Summer Research Symposium
With almost 100 student researchers working with numerous research institutions in the Monterey Bay area, there is certainly a lot to celebrate!
The Annual CSUMB Summer Research Symposium celebrates the research, scholarship, and creative activities of the undergraduate students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) and Monterey Regional Ocean Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Over 100 students will present research conducted over the summer across 12 different academic disciplines and 14 grant-funded programs.. To date, this symposium is the largest summer research program in the region.
In addition to a summer of research, undergraduate participants also attend over 20 hours of professional development workshops spanning topics like research communication, graduate school preparation, and mentor relationships..
This event honors their commitment to diving head-first tackling some of the most difficult questions and working with stellar faculty mentors who guide the process with inquiry along the way.
2022 Summer Research Symposium
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 9th Annual Summer Research Symposium on Friday, August 12, 2022. Congratulations to all the student presenters, including our inaugural group of Outstanding Research Poster Award recipients:
- Sonia Kortenkamp, Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy
- Faculty Mentor: Andria Greene, CSUMB
- Katherine Martinez, Biology
- Faculty Mentor: John Dzimianski, UCSC and Jennifer Kato, CSUMB
- Kiara Gable, Agricultural Plant and Soil Science
- Faculty Mentor: Jose Pablo Dundore-Arias, CSUMB
- Pepper St. Clair and Sage Chavez, Biology
- Faculty Mentor: Gerardo Cortes-Cortes, UCSC and Simon Titen, CSUMB
- Zachary Zirbel, Marine Science
- Faculty Mentor: Jaycee Lanza, Moss Landing Marine Labs
- Axel Castellanos-Morales, Computer Science
- Faculty Mentor: Steven Kim, CSUMB
- Nick Alessandro, Psychology
- Faculty Mentor: Zurine De Miguel, CSUMB
- Juan Vargas, Biology
- Faculty Mentor: Daniel Hasewaga, USDA
- Katie Herrmann, Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy
- Faculty Mentor: Gerick Bergsma, CSUMB
- Valeria Rodriguez, Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy
- Faculty Mentor: Andria Greene, CSUMB
Thank you to our inaugural group of judges for volunteering their time to support student research:
- Judith Canner, Professor, CSU Monterey Bay
- Kathleen Godfrey, Associate Dean, CSU Monterey Bay
- Arun Jani, Assistant Professor, CSU Monterey Bay
- Rob Drezner, Professor, Monterey Peninsula College
- Amelia Olson, Biologist / Permitting Analyst, Padre Associates Inc.
- Manny Ezcurra, Curator of Fish and Invertebrates, Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Sam Robinson, Associate Professor, CSU Monterey Bay
- Sara Rubin, Editor, Monterey County Weekly
- Bruce Delgado, Mayor, Botanist, City of Marina and Fort Ord National Monument
See you next summer!
- Join us for the 9th Annual Summer Research Symposium on Friday, August 12, 2022 happening at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Building and the Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library where we will celebrate the research, scholarship, and creative activities of the undergraduate students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center & Monterey Regional Ocean Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. Over 100 students will present research conducted over the summer across 12 different academic disciplines and 14 grant-funded programs. See below for more details.
Summer Research Symposium Sneak PeekOn Thursday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. 4 students, representing psychology, business, and computer science, will present their summer research virtually.
Time Student Presentation Title 10:00am Kai Larrieu Virus risk assessment for 10 common weedy species in California 10:15am Angelica May Amita Brand Reputation and Social Involvement: Consumers' response toward brand efforts in social advocacy 10:30am Sofia Christofi Employer and Student Discrepancies: Undergraduates’ Perceptions and Knowledge of Essential Skills in the Workplace 10:45am Keshav Gupta RNA Motif Subfamily Web Service
Summer Research Symposium Schedule of Events
- 8:30 - 9:00am | Registration & Coffee
- 9:00 - 9:15am | Opening Remarks -- College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Building, Room 1401
- 9:15 - 10:30am | Oral Presentations -- Rooms 1203, 1204, 1301, 1302
- 10:30 - 10:45am | Break
- 10:45 - 11:45am | Oral Presentations -- Rooms 1203, 1204, 1301, 1302
- 11:30 - 12:00pm | Lunch
- 12:00 - 1:00pm | Poster Presentations (odd) -- Tanimura & Antle Library
- 1:00 - 2:00pm | Poster Presentations (even) -- Tanumura & Antle Library
- 2:00 - 2:15pm | Transition
- 2:15 - 2:45pm | Oral Presentations -- Rooms 1204, 1301
- 2:45 - 3:00pm | Transition
- 3:00 - 3:30pm | Closing Remarks & Awards Presentation -- College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Building, Room 1401
Session 1: Room 1203 Moderated by Corey Garza
Time Student Name Presentation Title 9:15am Manaal Iqbal Investigating Northern Anchovy Growth & Age Patterns Through Otoliths 9:30am Jonah Gier Spatial Variation of Sea Star Recovery in Response to Sea Star Wasting Disease 9:45am Ana Arosemena Phylogenetics in Trematodes 10:00am Matt Biermann Quantifying symbiont communities within Galápagos Pocillopora corals 10:15am Deo Scott Physiological Processes and Energetics of Ostrea lurida During Brooding
Session 2: Room 1204 Moderated by Laura Good
Time Student Name Presentation Title 9:15am Gabby Muniz Distinguishing Phytoplankton Taxonomy Using Satellite Remote Sensing Along the California Coastal Region 9:30am Daravuth Tep The Effects of Microalgae Density on the Growth and Survivorship of Olympia Oyster Larvae 9:45am Meg Shah Survival and growth of Salicornia pacifica transplants in a Southern California salt marsh 10:00am Holly Hoffbauer Kinematic characteristics and energetic efficiency of underwater tail slaps from killer whales (Orcinus orca) in northern Norway 10:15am Cris Ramos Utilizing soil amendments to promote seed germination of Pickleweed (Salicornia pacifica) and observing present abundance in Hester Marsh
Session 3: Room 1301 Moderated by Natasha Oehlman
Time Student Name Presentation Title 9:15am Nikole Babcock A Systemic Endemic: The Harmful Impacts of Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation in Educational Systems 9:30am Paul Stephens Neurophysiological Responses to Cognitive Load During Learning and Memory via Eye Tracking Technology 9:45am Devon McCauley How the Biopolitics of Settler Colonialism Results in the Dehumanization and Commodification of Adoptees 10:00am Vasiliki "Kiki" Iden Surveying Student Selection: A Guidebook for Representation
Session 4: Room 1302 Moderated by Alli Cramer
Time Student Name Presentation Title 9:15am Lizbeth Amador Purple Reign: Spatial variation of intertidal Strongylocentrotus purpuratus across the Monterey Bay Peninsula 9:30am Chris Shenoy Correlating Symbiont Community Makeup and Differential Expression of Genes Linked to Growth and Structure with heat and cold stress in Galapagos Pocillopora spp. 9:45am Gabe Mercado Developing Simplified Methods for Sampling & Analysing Freshwater Microplastics from Urban & Agricultural Sources in Monterey, CA 10:00am Olivia Bible The Force of Waves on Rock: “Substrate Mobility” as a Proxy for Surfgrass Distribution in Central California 10:15am Miriam Moreno Arundo donax removals affect ground-dwelling macroinvertebrate diversity within the Salinas River
Session 5: Room 1203 Moderated by Corey Garza
Time Student Name Presentation Title 10:45am Hailey Greenleaf Modeling the pathways and relative contributions of microplastics from oceanic and riverine sources in the Arctic Ocean 11:00am Sarah Pierce Examining shifts in carbon to nitrogen ratios of two brown seaweeds, Dictyota spp Halopteris scopariaunder carbon dioxide gradient 11:15am Ann Gobei-Bacaylan Coral reef fish assemblages and grazing patterns in relation to shark abundance variation 11:30am Ezekiel Santillan The effects of deep sea mining on midwater organisms
Session 6: Room 1204 Moderated by Alli Cramer
Time Student Name Presentation Title 10:45am Michelle Moczulski Blue Marlin Behavior Patterns in the Eastern Tropical Pacific 11:00am Julia Rakowsky Establishing a Framework for Stewardship-based Coral Reef Restoration 11:15am Cannon Cline Effects of Wave Force on Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) Distribution in Central California 11:30am Seth Staten Spatial Changes in Sediment Composition in the Guaymas Basin
Session 7: Room 1301 Moderated by Jessica Bautista
Time Student Name Presentation Title 10:45am Emilia Lepe Pigment Specific Identification of Western Lake Erie 11:00am Robert Hays Does U2AF1S34F Ameliorate KRASG12V Oncogene Induced Senescence Within Human Bronchial Cells? 11:15am Paige Siegel Cannery Row: A refuge for Pisaster ochraceus 11:30am Dominic Villarreal Improving the design and user interface for a field-based coral thermal tolerance
Session 8: Room 1302 Moderated by Laura Good
Time Student Name Presentation Title 10:45am Luke Najarian Programming Design and Performance Evaluation of a New Seawater Nitrate and Nitrite Analyzer 11:00am Cara Rankin Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) to Characterize Vocal and Foraging Behaviors in Relation to Vessel Noise in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 11:15am Trevor Thompson Assessing the Impact of Climate Change On Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) Populations in Elkhorn Slough 11:30am Chelsea Eakins Changing Hydrology in Elkhorn Slough: Measuring Current Flow to Estimate the Modern-Day Tidal Prism
Session 9: Room 1204 Moderated by Alison Haupt
Time Student Name Presentation Title 2:15pm Sofia Gluskin Spatial Variation of Intertidal Sea Urchin Reproductive Capacity Across Hopkins Marine Station 2:30pm Audrey Sarin Sea Urchin Culling in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Session 10: Room 1301 Moderated by Morgan Raimondo
Time Student Name Presentation Title 2:15pm Alexandra "Lexi" Yokomizo Revealing how wildfires can affect river sediments and chemistry during droughts and after precipitation 2:30pm Aleah Adame Understanding the Biodiversity of Avian Species through the process of Bird Banding
We are excited for the 8th Annual Summer Research Symposium on August 13, 2021! Our second Virtual Research Symposium will consist of a morning and afternoon session each offering five different academic disciplines to choose from moderated by UROC Staff. The Symposium kicks off at 10:00 AM PST for the morning session and 1:00 PM PST for the afternoon session. Check back later for the schedule of student presenters.
Each undergraduate researcher will have 10 minutes to present their research live followed by a 5-minute Q&A. There will be a moderator for each session who will introduce presenters and monitor the chat throughout the presentation and during the Q&A. Presentations will not start early.
The following presentations will be held on Instagram Live via UROC's Instagram page. Follow our Instagram at uroc_csumb to watch them.
Date & Time Presenter Presentation Title Research Tagline August 6, 3:00pm Wendy Feng Reframing Environmental Education to include Asian Americans Understanding why Asian Americans have been left out of the environmental movement and how do we center their experience? August 6, 6:30pm Leta Dawson Recovery of Black Abalone Populations in Monterey County Are black abalone populations any closer to reaching the CA Fish and Wildlife criteria? August 9, 2:00pm Amelia Parker Exploring COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Seaside, CA, in college-aged Black and Latinx communities Understanding causes of vaccine hesitancy in college-aged students to combat low rates of COVID-19 vaccinations August 10, 5:15pm Jordan Velasco The Novel Application of Virtual Reality: Quantifying Patterns in the Distribution of Temperate Kelp Forest Fishes through VR and Traditional Underwater Visual Census We've got the fish. Take a look around! August 11, 6:00pm Mary Sullivan The issue with Film School The failure to educate our future storytellers how to critically and creatively analyze and expand on our society
Session 1: Department of Biology & Chemistry
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 10:10 Avalon Surratt Bioremediation of Pesticides: Applying Molecular Genomic Techniques to Uncover Efficient, Eco-Friendly Methods of Cleaning Agricultural Waste How can we clean toxic agricultural waste at a fast pace and be environmentally safe? 10:25 Rimki Barua Harvesting of Fog Water Spend wisely and harvest fog water 10:40 Robert Hays Potential Biofuel Solutions Through the Isolation and Characterization of Novel Catalase Enzymes from Cow Rumen Can cows bring the future of renewable energy? 10:55 Alma Leon Observing Beaked Whale Foraging Behavior with Acoustic Localization What do whales do when no one is watching? 11:10 Cassandra Tice Assessing the Sensitivity of Indigenous Pythium spp. from the Salinas Valley to the Fungicide Mefenoxam Are local populations of Pythium spp. susceptible to commercial fungicides? 11:25 Jade Betancourt Effects of Hypoxia on the Physiology of Juvenile Flatfishes Will lowered oxygen levels contribute to flatfish species abundance?
Session 2: Department of Computer Science; Department of Mathematics
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 10:10 Daniel Jacoby The Relationship between Computational Complexity and Energy Efficiency of Common Algorithms We are going to save the world, by reducing the energy used by even the smallest of programs! 10:25 Keyoni Mcnair Gauging Student Interest: Computer Science Interest Survey Results What are students interested in Computer Science interested in? 10:40 Michael Haidar EEG Data With Time vs Frequency Domains An evaluation of EEG data in time vs frequency domains for the use of Brain-Computer Interface 10:55 Cobey Davis African American Students and their Mathematics College Preparatory Readiness Are African American students prepared for college mathematics through high school preparatory courses?
Session 3: Psychology Department
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 10:10
Melissa-Ann Lagunas; Courtney Crouse; Claudia Rocha
Cannabis Use and Perceptions Among College Students in California Students find relief using cannabis as a treatment or medication 10:25 Brooklyn Greene Mental Health Education in Black Communities Mental health education among Black youth is lacking, which results in the high statistics of poor mental health, and suicide rates. What does health education do to change these statistics? And what is the most effective way to implement these systems? 10:40 Gagandeep Choongh Examining women's empowerment in India: Takeaways from conducting research and data collection abroad A case study on conducting cross-cultural research in India 10:55 Angel Diaz Decreased physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic associates with increased stress, anxiety and impoverished academic performance in undergraduate students This is your brain on exercise: a closer look at the impacts of stress, anxiety, and academic performance during the covid-19 pandemic 11:10 Spencer Winter Exploring The Neural Processes of Perceptual Decision Making How does our brain make decisions for us?
Session 4: Department of Marine Science
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 10:10 Paige Siegel Sea star species along the Monterey Peninsula Trillions of stars in the universe, but how many sea stars are in the ocean? 10:25 Stephanie Stephens Everyone’s Harvest Research Team: Summer Progress Health education, food insecurity, farmers market, social safety net, COVID-19 10:40 Paulina Cadena
The role of symbiont community on Galapagos coral thermal tolerance
The symbionts on coral have a bigger role than you think 10:55 Emily Vidusic; Kaitlin Rooney Rise of the Urchins: Monitoring size structure and population density along the Monterey Peninsula Intertidal How has size structure and population density of purple sea urchins changed over time at various intertidal sites?
Session 5: College of Business
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 10:10 Eduardo Aparicio
Espoused organizational and team culture values as antecedents of protection motivation among IT employees
Impact of the dimensions of organizational culture and team culture on the cognitive ability of the employees to appraise threat and coping motivation associated with information security compliance 10:25 Athena Lee Enforcing the Screen Time and Technology Usage of Children: Evaluating the Impact of Parental Perception of Technology, Locus of Control and Children Daily Usage of Technology How does the parental perception of technology and locus of control impact their view on enforcement of screen time and technology usage by their children? 10:40 Zah-Rah La Tour Coming soon! Coming soon! 10:55 Erika Hernandez-Gonzalez Green skepticism: Examining the role of social media influencers on consumer attitudes toward green brands Impact of social media influencers on green brands 11:10 Saray Garcia Business for 2030: A content analysis of firm’s statements on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Business Today: How are firms enacting sustainable development goals across countries? 11:25 Angelica May Amita The Empowering Role of Anti-Domestic Violence Messages: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Public Service Announcements and Social Media Platforms How do the roles of traditional vs. modern media play in social issues like Domestic Violence?
Session 6: Department of Biology & Chemistry
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 1:10 Grace Hardy Evaluation of Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation and Pathogen Suppressive Microbial Inoculants For White Rot Management How can we save garlic fields without harmful chemicals and pesticides? 1:25 Vicky Ordaz Garcia Raising Covid-19 Awareness for Teens I got the SHOT 1:40 Morgan Raimondo Optimization of Laboratory Methods to Isolate and Characterize Soil Streptomyces Digging for the answers: How soil microbiomes can influence crop health 1:55 Chenelle Gueverra Evolutionary processes that drive fur color in Chinchilla lanigera and other rodents
How does the gene mc1r influence the Chinchilla lanigera’s fur color?
2:10 Conor Rickard Investigating functional redundancy among PLK receptor kinases in the Arabidopsis root Digging into root growth
Session 7: Department of Applied Environmental Science
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 1:10 Summer Alinaeem Patterns of Longtime Fog Variability at Fort Ord National Monument A foggy future: how fog patterns affect Monterey's natural biome 1:25 Alyssa Schaer Indicator species composition depends on river salinity What happens to freshwater bugs as salinity increases? 1:40 Lexi Yokomizo Revealing how wildfires can affect river sediments and chemistry Things are heating up: How wildfires affect watersheds 1:55 Monica Urias The relationship between climate change concerns and women’s intention to have children Climate change affects women and their desire to have children 2:10 Gretchen Wichman
The influence of salinity on leaf-litter breakdown rates in tidal streams
Aquatic microbes munching on fallen leaves in rivers connected to the ocean 2:25 Judah Young Are small water systems within Monterey County really safe to drink? Dirty drinking water? H 2 Oh Nooo!
Session 8: Psychology Department
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 1:10 Nevan Bell Major and minor differences in expression: How perceived emotions of students are influenced by styles of music and backgrounds Does music change the way students perceive and express their emotions? 1:25 Jennifer Lopez Abolitionist Practices in Social Work
How do social workers draw on the genealogies of abolition to center liberatory practices within the carceral context of their field?
1:40 Nikole Karis Monterey County LGBTQ+ Historical Archives and Special Collections: A Virtual Exhibit Unearthing Monterey County's rich, and often untold, LGBTQ+ histories during the late 70's to the mid 90's 1:55
Megan Dearie; Rodi Edil; Paul Dommert
What skills have you developed? Psychology Undergrads' Understanding of Their Major Learning Outcomes" Psychology Undergrads - Are you ready for what comes after graduation?
Session 9: Department of Marine Science
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 1:10 Mariah Daniel Animal-Borne Video Analyses of Pursuit Strategies in White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) How are visual cues perceived, responded to, and how does this interplay influence White shark predatory behavior? 1:25 Danielle Anderson Detecting the Effects of Rising Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Ocean Carbon Dioxide in the California Current System using Satellite Remote Sensing Observations Will climate change doom phytoplankton? Or make it KA-BLOOM?! 1:40 Vaughn Compas Fog Detection: comparing efficiencies of methods Is GOES imagery a sufficient method to detect fog? 1:55 Kaiku Kaholoaa Spatial and Demographic Differences of the Hawaiian Coral Species: Porites lichen How does latitude affect coral populations? 2:10 Maggie Seida An Analysis of ROV External Lighting for 3D Modeling of Artificial Substrate. N/A 2:25 Silvia Vasquez; Amalia Seigel Endosymbiont communities affect coral thermal tolerance in American Samoa Pollution and the Symbiont Shuffle: The dance of coral thermotolerance
Session 10: Department of Cinematic Arts & Technology; Schools of Humanities & Communication, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Global Studies, and World Langague & Cultures
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 1:10 Lily Amador; Korina McKinley Localization of History and Civics in Salinas Ethnic Studies Classrooms Centering Community: Learning From and With the Students & Community of Salinas 1:25 Darchelle Burnett Within the Blood Line: A Comparison of African American and Native American Educational History Changing Indigenous Narrative by shedding a light on forgotten history 1:40 Chase Paparotti
Animation: A Credible Investment Education
Who taught you about the Stock Market? 1:55 Kelly Christensen Coming soon! Coming soon! 2:10 Hana Jacinto The Effects of Training and Language Learning Background on Japanese Sound Recognition by English Native Speakers How can we enhance English speakers’ skills to distinguish unique Japanese sounds? 2:25 Ulises Duenaz “I want to get off”; Hookup motives among LGBTQ+ Young Adults What motivates Queer and Trans Young to Adults hookup? Does it relate with heterosexual hookup resaerch?
Session 11: Department of Kinesiology; Department of Health, Human Services and Public Policy; STEM Education
Time Presenter(s) Presentation Title Research Tagline 1:10 Paula Beltran Reproductive health challenges: The barriers to access and/or obtain an abortion Your body, your choice, barriers and access to care 1:25 Jennifer Berberian Erasing Anti-Black Racism: Critical Consciousness for Equity and Advocates Raising awareness on anti-Black racism, bias, organized culture, and micro aggression 1:40 Viviana Vigil Limiting Screen Time in STEM Education Better living through limiting screen time in STEM education 1:55 Kenneth Tran The Cost of STEM Education: How Much Should We Be Spending? Exploring the costs of hands-on learning 2:10 Eric DeSoto Variables that could lead the CSUMB Makerspace to new opportunities The Benefits of Library-Based Makerspaces in Identity Formation in Higher Education
We are excited for the 7th Annual Summer Research Symposium 2020 on August 7, 2020! Our first every Virtual Research Symposium will consist of a morning and afternoon session each offering five different academic disciplines to choose from moderated by UROC Staff. The Symposium kicks off at 10:00 AM for the morning session and 1:00 PM for the afternoon session.
Each undergraduate researcher has submitted a 10-minute pre-recorded oral presentation and will be shown during each undergraduate researcher's assigned time followed by a live 5-minute Q&A. There will be a moderator for each session who will introduce presenters and monitor the chat throughout the presentation and during the Q&A. Presentations will not start early.
College of Science: Biology and Chemistry, Moderated by Dr. Corin White
Time Student Presenter Presentation Title 10:00am Introduction Introduction 10:10am Emma Teall Environmental DNA as a tool for wildlife conservation 10:25am Saul Garcia Wildlife impacts from recreational activity in response to Covid-19 10:40am Kaiki Kaholoaa Species-Specific Vital Rates in Hawaiian Corals Pocillopora ligulata and Porites lichen 10:55am Karla Jasso Optimization of transparent synthetic soil protocols for in situ visualization of plant infection with soilborne pathogens 11:10am Nicholas Heyer An Investigation of The Intronic Regions of NOTCH2NL a Human Specific Neocortical Gene
College of Science: Biology and Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science; College of Business, Moderated by Dr. Jessica Bautista
Time Student Presenter Presentation Title 10:00am Introduction Introduction 10:10am Gabriel Chavez A Generating Function For f λ(m) given only the λ and gcd (n, m) of a SYT 10:25am Saray Garcia The Effects of Identity-Congruent Messages on Sustainable Food Consumption 10:40am Michael Haidar Using EEG and convolutional neural network for information retrieval 10:55am Emily Beasley Bioinformatics and Pathway Analysis on the Aging Brain
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science: Psychology, Moderated by Dr. Heather Haeger
Time Student Presenter Presentation Title 10:00am Introduction Introduction 10:10am Trevor Stevens Being homeless: Using virtual reality to generate empathy in college students 10:25am Selina Espinoza Cannabis Perceptions of Risks, Benefits, Spirituality, and Impact of COVID-19 Among College Students and Veterans 10:40am Maria Reyes Does fatalism moderate the relation between a Culturally Adapted Cognitive-Behavioral Stress Management Intervention and Aspects of Benefit Finding among Spanish-Speaking Latina Breast Cancer Survivors? 10:55am Natassia Aleman Caregivers' Effect on the Amount of Time Children Spent at Gender-Typed Exhibits in a Children's Museum
College of Science: Marine Science, Moderated by Eric Barajas
Time Student Presenter Presentation Title 10:00am Introduction Introduction 10:10am Maxwell Rudelic Effects of combined acidification and hypoxia on fast-start response in juvenile rockfish 10:25am Melissa Vezard Comparing Changes of Vital Rates for Corals in Maui Over Time 10:40am Maria Rocha Classification and Mapping of Marine Habitats Using Drone Data 10:55am Maggie Seida Caño Island biological reserve 11:10am Laney Klunis Size Matters: Variation in Phytoplankton Biovolume Observed in Remote Sensing Imagery Across a Putative Gradient Nearshore to Offshore of Southern California 11:25am Casey Juliussen Effects of S. purpuratus on kelp forest recovery
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Humanities & Communication, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Moderated by Natasha Oehlman
Time Student Presenter(s) Presentation Title 10:00am Introduction Introduction 10:10am Angela Steele Climate Change in National and State Parks of the Monterey Bay Region: How Small, Everyday Acts Can Make a Big Difference 10:25am Amelia Parker and Jesus Orozco Higher education is not immune to messaging mishaps: A qualitative rhetorical analysis of COVID-19 messaging on U.S. campuses 10:40am Sebastian Mireles Pornography and Capitalist Ideology: The Commodification of Sex 10:55am Melyssa Spandri Hurricane Preparedness Planning for Low-Income/Homeless Citizens During the COVID-19 Pandemic 11:10am Darchelle Burnett Comparison of Afro Indigenous to African American and Native American student research models in Higher Education 11:25am Xenia Enriquez H2A Guest Workers in the Salinas Valley and Central Coast Valley during the Covid-19 Pandemic
College of Science: Biology & Chemistry, Applied Environmental Science, Moderated by Dr. Corin White
Time Student Presenter Presentation Title 1:00pm Introduction Introduction 1:10pm Silvia Vasquez Coral thermotolerance 1:25pm Jada Carter The Genetic Variation Underlying the Salt Stress Response in Oryza glaberrima Plant Evolutionary Genomics 1:40pm Carlos Rosas Investigating the roles of LIP1 and LAC1 in the early G1 phase of Saccharomyces cerevisiae 1:55pm Hannah Carrell Correlation between California bat activity and hexapod activity at a site along the Salinas River 2:10pm Rebecca Munster Algebraically predicting percent compositions of eutectic solutions: can the perfect solution be predicted before we make it? 2:25pm Alicia Khoun The Breeding Phenology of Wildlife on The Santa Lucia Preserve
College of Science: Applied Environmental Science, Moderated by Dr. Jessica Bautista
Time Student Presenter(s) Presentation Title 1:00pm Introduction Introduction 1:10pm Sarah Munro-Kennedy SARS-CoV-2 and Larus occidentalis: How the CoronaVirus Pandemic has Affected Western Gull Behavior and Foraging in Monterey 1:25pm Ekatarina Patrice The role of epiphytic lichens in facilitating arthropod and avian communities within oak woodland habitat cascades 1:40pm Conor Rickard, Wendy Feng, Alan Sevin Analysis of small-scale, spatial variability within high-density arrays of passive fog collectors to determine the optimal location for for collection 1:55pm Armando Flores Effects of anaerobic soil disinfestation on volatile organic compound production in strawberry fields 2:10pm Trinity Gomez CSUMB Botanical Garden Project: A Framework for Learning Laboratories on Campus 2:25pm Gretchen Wichman Make it rain: Nutrient dynamics of riparian and stream ecosystems during simulated rainfall events 2:40pm Ahtziri Carranza-Medrano, Chris Shatto Climate adaptation planning in an agricultural community: Results from Pajaro Valley outreach
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science: Cinematic Arts & Technology, Psychology, Moderated by Dr. Heather Haeger
Time Student Presenter(s) Presentation Title 1:00pm Introduction Introduction 1:10pm Stephany Barrera The Making of Emotional Cut Out Animation 1:25pm Gagandeep Choongh Motivating responsible behaviors during COVID-19 through effective messaging: Perspective from CLT 1:40pm Danielle Flores LGBTQ+ Casual Sex: Foundational Investigations for Improving Health and Well-being of Vulnerable Populations 1:55pm Zaida Lopez, Lea Carrasco Association between MMPI-2-RF Somatic/Cognitive Scales and medical diagnoses among forensic psychiatric inpatients 2:10pm Angel Diaz Interaction of Physical Fitness, Inflammation and Cognitive Performance in Healthy Young Adults 2:25pm Cameron Battersby Learning Outcomes Help Students Understand What They Learned
College of Science: Marine Science, Moderated by Eric Barajas
Time Student Presenter Presentation Title 1:00pm Introduction Introduction 1:10pm Emilia Lepe Monitoring microphytobenthos biodiversity in intertidal mudflats of the San Francisco Bay 1:25pm Jennifer Grossman The Range of Arm Flexibility of Octopus vulgaris in the Field 1:40pm Ally Morris Testing the fidelity of global biogeochemical algorithms in the California Current System to study carbon cycling 1:55pm Jordan Velasco The Novel Application of Virtual Reality: Quantifying Patterns in the Distribution of Temperate Kelp Forest Fishes through VR and Traditional Underwater Visual Census 2:10pm Maite Gato-Fuentes Coral symbiont mediation of the effects of sedimentation and water flow on corals 2:25pm Jasmin Johnson Effects of crown-of-thorns, Acanthaster planci, predation of corals on the survivorship of reef fishes
College of Health Sciences & Human Services: Kinesiology, Collaborative Health & Human Services; College of Science: STEM Education, Moderated by Natasha Oehlman
Time Student Presenter(s) Presentation Title 1:00pm Introduction Introduction 1:10pm Maximillian Gastelum-Morales Exercise is Medicine® On Campus: Employee Circuit Training Course Increases Physical Activity 1:25pm Tzu-Ling Tseng Qualitative study of cancer screening utilization among Latinos in a remote agricultural community 1:40pm Eric De Soto Variables that affect the success of first generation college students in a Geoscience STEM REU Program 1:55pm Lily Amador, Krysta Malech, Viviana Vigil Successful Online Transitions: How Instructors Supported Students during COVID-19 2:10pm Mackenzie Price, Vicki Meraz Assessment of student work in a chemistry course series 2:25pm Matthew Dunham The relationship between student attitudes and their conceptual understanding of statistics 2:40pm Paulina Cadena Creating Educational Animated Videos and Comic Strips for Use in Introductory Oceanography Classes
Summer Research Symposium August 9, 2019
8:30 - 9:00 | Registration & Coffee
9:00 - 9:15 | Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 | Oral Presentations - Session 1: REU, Session 2: UROC
10:30 - 10:45 | 15-minute Break
10:45 - 12:30 | Oral Presentations - Session 3: REU, Session 4: UROC
12:30 - 1:15 | 45-minute Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 | Oral Presentations - Session 5: NPS
2:15 - 2:45 | Mentor Appreciation, Acknowledgements, & Closing Remarks
2:45 - 4:00 | Poster Presentations - UROC, NPS, and Hartnell STEM Interns
Expand each section below for a detailed schedule of each oral presentation
Session 1: REU
Location: Room 1188
Title Presenter, Mentor, and Title 9:15 Rebecca Alisandratos & Dr. Gitte McDonald. "The Effects of Dive Behavior on the Heart Rates of Northern Elephant Seas." 9:30 Nicholas Anaya-Licea & Dr. Chris Lowe. "The organization of the nervous system in a Hemichordate species, Saccoglossus kowalevskii." 9:45 Morganne Borsh & Dr. Alison Haupt. "Implications of purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) population dynamics on giant kelp forests in Southern California." 10:00 Kelsey Nichols, Dr. Jim Barry, & Dr. Steve Litvin. "The effect of predator presence and environmental conditions on the metabolic rate of red abalone, Haliotis Rufescens.." 10:15 Lucero Dorantes & Dr. Jamie MacMahan. "Wave Energy Reflection at a Rocky Coast."
Session 2: UROC
Location: Room 1180
Time Presenter, Mentor, and Title 9:15 Juan Pacheco Marcial, Matthew Murphy, & Dr. Mrinal Sinha. "You belong here: How Latinx college students use Community Cultural Wealth." 9:30 Sonia Olmos, Andrea-Teresa Arenas, Eloisa Gómez, Yolanda Garza, & Paul Hedges. "The Latina Task Force. A Lost Piece of U.S. History." 9:45 Bryant Taylor, & David Reichard. "Demeter: A Closer Look at the History of Lesbian Feminism on the Monterey Peninsula." 10:00 Sarah A. Ricks, Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin, Shwadhin Sharma, & Akshaya Vijayalakshmi. "Social Media Use of Mothers in India: Empowering Mother’s Spending on Children’s Education." 10:15 Sebastian Mireles, & Mridula Mascarenhas. "What Should I Do? : A Look Into the Discourse of Morality from Contemporary Americans."
Session 3: REU
Location: Room 1188
Time Presenter, Mentor, and Title 10:45 Ciara Dorsay & Dr. Tom Murphee. "Predicting Wildfire Favorable Conditions in California at Sub Seasonal Lead Times Using Remote Predictors." 11:00 Cindy Matuch & Dr. Larry Crowder. "Life history patterns and spatio-temporal shifts in the diets of albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) from a global literature analysis." 11:15 Samantha Champ & Dr. Arlene Haffa. "Testing for Water and Sediment Contamination in the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Watershed for Select Persistent Organic Pollutants." 11:30 Hayden Smith & Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen. "The Physics of Whale Movement: Drag and Thrust Calculations to Measure Whale Efficiency." 11:45 Norman Sween, Dr. Ken Smith, & Dr. Crissy Huffard. "Munidopsis Density Relating to Particulate Organic Carbon Flux Events between Time Periods [1989-2010] to [2011-2017]." 12:00 Cami Wilson & Dr. Holly Bowers. "Detection of Harmful Algal Bloom Species On Site Through Optimal DNA Extraction Methodology Coupled with qPCR."
Session 4: UROC
Location: Room 1180
Time Presenter, Mentor, and Title 10:45 Kayla Chapman, Jessica Turner, Dr. Lopez-Littleton, & Dr. John Olson. "An exploratory analysis of socioeconomic, environmental and behavioral factors affecting infant mortality." 11:00 Kameron Strickland & James Lindholm. "Variable Microhabitat Associations and Body Orientations of Kelp Rockfish (Sebastes atrovirens) Along The Reef-sand Interface At Central Californian Reefs." 11:15 Megan Salomonson & James Lindholm. "Microhabitat associations of post-settlement juvenile rockfishes: utilization of transient drift kelp extending from the kelp forest boundary." 11:30 Elya Kandahari, Parker J. Smith, & John C. Goeltz. "Workshop in Methodology in Training Undergraduates in Electrochemistry." 11:45 Marisa Thompson, Wendy Morrison. "Let’s shed some light on the situation: Assessing the effectiveness of net illumination as a bycatch reduction solution for sustainable fisheries."
Session 5: NPS
Location: Room 1188
Time Presenter, Mentor, and Title 1:15 Andrew Reyes & Dr. Andrew Nieto. "Synthesis and Characterization of Bulk Boron Nitride Nanoplatelets." 1:30 Patrick Aceves, Nathalie Daoud, David Cardenas, Dr. Claudia Luhrs, & Dr. Richa Agrawal. "Improving The Conductivity of Carbon Nanotubes and Synthesizing Graphene Foam For Use in Supercapacitors." 1:45 Erik Skalnes & Dr. Neil Row. "Application of Poker AI to Military Mission Strategy and a Novel Method for Detection of Unknown Unknowns Therein." 2:00 Yousef Al-Shinnawi, Felix Fagan, Cathy Hsu, & Dr. James Newman. "Space Systems Academic Group: High Altitude Balloon and Satellite Communication Systems."