Meet Our Scholars

Current Scholars


Joana A.

Joana Alfaro

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Delhi, CA
Graduation Term: Fall 2020
Mentor: Dr. Meggan Jordan
Mentor Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Mental health among veterans, lack of cultural diversity among educators

 


German A.

German Astorga

Class Standing: Senior
Major: Physics
Hometown: Salida, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2021
Mentor: Dr. Brian Morsony
Mentor Department: Physics
Research Interests: Computational Astrophysics



Aurora C.

Aurora Ceja 

Class Standing: Senior
Major: Sociology
Minor: Ethnic Studies
Hometown: Manteca, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2021
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Strangfeld
Mentor Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Radicalization in Immigration

 


Rachel C.

Rachel Choate

Class Standing: Senior
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Modesto, CA
Graduation Term: Fall 2020
Mentor: Dr. Choong-Min Kang
Mentor Department: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Cellular and molecular biology, developmental biology, cancer biology, virology, bacteriology, and genetics
 


Jasmin C.

Jasmin Cornejo

Class Standing: Senior
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Lodi, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2021
Mentor: Dr. Melanie Martin
Mentor Department: Computer Science
Research Interests: Data mining to ensure equity for all students


 


Arlena Liryce G.

Arlena Liryce Gavino

Class Standing: Senior
Major: Mathematics and Economics
Hometown: Manteca, CA
Graduation Term: Fall 2020
Mentor: Dr. Bjorg Johannsdottir
Mentor Department: Mathematics
Research Interests: Math education, economics, operations research


 


James G.

James Green

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Hickman, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2021
Mentor: Dr. James Youngblom
Mentor Department: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Cellular regeneration, prosthesis advancement, biomedical engineering, CRISPR, ecology, wildlife biology, entomology, physiology, anatomy, physics, nuclear chemistry
 


Marlen L.Marlen Martinez-Lopez
 

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Madera, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2021
Mentor: Dr. Dae Hee Kim
Mentor Department: Computer Science
Research Interests: Big data analysis and virtual reality


 


John M.

John Molthen

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Modesto, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2021
Mentor: Dr. Koni Stone
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Research Interests: Biochemistry and cancer research


 


Juana Nieto

Juana Nieto Vazquez

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Winton, CA
Graduation Term: Fall 2020
Mentor: Dr. Kelly Cotter
Mentor Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Exploring how the migratory background and the primary language(s) of migrant students affect their interest and ultimate decision of pursuing higher education. 
 


Cassandra O.

Cassandra Olivas

Class Standing: Senior
Major: Biological Sciences and Computer Science
Hometown: Ripon, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2020
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Cooper
Mentor Department: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: The impact of agricultural proximity in body condition in California ground squirrels (otospermophilus beecheyi).

 


Georgina O.

Georgina Orozco

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Kinesiology
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Modesto, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2022
Mentor: Dr. Arya Alami
Mentor Department: Kinesiology
Research Interests: Motor learning/development topics, Motor learning techniques that can be beneficial for those adults over the age of 65, and learning about bone health.


Lauren P.

Lauren Previtali

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Stockton, CA
Graduation Term: Fall 2021
Mentor: Dr. Victor Luevano
Mentor Department: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Using the biopsychosocial perspective to explore LGBTQ+ community-related topics. 

 


Lourdes R.

Lourdes Ramirez

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Criminal Justice & Anthropology
Hometown: Patterson, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2021
Mentor: Dr. Sari Miller-Antonio
Mentor Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: Advances in forensic anthropology and human identification.


 


Emma V.

Emma Van Hoogmoed

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Madera, CA 
Graduation Term: Spring 2021
Mentor: Dr. Xuejun Liang
Mentor Department: Computer Science
Research Interests: Biotechnology, digital pathology, and machine learning

 


Guadalupe V.

Guadalupe Villanueva

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Kinesiology
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Hughson, CA
Graduation Term: Spring 2022
Mentor: Dr. Wura Jacobs
Mentor Department: Kinesiology
Research Interests: Examine whether and to what extent overweight/obese adolescents engage in other health-risking behaviors.