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Seaver Students Present at Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research

November 24, 2021  | 2 min read

On November 20, Seaver College students presented their research alongside their faculty mentors at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR). In total, 18 students participated in this year’s conference with the help of eight Pepperdine faculty members.

The Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research is a one-day, annual conference that celebrates the best multi-disciplinary research, scholarship, and creative work of undergraduates in Southern California.

Pepperdine University will host next year’s Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, the first conference in-person since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stella Erbes, divisional dean of the Humanities and Teacher Education Division and associate professor of teacher education, is the faculty chair of the planning committee.

“The Waves were well represented at the 2021 Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research. Students from the disciplines of Natural Science, Social Science, and Business presented professionally designed posters and articulate papers that explained their original research,” Erbes shares. “Pepperdine looks forward to hosting this conference in-person in 2022.”

Congratulations to the following students and their faculty mentors:

Student(s)Faculty Mentor(s)Project Title
Jordy Cass, Taylor McSpaddenCooker Storm and Hunter Paris“The Anatomy of Differences: diversity in human anatomy curriculum”
Margaret Tajirian, Benjamin JuarezTomas Martinez“Developing a Dental Trauma-Anxiety Measure Comparing U.S. and International Care”
Ann RogersJay Brewster“Activation of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Signaling Pathways by Carbon Black Nanoparticles”
David GuzmanThomas Vandergon“Polyethylene Terephthalate Nanoplastic Uptake and Stress Effects on Primary Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells”
Kyle OsorniaThomas Vandergon“Cytotoxic Effects of Polystyrene Nanoplastics with Adsorbed Propranolol”
Caleb Nielebeck, Anthony Adducci IIJavier Monzon“Hungry Like the Wolf: Do Northeastern Coyotes Occupy the Ecological Niche of Extirpated Eastern Wolves?”
Jordyn Regier, Mayra Hernandez, Camille SicangoStephen Davis and Helen Holmlund“Substrate Type Affects Dehydration Rate and Final Desiccation Tolerance of Fern Gametophytes”
Camille Sicangco, Mayra Hernandez, Jordyn RegierStephen Davis and Helen Holmlund“Variation in soil respiration with vegetative type conversion and water availability in the Santa Monica Mountains”
Lucian HimesJavier Monzon“Does Boldness Increase with Urbanization in Coyotes?”
Daniel AndersonHoward Jean-Denis“Motivations and Outcome for Student Entrepreneurs”
Sang Hyo Kim, Lauren Dedmon, Mark Pangilinan, Jahred QuanJavier Monzon“A Novel Experimental Method Reveals the Effects of Climate on Survivorship and Host-seeking Behavior of Medically Relevant Ticks”