Annual Irvine Valley College (IVC)/Saddleback College Student Research
Symposium was held on Saturday,
November 2 at IVC.
was hosted and organized by the IVC Honors Program and the Saddleback College Honors
Program, with generous support by Associated Students of IVC (ASIVC). Eighty
students from IVC and Saddleback College shared poster or oral presentations of
their faculty-mentored research in a range of disciplines, including anthropology,
biology and health sciences, computer science, education, film studies, literature,
math, physics, political science, psychology, and sociology.
addresses were delivered by SC History Professor Bill Billingsley, who spoke on
“The John Birch Society in Orange
County, California, 1960-1966,” and by Saddleback Dance Professor Deidre
Cavazzi, who spoke on “From
Quantum Physics to Mycorrhizal Networks: Creating Multimedia Art Productions in
Collaboration with Researchers.”
The following students won
awards for their research projects:
Tania Solano Cervantes
Narcocorridos: Mexican Drug Ballads of
Socioeconomic Progress and Resistance
This research analyzes the Mexican drug
ballads of Narcocorridos and its portrayal of the narcotrafficker as a heroic
cultural persona that appeals to Mexicans of lower social strata.
Faculty Mentor: Claire Cesareo
Emotion Recognition Acuity in Deaf,
Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Adults
This study investigates the differences
in emotion recognition in deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing adults using
static images and videos, while examining the deficit and conversational
Faculty Mentor: Benjamin Mis
With a Little Power, Comes Great Responsibility: The Application of
Comic Book Heroes to Social Issues
Despite being morally flawed and
fallible, comic book heroes and their stories present potential, yet debatable
solutions to social issues.
Faculty Mentor: Gary Luke
Vox Populi: The International Biases in Western
Mass Media and the Efforts to Equalize Global News Coverage
21st-Century media fail to
deliver equal coverage of the world’s diverse regions, harming Western foreign
policy and supporting human rights abuses across the globe.
Faculty Mentor: Emily Liu
Soren Rasmussen, Behnaz Dadgar, Bavan
Zamani, and Nab Zamani
Gender Bias in the Workplace
The study explores whether gender bias exists in the workplace, and
whether employers are more likely to promote a man over a woman with an
Faculty Mentor: Michael Cassens
Reconnecting Nature and Humanity: the
Environment in Children’s Literature
This research considers the role of
environmental children's literature in the development of the modern western
environmentalist movement and the new, interdependent relationship between
western society and nature.
Faculty Mentor: Lewis Long
Difference in Emotional Perception of
Grammatically Correct Text Messages Between Generations
The goal of this study is to examine
the role that age plays in the emotional perception of text messages ending
with or without a period.
Faculty Mentor: Benjamin Mis
Im and Ye Eun Park
in IVC and Korean University Students’ Recognition of the Swastika and the
Rising Sun Flag
A survey investigates students’ recognition of the Swastika and the
Rising Sun Flag, revealing differences in knowledge and historical empathy.
Mentor: Joon Kil
A Study of Applied Acoustic Active Noise
Cancellation and Other Active Vibration Control
research involves a literary survey, explanation, and evaluation of the
applications, drawbacks, and core scientific concepts behind active noise
cancellation and other forms of existing and potential vibration control.
Mentor: Lan Pham
Sexual Stigmas in the Disabled Community:
Can He … Do IT?
There are stigmas about the
sexual development about disabled people and misconceptions about inter-abled
relationships that can be erased through more research and awareness about
sexuality and disability.
Mentor: Tina Jenkins
(Siyeon) Choe, Jiwon Wu, and Eunjin
The Effect of UC Transfer Policy on
Enrollment of International Students at Two Community Colleges
The purpose of this research
is to find out why there is an increase in the number of international students
attending community colleges in order to transfer to the UCs.
Mentor: Joon Kil
OTHER STUDENT PRESENTERS INCLUDED Sunya
Ahmed, Sofia Abolfathi, Alyssa Amirault,
Andrianova, Zeinab Arafa, Yerin Bang, Adrian
Becerra, Bita Behpoor, Christian Beltran, Mohammad
S. Bobarshad, Jade Bolton, Ahmed
Boukour, Taylor Cantarini, Ainsley Chu, Spencer Churchill, Dominic Cinco, Danielle Forman, Stevie D. Formica, Sherwin Ghandi, Kelley Green, Nolan Green. Kiana Hada, Negin Hadjiabdolhamid,
Mohammad Ferdaws Homayoon, Michael Huizar, Zareen
Ismail, Gennavieve Marie Johnson, Liu Yang, Odette Khut, Linda Kim, Lea Kruse, Gargi
Kulkarni, Luke Kuo, Peter (Xingyu) Li, Alexandra Genissa Aligada Llamas, Ivan Ma, Nicholas Mao, Lidia McCarter, Ashley McKinnon, Nikhil Medukonduri, Logan Mintz-Hernandez, Claudia Morris, Bernadette Muniz, Marwa Nouristani, Jonathan
Olswang, Kian Orr, Isabella Polito, Huda Rasul, Seyedeh Saina Saifzadeh, Deena Salama, Garret Schnitker, Arifulla Shaik, Thomas Stea, Regina Tahk, Saara Tayani, Izumi Thomas, Alan Truong, Daniel Tsentsiper, Daniel Villagomez, Michael Vu, Laura Warren, Naomi Wattanasarn, Nicolas
In addition to those listed above, faculty mentors included Brittany
Adams, William Etter, Marni Fisher, Carrie Goulding, Michael Hanson, Seth
Hochwald, Taylor Holbrook, Lyndsey Lefebvre, Chris Loeffler, Kurt Meyer, Lan
Pham, Marcelo Pires, Alannah Rosenberg, Jerry Rudmann, William Spinella, Jodi
Titus, and Kari Tucker-McCorkhill.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE STUDENT