Well Being of Youth in Victorville, CA Dr. Jonathan London, Human Ecology
Jocelin Reyes Valenzuela The Experiences of Undocumented Students in Higher Education  Dr. Robert Irwin, Spanish and Portuguese
Oralia Chavez Rodriguez The Visible Paradox in the Bracero Workers Dr. Robert Irwin, Spanish and Portuguese
Endy Ixcoy The Latinx Homeless Situation in Orange and Los Angeles County Dr. Monica Torreiro-Casal, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Rocky Salazar University of California: Creating Opportunities for Formerly-Incarcerated Students Dr. Ofelia O. Cuevas, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Ivan Diaz Sacramento’s Tiny Town: A Crossroads of Homeless Discourse Dr. Jonathan London, Human Ecology
Elizabeth Diaz Sulfide Intrusion In Artificially Grazed Seagrass Zostera Marina Assessed With Sulfur Stable Isotopes Dr. John Stachowicz, Evolution and Ecology
Carina Franco Deteriorating but not yet Crumpling: Analyzing the Value of Latina Narratives with Chronic Illness through a Narrative Medicine Lens Dr. Angie Chabram, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Erika Pantoja Food waste and Ethno-Cultural Perceptions Dr. Luis Eduardo Guarnizo, Human Ecology
Esteban Zamora III Chicanx Identity & Philosophy: From the Chicano Movement to the Present Dr. Lorena Marquez, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Martin Ceja Mejia Mexican and "American" Masculinities: Transcenders of History and Literature Dr. Robert Irwin, Spanish and Portuguese
Ariella Grozbord Foster Youth and Cultural Identity - An overlooked piece to social outcomes? Dr. Luis Eduardo Guarnizo, Human Ecology
Travis Candieas Refocusing Student Perspective in Higher Education through Co-curricular Involvement Dr. Paco Martorell, School of Education
Montserrat Garcia-Juarez Deconstructing the Mara Salvatrucha in El Salvador Dr. Ofelia O. Cuevas, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Erick Talavera A War Among Friends: The Complicated origin of Spanish Liberalism during the age of Napoleon Dr. Adam Derek Zientek, History
Chiamaka Okorie Beyond Racialization Theory and Nigerian Immigration Identity in Two Films Dr. Moradewun Adejunmobi, African American and African Studies


Student Project Title Faculty Mentor
Adriana Lopez Torres Zero Tolerance Policies and School-to-Prison Pipeline: Exploring Alternatives to Exclusionary Policies Dr. Gloria Rodriguez,

School of Education

Alejandro Jose Espinoza Good Intentions or Legal Violence Dr. Susy Zepeda,

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Alex Oloo Prosperous Churches in Kenya: Charismatic or Politics Dr. Milmon F. Harrison,

African American Studies

Angelica Carranza Parent and Child Emotion Conversations Dr. Paul Hastings,

Center for Mind and Brain

Aubreanna Zachary STEM. Women, minorities and the media. A review of children's television shows Dr. Janette Ruiz,


Carolina Ramirez Alanis Investigation of Vitamin E Catabolism in Horses with Neuroaxonal Dystrophy Dr. Carrie Finno,

Veterinary Medicine

Christian Preciado A Habituative Approach to Diminish Cybersickness Dr. Arne Ekstrom,

Center for Neuroscience Research

Deion Santander Analysis of the Stimuli and Physiological Role of Delta Cells in Physiology Dr. Mark Huising,

Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Eileen Lu A Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study on the Efficacy of Allopregnanolone in Improving the Corpus Callosum Microstructure of Carriers of Fragile X Premutation Dr. Susan Rivera,

Center for Mind and Brain

Hector Guzman-Arechiga De La Tierra Vivo, Porque Mi Va Comer (I Live Off The Earth, Because It Will Eat Me) Dr. Liza Grandia

Native, American Studies

J. Elizabeth Quino Healthcare Access in Rural Communities Drs. Yvette Flores and Lisceth Cruz,

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Jessica Orozco Redlining: The Effects on Educational Attainment Within Los Angeles Dr. Gloria M. Rodriguez,

School of Education

Karimi Ndwiga Dangerous African Migrations Dr. Adewale N Adebanwi,

African American and African Studies

Leslie Do Precariously Positioned: Asian American Women Students Negotiating Power in Academic Wonderland Dr. Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde,

Asian American Studies

Madelena Pabon Factors Related to Retention in a Longitudinal Study of Infants at Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder Dr. Sally Ozonoff,

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Mayra Pelagio Habitat as a Dictator of California Red-legged Frog and American Bullfrog Coexistence in the Santa Lucia Preserve Drs. Sharon Lawler and

Rachel Anderson, Entomology and Nematology

Megan West Charlotte Bronte and the Politics of Feeling Dr. Kathleen Frederickson,


Natalie Villalobos Gomez Impediments to Academic Success and Well Being of UC Davis Graduate Students Dr. Natalia Deeb Sossa,

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Rigo Nava Humanizando la Deportación (Humanizing Deportation)

Dr. Robert Irwin,

Spanish and Portuguese

Sophie Ellerby Undoing Abjection: An Ethnography of Ecology House Dr. Timothy K. Choy,

Science and Technology Studies

Viviana Aguilar Hispanic Creators in the World of YouTube Dr. Martin Kenney,

Human Ecology

Yijuan (Helen) Qiu Understanding Academic Advising Dr. Bo Feng,




Student Project Title Faculty Mentor
Alexis Caligiuri Snowden/Doctorow: Alternate Realities of the Surveillance State Dr. Colin Milburn
Ambar Hernandez Race Neutral Policy in Higher Education: Graduate Funding For Undocumented Students Dr. Gloria Rodriguez
Amy Bosworth Religious Speech in Presidential Rhetoric Dr. Wendy Terry
Amy Hanak Fitchers Bird: The Civilizing and the Subversion of the Fairy Tale Heroine Dr. Alessa Johns
Ana Maciel The Power of Belonging: Testimonios of Undocumented Xicanx, Chicanas and Latinas at UC Davis Dr. Susy Zepeda
Carol Garcia Storytelling the Bracero Program Dr. Marisol de la Cadena
Cassandra Gingerich Survey of dog and cat food labels for compliance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) labeling guidelines Dr. Andrea Fascetti
Connie Chen CCR5-expressing CHO cells for an HIV elimination strategy Dr. Dennis Hartigan-Oconnor
Cristian Molina Cornejo Energy Affordability in the United States Dr. Bagher Modjtahedi
Cristina Vazquez Women's Vulnerability in Central American Circular Migration Dr. Robert Irwin
Flor Calderon Using non-invasive genetic sampling to determine population structure in black-tailed deer populations Drs. Ben Sacks and Zachary Lounsberry
Jazmin Garcia Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism Dr. Matthew Stratton
Jelleny Altamirano Microfinance institutions: What factors lead to success? Dr. Janine Wilson
Jimmy Ojeda Built in Burnout Dr. Jacob Hibel
Johana Mendoza Addressing Culturally Competent Treatment: Testing the Social Validity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dr. Nolan Zane
Maria Salazar-Ureno Spirit Warriors: Autonomy, Survival, and Resistance of Revolutionary Women through Creativity Dr. Ines Hernandez-Avila
Nicholas Sanchez Effects of Prop 209 and SP-1 and SP-2 in the UC System Dr. Lorena Marquez
Paige Balibrera California Paganism Dr. Wendy Terry
Rebecca Mata Effect of Gender Bias on Language Comprehension   Dr. Matthew Traxler
Sarah Pollock Small Cues Make a Big Difference: Strategic Email Communication in Professional Contexts Dr. Bo Feng
Sin Mei Ma Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation Dr. Nipavan Chiamvimonvat
Zion Ariana Mengesha Language Attitudes in California Public Schools: Gendered Language Attitudes toward African American English Dr. Robert Bayley