Virtual Research Symposium


Virtual HSS Student Research Symposium
Thursday, April 30 from 2-5pm

The 5th annual HSS symposium is going virtual. This year the Virtual HSS Student Research Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 2-5pm via Zoom webinars. This program will feature HSS research and creative projects via 10-minute presentations. Stop by for a few webinars or stay the whole time, either way we hope you enjoy this year’s symposium that focuses on the values of HSS.

Virtual HSS Symposium Schedule

To view the recorded webinar presentations, please visit the underlined session headings below.


Session 1A from 2:00pm-3:00pm-ArchivedOpens in new window

2:00pm-2:10pm: Halima Baba – Undergraduate Student, Criminal Justice
The Passerby Project: Can Desolation be Alleviated Through Discussion?
2:15pm-2:25pm: Ginny Oshiro – Undergraduate Student, Criminal Justice
California Assembly Bill (AB) 109
CANCELLED: 2:30pm-2:40pm: Carissa Ferbert
– Undergraduate, Psychology
The relationship between self-esteem and memory
2:45pm-2:55pm: Mahdis Riahi – Graduate Student, TESOL
English Language in third world country (Iran)
Session 1B from 2:00pm-3:00pm - ArchivedOpens in new window

2:00pm-2:10pm: Chavva Olander – Undergraduate Student, Philosophy
Ethics and Identity: Discussing Homosexuality in Ethical Context
2:15pm-2:25pm: David Ortuno – Graduate Student, Sociology
The Business of Diversity: The Fiscal Crisis of the State and Its Impact on Hispanic Serving Institutions in California Higher Education
2:30pm-2:40pm: Miguel Quirarte – Graduate, History
A Bloody Memory: Tlatelolco '68 in Mexican Pop Culture
2:45pm-2:55pm: Brianna Ruff – Graduate Student, Psychology
The Costly Avoidance of Pathogens Scale:  Development and Validation of a Self-Report Measure


Session 2A from 3:00pm-4:00pm - ArchivedOpens in new window

3:00pm-3:10pm: Alex Blaa – Graduate Student, History
Seeds of Revolution: How Defying the Navigation Acts Led to the Revolutionary War
3:15pm-3:25pm: Sarah Epp – Graduate Student, English
Death and Life: Isolation and Deep Connection in Wuthering Heights
3:30pm-3:45pm: Vanessa Bruno – Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Testing effects of mortality risk on behavioral strategies and social perception using information from life insurance policies
3:45pm-3:55pm: Joseph Zavala – Undergraduate Student, History
"The Land of Curdled Milk and Crystalized Honey: The African American Experience in 1960s Orange County"

Session 2B from 3:00pm-4:00pm-ArchivedOpens in new window

3:00pm-3:10pm: Kendra Paquette – Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Non-identifications on the witness stand: How do jurors evaluate inconsistent eyewitness evidence?
CANCELLED: 3:15pm-3:25pm: Citlaly Solorzano – Undergraduate Student, Chicana/o Studies and History
Disentangling the Spirit of Queer Black Individuality through Music and Film: Frank Ocean's Discography and Barry Jenkins Moonlight
3:30pm-3:45pm: Aspen Dyer – Undergraduate Student, Sociology
Masculinity and Stigma: How College Students Perceive Male Victims of Sexual Assault
3:45pm-3:55pm: Rebecka Hahnel – Graduate Student, Psychology
Adding insult to injury: Attitudes toward third-party casual sex is a statistically unique predictor of rape myth acceptance for men but not women.
Session 3A from 4:00pm-5:00pm-ArchivedOpens in new window

4:00pm-4:10pm: Luisine Hutchings – Graduate Student, TESOL
NEST vs NNEST - Which One Is Best?
4:15pm-4:25pm: Monica Bayona – Undergraduate Student, Sociology and Liberal Studies
School Counselors Perceptions of Students Facing Stressful/Traumatic Life Events
4:30pm-4:45pm: Holly Yeh – Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Impact of Pain Medication on Activities of Daily Living in Fibromyalgia Individuals
4:45pm-4:55pm: Jonathan Coronel – Undergraduate Student, English
The Caliban Prophecy
Session 3B from 4:00pm-5:00pm-ArchivedOpens in new window

4:00pm-4:10pm: Peter Tan – Graduate Student, Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology Hypotheses of Suicide Ideation
4:15pm-4:25pm: Christina Kolias – Graduate Student, English
Shakespeare's Treatment of Lovesickness
4:30pm-4:45pm: Sousen Malabeh – Undergraduate Student, Political Science
LGBT Human Trafficking
4:45pm-4:55pm: Maximilliano Guiterrez – Undergraduate Student, Psychology and Criminal Justice; Valerie Klein – Undergraduate Student, Psychology and Human Services; Alan Guandique – Undergraduate Student, Psychology and Human Services
Sexism, Gender, and Perceptions of Mental Illness Severity and Treatment


For any questions or concerns, please contact Assistant Dean Connie Moreno Yamashiro at