Current Cohort

Cohort 1 Scholars

Jacqueline Gallegos (2013-2015)
Jacqueline is interested in understanding the role of neurotransmitters in psychiatric disorders and behavior. At UCD, she worked with Dr. Erik Oleson investigating comorbidity between schizophrenia and drug addiction in relation to dopamine levels. Her experiences also include participating at a summer research program at Princeton to further develop her research.

Mariah Mendoza-Lehl (2013-2015)
Mariah is interested in clinical psychology; more specifically, she aspires to learn more about relationships, human development, and anxiety. At UCD, she works with Dr. Elizabeth Allen investigating ways to promote healthy and happy marriages among military couples. In this lab, she is also investigating ways to help military couples find solutions to post-deployment issues such as ways to ease the reintegration process and promote healthy communication. She gained additional research experience at Denver University last summer.

Kaylae Nakamura (2013-2015)
Kaylae is interested in understanding how to use nutrition knowledge to help others reduce their risk of chronic illnesses such as cancer and diabetes. At UCD, she investigated the relationship between religiosity on the cardiovascular response to a stressor in Christian married couples in Dr. Kevin Masters’s lab. She also worked with Dr. Christopher Phiel investigating the biological mechanism by which the ketogenic diet reduces seizures in children with epilepsy. She furthered her research last summer at the University of Hawai’i. She graduated Spring 2015 and will be continuing her education in a post-baccalaureate program at the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders campus in Phoenix to do research in diabetes and obesity.

Shawn Orcutt (2013-2014)
Shawn is interested in understanding changes of neural anatomy and function associated with learning and memory. At UCD, he worked with Dr. Sonda Bland investigating changes in behavior and neural anatomy associated with social isolation in male rats. He participated in a summer research experience at Drexel University.