UROP Special Call Awards




In response to the UCI Women’s Empowerment Initiative and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) 2015 Special Call for Proposals, we are pleased to announce the Fellows, whose research collaborations will advance knowledge to empower women:


Yvette Leon
Chicano/Latino Studies Major

Latina College Students' Female Development, Coping Strategies, and Well-Being:
An Examination of the ELLA and SOMOS Model

Mentor: Jeanett Castellanos, Social Science


Desiree De Pace
Psychology & Social Behavior major

Experiences of UCI Student Parents

Mentor: Wendy Goldberg, Psychology & Social Behavior


Sarkis Gregorian, Psychology major
Kimberly Reyes
, Psychology & Social Behavior major
Sabrina Smith
, Psychology & Social Behavior major
Emily Wong
, Psychology & Social Behavior major

Gender Difference in the Stress Response to a Social Rejection Manipulation

Mentor: Sarah Pressman, Psychology & Social Behavior


Sarah Thompson
English major

UCI Women’s Empowerment Initiative:
Women in Comedy (Chicago Study)

Mentor: Joel Veenstra, Drama


Deborah Kang
Biological Sciences major

Mi Salud, Mi Vida:
Examining Factors Associated with Perceived Cognitive Impairment in Latina Breast Cancer Survivors

Mentor: Dara Sorki, Medicine


Carla Kekejian
English major

Armenian Women's Sign Language:
How Silenced Women Came to Speak

Mentor: Lisa Pearl, Cognitive Sciences


Tatiana Sarkhosh
Political Science major

Success of Sexual Violence Prevention Programs on Three Southern California University Campuses

Mentor: James Danziger, Political Science


Oscar Manzo
Dance-Choreography major

Dancing Gender and Sexualities

Mentor: Chad Hall, Dance


Daniel-Matthew Chua, Biological Sciences major
Emily Tran
, Biological Sciences major

Pregnancy Care Choices:
Patient Choice for Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery Care

Mentor: Baotran Vo, Family Medicine


Bernard Brandon Beronio
Anthropology major

Perspectives on Sleight-of-Hand Magic Among People of Different Genders, Ethnicities, and Socio-Economic Classes in Orange and Los Angeles Counties

Mentors: Keith Murphy & Sheila O'Rourke, Anthropology


Susan Li, Biological Sciences major
Nobel Nguyen
, Biological Sciences major

Real time Observation of Safety and Effectiveness in the Treatment of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence
(ROSE Registry)

Mentors: Gamal Ghoniem & Victor Huynh, Urology


Leah Benci-Woodward, Psychology & Social Behavior major
Emily Dao
, Psychology major
Jordan Lee
, Psychology major
Daphne Thampy
, Public Health Sciences major

Examining the Effect of Gender on Adolescents’ Resistance to Peer Influence

Mentor: Elizabeth Cauffman, Psychology & Social Behavior


Masani Coley
Biological Sciences major

Otx1 in Xenopus tropicalis Endoderm Formation

Mentor: Ken Cho, Developmental & Cell Biology


Charmaine Archer
Criminology, Law & Society major

Limitations on Employment Discrimination Law’s Ability to Address Discrimination against Black Women Officers

Mentor: Geoff Ward, Criminology, Law & Society


Keira Whitaker
Dance-Performance major

Using Movement as a Call for Women’s Equality and Solidarity

Mentor: Molly Lynch, Dance


Angelica Victoria
History major

Native American Women and Resistance

Mentor: David Igler, History


Neetu Singh
International Studies Major

Domestic Violence:
Strategies and Perceptions of Resistance for Immigrant Indian Women

Mentors: Caesar Sereseres, Political Science


Jessica Pedraza
Social Science major

Afro-Mexicanas’ Self-Identity Formation within the United States

Mentor: Jeanett Castellanos, Social Science


Gagandeep Lal, Neurobiology major
Krustina Lal, Biological Science major

DCIS in Young Women

Mentor: Hannah Park, Epidemiology


Damaris Harnandez
Sociology major

What Creates Gender-Role Socialization? Links Between Organizational Culture and Upward Mobility? Differences Between Men and Women Examined

Mentors: Samuel Gilmore & Matthew Huffman, Sociology


Kasthuri Sivagnanam, Mechanical Engineering major
Jasmine Zhang, Biomedical Engineering major

Wearable, Flexible Strain Sensors for Monitoring Fetal Well-Being and Maternal Health

Mentor: Michelle Khine, Biomedical Engineering


Margaret Yang
Pharmaceutical Schience major

Applying the Health Belief Model to the Practice of Physicians to Improve and Provide Personalized Healthcare for Patients at Risk for Breast Cancer

Mentor: Hannah Park, Epidemiology


Catherine Kim
Social Science major

Asian American College Students’ Attitudes Toward Rape

Mentors: Jeanett Castellanos, Social Science & Judy Wu, Humanities


Jiani Niu
Chemistry major

Proposal for a Drug Conjugation to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Mentor: Young Jik Kwon, Pharmaceutical Sciences


Tiffany Chan, Nursing Science major
Mary King, Nursing Science major

Experiences of Women in the Second Step Program

Mentor: Ellen Olshansky, Nursing Science