1st Annual BEACON Research Symposium

June 6th

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Berg Gallery (Building 5, Room 105)




9:30-10:00 Welcome, Introductions by Dr. Jozi De Leon, Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion and Dr. Chris Kitts, Interim Dean of Research


10:00-11:00 Group 1 Presentations and Q&A

“Research on how people change their consumption habits of pet food after pet food recalls” presented by Allie Blake, Economics (advised by Dr. Jaqueline Doremus, Economics)

“Chicano Gang Film Narratives” presented by Analia Cabello, Child Development (advised by Dr. Jose Navaro, Ethnic Studies)

“Immigration, Assimilation, and Return-Migration Decisions “ presented by Aliyah Purnell, Business Administration (advised by Dr. Sara Lopus, Social Sciences)

“Adsorption of Carbon Dioxide by Magnesium Oxide Nanoparticles” by Carolina Cleland, Materials Engineering (unable to attend; advised by Dr. Jean Lee, Materials Engineering)


11:00-12:00 Group 2 Presentations and Q&A

“The Origin of Stars in Brightest Cluster Galaxies: Measuring the Distribution of Ages and Metallicities” presented by Priscilla West, Physics (advised by Dr. Louise Edwards, Physics)

“Bilingualism as a predictor for cross-race friendships” presented by Mauricio Mendez, Psychology (advised by Dr. Amber Williams, Psychology & Child Development)

“"Movin' On Up": How Professional Mentorship Creates Successful Outcomes” presented by Jason Campos, Sociology (advised by Dr. Jose Navarro, Ethnic Studies)

Comments by Dr. Dean Wendt, Dean of College of Science & Math


12:00-12:30 Lunch Break


12:30-1:30 Group 3 Presentations and Q&A

“Impact Evaluation of Green Complete Streets” presented by Alyiah Gonzales, Environmental Management & Protection (advised by Dr. Adrienne Greve, City & Regional Planning)

“Development and Testing of Immersive Virtual Reality Videos to Promote Bystander Intervention in College Students” presented by Mayra Mejia, Graphic Communication (advised by Dr. Christine Hackman, Kinesiology)

“Epigenetics: Methylation of the NR3C1 sequence in Cortisol Regulation" presented by Francisco Pinon, Biology (advised by Dr. Sandi Clement, Biological Sciences)

“PRB Method Research in Human Motion Biomechanics Lab” presented by Enyi Liang, Mechanical Engineering (advised by Dr. Brian Self, Mechanical Engineering)


1:30-2:30 Group 4 Presentations and Q&A

“Evaluation of Transgender-Affirming Training for Physical and Mental Health Care Providers” presented by Marcos Ramirez-Santos, Psychology (advised by Dr. Jay Bettergarcia, Psychology & Child Development)

“Factors that influence memory: shifts in acetylcholine levels and consolidation during sleep” presented by Samantha Altman, Psychology (advised by Dr. Kelly Bennion, Psychology & Child Development)

“Immigration and the Agriculture Labor Market” presented by Melissa Quintero, Agricultural Business (advised by Dr. Neal MacDougall, Agribusiness)

Jeremiah Hernandez, Ethnic Studies & Sociology (advised by Dr. Jenell Navarro, Ethnic Studies)


2:30-3:00 Closing Remarks by Dr. Julie Garcia, OUDI Faculty Associate and Associate Chair for the Department of Psychology & Child Development, Dr. Jennifer Teramoto-Pedrotti, Associate Dean for Diversity & Curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts


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