College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

C.L.A.S.S. Students Present at Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference

Last week, the Office of Research & Office of Undergraduate Research held their 4th annual Cal Poly Pomona Student RSCA (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities) Conference on campus. CPP SRC is an annual event that provides an opportunity for our undergraduate and graduate students to share their original research, scholarly and creative activities.

This year, over 300 students participated in 161 performance, oral, and poster presentations from a wide range of disciplines. Thirty-five of these presentations were made by students from the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

In addition, two C.L.A.S.S. scholars received recognition for their outstanding research and were invited to represent Cal Poly Pomona at the CSU system-wide Student Research Competition, which will be held April 29-30, 2016, at California State University, Bakersfield.

Conference Winners

Travis Barrett (Political Science, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mario Guerrero

Project Title: "The Egocentric Presidency: How Presidents Use Language to Communicate with the American Public"

Violeta Villagomez (Spanish, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marta Albalá Pelegrín

Project Title: "The Songs We Sing: a Dreamer's Lyric (1985-2015)"


Poster Session Presenter

Kristin Kawecki (English, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Allison Baker

Project Title: “Propping up Folk Tales, Frozen in Time: Analysis of ‘The Snow Queen’ and Frozen with Propp's 31 Narratemes”


Performance Session Presenters

Jennifer Gerry, Brenda Reyes-Chavez, Gabriela Garza-Vazquez, Manuel Macias, Amber Hauss, Cylinda Joy Haynes
Faculty Mentor: Gayle Fekete 

Project Title: “Research in Dance-Making”


Oral Presenters

Audrey Aday (Psychology, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Viviane Seyranian

Project Title: “Belonging Uncertainty Among Women in Engineering: Can Wonder Woman Save the Day?”

Karla Ayala (Spanish, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marta Albalá Pelegrín

Project Title: “Testimonials after DACA in Southern California: Lack of Equality”

Vanessa Baca (Psychology, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alejandro Morales

Project Title: “School-Work-Life Balance among College Students”

Kimberly Castaneda (Geography, Junior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Terrence Young

Project Title: “Boyle Heights: The Jewish Community and the Freeways that Drove them away”

Marco Covarrubias (History, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Pablo R. Arreola

Project Title: “The Generation of 1959: Competing Visions of the Cuban Revolution”

Blake Eaton (Philosophy, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Cholbi

Project Title: “Revising the Endangered Species Act of 1973”

Jessica Galvan (Psychology, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Williams

Project Title: “Is Competence to Stand in Trial, Affected by an Underlying Structure of Psychiatric Symptoms or a Forensic Psychiatric Patient's demographics?”

Daniel Gomez (Sociology, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ruben Martinez

Project Title: “The Market Economy, Non Academic Organizations, and the University: Impacts on Professor's Knowledge Production in the U.S. Social and Environmental Sciences”

Montserrat Gonzalez (Spanish, Junior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marta Albalá Pelegrín

Project Title: “The construction of a hero: Rodrígo Díaz de Vivar through his epic adventures in Las Mocedades de Rodrigo and El Cantar de Mio Cid”

Alexandra Rivas Ixtlahuac (Psychology, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eleonora Rossi

Project Title: “Tip of the Tongue Phenomenon in Bilinguals: Is there an effect of bilingual language control?”

Adrienne Jaime (History, Senior).

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eileen Wallis

Project Title: “The Lost Neighborhood of Bunker Hill, Los Angeles: Decline in the Inter-War Period (1918-1941)”

Jimena Jaramillo (Psychology, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Von Glahn

Project Title: “Surface Texture Effects on Grounded Cognition and the Gendering of Faces”

Kristin Kawecki (English, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dewey Hall

Project Title: “A Girlish Nature: Ecofeminism in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's ‘Christabel’”

Shunto Kobayashi (Economics, Junior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Craig Kerr

Project Title: “Prize Money and Crashes in NASCAR”

Emilio Medina (Psychology, Senior)

Co-Authors: Gracie Flicker, Jason Nerio, Jessica Galvan, Sarine Aratoon, and Diana Castro.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Viviane Seyranian

Project Title: “Can Non-Verbal Behavior Mitigate the Effects of Stereotype Threat?”

Marwa Mhtar (Anthropology, Junior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jill Wenrick

Project Title: “Impact of Western Dietary Pattern on Development of Incident and Recurrent Clostridium difficile Associated Disease: A Systematic Review”

Estephanie Munoz (English, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jose Aguilar Hernandez

Project Title: “Militarization of Latina/o Youth”

Berenice Monarrez (Sociology, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jack Fong

Project Title: “An Integrative Outlook on Burn Survivors and Post-traumatic Growth”

Jeffrey Nelson (Environmental Geography, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Terence Young

Project Title: “Historic Districts: Product of Attractions”

Alexis Ojinaga (Political Science, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mario Guerrero

Project Title: “The past, present and future: A comparative look into how social media effects fundraising and strategies of presidential campaigns”

Tommy Orona (Political Science, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mario Guerrero

Project Title: “Promises, Promises: The policy proposals of George W. Bush and Barack Obama”

Karen Ortegon (English, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Cholbi

Project Title: “Promoting Impartiality Within Police Misconduct Investigations”

Zainab Parekh (English, Graduate Student)
Co-Authors: Allison Bruins, Jorge Larios

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Noel Houck

Project Title: “Acquiring Lexical Feedback”

Alejandra Pulido (English, Graduate Student)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Russikoff

Project Title: “Directions for English Learners Success”

Alfredo Raygoza (English, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marta Albalá Pelegrín

Project Title: “Comic relief, and the dangers of a bystander: a note on the domestication of the Lazarillo de Tormes”

Natalie Reyes (Political Science, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mario Guerrero

Project Title: “The Personal and the Political: An Analysis on the Relationship Between Feminist Identity, Gender, and Partisanship”

Sekani Robinson (Sociology, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erica Morales, and Dr. Mary Danico

Project Title: “What's There To Cheer About?: How Does Cheerleading Affect the Identity of Young Girls of Color”

Paul Rogo (Psychology, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Juliana Fuqua

Project Title: “Mode of transportation and commuting stress in Melbourne, Australia”

Jessica Santos (English, Junior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dewey Hall

Project Title: “Remember the Roots”

Jessenia Tovar (Psychology, Senior)

Co-Authors: Nicole Duong

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Viviane Seyranian

Project Title: “Charismatic Leadership and Perception during a Crisis”

Mecir Ureta (Spanish, Senior)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marta Albalá Peligrín and Dr. Kent Dickson

Project Title: "After-effects of Sendero Luminoso Violence in Santiago Roncagliolo's Abril rojo"