ASPIRE Symposium Showcases Undergraduate Research
ASPIRE (Accelerating Success by Providing Intensive Research Experience) offers a select group of UC Davis undergraduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience conducting research under the mentorship of world-renowned UC Davis faculty.
ASPIRE Scholars begin working on research in their freshman or sophomore year, continuing throughout their undergraduate tenure. The program includes faculty mentors from a variety of departments and centers at UC Davis, including the Center for Mind & Brain, the Center for Neuroscience, the Department of Psychology, and the Center for Poverty Research. ASPIRE Scholars have a range of majors including Engineering, Psychology, Biology, and Neurophysiology & Behavior.
Research topics presented at the 2016 symposium included:
- The development of counterfactual reasoning and episodic prospection in 9-to-12-year-old children — Brynna Thigpen, junior, under the mentorship of Dr. Simona Ghetti
- The effect of object category representations on perception — Samir Townsley, sophomore, under the mentorship of Dr. Joy Geng
- The relationship between trait-level anxiety and attention to natural and conditioned threat — Raphael Geddert, junior, under the mentorship of Dr. Emily Kappenman and Dr. Steve Luck
- The role of ethnic background on willingness to work in rural areas — Maryam Awwal, freshman, under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Pruitt
- The effect of wearable technology on memory enhancement — Alex Asera, freshman, under the mentorship of Dr. Charan Ranganath
- The role of gender in emotion expression in adolescents — Michelle Shi, sophomore, under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Hastings
- The relationship between eye position and ERP indices of spatial attention — Kelsey Klein, sophomore, under the mentorship of Dr. Ron Mangun
- The ability of beamforming as a method of improving signal-to-noise ratio of speech amplification — Nathaniel Gutierrez, junior, under the mentorship of Dr. Lee Miller
- The effect of mother involvement in infant play on infants’ object exploration — Rachel Suk, freshman, under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Oakes
- The role of father coppery titi monkeys in infant care — Amy Wong, sophomore, under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Bales
- How to improve participant compliance using sleep actigraphy to characterize sleep patterns — Selena Silva, freshman, under the mentorship of Dr. Leah Hibel
Learn more about the program at the ASPIRE webpage.