URAP Summer Program

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

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

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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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

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

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

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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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

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

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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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

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

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

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

Privacy Rights in the Digital Era

Julia Ornell : Legal Studies Summer 2018

This summer I will be continuing to provide research assistance for Professor Rule's book that discusses privacy rights in the digital era. I began working with Professor Rule in the Fall of 2018 when the book was still in the outline stage. This summer I will be helping Professor Rule with Chapters 3-6 of his book. The books seeks to reveal threats to online... Read More

Preschoolers Rationally Use Evidence to Select Casually Relevant Variables

Taylor Osman : Cognitive Science and English Summer 2018

This summer, under the guidance of my mentors, Professor Alison Gopnik and PhD student Mariel Goddu, I will be working with preschool-age kids to investigate how children select causally relevant variables in order to understand the world. Young children seem particularly good at recognizing, with very little evidence, what variables are casually relevant in a system,... Read More

Social Motivation Narratives and Anticipatory Pleasure in Schizophrenia

Apoorva Polisetty : Psychology Summer 2018

My current research uses data from the Clinical Assessment Interview for Negative Symptoms (CAINS) to examine how people with schizophrenia conceptualize and experience their social worlds. With an emphasis on perceived barriers and motivations for social interaction as well as pleasure derived from those interactions, we hope to better our understanding of the complex... Read More

Exploration of retrotransposon deletion phenotype in pre-implantation mouse embryo development

Xin Qi : Molecular & Cell Biology Summer 2018

Previous RNA-Seq analysis on mouse embryos revealed non-canonical mRNA splicing involving retrotransposon (RT) elements during pre-implantation development. The retrotransposon-element derived, non-canonical isoforms appear to be the dominant isoform in over 200 genes during critical stages of development. Specific retrotransposon-element knockout mice had been made to... Read More

Pacific Islander Data Equity Project

Joel Rojas : Public Health Summer 2018

As a research assistant for the Pacific Islander Task Force, I will continue to conduct quantitative data analysis on Maternal and Infant health data concerning mothers’ social demographics, health insurance, and health status. Our goal for this research project is to highlight the significant health disparities among Asian American and Pacific Islander mothers in the... Read More

Race in US Coming-of-Age Films

Rachel Ajung Ryoo : Global Studies / Anthropology Summer 2018

This project aims to identify differences in ‘black (African American)’ and ‘white (European American)’ coming-of-age films. Over the past semesters, I have analyzed and collated such films that were screened between 1970 to 2015 and identified recurring topics and depictions. I mainly focused on portrayals of drug/alcohol usage, sex/sexuality, physical violence,... Read More

Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Through Digital Stories

Maria Sandoval-Navas : Social Welfare Summer 2018

My research focuses on Colorectal cancer screening in a Latinx church community. Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States and the rates of screening for Latinxs are low. Thus, we are targeting this population, in order to address these two problems. I will be working along side Vicky Gomez, who has been working with this community for years.... Read More

Polarized Light Imaging Analysis to Improve Diagnosis of Alzheimer's

Shruti Satrawada : Computer Science Summer 2018

This summer, I will continue to work at the Grinberg Lab (I started there in Fall 2017) on the AVID project where the ultimate goal is to alter the PET scan to be able to identify Alzheimer's disease earlier in patients. My team works to scan high-quality images of slices of the brain. We then stitch these images together and use machine learning to identify... Read More

Racial Differences in Adolescent Marijuana Use

Dayna Stout : Integrative Biology Summer 2018

The research project focuses on social, economic, and political changes that have contributed to the racial differences in marijuana use of adolescents during the past few decades. We are analyzing historical trends based off various nationally conducted surveys on adolescents marijuana use. With use of these surveys, and previous research, we are attempting to... Read More

Myopia Control

Daniel Sun : Integrative Biology Summer 2018

I will work on examining the aftereffects of induced myopia through monocular lens, both in duration and magnitude. My project will use chicks as models in order to observe the gene expression levels in the chick retinal pigment epithelium,  a thin cell layer right next to the retina, after termination of treatment. The treatment and magnitudes will also use either... Read More

Role of the pqq operon in antibiotic resistance within Pseudomonas eye infections

Lauren Tabor : Microbial Biology Summer 2018

I work within the Fleiszig laboratory, which focuses on Pseudomonas eye infections. This summer, I will be studying the role of specific genes within the pqq operon, an operon formerly known to be involved in ethanol oxidation. I will be exploring the unknown role of this operon in facilitating antimicrobial resistance when Pseudomonas is grown in tear fluid.

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Global Economic Crises and Real Estate

Nicole-Hadassah Valdez : Economics Summer 2018

I have been researching for the Fisher Center for the past academic year and am continuing on a new project. I am preparing an accepted paper for publication with revisions and furthering research on the integration of real and financial markets. Working off of N.N. Taleb's "Black Swan", the paper compares the boom and busts from 1800-1940's to the recent 2007-2008... Read More

Predicting changes in human alternative splicing induced by genetic variants

Robert Wang : Bioengineering Summer 2018

Alternative splicing is a phenomenon that allows for a single gene to encode multiple gene products, contributing to the large diversity of proteins encoded by the genomes of more complex organisms such as humans. Genetic mutations that disrupt splicing mechanisms are among the leading causes of human hereditary disorders. However, current approaches for... Read More

Cirrus: Serverless Distributed Machine Learning

Andrew Zhang : Computer Science Summer 2018

This project involves developing a serverless distributed machine learning framework to lower datacenter costs and achieve better utilization of resources. The idea is computers sometimes have unused computing resources that cannot be used up by conventional tasks, such as VMs, but these unused resources can be used by special serverless tasks, and we intend to... Read More