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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Backlash toward Inclusion Policies: Psychological Underpinnings and Solutions

Maja Ahmann : Legal Studies, Summer 2020

This research project explores the social psychological underpinnings of the debate around inclusion policies and free speech. As college campuses nationwide have instituted policies designed to promote inclusion (e.g., safe spaces, trigger warnings, hate speech codes, and pronoun usage policies), furor and debate have ignited. While proponents argue that... Read More

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

Hormonal Signaling's Impact on Cardiomyocyte Regeneration

Alexander Amram : Molecular & Cell Biology: Developmental Genetics, Summer 2020

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, which makes understanding the ability of certain vertebrates to regenerate damaged heart tissue by replacing lost cardiomyocytes crucial for developing regenerative heart therapies. Recent studies suggest that the suppression of cardiomyocyte proliferation coincides with the augmentation of... 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

Access to Justice with the Civil Justice Research Initiative

Lucas Bainbridge : Geography, Summer 2020

My research this summer will primarily focus on access to justice issues. This will be through the research, editing and publication of white papers on the impacts of changes in legal rules, class actions, the role of lawyers in improving outcomes for low income people with civil legal needs, and legal remedies for trauma stemming from racial violence and prosecutorial... Read More

Post COVID-19: Unhoused Youth Needs

Anoop Bains : Public Health, Summer 2020

In light of COVID-19, the unhoused community has been rocked but this situation has also presented the unique opportunity to assess how pandemics affect the community. This summer research project will be specifically assessing the needs of unhoused youth in reaction to the difficulties COVID-19 has led to (loss of jobs, closing of resource centers, lack of support for... Read More

Impacts of Violence Against Healthcare in Syria

Sarah Bakir : Public Health, Summer 2020

This summer, I will be assisting Dr. Haar on one of her projects that analyzes the impacts of violence against healthcare in Syria. I will be recruiting participants, assisting in conducting key informant interviews and focus groups discussions, and analyzing qualitative data.

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.


Apologies in International Relations

Claire Black : Political Science, Summer 2020

Professor Mattes' project analyzes the conditions in which countries apologize, or refuse to apologize, to each other for historic wrongs. I will continue to look into international apologies, including Japanese apologies after WWII, to understand the reactions to these apologies and the context of giving them. Do international apologies really help with reconciliation... 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

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

Characterization of Resistance to Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato in Tomato

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Jamie Calma : Molecular & Cell Biology, Summer 2020

We developed a high-throughput seedling flood assay to identify wild species of tomato that are resistant against Pseudomonas syringae, a bacterial pathogen that causes disease in a broad range of plant species. The screen identified multiple accessions of wild tomato with varying degrees of resistance to the pathogen. We are characterizing and mapping the... 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

Curatorial Practicum in Latin American Art

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Albie Cartagenes : Art Practice & History of Art, Summer 2020

During the summer I will be collecting and researching the various art objects by Latin American Artists within the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). I am investigating how objects trace the long history of colonization of the Spanish and Portuguese Americas. Understanding how the world's expansion and growth during the late 15th Century led to a... 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.

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

Genetics of Plant Development

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Jenny Chau : Molecular & Cell Biology, Summer 2020

During the development of plants, specific genes are expressed to induce the formation of different plant structures. There are genes that control vasculature, branching, floral growth, and much more. Mutating these genes result in abnormal growth. This summer, I will continue to assist my mentor in analyzing the function of genes important for plant branching and... 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

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

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

Groundwater Availability and Plant Phenology in Sagehen Basin

Nonnie Coelho : Geology, Summer 2020

The overarching project investigates the drivers of near-surface groundwater availability in wet meadow ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada. It combines field study and remote sensing data analysis, building upon studies and instrumentation at UC’s Sagehen Field Station by the Kondolf Lab. This summer, I will be continuing fieldwork, monitoring groundwater levels in... Read More

Orientalism & Twain: An Analysis of Egyptomania

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Zoë Cramer : Classics & Comparative Literature, Summer 2020

This summer I plan on looking at the correlation between Orientalism, within the framework provided by Edward Said’s work Orientalism, and the collection formerly on display at the Bancroft library "Object Lessons: Berkeley’s Egyptian Collection." Exploring the role that Orientalism played in the excavation of the objects on display and permanent collection, I am... 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

How Should Air Pollution Co-Benefits be Counted?

Lila Englander : Economics, Summer 2020

This research project will investigate the economic, environmental, and policy trade-offs associated with the deployment of low-carbon resources in the electricity sector. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can result in significant reductions of other “co-pollutants” (e.g., particulate matter pollution). In recent years, the health benefits associated with... 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

Overconfidence in Judgment

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Karin Garrett : Psychology, Summer 2020

This summer I will be working on several projects examining the three forms of overconfidence: overestimation, overprecision, and overplacement. This phenomenon affects people’s judgments in daily life and has serious implications for the decisions people make and the outcomes they experience. This line of research raises an important epistemological question: do we... 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.

Rates of Death in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infected Corneal Cells

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Dina Ghandour : Molecular & Cellular Biology, Summer 2020

This summer, I will be working with my post-doc researcher to attempt and study rates of cell death in Pseudomonas aeruginosa infected corneal epithelial cells. We will compare and contrast the different effects that different strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa have on the corneal cells to learn the details of how this bacteria enters, infects and kills cells. Because... Read More

Foreign Entertainers In Korean Entertainment

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Ishani Ghosh : Global Studies, Summer 2020

I will examine how the Korean government uses Hallyu, the export of Korean culture as a soft power to increase the world's exposure to Korea. I will analyze how Hallyu attracts foreigners to be a part of the Korean entertainment industry, roles given to foreigners and their treatment within the industry including pay gap difference between them and their Korean... Read More

The Role of DNA Methylation in the Northern Elephant Seal Stress Response

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Emily Gibson : Molecular & Cell Biology, Summer 2020

DNA methylation is an epigenetic process wherein methyl groups are added to the nitrogenous bases of DNA molecules. DNA methylation is known to affect transcription and influence gene expression. For the past two semesters, I have been quantifying the global DNA methylation profiles of Northern elephant seals to see how they modulate their gene expression in response... 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