Oral Presentation

Psychological Resilience of High Risk Occupational Workers

    Author Name(s) Zachary Ngo Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Amira Ibrahim Abstract Stressors are inherent in high risk work environments (e.g. jobs with an increased likelihood of exposure to traumatic events and bodily harm), but it is important to try and understand how stressors in these environments can be minimized or controlled for. A highly stressful work environment can impede high risk employees (e.g. law enforcement personnel, military personnel, and firefighters) from… Read More »Psychological Resilience of High Risk Occupational Workers

    Minds in Materials: Revealing Cognition Through the Archaeological Analysis of Acheulean Handaxes

    Author Name(s) Josh DesLaurier Faculty Advisor(s) Jaime Matera, Colleen Delaney Abstract This research examines how Acheulian handaxe morphology may be used to infer the cognitive abilities of ancient hominin species. These handaxes are often classified as a single archaeological type despite showing extensive morphological variation across their 1.6-million-year history that spans three continents. Being considered a single type has major implications for the cognition of their creators, as explored and… Read More »Minds in Materials: Revealing Cognition Through the Archaeological Analysis of Acheulean Handaxes

    Nature’s Solution to Plastic Pollution

    Author Name(s) Sizzinette HernandezRamie Klocko Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Emily Fairfax Abstract Microplastic pollution has been an emerging cause for concern over the last decade as we can now see the breadth of its vast disbursement and realizing how difficult it can be to manage. What is much less understood is how these microplastics interact and accumulate on the land as they pass through various watersheds and make their way to… Read More »Nature’s Solution to Plastic Pollution

    Comparative singlet oxygen photosensitizer efficiency of berberine, rose bengal, and methylene blue by time course nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) monitoring of a photochemical 4+2 cycloaddition endoperoxide formation

    Author Name(s) Sarah SuKarthikha Sri IndranSohie PalEmma LeAnika ReganMeher JainAashi ShahDavid IglesiasAndrew WangEdward Njoo Faculty Advisor(s) Edward Njoo Abstract Berberine, a natural product alkaloid, has been shown to exert biological activity via in situ production of singlet oxygen, a highly reactive oxygen species, when photo irradiated. Berberine utilizes singlet oxygen in its putative mechanism of action, wherein it forms an activated complex with DNA and photosensitizes triplet oxygen to singlet… Read More »Comparative singlet oxygen photosensitizer efficiency of berberine, rose bengal, and methylene blue by time course nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) monitoring of a photochemical 4+2 cycloaddition endoperoxide formation

    The Impact of Sense of Belonging on Class Participation and Math Anxiety Levels in STEM Undergraduates.

    Author Name(s) Mya Arellano Faculty Advisor(s) Amira Ibrahim, Phd, Psychology Abstract There is currently a disparity in the number of women and underrepresented minority (URM) students, especially Hispanics, obtaining degrees in STEM. Women and URM students in STEM may perceive the college environment as unwelcoming, posing major threats to their sense of belonging. In addition, Undergraduates pursuing studies in STEM need to pass several lower-division, gateway courses, math courses often… Read More »The Impact of Sense of Belonging on Class Participation and Math Anxiety Levels in STEM Undergraduates.

    Denizens of Normal: A Literary Review of Perspectives on Midwestern Farming Culture

    Author Name(s) Jonathan Housh Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Jaime Matera Abstract The title of my Capstone presentation is “Denizens of Normal: Perspectives on Midwestern Farming Culture”. It is an overview of where the Midwestern United States is, both in its topography and its culture, and from that moving into an anthropological overview on the subject of Midwestern farming culture. The Capstone presentation will also detail how the population of the rural… Read More »Denizens of Normal: A Literary Review of Perspectives on Midwestern Farming Culture

    Analysis of hydrologic and weather data in Ventura County

    Author Name(s) Jessica TapiaChris SalasNorberto Huerta Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Kryshchenko Abstract Drought can be considered a devastating hindrance to the health of not only our natural surroundings, but our everyday lives. It is a costly phenomenon, both in financial and human-life contexts; although mitigation efforts may help, there is no true substitution for actual precipitation. Southern California is no stranger to drought; Ventura County specifically has seen particularly devastating wildfires… Read More »Analysis of hydrologic and weather data in Ventura County

    Campus Fever: Managing School and Fear of COVID-19

      Author Name(s) James Tobin Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Jaime Matera Abstract  This original research evaluates student stress response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, specifically focusing on how students maintain positive mental health in the face of this crisis, all while continuing their education. My research methodology focuses on surveys offered to CSU Channel Islands students, and all responses are voluntary. Students may choose which response is appropriate. The survey is also… Read More »Campus Fever: Managing School and Fear of COVID-19

      Prediction of substance use using Chronic Strain and Self-Esteem

      Author Name(s) Erica Dorman Faculty Advisor(s) HyeSun Lee Abstract This research investigated whether chronic strain and self-esteem can significantly predict substance use problems. Chronic strain in this study is defined by various stressful life events. The literature stated that higher self-esteem has been associated with avoidance and reduced substance use (Carvajal et al., 1998; Emery et al., 1993). Chronic substance use was associated with psychological strain (Preston, 2006). To look… Read More »Prediction of substance use using Chronic Strain and Self-Esteem