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Campus Honors Students for Top Scholarly and Creative Activities

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Creative and scholarly works in fields ranging from dance, cinema and television, engineering and kinesiology were recognized with this year’s Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Awards during Student Creative Activities and Research Day.

The annual event, now in its sixth year, featured a student poster/exhibit session prior to an awards presentation in which 16 undergraduates, graduate students and January graduates were honored for their efforts. An additional three were given Outstanding Poster/Exhibition awards.

Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award recipients were selected from a pool of 57 nominated for the honor by faculty members. The winners, listed by college, class level, major and mentor, are:

College of the Arts

A’kaila Willis, senior, theatre and dance
Mentors: Debra Noble and Gladys Kares, professors of theatre and dance; Alvin Rangel, associate professor of theatre and dance; and Lisa Long, assistant professor of theatre and dance

College of Communications

Alexandra Wallace, senior, cinema and television arts
Mentor: Rebecca Sheehan, associate professor of cinema and television arts

Romin Rajan, graduate student, human communication studies
Mentor: Erika Thomas, assistant professor of human communication studies

College of Education

Jenny Lee Yang ’18 (M.S. education-elementary curriculum and instruction)
Mentor: Carolina Valdez, assistant professor of elementary and bilingual education

Karla Aguirre, doctoral student, educational leadership
Mentor: Dawn Person, professor of educational leadership

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Galen Jiang, senior, mechanical engineering
Mentor: Sagil James, assistant professor of mechanical engineering

Phillip Ly, graduate student, computer science
Mentor: Doina Bein, assistant professor of computer science

College of Health and Human Development

Fardusa Ismail, senior, child and adolescent studies
Mentor: Guadalupe Espinoza, assistant professor of child and adolescent studies

Tyler Moffit, graduate student, kinesiology
Mentor: Derek Pamukoff, assistant professor of kinesiology

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mercy Tran, senior, psychology
Mentor: Susan Sy, professor of psychology

Mariana Bruno, graduate student, history
Mentor: Dawn Person, professor of educational leadership

Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

Katherine Sanchez, senior, business administration-marketing
Mentor: Steven Chen, associate professor of marketing

Charmaine Lansangan, graduate student, economics
Mentor: Larry Howard, associate professor of economics

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Isabel Serrano
, senior, mathematics-applied mathematics
Mentors: Bogdan Suceavă, professor, and Anael Verdugo, assistant professor of mathematics

Wesley Whiting, senior, mathematics
Mentor: Zair Ibragimov, associate professor of mathematics

Jesus Magallon, graduate student, biology
Mentor: Marcelo Tolmasky, professor of biological science

2018 Outstanding Poster/Exhibit Award Recipients

Holly Suther, senior, biological science
“The Impact of Atmospheric River Events on Ostrea lurida and Crassostrea Gigas Densities in Southern California Estuaries”
Mentor: Danielle C. Zacherl, professor of biological science

Paola Clavijo, graduate student, master of public health
“Reducing Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Among Cambodians: Evidence From the Change Club Program”
Mentor: Pimbucha Rusmevichientong, assistant professor of health science

Michael Yepez, graduate student, education-higher education
“Predictors for 1st Year College Success”
Mentor: Dawn Person, professor of educational leadership