2020 Graduating McNair Scholars

 

 

Erick AguinaldoErick Aguinaldo

Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Kristin Beals, Psychology

Thesis: Did You Hear What They Were Talking About? The Effects of Objectifying Language on Academic Performance and Body Perception     

2018 Summer Research Program: University of Michigan

Erick is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. His research interests include genderstereotypes, gender norms and sexual objectification. His career goal is to become a tenure-track faculty member at a four-year university. Erick is also a Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar and a member of the Psi Chi Psychological Honors Society.

 

Judith Avalos AvilaJudith Avalos Avila  

Geology, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Matthew Kirby, Geological Sciences

Thesis: 3000 Years of Hydroclimatic Variability Recorded in the Sediments of North Yolla Bolly Lake, CA

2018 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair REU

Judith is majoring in Geology. Her research explores the human impacts on water quality, groundwater discharge, overland flow discharge, and water sheds (i.e. over pumping, infiltration of contaminants, stream capture). Her career goal is to work as a hydrogeologist at the county level to reassure clean water for all of the inhabitants of that county. Judith served as lead tutor for the AVID Program and is also a Futures Scholar. She is an Honors Program student and has been a recipient of the Dean's Honor List for seven semesters in a row. The Geology department awarded her the Outstanding Major Award.

 

Darnell CalderonDarnell Calderon  

Sociology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Anthony Alvarez, Sociology

Thesis: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" A Quantitative Analysis of Immigrant Attitudes using 2014 General Social Survey (GSS) Data

2018 Summer Research Program: UC Irvine

Darnell is majoring in the Sociology of Inequalities with a minor in Chicano/a Studies. His research interest include Race and Ethnicity, Culture, Immigration, Latina/o Studies, Social Inequalities, and Economic Sociology. His career goal is to become a Researcher, Analyst, and/or Professor. Darnell has been on the Dean's list for his academic excellence. 

 

Shirley ChikukwaShirley Chikukwa  

Music, College of the Arts

Mentor: Dr. Katherine Reed, Music

Thesis: Rethinking Domestic Music-Making in the Nineteenth Century: Performance Practice in Film Adaptations of Jane Austen Novels

2018 Summer Research Program: University of Pennsylvania

Shirley is majoring in Music History and Theory. Her research explores the choral traditions of Southern Africa, specifically Zimbabwe. Her career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. and catalogue these musical traditions so that they are preserved. Shirley serves as Secretary of the American Association of Choral Directors, CSUF Chapter.

 

Ulisses EsparzaUlisses Esparza

Chicana/o Studies and Sociology, College of  Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Edwin Lopez, Sociology

Thesis: The Criminalization of Learning: How Legal Status Affects the Education of Undocumented Male Students

2018 Summer Research Program: UC San Diego

Ulisses is majoring in Chicana/o Studies & Sociology. His research interests includes the school-to-prison pipeline and college matriculation for undocumented Latino males. His career goal is to become a university professor. Ulisses was on the Dean’s List in the Spring and Fall of 2016.

 

Kimberly HardawayKimberly Hardaway 

Health and Human Development, College of Health and Human Development

Mentor: Dr. Pimbucha Rusmevichientong, Health Science

Thesis: Snacking Patterns Across Socioeconomics: Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

2018 Summer Research Program: UC Irvine

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.

 

Mariano HernandezMariano Hernandez

Chicana/o Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

Mentor: Dr. Alexandro Gradilla, Chicano/a Studies

Thesis: Heavy Metal: Revolución Through Organized Noise  

2018 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair REU

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.  

 

Shayna La ScalaShayna La Scala

Human Services, College of Health and Human Development

Mentor: Dr. Yuying Tsong, Human Services

Thesis: Factors of Psychological Functioning and Academic Outcomes of College Students

Recovering from Substance Abuse

2018 Summer Research Program: UC San Diego & University of Southern California

Shayna is majoring in Human Services with an emphasis in Mental Health and Sociology Her research interests prevention and intervention of substance abuse, substance abuse recovery methods, co-occurring treatment modalities, societal effects on psychological wellbeing of individuals recovering from substance abuse and women empowerment vs. exploitation. Her career goal is to become a faculty member in an interdisciplinary department and Director of a program for recovering students. Shayna has been on the Dean's List in 2016 and 2017. She has held various leadership positions for a number of organizations including Las Mujeres Pa’lanta, the Substance Abuse Awareness & Prevention Student Association, the Health & Human Development Inter-Club Council - Substance Abuse Awareness & Prevention, Mentorship Program, and Event Planning. Shayna holds a California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators certification: CATC II and was a scholarship recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and the Alpha Gamma Sigma Academic Honor Society.

 

Kimberly MadrigalKimberly Madrigal

Sociology and Chicana/o Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Maria Malagón, Sociology

Thesis:  The Multifaceted Experiences of Latina Deans and their Pathway to Deanship

2018 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair REU

Kimberly is majoring in Sociology and Chicano/a Studies. Her research interests include Access, equity, race and language in education, women in higher education leadership, the sociology of education, racial and gender microaggressions on college campuses and its trickledown effect on educational policies and reforms and how Chicana feminist epistemologies inform leadership. Her career goal is obtain a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Organizations to become a Latina President at a University. Kimberly is a recipient of the Fullerton College Woman of Distinction Award and was names Fullerton College’s 2016 Woman of the Year.

 

Christina MuChristina Mu 

Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Laura Zettel-Watson, Psychology

Thesis: Social Support as a Moderator to Pain   Catastrophizing and Quality of Life

2018 Summer Research Program: University of Arizona

Christina is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Gerontology. Her research interests include the impact of social support on older adults with chronic illnesses. In the future she hopes to explore aspects of chronic illnesses, namely Alzheimer's disease and memory of the aging individual. Her career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. and become a professor. Christina is also a recipient of the Academic Senate Dean’s Honors Scholarship, the Opal Jones Trust Scholarship in Psychology, the Robert and Adrienne Westerbeck Scholarship, the George and Ruri Sugimoto Scholarship, the Leadership and Volunteer Scholarship from Pasadena City College.

 

Mimi NguyenMimi Nguyen

Sociology and Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Jorge Fontdevila, Sociology 

Thesis: Intimate Powers: Millennials’ Dynamics  Within Romantic Relationships

2018 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair REU

Mimi is majoring in Sociology and Psychology. Their research interests include the sociology of emotions, language, networks, inequality gender and sexuality. They are also interested in the social psychology of LGBTQ+ experiences and identity development. They hope to become a professor and researcher. Mimi was the President of the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Honor Society Club and was an AKD Representative for the Humanities & Social Science Inter-club Council. They were also Treasurer of the Philosophy Club. Mimi received the Carroll Craik Scholarship Award.

 

Vanessa SanchezVanessa Sanchez 

Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Math Cuajungco, Biological Science

Thesis: Functional Characterization of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the TMEM163 Gene

2018 Summer Research Program: Broad Summer Research Program (Boston, MA)

Vanessa is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Cell and Molecular Biology. Her research interests include the neurobiology of pre-frontal cortex formation, synapse communication, and post-transcriptional regulation. She hopes to attain a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Vanessa is also a  Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program Scholar. She received the Department of Psychology Applied Psychology Award and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Schweitzer Research and Creative Activities Scholarship.

 

Marialexia ZaragozaMarialexia Zaragoza 

Sociology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Maria Malagón, Sociology

Thesis: Traveling Your Way to Success: Success   within Latinx Students Graduating from a

Hispanic Serving Institution 

2018 Summer Research Program: UC San Diego

Marialexia is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Chicana/Chicano Studies. Her research interests include higher education, Latina/o's in higher education and first generation students in college. Her career goal is to work in a college access program to help students reach higher education. Marialexia is also a Deans List awardee and the Community Service Chair for Hermanas Unidas de CSUF.

 


 

Continuing Scholars

  

Juan CabreraJuan Cabrera – College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Sam Behseta, Mathematics

2019 Summer Research Program: University of Southern California

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 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.

 

Ingred GarciaIngred Garcia - College of  Business and Economics

Mentor: Dr. Kristen Kleinjans, Economics

Thesis: The Domestication of Dominance and its relationship to Violence Against Women in Honduras

 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 GonzalezStephen GonzalezCollege of Natural Science and Mathematics 

Mentor: Dr. Niroshika Keppetipola, Biochemistry

Thesis: Understanding the Role of Phosphorylation in RNA binding protein function

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.

 

Barabara Linan-MartinezBarbara Linan-Martinez- College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Carrie Lane, American Studies

Thesis: Cultural Conflict in the Music Festival

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.

 

Mariana LopezMariana Lopez- 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

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.

 

Kimberly Lopez-ZepedaKimberly Lopez-Zepeda- College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Paula Hudson, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Thesis: Optical Analysis of Aerosol molecules in IR and UV/Vis light sources. 

2018 Summer Research Program: UC Santa Barbara

Kimberly is majoring in Chemistry. Her research interests include material science, inorganic, atmospheric chemistry, and catalytic chemistry. Also an LSAMP Scholar, her career goal is to attain her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and become a Chemical Engineer at an R1 university. At Fullerton College, she was selected as the Chemistry Student of the Year in 2018 and a nominee for the Student of Distinction Award for 2018. She   was   recipient   of   multiple scholarships including: the Nettleship/UUCF Scholarship 2018, the SCE STEM Scholarship 2017, Francis Digger Odell Engineering Scholarship 2017, Osher Scholarship 2016-2017, and the Claire McCarthy Scholarship 2016. She received a Certificate of Recognition from Sharon Quirk-Silva and was a Student Success Highlight at 2016 Spring Convocation.  

 

Jasmine Martinez

 Jasmine Martinez  -  College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Maria Soledad Ramirez, Biological Sciences

Thesis: Identifying Human host products as competence inducers in the multidrug resistant pathogen, Acinetobacter Baumannii

2018 Summer Research Program: CSUF McNair REU

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  -  College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace, Physics and Astronomy

Thesis: Simulating Black Hole-Neutron Star Mergers

2018 Summer Research Program: Monash University (Australia)

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. 

 

 

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

2018 Summer Research Program: University of Michigan

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.

 

Briana SalazarBriana "Bree" Salazar- College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Devon Thacker Thomas, Sociology

Thesis: Meaning-Making: People of Color Make Meaning Around Consent in Romantic Relationships

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 TablesShana Tables- College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Shaun Pichler, Management

Thesis: Differential relationships among social support and psychological strain between traditional and underserved students

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.

 

Isaiah ThompsonIsaiah Thompson- College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Bradly Starr, Religious Studies

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.

 

 

 

 

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Jackeline Benitez- College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jackeline is majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is interested in researching the undocumented student-worker population through an industrial and organizational perspective, the life roles of the student-worker, and diversity in the workplace. Her goal is to obtain a PhD. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology to continue doing interdisciplinary research examining various cultures, and eventually work in a professional setting where she can advocate for the minority population and the undocumented. She is currently involved in the psychology Peer Mentor program, is a member of the Latinx Student Psychological Association, Hermanas Unidas de CSUF, and is an Abrego Future Scholar. She is a former member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Cerritos College where she graduated with Magna Cud Laude. 

 

Victor Espinoza- College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Peter de Lijser, Chemistry and Biochemistry

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.

 

Shereen Lam- College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Esther Chen, Microbiology/Genetics

Shereen is majoring in Biology. Her research interests include genetics, gametes, animals, microbiology, and everything else related in biology. Her career goals are to become a researcher full-time and do research at San Diego Safari Park in the area of artifical reproduction/insemination, to help endangered species. She is currently a Peer Mentor for Think Like Einstein  at CSUF and Research Careers Preparatory (RCP) Program Student.

 

Jessica Lombardo- College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mentor: Dr. David Kelman, English

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.

 

Yasmeen Pardo- College of Health and Human Development

Mentor: Dr. Adrian Rodriguez, Human Services

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.