McNair Alumni

2020 Graduates Update

Zheng Chen
Majors: History & Global Studies
Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Xiaowei Zheng
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Transregional migration, mobility and identity in late imperial China

Zheng is pursuing a PhD in History at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Brian Galaviz-Sarmiento
Major: Biology
Hometown: Turlock, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Zach Ma
Mentor's Department: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Research Interests: Identifying Host Proteins of the Measles Virus Inclusion Bodies and their Creation Process

Brian is pursuing a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Dartmouth College.

Sebastian Gonzalez
Major: Physics
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Sebastian Streichan
Mentor's Department: Physics 
Research Interests: Biophysics, Quantitative biology, Fluid mechanics, Active matter, Thermodynamics

Sebastian is pursuing a PhD in Quantitative and Computational Biology at Princeton University.

Transito-Bryan Steven Gonzalez
Majors: Mathematics & Physics 
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Joseph Incandela
Mentor's Department: Physics
Research Interests: High Energy/Particle Physics, Beyond the Standard Model, Abstract Algebra

Transito is pursuing a Master's degree in Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Long Beach.

Gabrielle Grafton
Major: Economics
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Shelly Lundberg
Mentor’s Department: Economics
Research Interests: Inequalities, Education, Wealth Disparities, Demographics, Discrimination

Gabby is pursuing a PhD in Economics at Brown University.

Jose Jesus Gutierrez
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Graduation Date: Spring 2020
Mentor: Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios
Mentor’s Department: Education
Research Interests: Inequality, poverty, and mobility, Race/Ethnicity, Sociology of Education

Jose is pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.

 

Nicole Juliet Mendoza
Major: Communication
Hometown: North Hollywood, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Kam
Mentor's Department: Communication
Research Interests: Health communication, Interpersonal communication, Access to mental health resources for POC, Substance abuse, Mental health

Nicole is pursuing a PhD in Communication, Information and Media at Rutgers University.

Bryant Labajo Pahl
Major: Earth Science
Hometown: Yucca Valley, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Ed Keller
Mentor's Department: Earth Science
Research Interests: Geochronology, climate, surface processes, geology

Bryant is pursuing a PhD in Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine.

Yanelyn Perez
Major: CCS Biology
Hometown: Maywood
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Cherie Briggs
Mentor’s Department: Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Research Interests: Herpetology, Conservation Biology, Disease Ecology, Zoology

Yanelyn is pursuing a PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland.

Nardos Shiferaw
Major: Anthropology - Cultural Emphasis
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Barbara Harthorn
Mentor’s Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: Medical Anthropology, Health & Healthcare Disparities, Immigration, East Africa, Sociocultural Linguistics

Nardos is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. 
Veronica Torres
Major: CCS Biology 
Hometown: Norwalk, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Armand Kuris 
Mentor’s Department: Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology 
Research Interests: Parasites, Ecosystems, Food Webs, Interconnection  
Veronica is pursuing a Master's degree in Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. 

2019 Graduates

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Claudia Alegre
Majors: Sociology & Political Science
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentors: Dr. Erika Arenas and Dr. William Nomikos
Mentors' Department: Sociology and Political Science
Research Interests: Mental Health and Latinx Political Participation

Claudia is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Eduardo Cardenas-Torres
Major: Statistics
Hometown: Lompoc, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Michael Nava
Mentor's Department: Statistics and Applied Probability
Research Interests: Disease Surveillance, Biomedical Analysis, Data Mining

Eduardo is pursuing a PhD in Statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Steven Castro
Major: Linguistics
Hometown: La Mirada, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Marianne Mithun
Mentor's Department: Linguistics
Research Interests: Endangered Languages, Documentation, Morphology, Phonology, Conservation

Steven is pursuing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Chicago.

Roberto Chavez
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Tijuana, Mexico
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Craig Hawker
Mentor's Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research Interests: Photochemistry, Molecular Machinery, Environmental Chemistry

Roberto is pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lexxus Coffey Edison
Major: English
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Felice Blake
Mentor's Department: English
Research Interests: African American Literature, Post-Colonialism, Afrofuturism

Lexxus is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jose Delgado
Major: Biology
Hometown: Denver, CO
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Javier Read De Alaniz
Mentor's Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: Early cancer detection biomedical devices and improved immunotherapies for cancer patients
Jose is pursuing a Master's degree in Bioengineering with a Medical Specialization at the University of California, San Diego.

Zingha Foma
Major: Black Studies
Hometown: Bafoussam, Cameroon
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentors: Dr. Mhoze Chikowero and Dr. Paul Spickard
Mentors' Department: History
Research Interests: African Cultural Art, Fashion, Traditional Dress for Power and Resistance

Zingha is pursuing a PhD in History at New York University.

Jordan Mitchell
Major: CCS Music
Hometown: Stockton, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Leslie Hogan
Mentor's Department: Music Composition Research Interests: Mariachi, Jazz, Mexican Boleros

Jordan is pursuing a Master's degree in Music at the University of Southern California.

Jasmin Morales
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Diversity, Access, and Persistence in Higher Education with an Emphasis in STEM

Jasmin is entering a Post-Baccalaureate Program with the Carnegie Foundation at Stanford University.

Johanna Najera
Major: Anthropology and History of Art & Architecture
Hometown: South Gate, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentors: Dr. Claudia Moser and Dr. Gerardo Aldana
Mentors’ Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: Archaeology, Material Culture, Museum Studies, Classics

Johanna is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside.
Erika Prado
Majors: Psychology & Language, Culture, and Society 
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Mary Bucholtz
Mentor's Department: Linguistics
Research Interests: Interactional competence of nonverbal bilingual individuals with autism
Erika is pursuing a PhD in Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago.

Brandon Quintana

Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Lynwood, CA
Graduation Date: December 2019
Mentor: Dr. Hunter Lenihan
Mentor's Department: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Research Interests: Community Ecology, Anthropogenic Climate Change, Habitat Restoration and Conservation

Brandon is pursing a Master's degree in Biological Science at California State University, Fullerton. 
Tessa Resham Redmon
Major: Anthropology
Hometown: Ramona, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentors: Dr. Anabel Ford & Dr. Gerardo Aldana
Mentors' Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: West Africa, Central America; archaeology, collaborative research, decolonization research methods, heritage, identity, conservation
Tessa is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Zenzile Riddick
Major: Sociology and Black Studies
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Victor Rios
Mentor’s Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Systemic Punitive Control, Black and Latinx Youth Identity, Dignity and Culture

Zenzile is pursuing a PhD in Education at Harvard University.

Ryan Rodriguez
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Hollister, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Mattanjah de Vries
Mentor’s Department: Chemistry
Research Interests: Excited State Dynamics of Indigo

Ryan is pursuing a Master's degree in Chemistry at the University of San Francisco. 

2018 Graduates

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Natalie Bernal
Major: Psychology
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Fontana, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Miya Barnett
Mentor Department: Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology
Research Interests: Latina/o Mental Health, Improving Parent-Child Relationships, Academic Achievement
 
Fernanda Castellon
Major: Psychology and Chicana/o Studies
Hometown: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel
Mentor Department: Education, Counseling Clinical
and School Psychology
Research Interests: Autism, Intervention Methods with a Cultural Emphasis
Fernanda is pursuing a PhD in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Rodolfo Cerda
Major: Sociology
Minor: Education
Hometown: El Monte, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentors: Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios and Dr. Victor Rios
Mentors' Department: Education and Sociology
Research Interests: Masculinity, Educational
Achievement, Higher Education, Education Equality
Rodolfo is pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Marco Cerrato
Major: Physics
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Blumenthal
Mentor Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Fiber-Optic Gyros, Rotational
Sensors in Closed Loop Environment
 

Maria Garcia Garcia
Major: Psychology
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Santa Maria, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Erin Dowdy
Mentor Department: Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology
Research Interests: Child Development, Latino Mental Health, Trauma, and Resilience

Maria is pursuing a MSW in Social Work at Sacramento State University.
Victoria Melgarejo
Majors: Language, Culture & Society and Spanish
Hometown: North Shore, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mary Bucholtz
Mentor Department: Linguistics
Research Interests: Bilingual Education, Speech
Pathology, Socio-cultural Linguistics
Victoria is pursuing a PhD in Linguistics at Stanford University.
Jorge Moran
Major: Global Studies
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Bridget Coggins
Mentor Department: Political Science
Research Interests:International Relations/Policy,
China, South East Asia, Security/Hegenomy
Jorge is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jeremy Neill
Major: Geography
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Keith Clarke
Mentor Department: Geography
Research Interests: Water and Energy Systems, Systems
Management/Social Policy
 
Francisco Olvera
Major: English
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Felice Blake
Mentor Department: English
Research Interests: Chicana/o Literature, Identity,
“Double Consciousness”
Francisco is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Chicago.
Christian Rodriguez
Majors: Physics and Chemistry
Minor: Astronomy and Planetary Science
Hometown: Norwalk, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Hennawi
Mentor Department: Physics
Research Interests: Astrophysics, Astroparticle Physics,
Astronomy
Christian received a MS in Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.
Sirenia Sanchez
Majors: Communication and Psychology
Hometown: Montclair, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Nancy Collins
Mentor Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Social Psychology, Intergroup
Relations, Stereotypes, Identity, and Self-esteem
Sirenia is pursuing a PhD in Psychology at Northwestern University.

Nancy Torres
Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Carson, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. David Valentine
Mentor Department: Earth Science
Research Interests: Oceanography, Marine Biology, Global
Climate Change

Nancy Torres is pursuing a MS program in Environmental and Ocean Science at the University of San Diego.

Syrian Truong
Major: Physics
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mark Srednicki
Mentor Department: Physics
Research Interests: Computational Physics, Condensed
Matter Theory, Statistical Mechanics

Syrian received a MS in Physical Sciences and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Chicago.

Chris Turner
Major: Biological Antropology
Hometown: Glenrothes, Scotland
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Michael Gurven
Mentor Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: Osteology, Bioarchaeology

Chris is pursuing an MA in Anthropology at the University of South Florida.

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 received an MA in Global Health from 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 Burris
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 is pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan. 

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 received an MA in History from Utah State University and is now pursuing a PhD in History at Tulane 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 received an MA in Sociology from 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
Akira is at UC Irvine attending the UC Post-Baccalaureate Consortium.
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 received an MA in Public Health from 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 received her PhD in Urban Schooling at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2020.

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 received a Juris Doctorate from 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 completed the 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 received a Master's degree in Latin American and Latino Studies from 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 received a Master's degree in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics from 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 earned a Master's degree in Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Sociology at the University of Southern California.

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 completed a Master's 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 2017.  He enrolled in a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University in 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 received her PhD from 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 received her PhD in Educational Policy from Michigan State University in 2019.

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 completed 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

Adrianna has completed the Master’s of Public Health program at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently working with the Peace Corps in Armenia.
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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 received a PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. He is the CEO and co-founder and CEO of Progeny, a software startup company. 

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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 received his PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine in 2020. 

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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

 

Amy is working toward a PhD in Criminal Justice at the City University of New York Graduate Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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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 Virginia 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 earned her Ph.D. 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

Veronica is working toward her Master's in Social Work at the University of Southern California.
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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 working on 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 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. In 2020, she earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles (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 completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame in 2019. She is a Postdoctoral Research Association within the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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 serves as the Dietrich Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2017- 2018, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Richards Center/ Africana Research Center at Penn State University. Alaina received her PhD in June 2017 from Indiana University's History Department.

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 recently received his second Master's degree, in History of Science, from Harvard University, where he continues in the doctoral program in the History of Medicine. His first Master’s degree is from 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 received his PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Riverside in 2020.

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 a Minority Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University in 2018, completing her program in Developmental and Psychological Sciences at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where she was also part of the Center for Education Policy Analysis Lab.

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 earned her Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2019 and is pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at George Washington University.

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 the Program Coordinator at People Assisting the Homeless in Los Angeles.

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 is a Professor on the faculty in the Mathematics Department at Madera Community College, Madera, CA. She 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 completed PhD in Paleocology at the University of Chicago.

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 in 2018 from the Yale School of Nursing. In 2014, he graduated from Cornell University with a Master’s of Professional Studies in Africana Studies. In 2020, he became a fellow at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Neuroscience, focusing on Neuro Critical Care, Surgical, and Radiology. 

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

 

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. She received her EdD in Education from the University of Redlands in 2020. 

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 is the Latin American coordinator of strength and conditioning for the San Francisco Giants. 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 in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. 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 Juris Doctoral program at the UC Berkeley School of Law in 2018 after receiving a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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 completed her doctoral program in Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. In 2020, she received an appointment in Princeton' University Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program in the Department of Religion. She was also 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 Scheidemann
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 completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Southern California in 2018. Currently, he is the Coordinator of Equity and Inclusion, Dean of Students Office at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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 in Los Angeles.

 2010 Graduates

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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 in 2017.

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 received her PhD in Ethnic Studies from The University of California, Riverside. 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 is a Professor at Point Path University (Pittsburgh) in the Clinical-Community Psychology Program. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, after which he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin.

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

Sondrina graduated in 2012 with a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University. She is the clinic manager at the Santa Monica Wellness Center.

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 received her PhD at the University of California, Riverside in Ethnic Studies in 2017. For one year, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Latina and Latino Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she is an instructor in the SFSU Criminal Justice Program.

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 received his PhD in American Studies at Yale University. He graduated in 2012 with a Master's in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California. Currently, he is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for the Program in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth University.

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 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 received his PhD in 2018 in Chicana/Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an assistant professor at Emerson College, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary 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 Juarez is completing her doctoral work in Education at the University of Utah.

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, Austin.

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 2016 with a Master’s in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. He is pursuing a PhD in History at the University of California, San Diego.

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 completed his doctoral program in Chemistry at Stanford University in 2019. He graduated in 2013 with a Master’s in Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University. He now holds a postdoctoral position at Genentech.

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

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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 completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2018.

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. Currently, he is a School Counselor, Ready High School, California.

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