Category Archives: 2015

June 28, 2015

Adrian Trinidad

Adrian Trinidad-thumb-250x312-57095-thumb-250x312-57096Major and Classification
Sociology
Faculty Mentor
Veronica Terriquez, Ph.D., Department of Sociology
Department
Dornsife: Sociology
Research Gateway Project
The Role of The Counselor: Predictors of Transferring from California Community Colleges to 4-year Institutions
Abstract
The expansion of California community colleges in the past century has increased access and participation in American higher education, especially among students with limited opportunities due to financial and academic challenges, or ethnic groups typically underrepresented in higher education. However, increased access and participation has not

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March 11, 2015

Sarvia Aquino

Sarvia Aquino-thumb-250x312-57059-thumb-250x312-57060Major and Classification
Health Promotions and Disease Prevention
Faculty Mentor
Tess Boley Cruz, Ph.D., Keck School of Medicine
Department
Keck School of Medicine, Preventive Medicine
Research Gateway Project
Creativity and Mental Health in Latino Communities: An Extended Literature Review of Interventions that Use Music
Abstract
Latinos are the nation’s largest minority, and one of the fastest growing populations as stated by the Pew Research Center. Latinos are expected to make up nearly

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March 11, 2015

Alexandra Baker

Alexandra BakerMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor
William Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology
Department
Dornsife: Psychology
Research Gateway Project
Deconstructing Public Harassment: Determining Anonymity as a Predictor of Likelihood to Street Harass
Abstract
Street harassment is prevalent in all countries and cultures. People who encounter unwanted sexual attention while in the public sphere experience shakiness, sweating, chest pains, sleep disturbance and emotional responses such as rage, depression, guilt, disconnection, hyperawareness, and feeling violated.

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March 11, 2015

Trista Benitez

Trista BenitezMajor and Classification
Political Science
Faculty Mentor
Estela Mara Bensimon, Ph.D., School of Education
Department
Dornsife: Political Science
Research Gateway Project
Worth the Cost? Experiences of Nursing Graduates at a Southern California For-Profit College
Abstract
Under federal allegations of predatory recruiting and discouraging graduate outcomes, numerous for-profit colleges have terminated operations. In light of these developments, higher education scholars have debated public benefits to for-profit higher education. On the one hand, unselective enrollment standards ensure open-access to students underserved

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March 11, 2015

Braulio Fernandez

Braulio FernandezMajor and Classification
Neuroscience
Faculty Mentor
Xiaojiang Chen, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry
Department
Dornsife: Neuroscience
Research Gateway Project
Determining the Crystal Structure of Phosphotyrosine Interaction Domain Containing 1 via Truncations Valued from Comparative Analysis of Homologous Structures
Abstract
Glioblastomas and medulloblastomas are two of the most malignant brain tumors in adults and children, respectively. The Phosphotyrosine Interaction Domain Containing 1 (PID1) protein has emerged in the past couple of years as a potential candidate for novel forms of treatment.

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March 11, 2015

Adriana Cabrales

Adriana CabralesMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor
Sonya Negriff, Ph.D., School of Social Work
Department
Dornsife: Psychology
Research Gateway Project
Traditional Gender Roles in Homosexual Relationships on Television: An Analysis on the Television Show Modern Family

Abstract
Previous works have touched upon the progress, or lack of progress, seen in the portrayal of gender roles, such as that of the woman, in modern-day television. There are studies that have examined the impact media and television shows can have on underrepresented

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March 11, 2015

Claudia Catalan

Claudia CatalanMajor and Classification
Narrative Studies
Faculty Mentor
Tess Boley Cruz, Ph.D., Department of Preventative Medicine
Department
Dornsife: Narrative Studies
Research Gateway Project
Colorful People, Colorful Fruit? American Minority Group’s Cultural Identity Through Food
Abstract
Recent research studies exist relating cultural factors of identities, such as race or ethnicity, to mental health issues, in American minority groups, which extend from depression or anxiety, to body image or eating disorders. To better understand

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March 11, 2015

Anthony Garciano

Anthony GarcianoMajor and Classification
Law, History, and Culture
Faculty Mentor
Rhacel Parreñas, Ph.D., Department of Sociology
Department
Dornsife: History
Research Gateway Project
Climbing the Proverbial Ladder: The Intergenerational Mobility of Filipino Americans
Abstract
Asian Americans compose roughly five percent of the entire United States population; however, they are often discriminated against in American Society. (It was only in the 1950s that Asians could become naturalized citizens with the McCarran-Walter act of 1952; moreover, immigration finally opened up to more Asian

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March 11, 2015

Azmera Hammouri-Davis

Azmera Hammouri-DavisMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor
Sarah Gualiteri, Ph.D., Departments of History & American Studies and Ethnicity
Department
Dornsife: Psychology
Research Gateway Project
Is This Even You? Examining the Construction of Arab and Black Identity
Abstract
This project engages with a growing body of literature that compares the formation of identity across seemingly disparate cultures and ethno-racial groups. Focusing on college students of African or Arab descent, I provide a comparative

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March 11, 2015

Kwadjo Boateng

Michael BoatengMajor and Classification
Cognitive Science
Faculty Mentor
Joanna Demers, Ph.D., Thornton School of Music
Department
Dornsife: Neuroscience
Research Gateway Project
Whose Song Is It?
Abstract
The music you listen to has rights—these rights are embodied within the lyrics, melody and recording of a song. This ownership of rights is established as intellectual property—the intangible property that includes books, scripts, films, and music. This study discusses how intellectual property concerning sampling, remixes,

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