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

Soil Health across Diversified Farms in Yolo County, CA

Zeltzin Angon : Geography, Society & Environment, Summer 2019

I am passionate about working on issues of climate justice and climate change, focusing on synergies between the natural and built environment--specifically land remediation. Having previously created maps of farms located in Yolo County, this summer I will continue my apprenticeship by sampling and processing farmers' soil in order to learn... 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

Researching the Cellular Processes of Powdery Mildews

Elizabeth Applegate : Integrative Biology, Summer 2019

This summer, I will be finishing up my year-long honors project. My project involves the overexpression of powdery mildew-secreted effector proteins in seedlings of its plant host. My mentor and I hypothesize that these effector proteins are causing a crucial process called endoreduplicaiton to occur in plant host cells, so my project allows us to test this hypothesis... 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

Past Imperial Foodways at the City of Huari (AD600-1000): Experimental Archaeology of Bean Identification

Clarissa Baskin : Anthropology & Conservation and Resource Studies, Summer 2019

This project is a crucial part of the Past Imperial Foodways project in the McCown Archaeobotanical Laboratory at UC Berkeley. Over the past year, we have discovered that a major component of the diet in the early urban environment of Huari (capital of the Wari State of the highland Andes, South America) is the bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). This is a rare discovery in... Read More

Spatial phylogenetics of native vascular plants in the Mojave National Preserve

Dean Berkowitz : Geography, Summer 2019

Biodiversity is essential for providing ecosystem services to humans in addition to supporting ecological networks. While conservation efforts have prioritized protecting biodiversity hotspots in recent years, desert biomes remain undervalued, even as climate change threatens dryland ecosystems.

For the past two semesters, I have worked on a project which seeks... Read More

Exploring the Urban-Rural Divide via Social Media Analysis

Luke Birdsong : Geography, Society & Environment, Summer 2019

I will distill Tweets from 10 different individuals and organizations that are recognized as leaders in the alternative food movement in regards to how they (or how they fail to) mention, portray, and discuss farmers and their contributions to the food system.


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

Health Effects of Identity Denial

Brianna Blair : Sociology, Summer 2019

This summer, I will be piloting a study on the mental and physical health effects of identity denial among people with marginalized identities. I hope to analyze the effects of downplaying a visible marginalized identity and how this can have detrimental health consequences. I will also continue assisting graduate students and Professor Jacoby-Senghor with their... 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

Methyl Halide Pollution - Emphasis on Chloroform in Drinking Water

Ryan Bowers : Chemistry B.S., Summer 2019

This summer I will be studying chloroform pollution in drinking water around the UC Berkeley campus. Initial measurements of chloroform in water near campus indicate that while chloroform levels don’t surpass legal requirements, they may surpass recommended health limits. Therefore, I will spend this summer researching the extent of this pollution and evaluating the... 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

Quantifying Sleep-Related Gene Expression in Cassiopea Jellyfish

Henry Chen : Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology, Summer 2019

This summer, I will work towards understanding why Jellyfish exhibit sleep-like behavior from a gene-expression standpoint. The frequency in which genes are expressed can give us insight into the biological mechanisms in many organisms. For the Cassiopea jellyfish, I intend to explore the genetic basis behind sleep by measuring how certain genes, specifically sleep-... Read More

Cloning of Putative Tardigrade Ice-Binding Proteins

Kylie Cheng : Molecular and Cell Biology, Summer 2019

My mentor's project aims to develop tardigrades (also known as water bears) as a model for physiological adaptations to freezing, specifically investigating molecular mechanisms for cold tolerance. One suspected mechanism that tardigrades may use is making antifreeze proteins that bind ice crystals to prevent their further growth. So far, several possible ice-binding... 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

Trust and Technology

Naz Dundar : Psychology and Molecular and Cell Biology, Summer 2019

This summer, I will be running laboratory and field experiments to understand what makes people willing to share their personal information with machines (or other humans). We are trying to understand whether things such as the mode of communication affect how humans build trust with one another or machines. Accordingly, one of the primary experimental manipulations 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

Research Assistant in the California Archaeology Laboratory

Kathryn Field : Anthropology , Summer 2019

This summer I will be working on various projects in the California Archaeology Lab. The Cal Lab performs research on archaeological materials from various sites, predominantly in California. This past year I have been working on projects from sites in the Oregon Great Basin and on the Santa Cruz coastline under the guidance of PhD students Gabriel Sanchez and Michael... 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

Historical Sociology

Bernard Gburek : Sociology, Summer 2019

I will be researching race movements in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s including the Civil Rights movement, the Black student movement, the Chicano, Native American, and Asian American movements of the late 1960s, and the white reaction to these movements.

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

Sustainable Groundwater Management

Phoebe Goulden : Environmental Sciences, Summer 2019

Water is a precious resource in California and in many Western states, but it often hasn’t been managed as such. Impacts of overuse on surface water are easy to see, but groundwater, which occupies the spaces between pieces of rock and soil underground, is more easily overlooked. In 2014, California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, SGMA, which... Read More

Understanding Sports (NBA/MLB/NFL) Ticket Prices

Cheenar Gupte : Data Science, Summer 2019

This summer I will continue the research I have been a part of since Fall 2017, primarily working on updating and refining the code used to gather and query data. Additionally, my group has been collecting additional data from a variety of sources to try and see how different factors ranging from weather and air quality to availability of housing affect consumer ticket... 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. 

Measurement of Degradation of Historical Sound Records Due to Physical Wear

Melanie Hamaguchi : Physics, Summer 2019

Even in the face of overwhelming digital documentation, the majority of audio in the historical record is still stored on physical sources. The Project IRENE team is working to save these valuable recordings using non-contact digital imaging and analysis. Wax cylinder recordings, produced between 1888-1902, were the first commercially viable recordings and often used... 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

The Role of Lactate in Exercise-Induced Hyperventilation

Homza Hireed : Molecular & Cell Biology, Summer 2019

During Exercise, there is an increased demand for energy. To produce energy required to perform work and sustain physical activity, respiration must match the elevated metabolic demand. Although the signaling mechanisms is unknown for the acute ventilatory response to exercise, lactate is known to accumulate in the blood stream. To determine lactate's role as a... Read More

Individual and Social Decision-Making Across the Lifespan

Siyana Hristova : Data Science, Cognition , Summer 2019

This summer I will be working on analyzing neurological data from consumer memory studies aimed at differentiating between and better understanding the neurological processes that occur during decision-making in the human brain. 

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

Determining the Sex Ratio of Mosses

Jordan Jomsky : Data Science and Molecular Cell Biology, Summer 2019

This summer, I will be participating in both wet lab and dry lab research. While I extract and compile genetic data from moss samples, I will be performing statistical analysis and creating data visualizations for the genetic sex data of the moss samples. Further, I will be also attending the Botany conference in July to present on the undergraduate lab experience with... 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

Field School at Nemea, Greece

Emily Kinnaman : History + Molecular Environmental Biology, Summer 2019

This summer, I will be continuing my work with the Nemea Center by helping on their ongoing excavation in Nemea, Greece. We will be excavating at the cemetery of Aidonia as well as doing conservation work and assisting in the museum. The artifacts at this site range from prehistoric to Byzantine periods, so it is really helpful for learning more about a broad range of... Read More