UCSB McNair Alumni

2017 Graduates

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Olubukayo (Buki) Akinyemi
Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Mary Hegarty
Mentor's Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Drug Effect and Design, Spatial Ability and Memory
Buki is pursuing a MA in Global Health at the University of Southern California.
Ema Angeles
Major: Anthropology with Biological Emphasis
Hometown: Brentwood, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Michael Gurven
Mentor's Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: Human Resilience, Intergenerational Transfers, Bioarchaeology
 
Juan Carlos Banda
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Sylmar, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Denise Bielby
Mentor's Department: Film and Media
Research Interests: Political Economy, Globalization, Workplace Inequality
Juan Carlos is pursuing a MA in Sociology at the University of South Florida.
Imani Buris
Major: Psychology and Communications
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Heejung Kim
Mentor's Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Cultural Influence, Social and Self Identity, Cultural Integration
Imani Burris is pursuing a PhD, in Social Psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Daniel Cha
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Stopple
Mentor’s Department: Mathematics
Research Interests: Mathematical Logic, Theory, Set Theory, Algebra, Group Theory, Number Theory, Complex Analysis

 
Katie Correia
Major: History
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Sears McGee
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Gender, Culture and Court history in Early Modern England
Katie is pursuing a MA in History at Utah State University.
Joshua Hudson
Major: Sociology and Global Studies
Hometown: Barstow, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Mhoze Chikowero
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Multiracialism, Racial Identity, Social Movements, Global Activism
Joshua is pursuing a MA in Sociology at San Diego State University.
Patricia Martin
Major: Sociology
Minor: Education and Applied Psychology
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Underrepresented Student Parental Engagement and Academic Motivation, Higher Education, Education Policy
Patricia is pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of California Los Angeles.
Akira McDaniels
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Monrovia, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Armand Kuris
Mentor’s Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Mechanisms of Disease, Public Health, Genetic Research
 
Andrea Mora
Major: Psychology
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating
Mentor's Department: Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology
Research Interests: Latino/a Mental Health, Access and Utilization of Mental Health Services, Community-Based Participatory Research
Andrea is pursuing a PhD in Developmental Psychology and a MSW in Social Work at the University of Michigan.
Marina Quintanilla
Major: Global Studies and Feminist Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr.Laury Oaks
Mentor's Department:  Feminist Studies Department
Research Interests:HIV/AIDS, Women’s Reproductive Rights, Health Care Access, Public Health, Global Health
Marina is pursuing a MA in Public Health at the University of California Los Angeles.

Scott Susi
Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Monterey, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Craig Montell
Mentor's Department: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology
Research Interests: Synaptic Plasticity and Neurogenesis

Scott is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at Brown University.

2016 Graduates

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Gisella K. Diaz
Major: Psychology and Anthropology
Hometown: Delano, CA
Graduation Date: June 2016
Mentor: Dr. Barry Giesbrecht
Mentor's Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research interests: Perceptual, Cognitive, and Neural Mechanisms of Selective Attention
Gisella is in the doctoral program in Integrative Neuroscience, Psychology at the University of Chicago.

Jorge Dominguez-Rodriguez
Major: Economics and Mathematics
Hometown: Cathedral City, CA
Graduation Date: June 2016
Mentor: Dr. Heather Royer
Mentor's Department: Economics
Research Interests: Behavioral and Experimental Economics

Jorge is pursuing a MA in Economics at Columbia University in New York.
Sylvia C. Garcia
Major: English and Geography
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Tommy Dickey
Mentor's Department: Geography
Research Interests: Human Impact on Polar Bears
 
Eugenie Guzelian
Major: Psychology
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation: June 2016
Mentor: Dr. Karen Szumlinski
Mentor's Department: Psychological & Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Anxiety Disorders, Empathy, Theory of Mind
 
Jamelia Harris
Major: Sociology
Minor: Black Studies and Education
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation: June 2016
Mentors: Dr. George Lipsitz and Dr. Claudine Michel
Mentors' Departments: Black Studies/ Sociology and Feminist Studies
Research Interests: K -12 Educational Equity, Recruitment/Retention Initiatives for African Americans
Jamelia is in a doctoral program in Urban Schooling at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jacqueline Lepe
Major: Sociology and Spanish
Minor: Feminist Studies
Hometown: Inglewood, CA
Graduation Date: June 2016
Mentor: Dr. Victor M. Rios
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Non-Cognitive Skills Development, At-Risk Student Intervention, Juvenile Justice

Jacqueline is in the doctoral program in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Anibal Lopez
Major: Political Science - American Politics Emphasis
Hometown: Escondido, CA
Graduation Date: June 2016
Mentor: Dr. John T. Woolley
Mentor's Department: Political Science
Research Interests: Financial Regulatory Reform and Decision-Making

Anibal is pursuing a Juris Doctorate at the University of Iowa.

Adriana Sanchez
Major: Psychology
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Graduation: June 2016
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Morgan Consoli
Mentor's Department: Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Research Interests: Resilience, Subjective Well-Being, Culture and Ethnicity

Adriana is attending the doctoral program in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Joleana Shurley
Major: Linguistics
Minor: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Hometown: Joshua Tree, CA
Graduation Date: December 2015
Mentor: Dr. Mary Bucholtz
Mentor's Department: Linguistics
Research Interests: Psycholinguistics, First/Second Language Acquisition, Computational Linguistics

Joleana is in a MSc program in Evolution of Language & Cognition at the University of Edinburgh (UK).

Bertin Solis
Major: Sociology
Minor: Educational Studies

Graduation Date: June 2016
Mentor: Dr. Richard P. Durán
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Latino Parental Engagement, P-20 Education Pipeline, Education Policy

Bertin is in the doctoral program in Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Paola Villegas
Major: History of Public Policy
Minor: Labor Studies and Spatial Studies
Hometown: Van Nuys, CA
Graduation Date: June 2016
Mentor: Dr. George Lipsitz
Mentor's Departments: Sociology and Black Studies
Research Interests: Land Use Policy and Planning, Equitable Housing, Gentrification

Paola is in the doctoral program in Sociology at Northwestern University.

2015 Graduates

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Nathan I. Alamillo
Major: Chicana/o Studies & Sociology Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Victor M. Rios
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Restorative Juvenile Justice, Public Health in Urban Communities
Nathan is in the joint doctoral program in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University.
Iliana J. Avila
Major: Sociology and Chicana/o Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Dolores Ines Casillas
Mentor's Department: Chicana/o Studies
Research Interests: Cultural Studies, Central American Studies, Latina/o Education, Popular Chicana/o Culture
Iliana is seaking a Master's of Latin American and Latino Studies program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Leslie Rene Castro
Major: Cultural Anthropology and Global Studies
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. David Novak
Mentor's Department: Music
Research Interests: Global Popular Music and Hybrid Identities
 
Benjamin Huffman
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Javier Read de Alaniz
Mentor's Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: Organic Chemistry, Synthesis and Organic Materials
Benjamin is in the PhD program in Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida.

Victor Marta
Major: Economics, Mathematics, and Political Science
Hometown: San Marcos, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Jon Sonstelie
Mentor's Department: Economics
Research interests: Behavioral economics and urban economics

Victor is in the doctoral program in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Richard Mata
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: West Covina, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Hector Ceniceros
Mentor's Department: Mathematics
Research interests: Dynamical Systems, Non-linear PDE’s, and Fluid Dynamics

Richard is in the Master's program in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics at Claremont Graduate University.

Michelle Parra
Major: Sociology and Feminist Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Leila Rupp
Mentor's Department: Feminist Studies
Research interests: Hook Up Culture, Sexuality, Same Sex Intimacies, Race/Ethnicity, Oppression of Women of Color

Michelle is enrolled in the Master's program in Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University.

Jacqueline Beatriz Partida
Major: Chicana/o Studies and Feminist Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: December 2014
Mentor: Dr. Ralph Armbruster
Mentor's Department: Chicana/o Studies
Research Interests: Media censorship, the prevention of social movements, and gender studies

Jacqueline is in the PhD program in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Rachel Scarlett
Major: Chemistry and Environmental Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer King
Mentor's Department: Geography
Research interests: Environmental sustainability in urban settings

Rachel is continuing doctoral work in Ecological Sciences and Engineering at Purdue University.

Christian Suarez
Major: Biochemistry-Molecular Biology
Hometown: Artesia, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Jamey Marth
Mentor's Department: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Research Interests: Drug Design and Drug Delivery, Mechanisms of Disease, and Evolutionary Genetics

 

Erik Suarez
Major: Economics/Mathematics
Hometown: Van Nuys, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Jon Sonstelie
Mentor's Department: Economics
Research Interests: Urban economics and economics of education

Erik is in the PhD program in Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Lizette Wences
Major: Linguistics with Spanish Emphasis
Minor: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Graduation Date: June 2015
Mentor: Dr. Mary Bucholtz
Mentor's Department: Linguistics
Research interests: Clinical, developmental, and sociocultural linguistics

Lizette attends the Master's of Speech Pathology program at Indiana University, Bloomington.

2014 Graduates

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Jorge Ballesteros
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Hometown: Sylmar, Ca
Graduation Date: June 2014
Mentor: Steve Smith
Mentor's Department: Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Research interests: Athlete personality, youth sports, and social relationships

Jorge completed an M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling at Ball State University in May 2017.  He begins a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University in September 2017.

Allegra Latimer
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Torrance, CA
Graduation Date: March 2014
Mentor: Craig Hawker
Mentor's Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: Synthesis and characterization of antifouling polymeric systems

Allegra continues in the PhD program in the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford University.

Amieris Lavender
Major: Feminist Studies and Education
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Graduation Date: June 2014
Mentor: Mireille Miller-Young
Mentor's Department: Feminist Studies
Research interests: The retention and academic success of African American students in higher education and Education Equity in K-12 schools

Amieris is in her thrid year in the Educational Policy PhD program at Michigan State University.

Michelle Len
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Milpitas, CA
Graduation Date: June 2014
Mentor: Diana Franklin
Mentor's Department: Computer Science
Research Interests: Computational Science (Scientific Computing) in Engineering and Computational Fluid Dynamics

Michelle continues as a doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Merced.

Nathan Lopez
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Pleasant Hill, CA
Graduation Date: June 2014
Mentor: Jeffrey Stopple
Mentor's Department: Mathematics
Research Interests: Properties and foundations of Matrix Lie Theory

Nathan has completed his master’s in Mathematics at the University of Illinois, Chicago and continues on towards the PhD.

Noe Lopez
Major: Latin American and Iberian Studies/Spanish
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Graduation Date: June 2014
Mentor: Emiko Saldivar and Juan Vicente Palerm
Mentor's Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: Mixtec identity formation in transnational diaspora

Noe is pursuing his doctoral work in the Social Anthropology and the U.S. Mexico Borderland program at the University of Texas, Austin.

Erika Matadamas
Major: Global Studies
Hometown: Monterey, CA
Graduation Date: June 2014
Mentor: William Robinson
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Global migration patterns and examining how corporations benefit from migration of the global capitalist system

Erika is in her final year in the Master’s program in Global and European Studies at Leipzig University in Germany.
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Mynor Medrano
Major: Biochemistry-Molecular Biology
Hometown: Burbank
Graduation Date: June 2014
Mentor: Jeff Krause
Mentor's Department: Marine Science Institute
Research Interests: Cellular communication in bacteria

Mynor continues his work as a doctoral student in the Microbiology program at Virginia Tech University.

Marilyne Tamayo
Major: Classics: Emphasis in Archaeology
Minor: Anthropology
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation: June 2014
Mentor: Aaron Blackwell
Mentor's Department: Anthropology
Research Interest: Fertility rates with parasitic infection through a life history framework

Marilyne attends the Anthropology PhD program at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Nathaniel Vassar
Major: Earth Science
Hometome: San Diego, CA
Graduation: June 2014
Mentor: Chen Ji
Mentor's Department: Earth Science
Research Interest: Seismology

 

2013 Graduates

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Adrianna Alexandrian
Major: English and Feminist Studies
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Graduation Date: June 2013
Mentor: Laury Oaks
Mentor's Department: Feminist Studies
Research Interests: Public Health, women's health, maternal and child health, community health, health policy, and the delivery of health services

Annie has completed the Master’s of Public Health program at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Marlon Fernandez Castro
Major: Sociology and Chicana/o Studies
Minor: Philosophy
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Graduation Date: June 2013
Mentor: Richard P. Durán
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Outreach programs and their effects on "at-risk youth"

 

Marlon earned a Master’s in Education at the University of Southern California and began doctoral work at Penn State University.

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Hiram Dominguez
Major: Bio-Psychology
Hometown: Atwater, CA
Graduation Date: June 2013
Mentor: Aaron Ettenberg
Mentor's Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Neurobiology underlying negative effects of cocaine self administration

Hiram is currently working as a Lab Assistant at UC Merced and taking coursework in Biotechnology.
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Anthony Hearst
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Graduation Date: June 2013
Mentor: Dar Roberts and Keely Roth
Mentor's Department: Geography
Research Interests: Remote-sensing of plant species

 

Anthony continues in the doctoral program in Engineering at Purdue University.

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Francisco Jasso
Major: Political Science and Chicana/o Studies
Minor: French
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Graduation: June 2013
Mentor: Edwina Barvosa
Mentor's Department: Political Science and Chicana/o Studies
Research Interest: Cross-cultural engagement and transformation in open democracy

 

Francisco is a doctoral student in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

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Amy Martinez
Major: Feminist Studies and Sociology
Minor: Education
Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA
Graduation: June 2013
Mentor: Victor M. Rios
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interest: Prison-industrial complex, race and class, school

 

 

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Alexis Meza
Major: History and Latin American and Iberian Studies
Hometown: San Fernando
Graduation: June 2012
Mentor: Gabriela Soto-Laveaga
Mentor's Department: History and Latin American and Iberian Studies
Research Interest: U.S. foreign policy in Latin America

 

Alexis attends the doctoral program in History at the University of California, San Diego.

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Juan Osuna
Major: Political Science and Chicana/o Studies
Hometown: San Ysidro, CA
Graduation: June, 2013
Mentor: Fernando Lopez-Alves
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interest: Cooperation amongst Latin American countries

 

Juan received his Master’s of Public Policy at American University in Washington.

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Mayra Perez
Major: Cell and Developmental Biology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Santa Maria, CA
Graduation: June 2013
Mentor: Tom Soh and Jackelyn Alva
Mentor's Department: Engineering
Research Interest: Molecular and Cellular Biology

 

Mayra graduated from the Master’s program in Biotechnology at San Francisco State University and currently works at Primus Labs.

Katherine Santizo
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2013
Mentor: Arturo Keller and Samuel Bennett
Mentor's Department: Bren School of environmental Studies
Research Interests: Polymers and enzymes, and drug delivery

 

Katherine is in the PhD program in Environmental and Water Resources in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Viginia Tech.

 

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Billi Jo Starr
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Graduation Date: June 2013
Mentor: Dr. John Sutton
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Restorative juvenile justice, child development, and incarceration policies

 

Billi Jo is a doctoral student in Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Veronica Togual
Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Fontana, CA
Graduation Date: June 2013
Mentor: Tod E. Kippin
Mentor's Department: Psychology and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Neuroscience and Behavioral Sciences

 
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Olivia Turnross
Major: College of Creative Studies, Biology
Hometown: Sebastopol, CA
Graduation Date: June 2013
Mentor: Gretchen Hofmann
Mentor's Department: Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Research Interests: Ocean acidification impacts on larval sea urchins

 

Olivia is finishing her last year of coursework and expects to receive her M.S. in Ecology at the University of California, Davis.

2012 Graduates

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Dalma Arreola
Major: Political Sciences
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: Paige Digeser
Mentor's Department: Political Science
Research Interests: Concept of the common good and its relationship with government

Dalma is a Master’s student in the Political Science program at San Diego State University.

Afiya Browne
Major: Sociology and Black Studies
Hometown: Reseda, CA
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: Clyde Woods and Beth Schneider
Mentor's Department: Black Studies
Research Interests: Young Black Women in Los Angeles Gangs

Afiya is working towards her PhD in Criminology at the University of California, Irvine.

Guadalupe Cruz
Major: Sociology
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Azusa, CA
Graduation Date: June 2013
Mentor: Melissa Morgan
Mentor's Department: Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Research Interests: Academic resilience in first-generation college students at UCSB

Lupe completed the Master’s program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Elizabeth Gonzalez-Jimenez
Major: History and Chicana/o Studies
Hometown: Inglewood, CA
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: Gabriela Soto Laveaga
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Latin American Sexuality

Elizabeth is ABD at the University of Miami working towards her PhD in History.

Janai Harris
Major: Sociology and Feminist Studies
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: Victor M. Rios
Mentor's Department: Collateral consequences of incarceration on African-American families; effective rehabilitation programs for "at-risk" youth

Janai has completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. She is a school counselor and social worker at the University Laboratory High School at the University of Illinois.

Channel McLewis
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Minor: Black Studies
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: Cynthia Hudley
Mentor's Department: Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
Research Interests: Urban Education and Higher Education for minorities

Channel graduated from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2013 with a Master’s in Sociology and Education, and is now a doctoral student at UCLA.

Laila Nur
Major: Mathematics
Minor: Education
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: Betsy Brenner
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Rhetorical strategies to increase the Mathematical Success of African-American high school students

Laila graduated from the University of Southern California in 2013 with a Master’s in Mathematics Education. She is currently a Mathematics Teacher at Manual Arts High School.

Nicole Perez
Major: Sociology and Chicana/o Studies
Hometown: Hayward, CA
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: G. Reginald Daniel
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Mixed race identities


Nicole continues at the University of Notre Dame working towards a PhD in Sociology.

Alaina Roberts
Major: History
Minor: American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Hometown: Hayward, California
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: Ann Plane / John Majewski
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Culture and Identity Formation in Chickasaw Freedmen in the Antebellum - Post Antebellum Period

Alaina is now ABD at the University of Indiana - Bloomington and working on her dissertation in History.

Angel Rodriguez
Major: Philosophy
Hometown: Downey, CA
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: Gabriela Soto-Laveaga / Laura Kalman
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Historic socio-economic development of Cuba in the 20th century and shifting policies post-Cold War.


Angel continues the doctoral program in the History of Medicine at Harvard University. He completed his Master’s degree at UCSB in Latin American and Iberian Studies.

Luis Trujillo
Major:Chicana/o Studies/ Pre-Mathematics
Hometown Los Angeles
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: George Lipsitz
Mentor's Department: Black Studies
Research Interests: Space and place in urban Los Angeles

Luis attends the University of California, Riverside working towards a PhD in Ethnic Studies.

Sabrina Anne Wuu
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Graduation Date: 2012
Mentor: Arturo A. Keller
Mentor's Department: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB
Research Interests: Nanotechnology and the Environment

Sabrina is currently working as an Educational Sales Consultant at IXL Learning in San Francisco, CA.
Rosalia Zárate
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Delano, CA
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentor: Richard Duran
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Mathematics Education
Rosalia is at Stanford University working towards a PhD in Education.

2011 Graduates

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Janett Barragan
Major: Political Science and Chicano Studies

Hometown: El Monte, CA
Graduation Date: December 2010
Mentor: Horacio Roque Ramirez
Mentor's Department: Chicana/o Studies
Research Interests: The complexity of Chicana and Chicano gender identity as it exists within the parameters of ethnic identity

Janett is ABD at the University of California, Santa Barbara working towards a PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies.

 

Kristen Dunkinson
Major: Linguistics
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Graduation Date: 2011
Mentor: Carol Genetti
Mentor's Department: Linguistics
Research Interests: Language Documentation

Kristen graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2013 with a Master’s in Linguistics. She currently works as an Office Manager for the Interfaith Hospitality Network at Alpha House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Precious Boone
Major: Black Studies
Hometown: South Central Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Chris McAuley
Mentor's Department: Black Studies
Research Interests: Critical Pedagogy: Student Centered Learning and the Importance of Technology in the High School Classroom

Precious graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2013 with a Master’s in Social Work. She is currently working as a Housing Coordinator for Los Angeles Family Housing.

Lynette Cortes
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Madera, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Emille K. Davie
Mentor's Department: Mathematics
Research Interests: Number Theory, Mathematics of Superstring Theory

Lynette received her Master’s degree in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno.

Richard Espinoza
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Hesperia, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Steve Smith
Mentor's Department: CNCSP
Research Interests: Neuropsychological assessment of pathologies, diagnosis and psychotherapy

Richard has completed his doctoral program at the Wright Institute. He now holds a Psy.D.

 


Marites Villarosa Garcia
Major: Biology
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Susannah Porter
Mentor's Department: Earth Science
Research Interests: Paleoecology and exobiology

Marites is completing her dissertation at the University of Chicago working towards her PhD in Paleocology.

Anna Giang
Major: Sociology
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Denise Segura
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Nonprofit organizations working with intellectually disabled people

 

Bashir Hassan
Major: Black Studies and Sociology
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Stephanie Batiste
Mentor's Department: Black Studies and English
Research Interests: Performativity of Race: Barack Obama's racial politics

Bashir graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a Master’s of Professional Studies in Africana Studies. He is now at Yale University School of Nursing.  

Brianna Jones
Major: Aquatic Biology
Hometown: Paso Robles, CA
Graduation Date: Winter 2011
Mentor: Gretchen Hofmann and Pauline Yu
Mentor's Department: Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
Research Interests: Marine Invert Reproduction and Larval Development/Metamorphosis

Brianna is currently working at Aquatic Bioassay and Consulting Laboratories in Ventura, CA.

Nancy Martinez
Major: Psychology; Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Indio, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Shane Jimerson
Mentor's Department: Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Research Interests: Educational counseling, decreasing drop-out rates among minority groups, and the effects of parenting skills on young children

Nancy graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a Master’s in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology.

Saul Martinez
Major: Biology
Hometown: South Gate, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Fred Wuld
Mentor's Department: Organic Chemistry
Research Interests: Optical and electro optical properties of processable conjugated polymers

Saul currently works as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at New Mexico State University. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2013 with a Master’s in Kinesiology.

Eduardo Mercado
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Hesperia, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Tom R. Pettus
Mentor's Department: Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry
Research Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry with emphasis in biologically active compounds

Eddie completed his doctorate. He is now employed by Genetech.

Paul Monge-Rodriguez
Major: Sociology and Global Studies
Hometown: Vallejo, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: William Robinson
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Palestinian diasporas, political sociology, transnationalism, and the political-economy

Paul completed his master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and began his Juris Doctoral program at the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Robert Norton
Major: Chemical Engeineering
Hometown: Willits, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Eric McFarland
Mentor's Department: Chemical Engineering
Research Interests: Renewable and sustainable energies

Robert is currently working as a Senior Chemical Engineer at Green Yug in Santa Barbara, California.

Eziaku Nwokocha
Major: Black Studies and Feminist Studies
Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Roberto Strongman and Nadège Clitandre
Mentor's Department: Black Studies
Research Interests: Haitian Vodou: The Empowerment and Sexuality of Deity (Lwa) Ezili Danto

Eziaku continues in the doctoral program in Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also was awarded the 2015 Ford Predoctoral Fellowship. She graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a Master’s in Religious Studies.

Carla San Jose
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Linguistics, Speech and Hearing Sciences and Psychology
Hometown: Carson, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Marianne Mithun
Mentor's Department: Linguistics
Research Interests: Austronesian Languages

Carla received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from San Jose State University.

Nathaniel Scheidemen
Major: Sociology
Minor: LGBTQ Studies
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Graduation Date: March, 2011
Mentor: Beth Schneider
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: The division of labor in same-sex families, race and gender inequality, sociology of the family, and ethnomethodology

Nathaniel continues at the University of Southern California working towards his PhD in Sociology.

Ashley Scott
Major: Global Studies
Minor: Chinese Classics
Hometown: Los Angeles
Graduation Date: June 2012
Mentors: Howard Winant and Ralph Ambruster-Sandoval
Mentors' Departments: Sociology and Chicana/o Studies
Research Interests: Inter-ethnic relations, Afro-Asian relations, affiliations and coalitions

 

Corinne Stanley
Major: Black Studies
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Los, Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2011
Mentor: Clyde Woods
Mentor's Department: Black Studies
Research Interests: Formation practices and stability of the nuclear Black family

Corinne graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013 and obtained her Master’s in Psychology. She is currently working as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee/Counselor at the People Who Care Youth Center in Los Angeles, CA.

 2010 Graduates

Update

Lisette Arellano
Major: Biology and Creative Studies
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Armand Kuris
Mentor's Department: The Department of Ecology,
Evolution, and Marine Biology
Research Interests: Parasitology, Malacology,
Herpetology, and Aquatic Ecology

Lisette received a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado.

Lizette Arévalo
Major: Sociology and Chicana/Chicano Studies
Hometown: Compton, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentors: Manuel Callahan and Clyde Woods
Mentors' Departments: Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies
Research Interests: Urban education, youth culture,
and critical pedagogy

Lizette is now ABD at the University of California, Riverside and working towards completing her dissertation in Ethnic Studies. She graduated from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2011 with a Master’s in Education.

Todd Avellar
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Tania Israel
Mentor's Department: Gevirtz Grad School of Education: Clinical, Counseling, & School Psychology
Research Interests: Mental health and social support services for multicultural and LGBTQ minorities.

Todd completed his doctoral work in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He completed post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin and is now an Assistant Professor at Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

Sondrina Bullitt
Major: Sociology and Black Studies
Hometown: Hawthorne, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Mentor's Department: Heejung Kim,
Research Interests: Black mental health

She graduated in 2012 with a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University. Sondrina is working as a Stroke Educator at the Triumph over Stroke Program at George Washington University.

Angelica Camacho
Major: Black Studies and Chicana/Chicano Studies
Hometown: Santa Paula, CA
Anticipated Graduation Date: Winter 2010
Mentors: Gaye Johnson and Clyde Woods
Mentors' Department: Black Studies
Research Interests: Criminalized youth, the school
to prison pipeline, the prison industrial complex

Angelica is at the University of California, Riverside completing the PhD in Ethnic Studies.

Jorge Cuellar
Majors: Film & Media / Latin American & Iberian Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentors: Cristina Venegas and Peter Bloom
Mentor'S Department: Film and Media Studies
Research Interests: Pre-Cinema Latin America 1890- 1920, Third World Cinema and the Subaltern

Jorge is working towards a PhD at Yale University in American Studies and film studies. He graduated in 2012 with a Master’s in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California

Shardé Davis
Major: Feminist Studies and Communication
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Tamara Afifi
Mentor's Department: Communication
Research Interests: Women in the Black family

Shardé completed her doctorate in Communication at the University of Iowa. She obtained a Master's in Communication from UCSB in 2012. Shardé is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut.

Raquel Domingo
Major: Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Hometown: Hayward, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Karen Szumlinski
Mentor's Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Role of mGluR5-Homer protein
interactions in brain and behavior

Racquel has received her PhD from the University of Michigan in Biomedical Sciences. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine in the Molecular Microbiology Department.

Juan Sebastian Ferrada
Majors: Global Studies and Chicana/Chicano Studies
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Ines Casillas
Mentor's Department: Chicana/Chicano Studies
Research Interests: Immigration in the media

Sebastian is ABD at the University of California, Santa Barbara working towards his PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies.

Anita Juarez
Major: Sociology and Chicana/Chicano Studies
Hometown: East Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Tara Yosso
Mentor's Department: Chicana/Chicano Studies
Research Interests: Chicana/Latina educational aspirations, sociology of education

Anita attends the University of Utah working towards a PhD in Education.

Gaby Lopez
Major: Cultural Anthropology
Hometown: Redwood City, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Juan Vicente-Palerm
Mentor's Departments: Anthropology and Chicano/a Studies
Research Interests: Family organization of immigrant families in immigrant communties in rural California

Gaby obtained her Master’s in Social Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working as an Operations Leader for Vida Verde Nature Education and a Farmers Market Manager for Collective Roots in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Jose Lumbreras
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Compton, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Victor Rios
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Youth of color

Jose graduated in 2012 with a Master’s in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

K. Eric Martin
Major: Physics
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Beth Gwinn
Mentor's Department: Physics
Research Interest: Physics, Biophysics, Biomaterials, and Biomimetics

 

Ahmad Nabhan
Major: Pharmacology
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Osnat Ben-Sahar
Mentor's Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Neurology and Pharmacology

Ahmad continues in the doctoral program in Biochemistry at Stanford University. He graduated in 2013 with a Master’s in Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University.

Deseray Solis
Major: Chicano/a Studies
Hometown: La Puente, CA
Graduation Date: June 2010
Mentor: Mary E. Brenner
Mentor's Department: Gevirtz Grad School of Education
Research Interests: After school programs’ impacts on writing and reading comprehension skills of students.

Deseray graduated in 2012 with a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Southern California. She is currently a Site Coordinator at THINK Together in Baldwin Park, CA.

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 2009 Graduates

Update

Darcy Alcantara
Major: Psychology and Chicana/Chicano Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2009
Mentor: David Sherman
Mentor's Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Latina/o students’ perceptions
of acceptance

Darcy is working towards a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Viviana Cantero
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2009
Mentor: Laura Romo
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Access and Equity in Education

Viviana received an MA in School Counseling at the University of Southern California.

Christopher Carlay
Major: Asian American Studies and Sociology
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Graduation Date: June 2009
Mentor: Jon Cruz
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Sociology of Hip Hop,
Black & Filipina/o relations

Chris completed his Master’s program at San Francisco State University in Social Work. He now works as a Child Welfare Intern with San Francisco Family and Children Services.

Lucia Diaz
Major: Black Studies and Chicana/o Studies
Hometown: San Rafael, CA
Graduation Date: June 2009
Mentors: Clyde Woods
Mentor's Department: Black Studies
Research Topic: Black-Brown relations

Lucia works as an Academic Case Manager at Huckleberry Youth Programs in San Francisco, California.

Brian Ponce
Major: Sociology and Chicana/ Chicano Studies
Hometown: East Los Angeles/ Montebello, CA
Graduation Date: June 2009
Mentor: Victor Rios
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Youth and Self-Perceptions

Brian graduated in 2012 with a Master’s in Criminology from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Brian is currently working as a Wraparound Facilitator.

India Williams
Major: Black Studies
Hometown: Bay Area, CA
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2009
Mentor: Christopher McAuley
Mentor's Department: Black Studies
Research Interests: Residential segregation in
New Orleans, LA