2019-2020 Graduating McNair Scholars

 

Juan CabreraJUAN CABRERA

Mathematics - College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Sam Behseta, Mathematics, Allyson Fry-Petit, Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Thesis: The Relationship Between Cognitive Function and Complexity of fMRI

2019 Summer Research Program: Big Data Research, USC 

Juan is majoring in Mathematics (Probability and Statistics Concentration) with a minor in Computer Science. He is currently a Big Data Science & Diversity Scholar. His research interest include Statistics, Data Mining, Data Visualization, Machine Learning,   Neural networks, Deep learning, and Artificial Intelligence. His career goal is to receive his Ph.D. in Statistics and become a Data Scientist so that he can continue with his research in this field and become a professor in Mathematics. He loves to share his knowledge of Mathematics, enjoys literature, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

 

Victor Espinoza

Victor Espinoza

ChemistryCollege of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor:   Dr. Peter de Lijser, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Thesis:   Mechanistic Studies of the Photooxidative Radical Cyclization Pathways of o-Arylalkynyl Oximes

2019 Summer Research Program: University of California San Diego, STARS

Victor is majoring in chemistry. His research interests include the use of light for greener reactions, synthesis, and catalysis. His current research focus is understanding the reactivity of radicals and radical cations; intermediates which may cause DNA damage and can form from the oxidation of certain pesticides and drugs. He wants to pursue a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry in order to teach science at a 4-year college, do science, and inspire the younger generation in his family to go to college. He has been a peer advisor with Project RAISE since Spring 2017. As a peer advisor, he works 1-1 with incoming STEM transfer students and has given presentations at various community colleges regarding the transfer process, developing time management and resume writing. He attended and presented his research at the UCI  2018 SoCal Undergraduate Research Symposium and won an award for outstanding poster. He was also a recipient of the 2017-2018 Edison Scholarship.

 

Ingred Garcia

Ingred Garcia  

Mathematics  - College of  Business and Economics

Mentor:   Dr. Andrew Gill, Economics

Thesis:  Females' Increasing Educational Investments with Decreasing Empolyment

2019 Summer Research Program: University of California San Diego, STARS

 Ingred is majoring in Economics and minoring in Mathematics. Her research interests revolve around women's role in economic institutions. She hopes to be an economics researcher.

 

 

 

Stephan Gonzalez

Stephen Gonzalez

Biochemistry - College of Natural Science and Mathematics 

Mentor:   Dr. Niroshika Keppetipola, Biochemistry

Thesis:   Understanding the Role of Phosphorylation in RNA Binding Protein Function

2019 Summer Research Program: University of Michigan, Interdisciplinary REU School of Pharmacy

  Stephen   is majoring in   Biochemistry. His   research interests   are   based on   proteins related to structure, function and activity.   His career goals are to attain a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and become a professor. He also wants to start a program targeted towards minorities to help them pursue higher education and close achievement gaps. He was part of the HHMI Summer Research Fellow 2016 and the Research Careers Preparatory Program Scholar 2016-2017. He was also a CSUF   2016 HACU Ambassador and participate in the Titan Scholars Program since 2017.

 

 

Kimberly Hardaway

Kimberly Hardaway

Health and Human Development - College of Health and Human Development

Mentor:  Dr. Mikel Hogan, Human Services

Thesis:  Understanding Behaviors: Post-Chemo Cognitive Impairment (PCCI) and Stress of African American Women with  Breast Cancer

2019 Summer Research Program:   University of Southern California, DIA Program

Kimberly is majoring in Health and Human Development. Her research interest explores the behavior, nutrition, familial, and economic impact of disease prevention of African American cancer patients. She wants to understand the disparities in knowledge, resources of disease prevention, and health education among this population. Her career goal is to attain a Ph.D. and develop strategies to help lower the disease diagnoses and death rate of cancer patients through integrated research in healthy life choices, economics, social support, and optimal healthcare to change the outcome of a patient’s quality of life and survivorship. Kimberly has published research entitled “Money Hungry Doctors.”  She has been on the President’s, Dean’s and National Dean’s List for her academic excellence. She is a Titan Scholar, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member, and a Mt. San Antonio Aspire Program Scholar. Kimberly has won a number of awards including the Mt. San Antonio College Rillorta Family Award, the Transfer Scholarship Award, the Puente Hills Toyota Scion Scholarship Award, the Pepsi 1st Re-entry Scholarship Award, the Harry Merrill Scholarship Award, the Marie & Leland Mills Scholarship Award, the Race for Scholarships Award, and the National Dean’s List Scholarship Award. Previously she worked in the L. A. Co. Sheriff’s Department as a Supervisor in the Detective Division and Homicide Bureau.

 

Barabara Linan-Martinez

Barbara Linan-Martinez

American Studies - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor:   Dr. Carrie Lane, American Studies

Thesis: Boycott Our Sponsors: Discourses of Cultural and Political Conflicts in Tropicalia, a Los Angeles Latinx Music Festival

2019 Summer Research Program: University of California San Diego, STARS

Barbara is majoring in American Studies. Her research interests include gentrification, intersectionality, marginalized communities, higher education, power, and poverty. She plans on obtaining a Ph.D. in American Studies. Her career goal is to   become a tenure-track   professor   at a university where she can advance   Latinx   representation in higher education.   Barbara is a David Jon   Vaca   Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient and an Academic Mentor for Educational Talent Search. She is a member of the Interclub Council Representative for American Studies Student Association, and Hermanas   Unidas   de CSUF. Barbara was on the Dean’s Honor List for the fall of 2017.

 

Jessica Lombardo

Jessica Lombardo

English - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor:   Dr. David Kelman, English

Thesis:   Living in the Margins of Narco Culture

2019 Summer Research Program: University of California San Diego, STARS

Jessica is majoring in English. She is interested in researching narco-literature, border literature, Mexican-American literature and how pop culture and society has influenced the genre. Her goal is to obtain a PhD in English to do research full-time and teach at a University.

 

 

 

Mariana Lopez

Mariana Lopez

Psychology and Sociology - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor:   Dr. Edwin Lopez, Sociology 

Thesis:   A Comparative Analysis on the Meaning behind Organizing Conservative and Counter-Conservative Political Events on a College Campus

2019 Summer Research Program: University of California Irvine, SURF Program

Mariana López is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Her research interests include social interaction, political identity, relationship formation, in-group/out-group bias, prejudice/discrimination, group-think behavior, and deviance. Once graduating from CSUF, she aspires to obtain her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and her career goals is to become a university professor. She was recently selected for a Dissensus Summer Scholarship.

 

 

Jasmine MartinezJasmine Martinez  

Biology - College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor:   Dr. Maria Soledad Ramirez, Biological Sciences

Thesis:   Human Fluid Induce Natural Transformation in Multi- Drug Resistant Acinetobacter Baumannii

2019 Summer Program: University of Califonia Los Angeles, SPUR-LABS

Jasmine is majoring in Biology. Her research interests include oncology, immunology, antibiotic resistance of bacteria, and toxicology. Her career goal is to do research in a clinical facility. Jasmine has been on the Dean's List since the spring of 2016.

 

 

 

Denyz Melchor

Denyz Melchor  

Physics - College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor:   Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace, Physics and Astronomy

Thesis:    Simulating Black Hole-Neutron Star Mergers Under Different Parameters

2019 Summer Research Program:   Cornell University, Astronomy & Astrophysics REU, New York

Denyz is majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. She is interested in gravitational waves research and her career goal is to continue working with gravitational waves at LIGO. Denyz is a Senior Physics Supplemental Instruction Leader. 

 

 

 

 

Yasmeen Pardo

Yasmeen Pardo

Human Services - College of Health and Human Development

Mentor:   Dr. Adrian Rodriguez, Human Services

Thesis:   Students' Mental Health Seeking Experiences in Higher Education

2019 Summer Research Program: Univerity of California Santa Barbara, Academic Research Consortium

Yasmeen   is majoring in Human Services with a double concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Her research interests include   mental health and retention of college-aged student,   and   mental health resources for students in higher education. Her career goals are to attain a Ph.D. in Social Work or Psychology   and later become a   Social Work   or Psychology   professor. She was on the   College of Health and Human Development Dean’s Honors List   from   fall 2015 through spring 2018. She is   currently a Titan   Ambassador   at CSUF and part of the Council of   Directors   Student Representative for SBIRT OC Grant.

 

Briana Salazar

Briana "Bree" Salazar

Sociology - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor:   Dr. Devon Thacker Thomas, Sociology

Thesis:   Negotiation  of Consent During the Age of Social Media and Dating Apps

2019 Summer Research Program:  CSUF McNair Summer Research Program

Bree is majoring in Sociology. Her research interests include higher education, educational inequity, feminism, and women in leadership positions. She seeks to understand how people of color between the ages of 23-38 develop their ideas of consent individually and within their intimate relationships. She want to know how this groups apply their understandings within their intimate partner relationships. Bree plans on obtaining a Ph.D. in Higher Education and her career goal is to work in.

 

 

Shana Tables

Shana Tables

Psychology - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor:   Dr. Shaun Pichler, Management

Thesis: "Can I Say Something? " Empolyee Participation and  Reaction in  Performace Appraisal Process: A Meta-Analysis

2019 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair Summer Research Program

Shana is majoring in Psychology with an emphasis of Industrial-organizational psychology. Her research interest revolve around employee well-being, inclusivity in the workplace, employee retention, and social support. Her career goals are to become an IO Psychologist, a tenure-track professor and researcher at an R1 university. Prior to CSUF, Shana attended Irvine Valley College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

 

 

 


 

Continuing Scholars

 

Egbert Arias Tranquilino Egbert Arias TranquilinoCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Thesis: Exploring the effects of perceived discrimination and socioacademic fit on an individual's tendency to seek academic help.

Egbert majoring in psychology. He is interested in how social roles influence help-seeking behaviors. Currently, he is looking at patterns of academic help-seeking in students of color at a large public university.  His career goals are to obtain a Ph.D. in Psychology and become a tenure-track professor at a research institution.

  

 

 

Patrick BabbPatrick Babb II- College of Engineering and Computer Science

Mentor:  Dr. Salvador Mayoral, Mechanical Engineering

Thesis: Active Aerodynamics in Ground Vehicles

2019 Summer Research Program: NASA'S Minority Research & Education Project (MUREP) Innovation Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) Summer Program

Patrick is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently a member of the NASA Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team (Micro-g NexT) for the Johnson Space Center. His current research focuses on novel concepts in aerodynamics and fluids in order to apply these concepts to practical life. His  goal is to  create sustainable ways of transportation inside our biosphere.  He also aspires to join or create a business that focuses on aerodynamic technology.

 

 

Daisy Gomez-Fuentes Daisy Gomez-FuentesCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Julian Jefferies, Literacy and Education

Thesis: First-generation college Latina/o students and their families negotiating study abroad: family responsibilities, work, and leaving the house.

Daisy is majoring in Chicana/o Studies. Her research interests include familism, feminism, and Latinx in higher education. Her career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. and become a tenure-track professor at a four-year university where she hopes to inspire first generation, low-income students. Daisy is an Honor’s Dean’s List awardee.

 

 

Alan Guandique Alan GuandiqueCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alan is majoring in Psychology with a focus in Clinical Psychology. His research interests include parasomnias, perceptions of mental illnesses in college students, attitudes toward psychotherapists, and rates of mental illness in higher education. He plans to receive a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. His career goal is to become a tenure-track faculty at a university to teach and conduct research full-time while mentoring students form underrepresented backgrounds through their experience in higher education.

 

 

 

 

Varvara Gulina Varvara Gulina- College of Humanites and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Carrie Carmody

Thesis: Identifying factors that contribute to women's inability to speak up amidst belittlement.

Varvara Gulina is majoring in Psychology. She transferred from Saddleback College as Magna Cum Laude, attaining three degrees, and earning a spot on the Dean's list for all preceding semesters. Her educational goals revolve around developing solutions to the multidimensional problems that are prevalent among women. Her research interests include domestic violence, sexual victimization, childhood denigration, and negative life outcomes. She wishes to utilize her research findings to better understand the endocrinological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors that play a role in the difficult internal experiences women often undergo but cannot always articulate. Some of her goals include acquiring a Ph.D. as well as designing educational programs that would provide resources and healing to women all around the world. In addition to being a Peer Mentor and a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member, Varvara has presented her class project on self-deprecating female schemas at SCCUR in 2019. Her current research focuses on dating violence and tolerance of disrespect, and her self-developed "Attraction Towards Abusive Behaviors” scale is set to be used for data collection in 2020 by Chapman University.

 

 

Mariano Hernandez

Mariano Hernandez- College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

Mentor: Dr. Alexandro Gradilla, Chicano/a Studies

Thesis: Latin  Heavy Metal: Revolución Through Organized Noise  

2019 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair Summer Research Program

Mariano is majoring in Chicano/a Studies with a minor in Music.  His research interests are on transnationalism within music popular culture and the sociopolitical injustices in underprivileged communities. His goal is to attain a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology or Chicano/a Studies. His career goals is to become a music tutor and mentor for students in K-12 though his own or an existing non-profit organization. Mariano was on the Dean’s Honor List in the fall of 2012. He is currently a member of the CSUF Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  

 

Ezequiel MaltaEzequiel Malta- College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor Dr. Anthony Alvarez, Sociology 

Ezequiel is majoring in sociology. His research interests are the Latinx community, social inequality, education, and poverty. His goals is to achieve a Ph.D in sociology and become a professor/advisor to help guide future scholars. Ezequiel was the treasurer for the first ever sociology club at Santa Ana College.

 

 

 

 

Josselyn Marroquin Josselyn MarroquinCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Josselyn is an Honors student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology.  Her interest lies in studying cognitive processes of facial recognition abilities through forensic practices to find how individual differences affect eyewitness identification. Her career goals are to obtain a PhD. in cognitive psychology and work as an eyewitness expert with law institutions to improve eyewitness accuracy. Her involvements at CSUF includes being the Membership Coordinator for the Psychology Department Student Association and being the Public Relations board member in the past. Josselyn also works at the Pollak Library where she is a Library Administration student assistant who also ran the Library's social media. She was also on the Dean's Honor List for Fall 2017 and 2018.

 

 

 

Kristen Moreno Kristen M. MorenoCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Douglas Navarick, Psychology

Kristen is majoring in Psychology with an emphasis of Industrial & Organizational Psychology.  Her research interests include work ethics and workload on healthcare employees and how it impacts the quality of patient care.  Her current research consists of workplace scenarios involving conflicts between a character’s workload pressures and the interests of patients based on moral implications.  She aspires to implement this research into a larger research during graduate school. Her career goal is to attain her Ph.D. in I/O psychology and work with organizations to help improve the work environments for healthcare employees and to increase the quality of care for patients.

 

 

Rico Palafox

 Rico Palafox   -   College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 

Mentor:  Dr. Jessica Jaynes, Mathematics

Thesis: A Novel Approach to Discrete Choice Experiments: Mind your Designs

2019 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair Summer Research Program

Rico is majoring in Psychology and Mathematics (Probability and Statistics Concentration) with a minor in Computer Science. His research interest include Statistics, Data Mining, Data Visualization, Design of Experiments, Applied Statistics, and Computational Mathematics. His career goal is to become Biostatistician so that he can work in industry and/or in the professoriate. Rico was a SACNAS Travel Scholarship Recipient and is a Data Visualization Club Board Member.

 

 

 

 

Deanna Perez Deanna Perez- College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Matt Rathbun, Mathematics

Deanna is majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Pure Math. Their research interest is a newfound interest: topology. Through their reading, they have become curious about low-dimensional manifolds. Their career goals are to be obtain a Ph.D. in Mathematics and obtain tenure as a professor. 

 

 

 

 

 

Teresita Ramirez

Teresita RamirezCollege of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace, Physics

Teresita is majoring in Phyiscs.  She worked on the visualizaton for a LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaboration catalog paper. The visualization illustrates the binary black hole horizons for the detections along with their emitted gravitational waves. She plans on continuing her work on full automation of the LIGO/VIRGO binary black hole orrery. Her goal is to make it easy for anyone to make their own visualizations using her scripts. She is also is a contributing member of the Simulating Extreme-Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration, where she contributes to the updated version of the Spectral Einstein Code (SpEC) called Spectre.

 

 

 

 

 

Abril Rodriguez Abril Rodriguez- College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Thesis: Chicano/a Literature Analysis Surrounding the Passage into Higher Education 

Abril is majoring in English. Her research interests include education and Chicano/a literature. By combining the two areas of study, she hopes to understand why few Latinx students (when compared to other ethnic groups) pursue higher education and if there could be a better form of support in place for their success. Her goal is to become a tenure-track faculty member at a four-year university. Abril is also a Honors scholar and a member of the Abrego Future Scholars program. She has been on the Dean’s List since Fall 2017. 

 

 

 

Giavanna Ruscitto Giavanna RuscittoCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Carter Rakovski, Sociology

Thesis:  Women Discrimination  among STEM Professors

Giavanna is majoring in Psychology with a focus on Organizational Behavior Psychology. Her research interests include how management roles affect age discrimination. Giavanna has been on the Deans List since Fall 2018 and a previous member of the Titan Scholars Program. She plans to attain her PhD and work as a professor and researcher at an R1 university.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Sanchez Jennifer SanchezCollege of Natural Science and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace, Physics and Astronomy

Thesis: Simulating high spinning black hole-neutron stars with varying parameters.

 Jennifer is majoring in Physics. She is interested in studying how changing the neutron star's equation of state changes the overall interaction of the two celestial objects. She also wants to continue her research with LIGO while teaching at a research university. Jennifer also aspires to create a Science Outreach Program.

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah ThompsonIsaiah Thompson- College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Robert McLain, History & Dr. Jochen Burgtorf, History

Thesis: The Finkenwalde Years: Bonhoeffer's Response to Racism in Hitler's Germany

2019 Summer Research Program: Mellon Mays Summer Research Program, CSU Long Beach

Isaiah is majoring in Religious Studies. His research interests are the effects of apologetics on the study of religion. His career goals are to be part of the pastoral ministry as well as to become a religious studies professor. Prior to CSUF, Isaiah was a Teaching assistant at Victor Valley College and graduated as Valedictorian.

 

 

 

 

 

Judith Urbina Judith UrbinaCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Barbara Cherry, Psychology

Thesis: The Rippling Effect of Chronic Pain: Patients’ Chronic Pain and Suicidal Ideation and the Psychological Effect on the Family Members

Judith is majoring in psychology. Her research interests focus on chronic pain, suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts, and the psychological effects on the patient’s family.  Her goal is to attain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology so that she can teach psychology at a university. Judith also aspires to contribute to the field of pain management by doing future research in the cognitions, emotions, and behaviors associated with chronic pain, to better the lives of those living with chronic pain. She is also a member of the Titan Scholars Program.