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10th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for
Scholarly & Creative Work

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Gene Bickers

2008 Symposium Program Book

2008 Undergraduate Symposium Prize Winners

$1000 First Prizes and $500 Second Prizes were awarded in each category


Honorable Mention Robert Lydecker
Rancid Roots No. 2 (an original music composition)
Faculty Sponsors: Stephen Hartke, Composition, Thornton School of Music
Honorable Mention Dalton Gaudin
Dirge to Earth and Sky – The Colour
Faculty Sponsor: Jeffrey Obrow, Production, School of Cinematic Arts
2nd Prize Geoffrey Pope
Chamber Concerto for Two Violins
Faculty Sponsor: Donald Crockett, Composition, Thornton School of Music
1st Prize Jonathan Ortega
Anguished Windsong Exultant
Faculty Sponsor: Frank Ticheli, Composition, Thornton School of Music
Interdisciplinary Award
Leanne Joyce
Faculty Sponsor: Apichai Shipper, International Relations, USC College; Holly Willis, Institute for Multimedia Literacy, School of Cinematic Arts


Honorable Mention Melissa Shimizu
American Fertility Decline in the 19th Century
Faculty Sponsor: Carole Shammas, History, USC College
Honorable Mention Sadaf Nejat
The Literary-Scientific Culture of the Late Nineteenth Century and its Relationship with Natural Theology: Representations of Science and Scientists in the Victorian Era
Faculty Sponsors: Jim Kincaid and Margaret Russett, English, USC College
2nd Prize Jacob Bongers, Sarah Hawley
Revolutionizing Research: Online Publication of Figurines from Tell al-Judaidah
Faculty Sponsor: Lynn Swartz Dodd, Religion, USC College
1st Prize Divinity Barkley
Kaya Hip-Hop in Coastal Kenya: The Urban Poetry of Ukoo Flani
Faculty Sponsor: Francille Rusan Wilson, History, American Studies & Ethnicity, USC College
Interdisciplinary Award Jacob Bongers, Sarah Hawley
Revolutionizing Research: Online Publication of Figurines from Tell al-Judaidah
Faculty Sponsor: Lynn Swartz Dodd, Religion, USC College

Life Sciences

Honorable Mention Matthew Getz
The Role of the SPN/FACT Complex in DNA Replication in the Fission Yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Faculty Sponsor: Susan Forsburg, Biological Sciences, USC College
Honorable Mention Shen Soh
Large T Helicase Mutagenesis
Faculty Sponsor: Xiaojiang Chen, Molecular Biology, USC College
2nd Prize Robert Saddawi-Konefka
Identification and Characterization of a Novel Repellent Role of Motor Neurons in Axon Guidance
Faculty Sponsor: Samantha Butler, Neurobiology, USC College
1st Prize Gerald Sun
Expression of melanopsin-containing ganglion cells in degenerative retina
Faculty Sponsor: Eun Jin (Grace) Lee, Biomedical Engineering, Viterbi
Interdisciplinary Award
Sonya Hanson
A docking study of the autoantibody-nAChR interaction in myasthenia gravis
Faculty Sponsor: Lin Chen, Chemistry, USC College

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Honorable Mention Marie Anne Cuevas
Very Low-Temperature Synthesis of Perovskite Nanocrystals
Faculty Sponsor: Richard Brutchey, Jr., Chemistry, USC College
2nd Prize Bradford Foley
Generation of Plate Tectonics from a 3-D Spherical Convection Model
Faculty Sponsor: Thorsten Becker, Earth Sciences, USC College
1st Prize Megan Thorson
Towards a General Hydride Abstraction Catalyst: Mechanistic Studies of C-H Oxidation with Cyclopentadienone-Ligated Metal Carbonyls (M= Ru, Fe)
Faculty Sponsors: Kortney L. Klinkel, Postdoctoral Fellow; Jianmei Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow; Travis J. Williams, Chemistry, USC College

Social Sciences I

Honorable Mention Diana Bennett
Youth Reports of Parents’ Marital Conflict: What is Upsetting?
Faculty Sponsors: Gayla Margolin, Psychology, USC College
Honorable Mention Maynard Hughes
Turning Cold Water into Salsa: Effects of Pain as a Time One Provocation
Faculty Sponsor: Norman Miller, Psychology, USC College
2nd Prize Michael Kane
Birds of a Feather, Psychopathic Together?
Faculty Sponsor: Laura Baker, Psychology, USC College
2nd Prize Dawn Powell, Becky Turner
The Effectiveness of a Development Project in a Small Community in Rural Ecuador
Faculty Sponsor: Carol Wise, International Relations, USC College
1st Prize Maya Babla, Sarah Erickson, Kirstin Heinle
Scene, Not Heard: The Presence & Influence of Movie-Making Women (or lack thereof) in G-rated films
Faculty Sponsor: Stacy Smith, Communication
Interdisciplinary Award Debi Ogbonna
Children”s Explanations of Delaying Disclosure of Sexual Abuse
Faculty Sponsors: Jo Ann Farver, Psychology, USC College; Thomas Lyon, Gould School of Law

Social Sciences II

Honorable Mention Charlina Gozali
Reluctance and Response in Child Sexual Abuse Victims
Faculty Sponsors: Jo Ann Farver, Psychology, USC College; Thomas Lyon, Gould School of Law
Honorable Mention Hilary Feybush
Do Attorneys Follow Good Practice in Preparatory Examination of Child Sexual Abuse Victims?
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Lyon, Gould School of Law
2nd Prize Karoline Brandt
Trauma Disclosure and Pronoun Use: How Our Words Reflect Our Health
Faculty Sponsor: Stan Huey, Psychology, USC College
1st Prize Candise Chen
The Critical Period Hypothesis: Differential Influences on Aspects of Second Language Acquisition
Faculty Sponsor: Franklin Manis, Psychology, USC College
Interdisciplinary Award Benjamin Paul
Physiology of music-related mystical experiences
Faculty Sponsor: Antonio Damasio, Psychology, Neuroscience, USC College

Most Innovative
sponsored by USC Stevens Center

Honorable Mention Jeannette Chang
Multimodal Analysis of User Uncertainty in Child-Machine Problem Solving Interactions
Faculty Sponsor: Shrikanth Narayanan, Electrical Engineering, Viterbi
2nd Prize Noelle Stiles
Intraocular Camera for Retinal Prostheses
Faculty Sponsor: Armand R. Tanguay, Jr., Electrical Engineering, Viterbi
1st Prize Sarah Childers, Chanel Fischetti, Ekaterina Gee, Megan Miller, Tanya Nguyen, Carlos Tagabuel
Prenatal Valproic Acid Animal Model of Autism: Potential Benefits of Choline
Faculty Sponsors: Melvin Lyon, Biological Sciences; William McClure, Neuroscience, Biological Sciences, USC College


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