All Summer Fellows

Each year, the program offers a small number of stipends to allow some URAP apprentices to continue work on their mentors' research projects over the summer. To be eligible, students must have been working with the same mentor for at least two semesters. Mentors nominate their students. These stipends are generously supported by a number of private donors.

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Molecular Phylogenics and Conservation Biology

Kaitlin Allerton : Integrative Biology Summer 2018

The California Floristic Province is a biodiversity hotspot, and around 30% of its plant species are endemic, so this is a special place for botanical exploration. My mentor’s project studies the Evolutionary Ecology of Rock Daisies. Over the past year, through URAP, I have learned molecular techniques involving DNA extraction, ITS, PCR and gel electrophoresis.... Read More

Improving Colorectal Cancer Screenings in South Asian Populations

Zahra Ansari : Public Health Summer 2018

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S., and one of the more common types of cancer experienced by South Asians. CRC incidence rate is rising for South Asians, however screening rates in South Asians remain relatively low. For the past two years, my research group and I have been organizing numerous health outreach... Read More

NeuroGPU: GPU Accelerated Neuronal Modeling

Nikhil Athreya : EECS Summer 2017

The project involved convex optimization and GPU programming to speed up neuronal simulations. Essentially, given the description of a neuron and/or a neuronal network, the project aims to translate this high level description into something that can be run on a GPU. GPU-bound simulations are on the order of 1000's of times faster than CPU-bound simulations. This... Read More

Farmers and Foodies

Karna Baraboo : Molecular and Cell Biology - Cell and Developmental Biology Summer 2018

Throughout the summer I will be participating in a research project that is attempting to understand the role farmers play within the rising alternative food movement in the United States. Although the alternative food system has inspired food system activists, academics and community organizers to re-localize the food system through farm-to-table restaurants, farmer’s... Read More

Research Article on the Development of Social Referencing

Abby Blaine : Psychology Summer 2018

I will be working on an article focusing on how emotional communication from others powerfully affects an infant's behavior, and more specifically, how emotional signaling from the mother can affect the infant's behavior towards objects and events about which the infant is uncertain. This article will center on the importance of face, voice and gesture on the... Read More

The Genus Iris

Zoe Boosalis : Molecular & Cell Biology Summer 2018

This summer I plan to assist Dr. Carol Wilson in preparing the DNA samples for First-generation DNA sequencing. Our DNA samples include genus Iris and completion of the project will enable the phylogeny of the species.

Women's Empowerment in Niger

Anna Boser : Public Health Summer 2018

I will be going to Niger to analyse ethnographic research for the Center for Girls' Education which is part of the OASIS initiative. The Center is expanding to Niger, and this research will allow it to take into account then specific dynamics and characteristic of rural Hausa communities in Niger in order to implement a more tailored program geared towards women's... Read More


Samuel Bright-Thonney : Physics and Applied Mathematics Summer 2017

Prof. Shapiro is an experimental particle physicist and a leader of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory affiliated collider experiment known as: ATLAS collaboration at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). One of the most important pieces of the ATLAS research program is to search for new phenomena and interactions never before observed at the most basic level of... Read More

Examining Connected Learning through Joint Mediated Practices in the Home

Gilberto Carrasco Urroz : Political Science Summer 2018

My work for this summer will be a continuation of the research I have been doing for the past academic year. My research project focuses on reconciling the everyday learning practices of members of nondominant communities with the practices they undertake in formal educational settings, such as the classroom. This is a necessary step when seeking to address the... Read More

Acute lung injury using the mouse model

Suzanna Chak : Molecular & Cell Biology Summer 2018

This summer, I will continue to work on a project studying the role of macrophages in acute lung injury. Macrophages are part of the innate immune system and are important for preventing the spread of infection and in the healing process. We have been studying how macrophage affect fibrosis (scarring) of the lung and the local inflammatory response after injury.

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French-American Women Project

Rani Davina Chan : Media Studies and Political Economy Summer 2017

In this research project, we examined how French women were constructed in American media and how American women were constructed in French media in the post-World War II era, specifically from 1944 to 1965. Our methodology entailed close-readings of different American and French historical newspapers, magazine articles, books, and other media texts, including... Read More

Genetic Basis of Head Skeletal Development in the Threespine Stickleback

Mary Chan : Molecular & Cell Biology Summer 2018

The Pitx2 gene is involved in eye and teeth development and cancer regulation. This summer, I will be further studying how Pitx2 mutations may affect tooth number in threespine stickleback fish by studying the phenotypes of various genetic crosses. This work will consist of both individual and collaborative projects in the Miller Lab.

Infection studies of a potentially hypervirulent bacterial mutant

Camille Chen : Microbial Biology Summer 2018

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic bacterial pathogen associated with serious lung, skin, and hospital-acquired infections, as well as a major cause of contact lens wear-related eye infections. This summer, I am focusing on the role of an uncharacterized gene in P. aeruginosa called PA4308 during infection. We hypothesize that PA4308 might... Read More

Registration Work at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Rileigh Clarke : History of Art Summer 2018

I will be working with the Head of Registration (Linda Waterfield) at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Under her guidance, I will review unprocessed collections and record the material into the museum database, CollectionSpace (CSpace). From there, I will scan source documents and related media into the CSpace file so that it is coherent for researchers to navigate... Read More

The Role of Attention in Motor Adaptation

Kristy Dang : Integrative Biology and Sociology Summer 2017

I work in the CognAc lab, which focuses on how people select, plan, and perform movements. My goal this summer is to explore how attention affects the way subjects implicitly (unconsciously) adapt when their motor movements are perturbed. I want to determine the relationship between explicit focus and implicit learning. By studying how people learn motor movements, we... Read More

Degenerative Retinal Disease Research

Carolyn Dunlap : Molecular & Cell Biology Summer 2017

This summer I am working with Cecile Fortuny in the Flannery lab to better understand retinal disease. This summer project is a continuation of the work we have been doing throughout the year to understand how degenerative retinal diseases function and try and model the diseases in mice so that future research and treatment can be conducted. We are also working on... Read More

Conflict, Crime and Intervention

Elisabeth Earley : Political Science/Latin American Language and Literature Summer 2018

This summer I will continue working on Professor Matanock's project regarding invited international interventions. In particular I help research the United Nation's International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, or CICIG for its acronym in Spanish. Guatemala has one of Latin America's highest murder rates, with more than 45 homicides per 100,000 people in 2006... Read More

Digital Refuge: Examining Online Refugee Communities in Europe

Caroline Eskandar : Political Science Summer 2018

I help with translating themes within the Facebook datasets from Arabic into English, using a qualitative codebook. I read through refugee questions and concerns, smugglers, government officials and others and classify them then, enter them into the spreadsheet. The goal is to participate in eventually forming a reliable database for refugee to extract accurate... Read More

Discovering post-restoration ecosysten dynamics of restored wetlands

Julia Evered : Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Summer 2018

Wetlands in the San Francisco Bay-Delta have been threatened by encroaching development, climate change and other environmental factors. Local organization and agencies have provided significant efforts to protect and restore the large amount of wetland ecosystems lost over a century of development. For several years, Dronova Lab has been collecting and analyzing... Read More

Impulsive Reactions to Emotions, Cognition, and Biological Markers

Stephanie Gam : Psychology and Social Welfare Summer 2017

This study employs a number of important methodological features: experimental manipulation of stress, measurement of arousal using psychophysiological parameters, neurocognitive assessment of response inhibition, and behavioral indicators of whether response inhibition deficits translate to real world behavior. Much of the data collection has been completed over the... Read More

Psychology of Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Jacob Giffin : Cognitive Science Summer 2018

My research entails operating an MRI scanner for a study conducted by the Cal Mania (CALM) program. The goal of this study is to better understand how factors such as reward sensitivity and planning play a role in various anxiety and mood disorders. My role in this study is to conduct brain scans on subjects while they undergo multiple functional tasks that help assess... Read More

Forming A Math Crew: A Design Approach to Supporting Beginning Teachers

Celeste Gonzalez : Mathematics & Spanish Summer 2018

Math Crew is a group geared towards first-year elementary school teachers, facilitated by Mallika Scott, my mentor who is working under Professor Alan Schoenfeld, as she recognized the need for a space to discuss relevant issues that teachers face on the day-to-day basis and support theses teacher's vision of creating a more equitable math classroom. Through ... Read More

Radiobiology Synergy Analysis (Statistics project)

Dae Woong Ham : Statistics, Applied Mathematics Summer 2017

I spent and will spend most of the time finalizing our paper, which will be published soon. I am mainly responsible for doing most of the coding and execution on the statistics part of the project. I have currently done ODE solving, parameter estimation, monte carlo simulations with 95% Confidence Intervals, modeling, and computer simulations. 

Open Source Investigations in Human Rights

Sonia Hamilton : English and Legal Studies Summer 2018

This summer, I will continue to lead the Digital Verification Corps, a team that partners with Amnesty International to respond to various international human rights violations in real time. The DVC performs the discovery and verification of open source information to provide vital information to Amnesty International in their support of their research and... Read More

High Resolution Optical Scanning of Historical Sound Recordings

Baichuan Huang : Physics & Applied Math Summer 2018

In 1877, Thomas Edison recorded and reproduced sound for the first time in human history. From then to 1950s, most recorded sound was lodged onto cylinder surfaces made by foil, wax, or plastic. To play an audio record, a cylinder is put in contact with a needle on a phonograph. However, because the needle slightly damages grooves on cylinders every time they rotate,... Read More

Privacy in the Digital Age

Alan Jiang : History Summer 2018

 I research the effects technological advances (such as expert systems and databases/data collection) and associated practices (like routine use exceptions) have had on privacy. I also research legislative attempts to address these issues, such as the Privacy Act of 1974.

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The Molecular Basis of Floral Patterns

Grace Johnson : Molecular & Cell Biology Summer 2017

My research project involves looking at what genes lead to certain petal spot patterns in the common monkeyflower. I also look at how these spots may give a plant an advantage when it comes to getting pollinated and passing on their genes. My time is largely divided between molecular work in the lab and more hands-on work in the greenhouse, where I cross plants,... Read More

Assessing Plant-Growth characteristics of Bacterial Strains and Viability in Biofertilizer

Satya Karri : Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics, Genomics, and Development Summer 2018

Mutualism is well characterized by the evolutionary relationship between a variety of legumes and their corresponding rhizobial bacteria. Determining which strains most benefit plant growth will help choose bacteria to use as cost-effective components of biofertilizers. These agricultural inputs can help developing countries ensure agricultural yields despite somewhat... Read More

Using systems mapping to create a guideline for empirical research in engineering

Ebru Kasikaralar : Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Summer 2018

I will be working on finishing two papers which focus on using systems mapping. One of the papers will discuss what kind of perspective researchers in engineering should have and what kind of points they should look into when they are conducting research that will have possible real-world applications and solutions. The other will focus on enumerating the... Read More

The "Super Peer" and its Effect on African-American Children

Dominque Keith-Maher : English Summer 2017

I am currently assisting Professor Herd with conducting research on the influence of mass media --also known as "the super peer"-- on alcohol consumption amongst African-American adolescents. We are specifically looking at popular movies from the Teen Media Study, which was conducted in 2001and 2002. Apart from this, I am also beginning a literature review, that looks... Read More

Optimizing Computational Neuronal Models

Kyung Geun Kim : Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Summer 2018

The underlying biophysical properties of cortical neurons such as different ion channels distribution determine their behavior. Currently, neuroscientists do not have a method to accurately determine the distribution of different ion channels in different parts of a neuron. This creates a big gap in understanding neuronal mechanisms in health and diseases. In this... Read More

Quantifying the relationship between stereopsis and motor control in a prehension task

Alyson Kishi : Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2017

The aim of this study is to quantify the relationship between stereopsis (the ability to see depth) and the ability to precisely grasp an object. We will present objects in a frontal view that minimizes other cues to their shape and ask participants to reach and pick up the objects while recording their hand movements.  It is our hope that the study will illuminate our... Read More

Controlling Myopia

Niathi Kona : Public Health Summer 2017

I will work mostly on two projects, linked by the common theme of controlling myopia (the focus of the Wildsoet Lab). One of my projects will involve guinea pigs as an animal model for myopia and will explore the influence of dosing on the effectiveness of atropine eye drops for slowing or preventing the development of myopia. The second project will involve human... Read More

Predictive modeling of ecosystem carbon stocks in mangroves of the Americas

Ben Kopania : Environmental Sciences and Geography Summer 2018

The purpose of this project is to examine the effects of species assemblages and forest structure versus geomorphological setting on ecosystem carbon stocks in the mangroves of the Americas. This summer I will work on building statistical models that will help us understand these relationships between different forest characteristics and carbon stocks. By... Read More

Digital Refuge: Examining Online Refugee Communities in Europe

Molly Kraus : Political Science Summer 2018

The European Migrant Crisis, as it has been popularly entitled, left millions of refugees from Syria to Afghanistan floundering for accurate information on the legal infrastructure of immigration in Europe.

As a research apprentice for Berkeley School of Law, I have been able to study the digital proliferation of refugee rumors on sites such as Facebook and News... Read More

Investigating the effects of brain rhythm entrainment on visual working memory performance

Xinyu Li : Molecular & Cell Biology Summer 2018

The D'Esposito Lab studies the neural bases underlying high-level cognitive processes such as working memory. My goal for this summer is to understand how frequency-specific stimulation can entrain the neuronal oscillations underlying these processes. The enhancement or disruption of working memory by rhythmic stimulation can have broader implications for... Read More

Identifying Genetic Modifiers in for Cataracts in Mouse Models

Rachel Li : Molecular & Cell Biology Summer 2018

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and is one of the most common conditions for those over the age of 60. For this project, we aim to identify genetic modifiers that cause nuclear cataract formation in mice. We are also trying to understand the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for cataracts in hope of developing ways to treat it.

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Yichu Li : Economics Summer 2017

There are a couple of topics I am responsible for, including pollution economy, current U.S. healthcare system, China's Belt and Road policy, etc. They are all very engaging and requires in-depth reading and research, which I learnt a lot from. I was not only analyzing the status quo, but was also responsible for proposing a hypothetical solution or version myself.

CMB Instrumentation and Window Optics

Tiffany Liu : Physics Summer 2018

The goal of Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) instrumentation in the POLARBEAR polarization experiments is to improve the sensitivity of our instruments so we can more accurately measure CMB radiation with less noise. My project involves developing and assembling the window anti-reflection setup so that the window can maximally collect light. Achieving this is crucial... Read More

Experimental evolution and coevolution of the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae under phage selection

Kore Lum : Microbial Biology Summer 2018

My summer research will focus on understanding how selection from two different bacteriophages impacts the evolution of a bacterial population. I will use experimental evolution, microbiological assays, and genome sequencing to determine whether the plant pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae, is able to evolve resistance against each of two bacteriophages either in isolation... Read More

Motivators and Barriers to Social Interaction in People with Schizophrenia

Renata M. Botello : Psychology, Disability Studies Minor Summer 2017

My current research project examines how people with schizophrenia experience their social world. More specifically, it analyzes the different motivators and barriers to social interaction in people with schizophrenia and controls with the purpose of providing a deeper understanding of social functioning among people with this condition. Data on the Clinical Assessment... Read More

Spleen Development in TLx1 and NKx2.5 deficient human cell lines

Amir-Ala Mahmoud : Molecular and Cellular Biology Summer 2017

TLx1 and Nkx2.5 are transcription factors that are essential regulators of early spleen development. In order to better understand how conditions such as incomplete congenital asplenia, and other aberrations of the spleen develop, better understanding the effects of these transcription factors on development is necessary. In order to do so I am generating spleen cell... Read More

Dengue Virus NS1 protein

Carmel Malvar : Microbial Biology and Public Health Summer 2017

This summer, I will be working on investigating the structure and molecular determinants of the Dengue Virus NS1 protein. Dengue Virus affects hundreds of millions of patients annually and can lead to symptoms such as hemorrhagic fever or shock syndrome. My work will be building on our findings in lab from the past year regarding key amino acid sites on NS1's role in... Read More

Program on Security Institutions and Violent Instability

Umar Maniku : Economics and Data Science Summer 2018

My research has me examining discrepancies or large differences in reported security institutions troop numbers for different countries from year-to-year  - whether there are problems with the coding or if they were caused by events occurring in that nation for that year. By cross-checking different published reports, military expenditure data, and news sources, a... Read More

Geo-analysis of Research Papers

Richard Meng : Computer Science & Statistics Summer 2017

We are trying to analyze the geographical properties of research papers from 1970s to now. The papers we choose to analyze are primarily about conducting researches on regions & lands. Therefore, through analyzing the geographical properties of authors, conference address, researching scope, etc., we would like to find a relation between where the paper is written... Read More

Research in the Trace Gas Biogeochemistry Laboratory

Anya Mikheicheva : Geophysics Summer 2017

I have been working on a few projects  "Net ecosystem fluxes of methyl halides from Rush Ranch, a salt marsh ecosystem in the San Joaquin Delta", “Halide extractions from Oxford Tract” and  I’m about to start another project that is running GS-MS with a different carrying gas, which could possibly improve gas chromatography results. With the first two projects I did a... Read More

Photomultiplier Nonlinearity for Neutron Detection

Christen Moore : physics Summer 2018

Photomultiplier tubes convert light into an electrical signal. These are useful for light yield measurements of organic scintillators being conducted by my mentor, Dr. Bethany Goldblum, and members of the Bay Area Neutron Group at the 88-Inch Cyclotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in support of neutron detection for nuclear security applications. To... Read More

Immunohistochemical Analysis of nNos+ Amacrine Cells in Mouse Retina

Merusha Mukherjee : Psychology Summer 2018

My research specifically hones in on the functionality and morphology of amacrine cells. Amacrine cells can be GABAergic, glycinergic, or neither depending on what inhibitory neurotransmitter they express (GABA, glycine, or neither). While both the GABAergic and the glycinergic amacrine cells have been fairly well studied, there is not much extensively known... Read More

Shane Adaptive Optics Survey of Stellar Binary Systems

Jner Tzern (JJ) Oon : Astrophysics and Physcis Summer 2017

The projects aims at searching for stellar binary systems with extremely uneven members. The surveys the team conducts use state-of-the-art high contrast imaging devices. To the large collection of images for each target advanced analysis tools are applied to achieve the highest possible contrast to find the faint companions. JJ continues to be involved in the in the... Read More

Steller's Jay Phylogeography

Zheng Oong : Integrative Biology Summer 2018

The Steller's jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is a species of jay that shows incredible morphological diversity across its range in the North and Central America. Our previous genetic work using nuclear DNA (microsatellites) and mitochondrial DNA has shown evidence of strong genetic structure across populations. This summer, I will be working closely with my mentor to... Read More