2012 Undergraduate Symposium Prize Winners
$1000 First Prizes and $500 Second Prizes were awarded in each category
|Honorable Mention|| Marcello Dolce, '[ ] '
Faculty Sponsors: Patrick Jackson and Ann Page, Roski School of Fine Arts
|2nd Prize|| Tam Banh, 'Revitalizing Los Angeles River - Taylor Yard Farm'
Faculty Sponsor: Lawrence Scarpa, School of Architecture
|1st Prize|| Stacy Kwok, 'Truth in Making, Craft: An Architectural Inquiry'
Faculty Sponsor: Lee Olvera, Architecture
|Interdisciplinary Award|| Erin Cuevas, John Farrace, 'Welcome to Beautiful Juarez'
Faculty Sponsor: Mario Cipresso, School of Architecture
|Honorable Mention|| Marrissa Emond, 'The Past and Present Menstrual Practices of the Dayak of West Kutai, Borneo: An Examination in Context for Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology'
Faculty Sponsor: Robert Delgado, Biological Sciences
|2nd Prize|| Anna Bishop, 'Macro-Mapping the Maya: A Large-scale GIS Analysis of Maya Settlement Patterns in Belize'
Faculty Sponsor: Lynn Swartz Dodd, Religion Department
|1st Prize||Gregory Woodburn, 'Necessary of Life: Henry David Thoreau's Concepts of America's Problematic Progress, 1837 – 1862', Faculty Sponsor: Karen Halttunen, History Department; Brett Sheehan, History Department|
|Interdisciplinary Award|| Anu Ramachandran, 'Faith: Friend or Foe? The Rise of Faith Healing in Tanzania and Its Impact on Community Understanding of HIV'
Faculty Sponsor: Erin Moore, Anthropology
|Honorable Mention|| Brooke Sanders, 'Intra-articular Glucocorticoid Injections as a Cause for Adrenal Insufficiency'
Faculty Sponsors: John Carmichael, Pituitary Center, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; Albert Herrera, Biological Sciences
|Honorable Mention|| Barsegh Barseghian, Mary Boyadjian, 'Green Tea Polyphenols Preconditioning against Ischemic Stroke '
Faculty Sponsor: Rayudu Gopalakrishna , Cell & Neurobiology, Keck School of Medicine
|2nd Prize|| Sarah Waliany, 'Role of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins in Promoting Metastasis of Breast Cancer Cells to the Brain'
Faculty Sponsor: Rahul Jandial, Biological Sciences
|2nd Prize|| Linda Peng, 'Genetic and Functional Analysis of CYCP2;1 in Arabidopsis'
Faculty Sponsor: Xuelin Wu, Biological Sciences
|1st Prize|| Kevin Le, Ellen Park, 'Bioengineering a mechanism to override plasmid-based antibiotic resistance'
Faculty Sponsor: Sean Curran, Molecular and Cell Biology, Davis School of Gerontology
|Physical Sciences & Engineering|
|Honorable Mention|| Aaron Henehan, 'Deconstructing the Rebound with Optical Tracking Data'
Faculty Sponsors: Yu-Han Chang, Sam Danesis, and Rajiv Maheswaran, Computer Science
Avril Pitter, Kirsten Rice, Kristen Sharer, 'Optimization of Biodiesel Production from Algae through Ultrasonication Extraction Method'
Faculty Sponsors: Stephanie Olague, Massoud Pirbazari and Varadarjan Ravindran, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering
|2nd Prize|| Sarah Hester, Steven Leverette, William Murray, 'Thrust Augmentation of a Solid Rocket Motor by Means of Inert Gas Injection'
Faculty Sponsors: Dan Erwin and Joseph Kunc, Astronautical Engineering
|2nd Prize|| Jenny Zhang, 'Hydrogen generation from formic acid using ruthenium carbonyls as catalysts: kinetic and spectroscopic study of the reaction mechanism'
Faculty Sponsors: Miklos Czaun, Alain Goeppert, and Surya Prakash, Chemistry
|1st Prize|| Hannah Gray, Aditi Yokota-Joshi, 'Removal of radioactive uranium from groundwater using nanoparticle technology and adsorption mechanisms'
Faculty Sponsors: Massoud Pirbazari and Varadarjan Ravindran, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering
|Honorable Mention|| Mariah J Gill, 'Predicting the Success of Community Based Resource Management Programs: Waihe'e, Maui, Hawai'i Case Study'
Faculty Sponsor: James Fawcett, Environmental Studies
|Honorable Mention|| Jordan Weiss, 'Antitrust: Policy, Prices, and Behavior'
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Sproul, Economics
|2nd Prize|| Leandra Fraser, 'Es Mejor Saber: A Proactive Approach to Gestational Diabetes Follow Up'
Faculty Sponsors: Penina Segall-Gutierrez, Co-Director, Family Planning Fellowship, Co-Director, Diabetes and Pregnancy Service, Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Medicine
|2nd Prize|| Tyler Vestal, 'The Accuracy of Pseudo-Temporal Questions in Interviews of Children'
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas D. Lyon, Gould School of Law
|1st Prize|| Adrienne Scotti, 'The Effects of Database Type and Forensic Laboratory Error Rates on the Probative Value of DNA Evidence in a Cold Case'
Faculty Sponsors: Richard John and Nicholas Scurich, Psychology
|1st Prize|| Lei (Lisa) Cui, Emily Gee, 'Chinese and American Emotional Responses to Environmental Advertisements '
Faculty Sponsor: Ann Crigler, Political Science
Interdisciplinary Award Linda Dahl, 'The Golden Horde and the Emergence of Muscovy'
Faculty Sponsor: Azade-Ayse Rorlich, History
|Honorable Mention|| Lori Chen, 'Architecture as a Vehicle for Social Change in Southeast Asia'
Faculty Sponsors: Jinhee Choung, Political Science; James Steele, School of Architecture
|2nd Prize|| Stephanie Lam, 'A Novel Method for Rib Periosteum Autografts in the Mouse for the Purpose of Assessing Bone Regeneration'
Faculty Sponsor: Francesca Mariani, Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC
|1st Prize|| Avril Pitter, Kirsten Rice, Kristen Sharer, 'Optimization of Biodiesel Production from Algae through Ultrasonication Extraction Method'
Faculty Sponsors: Stephanie Olague, Massoud Pirbazari,and Varadarjan Ravindran, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering