Graduate Research Symposium 2018 Winners

Graduate Research Symposium 2018 Winners: Michael Lavell (Chancellor's Award), John Selberg (Engineering Award), Tiffany Lockett (Social Sciences Award), VP and Dean Tyrus Miller, Ka-eul Yoo (Humanities Award), Anna Lowe (Dean's Award), David Coulter (Physical and Biological Sciences Award), Mitchell Winter (Arts Award)

The Division of Graduate Studies and academic divisions congratulate the 2018 winners of the Graduate Research Symposium! Staff also thank Quentin Williams, vice chancellor for research in the Office of Research, for officially opening the symposium; Anna Sher, assistant director for assessment, Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies, for updating the judging rubric, making it available online to our judges, and shepherding the judges and judging process; and our judges, representing the UCSC Foundation trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, post-doctoral scholars, and alumni (see below). Bringing the symposium back to Alumni Weekend brought many alumni, both undergraduate and graduate, to the event, and most remained for the festive award reception, where Vice Provost and Dean Tyrus Miller announced the winners and which featured live music by Nelsen Hutchison, current graduate student, and Alex Ullman, graduate student alumnus.

Chancellor’s Award for best overall presentation, $500
Michael Lavell, Engineering, Statistics and Applied Mathematics
The Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability with Unknown Magnetic Field Topology

Michael Lavell, Chancellor's Award Winner, and VP and Dean Tyrus Miller


Division of Graduate Studies Dean’s Award for runner-up best overall presentation, $250
Anna Lowe, Physical and Biological Sciences, Ocean Sciences
Do they stay or do they go? The journey of kelp rockfish larvae off the central California coast

Anna Lowe, Dean's Award Winner, and VP and Dean Tyrus Miller


Arts Division Dean’s Award, $100 Bay Tree Bookstore gift certificate
Mitchell Winter, Visual Studies
Optics of American Empire: James Ricalton and Stereoscopic Ethnography in Early Twentieth Century India, 1888–1907

Mitchell Winter, Arts Division Dean's Award Winner, and VP and Dean Tyrus Miller


Baskin School of Engineering Dean’s Award, $100 Bay Tree Bookstore gift certificate
John Selberg, Electrical Engineering
A Non-Enzymatic Glucose Sensor Actuated by Electronic pH Modulation

John Selberg, Engineering Dean's Award Winner, and VP and Dean Tyrus Miller


Humanities Division Dean’s Award, $100 Bay Tree Bookstore gift certificate
Ka-eul Yoo, Literature
Hansen’s Disease Patient’s Body as an Arena of the Cold War: The Case of Korean Poet Han Ha-Wun



Physical and Biological Sciences Division Dean’s Award, $100 Bay Tree Bookstore gift certificate
David Coulter, Astronomy and Astrophysics
Discovery of the First Electromagnetic Counterpart to a Gravitational Wave Source

David Coulter, Physical and Biological Sciences Dean's Award Winner, and VP and Dean Tyrus Miller


Social Sciences Division Dean’s Award, $100 Bay Tree Bookstore gift certificate
Tiffany Lockett, Psychology
School and neighborhood factors influencing low-income, male adolescents’ criminalization outcomes

Tiffany Lockett, Social Sciences Dean's Award Winner, and VP and Dean Tyrus Miller


2018 Symposium Judges

Brandon Allgood, Ph.D. physics ’05, UCSC Foundation trustee, CTO and cofounder of Numerate, Inc.
Kevin Bell, research fellow, Rachel Carson College
Natalie Benamou, B.A. philosophy ’14, founder and CEO of Art2EDU
Gwynn Benner, assistant vice provost of Student Success
Tim Bensch, director of development, Physical and Biological Sciences
Christy Caldwell, science librarian
Stephanie Casher, department manager, Literature Department
Alan Christy, provost, Cowell College, and associate professor of history
Theodore Codding, assistant dean, Planning and Resource Management
Andrea Cohen, special projects manager, Chancellor’s and EVC’s Office
Rachel Deblinger, director, Digital Scholarship Commons, McHenry Library
Suzana Djurcilov, Ph.D. scientific visualization ’01, instructor at BSOE, data visualization engineer at SGI
Kendra Dority, Ph.D. literature ’17, assistant director of the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning
Olof Einarsdottir, professor of chemistry
Becky George, assistant vice provost of Global Engagement
Carrie Haber, assistant dean, Planning and Academic Programs, Physical and Biological Sciences Division
David Hansen, senior healthcare consultant, Health Industry Consulting, Inc.
Kamil Hasan, UCSC Foundation vice chair and trustee, general partner of Granite Hill India Opportunities and Inovus Capital Partners
Scott Hernandez-Jason, director, News and Media Relations, University Relations
Andrea Hesse, director, Academic Computing
Zia Isola, director, CBSE Research Mentoring Institute
Leslie Kern, director, Faculty Instructional Technology Center
John Koster, M.S. ocean sciences ’17, researcher in Ocean Sciences Department
Carolyn Lagattuta, assistant and photographer, Communications and Marketing, University Relations
Matthew Mednick, director, Academic Senate
Taraneh Mojaverian, institutional research analyst, Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies
Lisa Nielsen, director, Marketing and Communications, University Relations
Richelle Noroyan, community relations representative, University Relations, council member of Santa Cruz City Council
Monica Parikh, director, Summer Sessions
Irena Polic, managing director, The Humanities Institute
Jen Quick-Cleveland, post-doctoral scholar
Virginia Rivera, senior director, Gift Planning
Vikram Sahai, UCSC Foundation trustee, independent technology advisor
Linda Scholz, campus diversity officer, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Steven Stein, assistant vice chancellor of Human Resources
Michael Tassio, analyst, Academic Affairs
Shirley Truong, principal analyst, Institutional Research, Asssessment, and Policy Studies
Randolph Wedding, UCSC Foundation trustee, retired senior managing director of Office of the CIO UC Regents
Aaron Zachmeier, instructional designer, Learning Technologies