2019-2020 Graduating McNair Scholars

Graduating Scholars 

 

Patrick Babb II

Mechanical Engineering –  College of Engineering and Computer Science

Mentor:  Dr. Salvador Mayoral, Mechanical Engineering

ThesisActive Aerodynamics in Ground Vehicles
2020 Summer Research Program: Stanford SURF Program

Patrick is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His current research interest is how the field of control theory and dynamical systems can be employed to create more efficient autonomous vehicles and water sanitation systems. He was formerly a Strategic Partnerships Intern for the NASA Ames Research Center and a member of the NASA Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team (Micro-g NexT) for the Johnson Space Center. He aspires to join or create an organization that focuses on the intersection of autonomous systems and water sanitation to provide “open source water” to the world. Patrick is on the Dean’s List and is a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar.

 

 

Daisy Gomez-Fuentes

Chicanx Studies - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. 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.
2020 Summer Research Program: UCSD STARS Program

Daisy is majoring in Chicanx Studies with a minor in Sociology. Her research interests include immigration, gender, race/ethnicity/minorities, and 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 and mentor first-generation, low-income Latinx students. Daisy is a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellow and an Honor’s Dean’s List awardee.

 

Stephen Gonzalez

BiochemistryCollege of Natural Science and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Marcos Ortega, Biochemistry

Thesis: Understanding the Role of ATPase Domain in Bacteriophage Lamda Virus.

2020 Summer Research Program: SROP Program at Michigan State University

Stephen is majoring in Biochemistry. His research interests include understanding the roles, function, activity, and evolutionary relationships of proteins in biological processes. 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 in STEM. 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 in 2017. He attended and presented research at the Emerging Research National Conference in 2020 where he won an award for outstanding poster and was mentioned in the April 2020 issue of ASBMB Today. He currently works as a student assistant for the Chemistry and Biochemistry department.

 

Alan Guandique

PsychologyCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor : Dr. Lisa Mori, Psychology

Thesis: Latinx and White College Students’ Perceptions of Mental Illness

2020 Summer Research Program: UCSD STARS Program

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

Psychology – College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Carrie Carmody

Thesis: Identifying factors that contribute to women's inability to speak up amidst belittlement.
2020 Summer Research Program: UCSD STARS Program

Varvara Gulina is majoring in Psychology. Her research goals revolve around identifying psychological and socio-cultural factors that play a role in the difficult internal experiences women often undergo but cannot always articulate. Her past research includes variables of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and women's perceptions of victimization in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She is currently conducting research on women's experiences of belittlement within the context of the male gaze. Although an undergraduate, Varvara is already demonstrating leadership as Principal Investigator for a lab established specifically for her experiment. In addition to being a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member, Sally Casanova scholar, and Chapman University research team member, she won the 2020 Women in California Leadership award. Varvara is driven to acquire a Ph.D. and help develop programs that would provide healing to girls and women all around the world.

 

Ezequiel Malta

SociologyCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor:  Dr. Anthony Alvarez, Sociology 

Thesis: Latinx Community College Students and their Primary Barrier: Working
2020 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair Summer Research Program

Ezequiel is majoring in Sociology. His research interests are the Latinx community, social inequality, education, and poverty. His goal 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

PsychologyCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. David Gerkens, Psychology

Thesis: The Replication Crisis in Psychology and Misinformation Effect
2020 Summer Research Program:
UCSD STARS Program

Josselyn is an Honors student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She studies the importance of replicating studies in psychology with an emphasis in misinformation effect. Her career goals are to obtain a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and work as an eyewitness expert with law institutions to improve eyewitness accuracy. She is President for the Psychology Department Student Association and works at the Pollak Library.

 

Kristen Moreno

PsychologyCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Douglas J. Navarick, Psychology

Thesis: Moral Dilemmas in Hospitals: Students’ Moral Views and Personal Choices of Action

2020 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair Summer Research Program

Kristen is majoring in Psychology with an emphasis of Industrial & Organizational Psychology. She is a 2020-2021 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar. Her thesis explores scenarios involving conflicts between a character's workload pressures and bias that may impact healthcare personnel decision making. She plans to build upon this research in an Industrial/Organizational Psychology Ph.D. program. She aspires to work with organizations to help improve the work environments for healthcare employees and to increase the quality of care for patients.

 

Rico Palafox
Psychology College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mathematics – College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 

Mentor:  Dr. Jessica Jaynes, Mathematics

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

Rico is majoring in Psychology and Mathematics (Probability and Statistics Concentration) with a minor in Computer Science. His research interests include statistics, data mining, data visualization, experimental design, 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

Mathematics - College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Matt Rathbun, Mathematics
Thesis: Seifert Fibration in S3

2020 Summer Research Program: SURIEM REU Program at Michigan State University

Deanna is majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Pure Math. Their research interests include topology and low-dimensional manifolds. Their career goals are to be obtain a Ph.D. in Mathematics and obtain tenure as a professor. 

 

Teresita Ramirez

Physics – College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace, Physics

Thesis: The LIGO/VIRGO Binary-Black-Hole Orrery

Teresita is majoring in Physics. She worked on a visualization that was used to promote the 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 both the Spectral Einstein Code (SpEC) and the updated version of SpEC called Spectre.

 

Giavanna Ruscitto

Psychology – College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Carter Rakovski, Sociology

Thesis:  Women Discrimination among STEM Professors
2020 Summer Research Program: SROP Program at Michigan State University

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

PhysicsCollege of Natural Science and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace, Physics and Astronomy

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

2020 Summer Research Program: LIGO-SURF Program at Caltech

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 Thompson
Religious Studies & History College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Robert McLain, History & Dr. Jochen Burgtorf, History
ThesisThe Finkenwalde Years: Bonhoeffer's Response to Racism in Hitler's Germany

Isaiah Colton Thompson of Orange, California, earned two A.A. degrees in Liberal Arts at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California (2018). He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Religious Studies and History at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where he is a member of the Theta-Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society). He is a member of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, and the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program.

 

Judith Urbina

PsychologyCollege 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.

 

 


 

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.