Honors Program

Recipients of the Student Awards for Research and Creativity

Undergraduate/Graduate Awards

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  • 2018-2019
    Fall 2018

    Recipient

    Major

    Project TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Eric DeardenEnvironmental ScienceEvaluation of Pollutant Removal and Runoff of a Stormwater Biofiltration System$843
    Alexandra Lewis

    Psychology

    Parental Smoking History and Decision Making$850

    Brandon Nusser

    Chemistry

    Synthesis of Linked Chalcones Nematocides

    $850

    Alisa Colby

    Psychology

    Investigating the Effects of Diversity Education in White College Students

    $600

    Graduate

    Karen FrieseSocial Work

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

    $1700
    Kirstie SteinerBiologyMutation Mapping to Demystify Sheath Production in Leptothrix cholodnii$1694
    Chia ChoNutrition & Food ScienceDevelopment and Pilot Testing of a Student Success Survey related to Food Insecurity and Other Basic Need Variables$1700
    Hannah WeinbergerGeological and Environmental Sciences

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

    $1700
  • 2017-2018
    Summer 2018

    Recipient

    Major

    Project TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Dahlia ChavezBiologyPotential Hemoglobin Active-Site Binder$2500
    Karsten McDonell

    Biology

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

    Christina Quigley

    Anthropology

    Anthropology and Music of the Congolese Diaspora in Tanzania

    $2500

    Andrew King

    Electrical Engineering

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

    $2500

    Gavin Monges

    Biology

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

    $2500

    Graduate

    Kevin ClickPsychology

    #news: Truth Detection in News Stories

    $4666
    Payton LaurieBiologyCharacterization of Chemokine (C-C motif) Ligand 44 in Hematopoiesis$5000
    Richard VitamantiGeosciencesEffects of Additives and Saturation Depth on Nutrient Retention in Urban Stormwater Biofilters$2881
    Elizabeth BianchiniBiology

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

    $5000

    Spring 2018

    Recipient

    Major

    Project TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Bryn CopsonEnvironmental ScienceFate of Heavy Metals in Urban Stormwater Biofiltration Systems$832
    Ashley Dearden

    Microbiology

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

    Graduate

    Caitlin BishopAnthropology

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

    $1700
    Rebecca BelmonteBiology

    The Role of SON in Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia

    $1700

    Fall 2017

    Recipient

    Major

    Project TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Kanako OtaniCommunication StudiesSpread the Anthology of Hiroshima around the U.S$850
    Sung Won Yoon

    Chemistry

    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

    $850

    Jason Mickel

    Physics & Mechanical Engineering

    Guiding High-energy Pulsed-laser Light Through Hollow Fibers

    $850

    Graduate

    Noel JonesAnthropology

    Cultural Transmission: Production Centers Cisible in Shell Bead Artifacts

    $1700
    Tina HansonBiologyAnalysis if Novel Inhibitors of the GRB2 SH2 Domain that Decrease Proliferation in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia$1700
    Ashlyn WeaverAnthropologyThe Forgotten Hawaiians of Chico, CA: Anthropological Research About Intercultural Encounters between Native Hawaiians and California Native Americans$1700
    Cody RiceBiology

    Understanding the Genetic Diversity of Darlington californica Population Clusters

    $1700
  • 2016-2017
    Summer 2017

    Recipient

    Major

    Project TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Drew NielsenBiological SciencesEffects of Temperature on Digestion Rates and Gastric Evacuation Time in Striped Bass$2500
    Audrey Armstrong

    Anthropology

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

    Daniel Theobald

    English/Spanish

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

    $2500

    Graduate

    Hannah MetzgerBiological Sciences

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

    $3865
    Valerie SgheizaAnthropologySkeletal Assemblages$4360
    Allen LaGrangeEnvironmental ScienceHydrological and Ecological Indicators for Wet Meadow Restoration: Papoose Meadows, CA$2092
    Vanessa ReevesAnthropology

    An Applied Project in Zooarchaelogy and Field Ecology

    $5000
    Kristen BroelAnthropology

    Osteometirc Sorting of Metacarpals and Metatarsals in Comingled Human Skeletal Assemblages

    $2980
    Payton LaurieBiological SciencesCharacterization of Hemopoietic Genes$5000

    Spring 2017

    Recipient

    Major

    Project TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Chelsea MeddingsEnvironmental ScienceEfficacy of California Native Drought-tolerant Plants at Heavy Metal Removal from Urban Stormwater in Biofiltration Systems$850
    Graduate
    Hannah MetzgerBiology

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

    $1696

    Fall 2016

    Recipient

    Major

    Project TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Joshua GladfelderBiochemistrySynthesis of GRB2 SH2 Domain Inhibitors: Analogues of Sclerotionin$850
    Baylee Russell

    Microbiology

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

    Omar Pulido

    Biology

    Charaterizon of Rapunzel 5 in Blood Formation

    $850

    David Linville

    Anthropology

    Sacramento Valley Strong

    $835

    Graduate
    Renee MargolinBiology

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

    $1501
    Claire McMahonAnthropologyDetermining Seasonality and Dates of Occupation at Payne's Cave$1170
    Silena BartonNutrition and Food ScienceDefining Novel Bookmarkers for Prevention and Early Detectionof Zinc Deficiency$1700
    Tamara MaxeyAnthropology

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

    $1678
    Sommer CasadyGeologyExploration of the Golden Dome Au-Ag-Cu Deposit in Antelope Valley Sierra County, California$1700
  • 2015-2016
    Summer 2016
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Shane PricePsychologyOlfactory 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

    $2500
    Graduate$5000
    Mathew Ryan BondAnthropology

    The Rwandan Genocide: Collective Historical Memory and the Skeletal

    Analysis of Trauma and Violence

    Gina C. TigriCommunication Studies

    Bystander Intervention as a Community Health Initiative:

    Communicating Culture Change for a Safer CSU

    $4940
    Hannah MetzgerBiologyGeneration of a Model for Lukemia$4865
    Candice SawyerBiology

    Brood Paratism in Mallards: Are You My Mother?

    $5000
    Edward SlatteryMS Nutritional Sceine

    Cytokine expression in macrophages and tripple negative breast cancer cells

    following sulforaphane exposure in 3-D coculture

    $5000
    Tonantzin EsquivelArt

    Breaking Comfort to See Clearly

    $4445
    Jacques Zenope PeltierAnthropology

    The Stratigraphy of Crime: Archacological Law

    $1082

    Fall 2015
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Julian AggioBiologyThe Effect of B-Estradiol on Blood Development$850
    Lindsay HannanSocial Work

    Hospice Care Among the Hispanic Community: Social and Cultural

    Factors Impacting Underutilization

    $300
    Mai Kue HerHealth EducationFrom the Hmong Perspective: Making Healthcare Better$850
    Ellen SampsonBiologyUtilization of Dimeric Binders to Treat Leukemia$850
    Graduate
    Afshan AhmadNutritionValidation of a Visual Analog Scale for Food Addiction$1,700
    Anna BartelPsychological Science

    Influence of Appearance-Based Trait Inferences on Voting

    Behavior and Cued Recall

    $995
    Emma ClancySocial Work

    Feasibility Study on a Low-Barries Shelter in Chico

    $598
  • 2014-2015
    Spring 2015
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Tucker HartlandApplied MathematicsTsunami Wave Propogation Over Underwater Obstacles$850
    Ravi ShankarMathematicsDerivation of New Conservation Laws for the Euler Equations$850
    Graduate
    Gin LawsonBiologyAre Invasive Turtles Eating Native Fish in Hawaii?$1,700
    Courtney SilverBiology

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

    a Comparison of Isolated Populations

    $1,700

    Summer 2015
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Undergraduate
    Julian Aggio

    Cellular & Molecular Biology/

    Biochemistry

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

    Valery Bessmertnyy/

    Keith Taylor

    Nursing

    Depression Among New Graduate Nurses Working on Medical-Surgical

    and Intensive Care Units

    $1,558
    Malory Brown
    Microbiology

    Strategies to Assimilate CO2 Beyond the Light by

    Metal-Oxidizing Bacteria

    $2,400
    Danielle CaseyGeography & PlanningReimaging the Detroit Landscape$2,250
    Stephanie ElliotCellular & Molecular Biology

    Assessing the Relatedness of Snow Leopards Using Haplotype Analysis

    $1,913
    Elizabeth JachensCivil Engineering

    Integrated Wastewater Management Within the Lake Titicaca Basin

    $2,250
    Rachel MooreStudio Art/Art Education

    Womb and the Wild Self

    $2,250
    Adrienne SpringsteenAnthropology

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

    $1,800
    Veronica Van CleaveNutrition & Dietetics

    The ASD Food Activity Lab

    $1,850
    Graduate
    Althea AsaroAnthropologyCreation of a 3D Database of the Great Blades Archeological Cache$1,180
    Holland LarsenMFABuild This Environment$1,628
    Ann MedicEnvironmental ScienceSolid Waste Management and Wastewater Treatment in Peru$4,755
    Katherine MooreAgriculture Education

    Survey of Current Brewer's Grain Storage Methods and Nutrient

    Levels of Northern California Beef and Dairy Producers

    $4,000
    Jesse SmithBiology

    Growth Receptor Bound Protein-2 Dysregulation Induces Acute

    Myeloid Leukemia

    $4,000
    Rodney ThomsonHistory

    Unrest in Rural America: Activists and Activism at Chico State

    $3,217

    Fall 2014
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Philomena BlockMusical Theater & Psychology

    What is Bae: An Exploration of Sexuality and Intimacy in

    Today's Collegiate World

    $500
    Juan DiazMechanical EngineeringHeat Transfer Rate Optimization for Multi-Stage Compression System$500
    Sarah EggertCellular & Molecular BiologymiR-191 and miR-425 as Regulators of B-Cell Stress Response$500
    Jemmae ReddishNutritionMedical and Nutritional Survey of the Underserved in a Rural Area$500
    Ravi ShankarMathematicsDerivation of New Conservation Laws for the Euler Equations$500
  • 2013-2014
    Spring 2014
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Hugh HammondMusic Composition & Recording ArtsMusical Torus Sculptures$500
    Aithne LoeblichBiological SciencesAn Education-based Approach to the Monitoring and Conservation of Bats in Northern California$500
    Shane PricePsychologyThe Hormonal Effect of Emotionally-Relevant Chemosignals$500
    Ravi ShankarChemistryMathematical Modeling of Tsunami Propagation over Complex Topographies$500

    Summer 2014
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Gage AlvernazCell and Molecular BiologyRole of Autophagy during Influenza Virus Infection of Macrophages$2000
    Clara BergaminiAnthropologyArtistic Expression, Amami Children and Their Non-Human Neighbors$2000
    Kelly GundertSpanishFinding a Voice in Chapala, Mexico$2000
    Gregory HindsCivil EngineeringIntegrated Wastewater Management in the Lake Atitlan Basin: An Ecological Engineering Challenge$666.67
    Elizabeth JachensCivil EngineeringIntegrated Wastewater Management in the Lake Atitlan Basin: An Ecological Engineering Challenge$666.66
    Eoin MackallMathematicsDetermining the Minor-minimal not Completely Apex Graphs$2000
    Kyle Rocha-BrownellPhysics and Computer ScienceComputer Simulation of the Earth's Rotation with Interior Fluid Degrees of Freedom$2000
    Juniper RoseJournalismThe Effect of Marijuana on Rural Northern California Economies$2000
    Ravi ShankarChemistryMathematical Modeling of Tsunami Propagation over Complex Topographies$2000
    Nicole SmithBiochemistryAntibiotic Discovery From Boiling Springs Lake$2000
    Quintin TroesterAgricultureResearching Soil Carbon Sequestration, and International Partners in Sustainability$2000
    Kelly VannoyCivil EngineeringIntegrated Wastewater Management in the Lake Atitlan Basin: An Ecological Engineering Challenge$666.67

    Fall 2013
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Amie FrenchAgricultural BusinessConsumer Preference for Locally Grown Pecans$500
    Megan MillerCriminal JusticeRehabilitation and Reintegration Through Alternative Custody Supervision$500
    Megan BacchiniCriminal JusticeRehabilitation and Reintegration Through Alternative Custody Supervision$500
    Shane PricePsychologyThe Hormonal Effects of Emotionally-relevant Chemosignals in Human Axillary Secretions$500
    Amber RutterGeologyAnalyzing CO2 Changes in Ancient Fossils$500
  • 2012-2013
    Spring 2013
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Samantha BaileyPsychologyThe Relationship between Self-esteem and Sexuality$55
    Jamie BlankenshipArt StudioPast and Present: Digital Techniques and Historic Photographic Processes$500
    Tyron ChangBiological SciencesThe Timing of Oak Gall Development and Its Significance to the Ecology of the California Gall Wasp$465
    Cameron Estes-CliffordPsychologyTesting the Hypothesis that Lactobacillus G.G. will Increase Vagal Tone in Humans$500
    Andrew ReutherAnthropologyModoc War Documentary$240
    Matthew RitenourAnthropologyModoc War Documentary$240
    Kelsea RossowAnthropologyModoc War Documentary$500

    Summer 2013
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Joanna BloeseAgricultureInvesting Novel Collaborative Glass Blow in Techniques$2000
    Madison GarshasebiPsychologyThe Spontaneous Suppression and Amplification of Emotional Facial Expressions in Different Attachment Styles$2000
    Nathan GiordanoCellular & Molecular BiologyInfecting Neurons Using Attenuated Lentiviruses$2000
    Kris MagriMechatronic EngineeringDevelopment of a Highly Articulated Humanoid Bipedal Robot: A Platform for Robotics Competition and Research$2000
    Gregory PaneroArtSan Pedro, Guatemala: Help Paint My Future$2000
    Dillon RappArtAttending Frogman's Print Workshop$2000
    Mallory RussellArtHaystack Mountain School of Crafts With Sonja Clark$2000

    Jonathan Alexander

    Fine ArtIn Search of Cycles in Chiang Mai$2000
    Crystal VasquezNutrition & Food ScienceTeaching Health at Every Size® in a Fat Phobic World$2000
    Abigail WhittakerEnvironmental ScienceAccounting for Agricultural Yield Gaps Through Analysis of Ecosystem Service Provision in a Human-Altered Landscape$2000

    Fall 2012
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Tony AmatoCriminal Justice/SociologyImages and Perceptions of Restorative Justice$500
    Alan BraithwaiteComputer EngineeringFPGA OpenFlow Switch$500
    Scott KirkpatrickComputer ScienceImproving Models of Protein Interaction Network Evolution$500
    Tony SilvaSociologyConstructing Sexual Identities in a Shifting Context$500
    Crystal VasquezNutrition & Food ScienceEffects of Parental Food Attitudes and Restrictions During Childhood on Young Adult College Students' Eating Behaviors$500
  • 2011-2012
    Spring 2012
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Tyler AshJournalismChico Rephotography$456.15
    Michael FitzpatrickPhilosophy and EnglishThe Critique of Pure Realism$500
    Elizabeth JachensCivil EngineeringFind-Scale Atmospheric Gravity Waves$500
    Heidi RogersEnvironmental ScienceMoths in a Changing Climate$500

    Shannon Primer and Amber Smith

    NursingBreastfeeding Support Groups and Resources for Women in our Community$468

    Summer 2012
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Hannah BeardenArtHaystack Mountain School of Craft Summer Workshop with Mark Hartung$2000
    John ChallingerComputer ScienceExtending the ArduPilot Mega Firmware to Improve Precision Flight for Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's)$2000
    Michael FitzpatrickPhilosophyRescuing the Scientific Worldview: Whitehead and the Place of Science in Human Life$2000
    Elizabeth JachensCivil EngineeringProfessional Presentation of Fine Scale Atmospheric Gravity Waves at the 26th International Laser Rader Conference in Porto Heli, Greece in June 2012$2000

    Michelle Johnson

    PsychologyStudent Athletes Depression Scares in Relation to Self-Esteem, Perfectionism and Attachment in Global and Sport-Specific Contexts: Varsity vs. Club Athletes$2000
    Andrew Rena-DozierPsychologyCentral Nervous System Characterization in p75 Knockout Mice$2000
    Sharla StocktonGeologyGeology of Richardson Springs$2000
    Dee ThaoCommunication DesignA Fading Culture: the Hmong People$2000
    Swan TomaPolitical ScienceObama-Bush: A Competing Understanding of American Exceptionalism$2000
    Eliseo Vega-DarsonMusicThe Analysis and Application of Composing and Arranging for Orchestras$2000

    Fall 2011
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Serena CervantesJournalismCollected Memories$500
    Sheri GitelsonEnglishTranslucent Consciousness in Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse"$500

    Natasha Holland and
    Alexa Janicki

    Exercise PhysiologyEffects of Load Carriage on Gait Kinematics, Muscle Activity, and Postural Sway$500
    Kristen MagriMechatronic EngineeringDevelopment of an Autonomous Humanoid Bipedal Robot to Perform Challenging Tasks in Complex Environments$500
    Austin WalterElectrical EngineeringDevelopment of Three-Dimensional Printer$238
    Nathan ZifkoPsychologyThe Role of Testosterone in Behavioral Activation$406
  • 2010-2011
    Spring 2011
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Samuel FriesApplied Computer GraphicsMeasure Twice, Cut Once: Iterative Design and Development for Multiple Platforms$500
    Andrew MunsonAnthropology and Communication DesignRecycling for a Living: Documenting Chico's Professional Can Collectors$500
    Julie NajarPsychologyPotential Role of p75 in Axonal Sprouting in Elderly Mice$500
    Lingfei NiEconomics and Communication DesignThe Non-Walvastan Equilibrium Model for the People's Republic of China$450
    Grant StokerPsychologyA survey of Alcohol and Drug Use Patterns in Undergraduate Students at California State University, Chico$468

    Summer 2011
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    David ArmstrongEconomicsEmpirical Analysis of Water Markets in the Western United States$2000
    Jamison BarsottiMathematicsMinor Minimal Intrinsically Knotted Graphs with 21 Edges$2000
    Meaghan GatesArtAssistantship at Guldagergaard$2000
    Nathan GiordanoBiological Sciences and ArtDeveloping a Microwave Protocol for the Transfection of Neurons$2000
    Michael KirmizBiological SciencesGene Regulation in Pancreatic Cells$2000
    Mackenzie MorrisPsychologyMoving From Peer Mentoring Model to a Civic Mentoring Model$2000
    Julie NajarPsychologyDetailed Photomicroscopy and Quantification of Axon Ultrastructure in Elderly Mice$2000
    Noah StrongBiological SciencesMonitoring Western Pond Turtle Movements for Possible Correlation of Feeding Habit and Fecundity on the University Reserve$2000
    Eliseo Vega-DarsonMusicThe Practical Application of Augmented Theory in Jazz Compositions$2000
    Nicholas VierraBiological SciencesCreating Fluorescent Reporter for miR-375$2000

    Fall 2010
    RecipientMajorAward
    Kelly BoyleGeological & Environmental Sciences$380
    Tiffany FisherAnthropology$500
    Shannon HoltEnvironmental Science$420
    Sam MishMechatronic Engineering$256
    Emily RamseyNutrition & Food Science$238
    Abigail RocheNutrition & Food Science$406
    Rachel WutkeNursing$300
  • 2009-2010
    Spring 2010
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Anastasia AguilarPsychologyWhite Man's Burden? Motivation to Suppress Prejudice is Correlated to Greater Skin
    Conductance
    $500
    Adelaide KreamerPsychologyThe Empirical Reality of Learning Styles$210.73
    Scott LancasterHistoryThe Lost Sons of Democracy: Examining the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the 
    Spanish Civil Wars as Forums for the Recovery of Historical Memory
    $500
    Susan SchultzNursingInformation Literacy for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Survey$295
    Kaci SmithPsychologyDon't Be Deceived! The Relationship Among Men's Salivary Testosterone, 
    Self-Deception, and...Femininity?
    $500
    Nur Diyana Zainal ArifinNutrition & Food ScienceThe Use of Photovoice in Assessing Perceived "Tasty" and "Healthy" Foods$429.30

    Summer 2010
    RecipientMajorProject TitleAward
    Avery BeckAnthropologyMechoopda Trail of Tears: Nome Cult Documentary Project$2000
    Joanna BloeseAgricultureEvaluating a Sustainable Tactic for Navel Orangeworm Management in California Almonds$2000
    Alena Chin-CurtisBiological SciencesPotassium Chloride Induced Excitotoxicity in Mice: Cyclosporine, A is Neuroprotective$2000
    Emily GrelleEnglishRasputin: A History in Translation$2000
    Sydney KerkhoveAnthropologyMechoopda Trail of Tears: Nome Cult Documentary Project$2000
    Kimberly OrnellasAnthropologyNome Cult Walk: Mechoopda Trail of Tears Documentary Project$2000
    Jillian RuddellMulticultural & Gender StudiesGender and Sexuality Equity Center$2000
    Danielle SchneiderPsychologyModeling Chronic Human Alcohol Use During Pregnancy and Nursing: The Effect on Brain Development in Mice$2000
    Kaci SmithPsychologyDon't Be Deceived! The Relationship Among Men's Salivary Testosterone, Deception, and... Femininity?$2000
    Katherine SumarowskInternational RelationsEvaluation 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