Recipients of the Student Awards for Research and Creativity

The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2018-2019

Fall 2018



Project TitleAward
Eric Dearden Environmental Science  Evaluation of Pollutant Removal and Runoff of a Stormwater Biofiltration System  $843
Alexandra Lewis 


Parental Smoking History and Decision Making  $850

Brandon Nusser 


Synthesis of Linked Chalcones Nematocides 


Alisa Colby 


Investigating the Effects of Diversity Education in White College Students 



Karen Friese  Social Work 

Cuffed Together: A Study on how Police Work Impacts the Officer's Spouse 

Kirstie Steiner  Biology Mutation Mapping to Demystify Sheath Production in Leptothrix cholodnii $1694
Chia Cho Nutrition & Food Science  Development and Pilot Testing of a Student Success Survey related to Food Insecurity and Other Basic Need Variables  $1700
Hannah Weinberger  Geological and Environmental Sciences 

Plant Recovery Trajectory and Effects of Fire Retardant in the Southwestern Cascades 


The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2017-2018

Summer 2018



Project TitleAward
Dahlia Chavez Biology Potential Hemoglobin Active-Site Binder  $2500
Karsten McDonell


An Investigation of Defective Neural Plate Development Genes in Medaku, Oryzias latipes, with the Idiopathic Scoliosis Phenotype                                             $2500

Christina Quigley


Anthropology and Music of the Congolese Diaspora in Tanzania 


Andrew King

Electrical Engineering

Solar Power Inverter with Variable Frequency and Amplitude for "Upon the Rocks Clinics" in Ozi Abam, Nigeria 


Gavin Monges


Light Variation in the Marine Environment and its Effect on Sea Anemones and their Agal Symbionts 



Kevin Click Psychology

#news: Truth Detection in News Stories 

Payton Laurie  Biology Characterization of Chemokine (C-C motif) Ligand 44 in Hematopoiesis  $5000
Richard Vitamanti  Geosciences  Effects of Additives and Saturation Depth on Nutrient Retention in Urban Stormwater Biofilters $2881
Elizabeth Bianchini  Biology

Assessing the Potential Risk to Human Health Posed by H7N3 Avian Influenza Viruses 


Spring 2018



Project TitleAward
Bryn Copson  Environmental Science Fate of Heavy Metals in Urban Stormwater Biofiltration Systems  $832
Ashley Dearden 


Development of Axenic Sea Anemones: A Vital Tool for Coral-bacteria Symbiosis Research                                              $850


Caitlin Bishop  Anthropology 

Finding Closure: Locating the Death Records from Tule Lake Segregation Center

Rebecca Belmonte  Biology

The Role of SON in Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia 


Fall 2017



Project TitleAward
Kanako Otani Communication Studies Spread the Anthology of Hiroshima around the U.S $850
Sung Won Yoon


Sponges for Decontaminating Water with Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals and Carcinogens                                               $850

Amy Rhoades

Social Work

Barriers: Connecting Rural At-risk Students to a Pro-college Culture


Jason Mickel

Physics & Mechanical Engineering

Guiding High-energy Pulsed-laser Light Through Hollow Fibers



Noel Jones Anthropology

Cultural Transmission: Production Centers Cisible in Shell Bead Artifacts

Tina Hanson Biology Analysis if Novel Inhibitors of the GRB2 SH2 Domain that Decrease Proliferation in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia $1700
Ashlyn Weaver Anthropology The Forgotten Hawaiians of Chico, CA: Anthropological Research About Intercultural Encounters between Native Hawaiians and California Native Americans $1700
Cody Rice Biology

Understanding the Genetic Diversity of Darlington californica Population Clusters


The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2016-2017

Summer 2017



Project TitleAward
Drew Nielsen Biological Sciences Effects of Temperature on Digestion Rates and Gastric Evacuation Time in Striped Bass $2500
Audrey Armstrong


Maintaining Community Identity with the Decline of Endogamy of Mashhadi Jews in Israel                                                   $2500

Daniel Theobald


Long Forgottem Heroes: Historical Research About the Abraham Lincoln Brigades in New York City



Hannah Metzger Biological Sciences

Differential Effects of Bcl-2 Overexpression in Various B-Cell Populations

Valerie Sgheiza Anthropology Skeletal Assemblages $4360
Allen LaGrange Environmental Science Hydrological and Ecological Indicators for Wet Meadow Restoration: Papoose Meadows, CA $2092
Vanessa Reeves Anthropology

An Applied Project in Zooarchaelogy and Field Ecology

Kristen Broel Anthropology

Osteometirc Sorting of Metacarpals and Metatarsals in Comingled Human Skeletal Assemblages

Payton Laurie Biological Sciences Characterization of Hemopoietic Genes $5000

Spring 2017



Project TitleAward
Chelsea Meddings Environmental Science Efficacy of California Native Drought-tolerant Plants at Heavy Metal Removal from Urban Stormwater in Biofiltration Systems $850
Hannah Metzger Biology

Differential Effects of Bcl-2 Overexpression in Various B Cell Populations


Fall 2016



Project TitleAward
Joshua Gladfelder Biochemistry Synthesis of GRB2 SH2 Domain Inhibitors: Analogues of Sclerotionin $850
Baylee Russell


Inspiring Future Scientists: Developing a Children's Novel for Publication                                                    $730

Omar Pulido


Charaterizon of Rapunzel 5 in Blood Formation


David Linville


Sacramento Valley Strong


Renee Margolin Biology

Investigating Damage to the Tight Junctions of Intestinal Epithelial Cells by Influenza Virus

Claire McMahon Anthropology Determining Seasonality and Dates of Occupation at Payne's Cave $1170
Silena Barton Nutrition and Food Science Defining Novel Bookmarkers for Prevention and Early Detectionof Zinc Deficiency $1700
Tamara Maxey Anthropology

The Incorporation of World Trade Center Artifacts in Community Memorials: Their Symbolism and Significance

Sommer Casady Geology Exploration of the Golden Dome Au-Ag-Cu Deposit in Antelope Valley Sierra County, California $1700

The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2015-2016

Summer 2016

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Shane Price Psychology Olfactory Modulationof Cortisol in Students $1700
Catherine Benjamin

Art Studio

THE DRONE: Opening Up New Spaces                                                     $2429

Clara Bergamini

Anthropology & Humanities

Stuck in Limbo: Coping with Displacement Among Fukushima's Refugees

Graduate $5000
Mathew Ryan Bond Anthropology

The Rwandan Genocide: Collective Historical Memory and the Skeletal

Analysis of Trauma and Violence

Gina C. Tigri Communication Studies

Bystander Intervention as a Community Health Initiative:

Communicating Culture Change for a Safer CSU

Hannah Metzger Biology Generation of a Model for Lukemia $4865
Candice Sawyer Biology

Brood Paratism in Mallards: Are You My Mother?

Edward Slattery MS Nutritional Sceine

Cytokine expression in macrophages and tripple negative breast cancer cells

following sulforaphane exposure in 3-D coculture

Tonantzin Esquivel Art

Breaking Comfort to See Clearly

Jacques Zenope Peltier Anthropology

The Stratigraphy of Crime: Archacological Law


Fall 2015

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Julian Aggio Biology The Effect of B-Estradiol on Blood Development $850
Lindsay Hannan Social Work

Hospice Care Among the Hispanic Community: Social and Cultural

Factors Impacting Underutilization

Mai Kue Her Health Education From the Hmong Perspective: Making Healthcare Better $850
Ellen Sampson Biology Utilization of Dimeric Binders to Treat Leukemia $850
Afshan Ahmad Nutrition Validation of a Visual Analog Scale for Food Addiction $1,700
Anna Bartel Psychological Science

Influence of Appearance-Based Trait Inferences on Voting 

Behavior and Cued Recall

Emma Clancy Social Work

Feasibility Study on a Low-Barries Shelter in Chico


The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2014-2015

Spring 2015

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Tucker Hartland Applied Mathematics Tsunami Wave Propogation Over Underwater Obstacles $850
Ravi Shankar Mathematics Derivation of New Conservation Laws for the Euler Equations $850

Gin Lawson Biology Are Invasive Turtles Eating Native Fish in Hawaii? $1,700
Courtney Silver Biology

Vocalization Behaviors of Rana Boylii, the Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog:

a Comparison of Isolated Populations


Summer 2015

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Julian Aggio

Cellular & Molecular Biology/


Characterization of a Blood-Supportive Stromal Cell Line $2,250

Valery Bessmertnyy/

Keith Taylor


Depression Among New Graduate Nurses Working on Medical-Surgical

and Intensive Care Units

Malory Brown

Strategies to Assimilate CO2 Beyond the Light by 

Metal-Oxidizing Bacteria

Danielle Casey Geography & Planning Reimaging the Detroit Landscape $2,250
Stephanie Elliot Cellular & Molecular Biology 

Assessing the Relatedness of Snow Leopards Using Haplotype Analysis 


Elizabeth Jachens Civil Engineering

Integrated Wastewater Management Within the Lake Titicaca Basin

Rachel Moore Studio Art/Art Education

Womb and the Wild Self

Adrienne Springsteen Anthropology

The Daily Lives of African Slaves at Betty's Hope Plantation

Veronica Van Cleave Nutrition & Dietetics 

The ASD Food Activity Lab

Althea Asaro Anthropology Creation of a 3D Database of the Great Blades Archeological Cache $1,180
Holland Larsen MFA Build This Environment $1,628
Ann Medic Environmental Science Solid Waste Management and Wastewater Treatment in Peru $4,755
Katherine Moore Agriculture Education

Survey of Current Brewer's Grain Storage Methods and Nutrient

Levels of Northern California Beef and Dairy Producers

Jesse Smith Biology

Growth Receptor Bound Protein-2 Dysregulation Induces Acute

Myeloid Leukemia

Rodney Thomson History

Unrest in Rural America: Activists and Activism at Chico State


Fall 2014

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Philomena Block Musical Theater & Psychology

What is Bae: An Exploration of Sexuality and Intimacy in

Today's Collegiate World

Juan Diaz Mechanical Engineering Heat Transfer Rate Optimization for Multi-Stage Compression System $500
Sarah Eggert Cellular & Molecular Biology miR-191 and miR-425 as Regulators of B-Cell Stress Response $500
Jemmae Reddish  Nutrition Medical and Nutritional Survey of the Underserved in a Rural Area $500
Ravi Shankar Mathematics Derivation of New Conservation Laws for the Euler Equations $500

The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2013-2014

Spring 2014

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Hugh Hammond Music Composition & Recording Arts Musical Torus Sculptures $500
Aithne Loeblich Biological Sciences An Education-based Approach to the Monitoring and Conservation of Bats in Northern California $500
Shane Price Psychology The Hormonal Effect of Emotionally-Relevant Chemosignals $500
Ravi Shankar Chemistry Mathematical Modeling of Tsunami Propagation over Complex Topographies $500

Summer 2014

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Gage Alvernaz Cell and Molecular Biology Role of Autophagy during Influenza Virus Infection of Macrophages $2000
Clara Bergamini Anthropology Artistic Expression, Amami Children and Their Non-Human Neighbors $2000
Kelly Gundert Spanish Finding a Voice in Chapala, Mexico $2000
Gregory Hinds Civil Engineering Integrated Wastewater Management in the Lake Atitlan Basin: An Ecological Engineering Challenge $666.67
Elizabeth Jachens Civil Engineering Integrated Wastewater Management in the Lake Atitlan Basin: An Ecological Engineering Challenge $666.66
Eoin Mackall Mathematics Determining the Minor-minimal not Completely Apex Graphs $2000
Kyle Rocha-Brownell Physics and Computer Science Computer Simulation of the Earth's Rotation with Interior Fluid Degrees of Freedom $2000
Juniper Rose Journalism The Effect of Marijuana on Rural Northern California Economies $2000
Ravi Shankar Chemistry Mathematical Modeling of Tsunami Propagation over Complex Topographies $2000
Nicole Smith Biochemistry Antibiotic Discovery From Boiling Springs Lake $2000
Quintin Troester Agriculture Researching Soil Carbon Sequestration, and International Partners in Sustainability $2000
Kelly Vannoy Civil Engineering Integrated Wastewater Management in the Lake Atitlan Basin: An Ecological Engineering Challenge $666.67

Fall 2013

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Amie French Agricultural Business Consumer Preference for Locally Grown Pecans $500
Megan Miller Criminal Justice Rehabilitation and Reintegration Through Alternative Custody Supervision $500
Megan Bacchini Criminal Justice Rehabilitation and Reintegration Through Alternative Custody Supervision $500
Shane Price Psychology The Hormonal Effects of Emotionally-relevant Chemosignals in Human Axillary Secretions $500
Amber Rutter Geology Analyzing CO2 Changes in Ancient Fossils $500

The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2012-2013

Spring 2013

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Samantha Bailey Psychology The Relationship between Self-esteem and Sexuality $55
Jamie Blankenship Art Studio Past and Present: Digital Techniques and Historic Photographic Processes $500
Tyron Chang Biological Sciences The Timing of Oak Gall Development and Its Significance to the Ecology of the California Gall Wasp $465
Cameron Estes-Clifford Psychology Testing the Hypothesis that Lactobacillus G.G. will Increase Vagal Tone in Humans $500
Andrew Reuther Anthropology Modoc War Documentary $240
Matthew Ritenour Anthropology Modoc War Documentary $240
Kelsea Rossow Anthropology Modoc War Documentary $500

Summer 2013

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Joanna Bloese Agriculture Investing Novel Collaborative Glass Blow in Techniques $2000
Madison Garshasebi Psychology The Spontaneous Suppression and Amplification of Emotional Facial Expressions in Different Attachment Styles $2000
Nathan Giordano Cellular & Molecular Biology Infecting Neurons Using Attenuated Lentiviruses $2000
Kris Magri Mechatronic Engineering Development of a Highly Articulated Humanoid Bipedal Robot: A Platform for Robotics Competition and Research $2000
Gregory Panero Art San Pedro, Guatemala: Help Paint My Future $2000
Dillon Rapp Art Attending Frogman's Print Workshop $2000
Mallory Russell Art Haystack Mountain School of Crafts With Sonja Clark $2000

Jonathan Alexander

Fine Art In Search of Cycles in Chiang Mai $2000
Crystal Vasquez Nutrition & Food Science Teaching Health at Every Size®  in a Fat Phobic World $2000
Abigail Whittaker Environmental Science Accounting for Agricultural Yield Gaps Through Analysis of Ecosystem Service Provision in a Human-Altered Landscape $2000

Fall 2012

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Tony Amato Criminal Justice/Sociology Images and Perceptions of Restorative Justice $500
Alan Braithwaite Computer Engineering FPGA OpenFlow Switch $500
Scott Kirkpatrick Computer Science Improving Models of Protein Interaction Network Evolution $500
Tony Silva Sociology Constructing Sexual Identities in a Shifting Context $500
Crystal Vasquez Nutrition & Food Science Effects of Parental Food Attitudes and Restrictions During Childhood on Young Adult College Students' Eating Behaviors $500

The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2011-2012

Spring 2012

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Tyler Ash Journalism Chico Rephotography $456.15
Michael Fitzpatrick Philosophy and English The Critique of Pure Realism $500
Elizabeth Jachens Civil Engineering Find-Scale Atmospheric Gravity Waves $500
Heidi Rogers Environmental Science Moths in a Changing Climate $500

Shannon Primer and Amber Smith

Nursing Breastfeeding Support Groups and Resources for Women in our Community $468

Summer 2012

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Hannah Bearden Art Haystack Mountain School of Craft Summer Workshop with Mark Hartung $2000
John Challinger Computer Science Extending the ArduPilot Mega Firmware to Improve Precision Flight for Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) $2000
Michael Fitzpatrick Philosophy Rescuing the Scientific Worldview: Whitehead and the Place of Science in Human Life $2000
Elizabeth Jachens Civil Engineering Professional Presentation of Fine Scale Atmospheric Gravity Waves at the 26th International Laser Rader Conference in Porto Heli, Greece in June 2012 $2000

Michelle Johnson

Psychology Student Athletes Depression Scares in Relation to Self-Esteem, Perfectionism and Attachment in Global and Sport-Specific Contexts: Varsity vs. Club Athletes $2000
Andrew Rena-Dozier Psychology Central Nervous System Characterization in p75 Knockout Mice $2000
Sharla Stockton Geology Geology of Richardson Springs $2000
Dee Thao Communication Design A Fading Culture: the Hmong People $2000
Swan Toma Political Science Obama-Bush: A Competing Understanding of American Exceptionalism $2000
Eliseo Vega-Darson Music The Analysis and Application of Composing and Arranging for Orchestras $2000

Fall 2011

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Serena Cervantes Journalism Collected Memories $500
Sheri Gitelson English Translucent Consciousness in Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" $500

Natasha Holland and
Alexa Janicki

Exercise Physiology Effects of Load Carriage on Gait Kinematics, Muscle Activity, and Postural Sway $500
Kristen Magri Mechatronic Engineering Development of an Autonomous Humanoid Bipedal Robot to Perform Challenging Tasks in Complex Environments $500
Austin Walter Electrical Engineering Development of Three-Dimensional Printer $238
Nathan Zifko Psychology The Role of Testosterone in Behavioral Activation $406

The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2010-2011

Spring 2011

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Samuel Fries Applied Computer Graphics Measure Twice, Cut Once: Iterative Design and Development for Multiple Platforms $500
Andrew Munson Anthropology and Communication Design Recycling for a Living: Documenting Chico's Professional Can Collectors $500
Julie Najar Psychology Potential Role of p75 in Axonal Sprouting in Elderly Mice $500
Lingfei Ni Economics and Communication Design The Non-Walvastan Equilibrium Model for the People's Republic of China $450
Grant Stoker Psychology A survey of Alcohol and Drug Use Patterns in Undergraduate Students at California State University, Chico $468

Summer 2011

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
David Armstrong Economics Empirical Analysis of Water Markets in the Western United States $2000
Jamison Barsotti Mathematics Minor Minimal Intrinsically Knotted Graphs with 21 Edges $2000
Meaghan Gates Art Assistantship at Guldagergaard $2000
Nathan Giordano Biological Sciences and Art Developing a Microwave Protocol for the Transfection of Neurons $2000
Michael Kirmiz Biological Sciences Gene Regulation in Pancreatic Cells $2000
Mackenzie Morris Psychology Moving From Peer Mentoring Model to a Civic Mentoring Model $2000
Julie Najar Psychology Detailed Photomicroscopy and Quantification of Axon Ultrastructure in Elderly Mice $2000
Noah Strong Biological Sciences Monitoring Western Pond Turtle Movements for Possible Correlation of Feeding Habit and Fecundity on the University Reserve $2000
Eliseo Vega-Darson Music The Practical Application of Augmented Theory in Jazz Compositions $2000
Nicholas Vierra Biological Sciences Creating Fluorescent Reporter for miR-375 $2000

Fall 2010

Kelly Boyle Geological & Environmental Sciences $380
Tiffany Fisher Anthropology $500
Shannon Holt Environmental Science $420
Sam Mish Mechatronic Engineering $256
Emily Ramsey Nutrition & Food Science $238
Abigail Roche Nutrition & Food Science $406
Rachel Wutke Nursing $300

The Undergraduate/Graduate Awards for 2009-2010

Spring 2010

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Anastasia Aguilar Psychology White Man's Burden? Motivation to Suppress Prejudice is Correlated to Greater Skin
Adelaide Kreamer Psychology The Empirical Reality of Learning Styles $210.73
Scott Lancaster History The Lost Sons of Democracy: Examining the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the 
Spanish Civil Wars as Forums for the Recovery of Historical Memory
Susan Schultz Nursing Information Literacy for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Survey $295
Kaci Smith Psychology Don't Be Deceived! The Relationship Among Men's Salivary Testosterone, 
Self-Deception, and...Femininity?
Nur Diyana Zainal Arifin Nutrition & Food Science The Use of Photovoice in Assessing Perceived "Tasty" and "Healthy" Foods $429.30

Summer 2010

RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
Avery Beck Anthropology Mechoopda Trail of Tears: Nome Cult Documentary Project $2000
Joanna Bloese Agriculture Evaluating a Sustainable Tactic for Navel Orangeworm Management in California Almonds $2000
Alena Chin-Curtis Biological Sciences Potassium Chloride Induced Excitotoxicity in Mice: Cyclosporine, A is Neuroprotective $2000
Emily Grelle English Rasputin: A History in Translation $2000
Sydney Kerkhove Anthropology Mechoopda Trail of Tears: Nome Cult Documentary Project $2000
Kimberly Ornellas Anthropology Nome Cult Walk: Mechoopda Trail of Tears Documentary Project $2000
Jillian Ruddell Multicultural & Gender Studies Gender and Sexuality Equity Center $2000
Danielle Schneider Psychology Modeling Chronic Human Alcohol Use During Pregnancy and Nursing: The Effect on Brain Development in Mice $2000
Kaci Smith Psychology Don't Be Deceived! The Relationship Among Men's Salivary Testosterone, Deception, and... Femininity? $2000
Katherine Sumarowsk International Relations Evaluation of the Effectiveness of an Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative. Sponsored by the United States Department of State in the Country of Latvia in 2001 $2000

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