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Perceiving is Believing: Impact of Partner Perceptions of Emotion Regulation in Romantic Relationships

Grace Allison, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Psychology major, Public Policy minor

Current Bio:  Grace is a full-time research assistant at Columbia University.

Haas Scholars Project:  Emotion regulation is the process by which individuals manage their emotions. A robust set of findings suggests that certain emotion regulation strategies promote well-being whereas others undermine well-being. This... Read More

Healing Through Language: The History of the Weⁿdat Language and Waⁿdat Dialect

Fallon Burner, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : History

Fallon Burner will be writing a history of the Weⁿdat Language and Waⁿdat dialect, showing the vital role that language plays in the Indigenous community and how its history is tied to issues of erasure and survival, as well as the role that language revitalization projects have in addressing... Read More

The Role of ORF74 in Transmission of Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus

Nicholas Carey, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Molecular & Cell Biology, Statistics

Kaposi’s Sarcoma Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) establishes lifelong infections and can cause a variety of cancers and proliferative disorders in immunosuppressed individuals. Recent evidence indicates that oral contact is the primary route of transmission for KSHV. The goal of this project is to... Read More

Still Marked? Criminal Record, Education, Race, and Employment in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Michael Cerda-Jara, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Sociology

Michael’s research investigates the role of higher education in employment prospects for people with criminal records. In 2018, Michael successfully executed an experimental audit study of job application callbacks for college-educated applicants with or without criminal records, which... Read More

Microfluidics and Alzheimer's Disease: A Device to Study the Amyloid Beta Protein

Celia Cheung, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Bioengineering

Current Bio:  After graduation, Celia spent a year researching abroad at Imperial College London, funded by the Whitaker Fellowship in biomedical engineering. In August 2016, she started medical school at UC Irvine, and is expected to graduate in June 2021. Currently, she is taking a year off to do more bioengineering research, but... Read More

Tortoises, Sunflowers, and Subsidies: Large-Scale Solar Energy Policy in California and Andalucía

Patrick Donnelly-Shores, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Conservation and Resource Studies

Current Bio:  Since graduation Patrick has been a front-lines enviornment activist in the desert Southwest. Now he is Nevada State Director at the Center for Biological Diversity. He works with a team of attorneys and scientists to defend the imperiled species, public lands, water and climate of Nevada from the resource pillagers in the Trump... Read More

Exploring Opiate Abuse in Rural Communities

Rebecca Forbes, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : American Studies major

Current Bio: Since graduation, Rebecca has been working in Research Administration for the UC system. Through this job, she has been able to assist many UC professors and researchers in securing grants and contacts funding for a variety of research projects. 

Haas Scholars Project: Rebecca grew up in a... Read More

Not Just Words: Effects of Negative News Portrayals of Latinxs on Farmworker Stress

Sydney Garcia, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Psychology, Gender & Women's Studies Minor

Everyone experiences stress to varying degrees. Past scholarship has connected awareness of the news to stress while linking stress to adverse mental and physical health outcomes. Given that minority groups are significantly overrepresented in news relating to criminal activity, and news coverage... Read More

The Architecture of the Invisible: Women, Workers, and Water in the New Argentine Cinema

Nicole Gordon, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Rhetoric/Film

Current Bio: Nicole completed an MFA at UCLA in Film Production. She's since been working in cultural programming in the non-profit sector: Palm Springs Int'l Film Society/Festivals, IKAR (ritual and advocacy), and now at Friends Of The Observatory, the non-profit fundraising and advocacy partner of Griffin Observatory in Los Angeles, CA

Haas Scholars... Read More

Decoding the “Fah Flor”: Archeological Discovery and the De-Mystification of a Lost Metaphor in Beowufl

Olivia Graves, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : English | Classical Civilizations

Current Bio:  After graduation, Olivia completed an MPhil in Archaeology at the University of Oxford in 2017 and she is currently finishing up a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics at UCLA. This fall, she will begin her PhD in Classics at Cornell University. She continues to participate in archaeological excavations in Greece and... Read More

Food, Culture, and Peace in Israel

Voulette Hattar, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Ethnic Studies, Public Policy Minor


Caged: The Rising Use of Prison and Jail for Women's Mental Health Care

Jamie Hein, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

 Between 1977 and 2016, the U.S. women’s imprisonment rate increased over 800%. In California, while the rate of men’s incarceration has decreased over the past decade, the number of prisoners who suffer from mental illness has risen... Read More

Reactive Expressions: Deviance, Control & Erotic Desire in New York City, 1825-1875

Katherine Hijar, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

Current Bio:  Katherine received her Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University in 2009. After 11 years as a history professor at California State San Marcos, she is now a curator at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. Her scholarly experitise is in U.S. social and cultural history, with emphasis on women, race, gender, urban... Read More

Solution Processable Point-of-care Optoelectronic Device for Procalcitonin Sensing

Jasmine Jan, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Bioengineering major, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences minor

Current Bio:  Jasmine is a first year MS/PhD at Berkeley in EECS.

Haas Scholars Project: One focus of point-of-care devices is to improve accessibility of essential diagnostic tools by utilizing miniaturized, accurate and low-cost optical systems. Printed organic optoelectronics are one such technology that... Read More

Speaking the Self: Testimony and Self-Development in Jane Eyre and Villette

Brittany Johnson, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : English

Current Bio:  Brittany is now working with SURF, supporting undergraduate research.

Haas Scholars Project: Brittany’s project will first explore the possibilities and limitations of fictional testimony to enact a process of trauma recovery. She will plumb the formal and imagerial depths of Charlotte Brontë’s novels Jane Eyre and... Read More

Effective Prison to School Pipeline

Angela Laureano, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : African American Studies, Public Policy Minor

Angela’s research will analyze the institutional and personal barriers affecting formerly incarcerated people trying to pursue higher education. This study will highlight their personal narratives, as they attempt to overcome structural barriers. Previous qualitative research on formerly... Read More

Object Recognition by Contour Extraction

Joseph J. Lim, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Computer Science/Applied Mathematics

Current Bio:  Since graduation, Joseph completed his PhD at MIT and postdoc at Stanford. He started a tenure-track faculty career at the University of Southern California, and is leading the Cognitive Learning for Vision and Robotics (CLVR) lab. He works on teaching robots to learn and solve complex physical tasks, such as furniture assembly.... Read More

The Forgotten Afro-Mexicans: Independence and the Role of Women (1800-1830)

Lupita Lúa, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : History

In 2015, Afro-Mexicans were recognized as an ethnic group in the Mexican national census for the first time in history. However, their history continues to be suppressed by the state and few studies address the role that Afro-Mexican people, especially women,  played during Mexico’s struggle for... Read More

Tracing the Influence of Giulio Caccini's 'Le nuove musiche' on Seventeenth-Century English Composers

Alana Mailes, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Music

Current Bio:  Alana has been in graduate school for musicology and sings semi-professionally.

Haas Scholars Project:  Alana’s project focuses on the 1664 English translation of Giulio Caccini’s preface to Le nuove musiche (1601), one of the best-known texts about ornamentation of vocal music during the Baroque period.... Read More

Managing Type I Diabetes During Adolescence: Social Relationships and Identity

Willie Joe Marquez, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Sociology, Education (minor)

Current Bio:  After graduation, Willie worked in customer support, marketing, operations and sales functions within various private-sector Ecommerce companies. While working, Willie completed part-time programs to earn his Masters in Public Administration at USC and a Masters in Business Administration at UCLA. He currently works as a Senior Account... Read More

Financial Constraints on Student Learning: An Analysis of How Financial Stress Influences Perception and Cognitive Function in Children

Simone Matecna, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Economics, Peace & Conflict Studies

 Policy makers and developmental psychologists know that addressing the effects of poverty in adults often comes too late to be effective. Imagine a 30-year-old man named Sal who does not know whether or not he will be able to pay his rent or buy food for his family at the end of the month. It is not hard to understand why this uncertainty might cause Sal... Read More

Ancient Egyptian Mummy Portraits: Looking into the Faces of the Past and Present

Haley Mellin, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Art Practice

Current Bio:  Haley is an artist and land conservationist who lives in Marin County. She completed a residency at the Whitney Museum in New York City, and then completed a PhD in Visual Culture and Education. She has exhibited her art in Europe and in the US, especially New York City and the Bay Area. In her land conservation work, Mellin... Read More

Projecting the Self: An Exploration of the Stakes of Metafiction in Ben Lerner’s 10:04 Within Realist Contemporary Literature

Sergio Mendez, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : English, Creative Writing minor

Current Bio:  After graduation, Sergio worked at a company that specialized in legal translations as an assistant project manager. He took some time off work to study for the law school admission test. Sergio later took a job at a nonprofit organization called GRIP Training Institute as an operations assistant. He hopes to retake the law... Read More

Reward Motivation and Working Memory

Rahul Modi, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Psychology

Current Bio:  Rahul is a private practice anesthesiologist. 

Haas Scholars Project: For his senior honors thesis in Psychology, Rahul will use functional MRI to study how the human frontal lobes integrate information in order to guide motivated behavior. It is well established that the frontal lobes play a critical role in short... Read More

First in Flight: A Comprehensive Study of Etruscan Winged Demons

Marvin Morris, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Classical Civilizations

Current Bio:  After 3 years supporting the CEO of a SF based nonprofit (PRC), Marvin recently returned “home” to UC Berkeley as an executive assistant within the Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives, a unit within University Development and Alumni Relations. He supports the AVC of PGSI and both ED’s.

Haas Scolars Project:... Read More

Fictional Structures of Control: Rape in Roman Comedy

Mackhai Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Latin, Comparative Literature, English

Mackhai Nguyen's project focuses on Roman comic plays that end with a citizen man and woman being married, specifically those marriages that are generated by rape and similar forced sexual encounters. Previous commentators have examined how criticisms are expressed in these plays that resist the dominant structures of the genre and of the time:... Read More

Further Computations on Maeda’s Conjecture

Xiaoyu Niu, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Mathematics

Yoshitaka Maeda made the conjecture in 1997: Let m be an integer greater than 1 and let F be the characteristic polynomial of the Hecke operator T_m acting on the space S_k of cusp forms of weight k and level one, then the polynomial F is irreducible... Read More

Memory--True or False? Processing and Structure in False Memory

Lillian Park, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Current Bio:  Lillian is proud to be part of the original cohort of the Haas Scholars Program. She completed her Ph.D in Psychology at UC Berkeley with Dr. John Kihlstrom, her Haas Scholar mentor, in 2005. Then she did a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, ON. In 2008, she moved to New... Read More

Differential Gene Expression in Old and Young Mice: Bridging Immune System and Muscle Regeneration

Novalia Pishesha, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Bioengineering

Current Bio:  After graduation, Novalia completed a PhD in Biological Engineering at MIT. She is currently a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Haas Scholars Project: The slower muscle regeneration observed in older people is due to the less supportive extrinsic biochemical make-up, which constitutes the... Read More

The World in the Globe of the Eye: Reading Housekeeping Through a Thoreauvian Lens

Zoë Pollak, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : English (minor: Creative Writing)

Current Bio:  Zoe is a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (MSt in English from Oxford [2016]) writing a dissertation on small forms across fiction, poetry, and memoir in 19th-century American literature.

Haas Scholars Project:  More than once,... Read More

Consumption and Perception of Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Tap Water Among Latinos/as in Kings County

Julian Ponce, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Public Health major, Public Policy minor

Current Bio:  Julián is currently living in NYC and pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the department of Population and Family Health with a certificate in research methods. Julián has been working on a childhood asthma community based participatory project in San Juan,... Read More

Among Dreams: Transcending the Physical and Subjective Constraints of Incarceration

Danica Rodarmel, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : English

Current Bio:  Previously an Equal Justice Works fellow at Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights working on bail reform and bail bonds issues. In Jan. 2020, Danica became the Policy Director of State Legislative Affairs at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.

Haas Scholars Project: Among Dreams illuminates the collective, un... Read More

Neurodiversity and Identity Formation in Virtual Autistic Spaces

Alexandra Saba, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

The neurodiversity movement has gained much traction with the proliferation of the internet. It is based on the premise that neurological differences such as autism are normal variations of functioning and the human genome. Alexandra Saba will explore the impact of the neurodiversity movement on the formation of identity within autistic individuals through... Read More

The Effects of Masculinity in Professional Ballet

Sabrina Sellers, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Sociology

Ballet has largely been recognized not only as a women-dominated profession but one that is coded as feminine in which both men and women navigate. Men in ballet, however, occupy a unique position, one studied by researchers eager to understand how men negotiate and perform their masculinity.... Read More

How English Literature Filtered through the Empire of Japan Influenced the Formation of Modern Korean Literature in the 1930s

Youn-Ju Suh, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Comparative Literature, English

In contrast to to nineteenth-century British India, which adopted English studies from the UK, and nineteenth-century Japan, which westernized itself with British and American assistance, Modern Korean authors in the 1930s learned English literature through a third, non-Anglophone country, Japan.... Read More

Highly-Biomimetic Mechanical Hand for Robotics and Prostheses: Utilizing Artificial Muscles with Precise Controls Integration

Jehan Yang, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences minor

Utilizing 27 degrees of freedom, the human hand is a complex manipulator capable of tasks ranging from fingerstyle guitar to precise surgery. To replicate the human hand would produce a highly versatile tool in robotics and prostheses. Robots in the future might perform surgery while arm amputees... Read More

Enhancing the Resolution of RNA-Sequencing to Investigate the Propagation of Parkinson’s Disease

Xinyi Zhang, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disorder, which currently has no effective treatment. The development of treatments can benefit from better understandings of how the neurodegeneration propagates in the brain. The most crucial contributor to the propagation is... Read More