DucksRISE Recipients

DucksRISE Research Fellows

Spring 2022

John Adair | “Love Unbound: Incarcerated Black Fathers and the Family Experience” | Mentor: Ed Madison, Journalism

Karla Barajas | “The Decline and Revitalization of Native Languages in Mexico” | Mentor: Luis Ruiz, Global Education Oregon

Imaesia Fields | “Microbiota, Visual System Development, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders” | Mentors: David James & Judith Eisen, Biology

Tito Flores Bautista | “Language Variation During the Pandemic” | Mentor: Kelley Howarth, Romance Languages

Marissa Gonzalez Ibarra | “Stress Disparities in Latinx and Black Undergraduate Students” | Mentor: Elliot Berkman, Psychology

Feruza Legass | “The Unseen Numbers: Missing and Murdered Indigenous and Black Women” | Mentor: Kemi Balogun, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Kelly Schooler | “Aztec Hieroglyphs” | Mentor: Stephanie Wood, Digital Humanities

Leyi Shea | “Indigenous Sovereignty and Root-Digging Traditions” | Mentor: Patience Collier, History

Esperanza Soliz | “How can every member of the community help one another? Working Toward Health Equity with the Oregon Medica Group” | Mentor: Feather Crawford, DucksRISE


Watch the inaugural DucksRISE Research Fellows Panel present on their research questions, sources, and methods.

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Fall 2022

Kikachi Akpakwu | “Annealing Study of the Reaction Pathways of Niobium and Selenium” | Mentor: Mellie Lemon, Chemistry

Brianne Arca | “Remote Early Warning Messaging Technology” | Mentor: Doug Toomey, Earth Sciences

Sebastian Cardenas-Riumallo | “Function and Disease Risk of Slow/Fast Myofiber Associated Regions of the Human Genome” | Mentors: Kristin Sterner & Samantha Queeno, Anthropology

Sue Carney | “Differences in the efficacy of live music therapy vs synchronous remote music therapy in hospitals: A systematic review” | Mentor: Melissa Brunkan, School of Music and Dance

AJ Gotera | “Negotiating the Boundaries Between Cultural Appropriation & Cultural Appreciation Within Asian Music Between the Mid-90’s & Present Day” | Mentor: Alisa Freedman, East Asian Languages

Samuel Gutierrez | “How can programming, data mining, and predictive modeling determine waterpoint operating conditions in Tanzania to monitor waterborne diseases?” | Mentor: Kraig Delana, Business

Shanie Jorgenson | “Evolutionary Response of Daphnia to Ecological Disaster” | Mentor: Shannon Snyder, Biology

Haley Lohf | “Linked and Loaded: Potential of the Human and Digital Computer Collective” | Mentor: Felix Deku, Knight Campus

Mattie Lucero | “Food Activism and Sustainability in Disabled Communities” | Mentor: Hannah Cutting-Jones, Global Studies

Paige Nearman | “Accessibility in Anthropology Academic Journals” | Mentor: Josh Snodgrass, Anthropology

Sophia Olivares | “Las Lágrimas de Nosotros: Causes and Consequences of the Salvadoran Civil War” | Mentors: Armando Morales & Feather Crawford, MECHA & DucksRISE

Marbella Polvorosa | “Indigenous Mexican Food Sovereignty” | Mentor: Steven Beda, History

Kayley Salgado | “Nutritional Diet Barriers for Low-Income and Single-Parent Households in Eugene, Oregon” | Mentor: Jeffrey Measelle, Psychology

Teresa Soliz | “Fascist Times, Freer Futures: Lessons from Anticolonial and Black Radical Traditions” | Mentor: Christopher Ian Foster, Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies

Larissa Vandehey | “Nitrogen-Fixing Plants and Their Relation to Invasive Species” | Mentor: Carmen Watkins, Biology

Ducksrise Research Seed grants

Winter 2023

Haley Bell | "Where does Social Media belong in the Realm of Activism" | Mentor: Shuo Xu

Jason Blanchard | "Strategic Ambiguity and Taiwan: Time for a New Policy?" | Mentor: Yeling Tan

Chandlor Henderson | "400-Year Nightmare" | Mentor: Camilla Mortensen

Stephenie Kerr | "Why is Biophilia not a Staple in Workplace Design?" | Mentor: Meredith Jacobson

Christine Pearson | "The Effects of Catholicism on Women's Reproductive Rights in Visayan Philippines" | Mentor: Holly Moulton


Portland Internship Experience

Summer 2022

Yazzie Chee | Urban League

Dani Cortes | Latino Network

Stephanie Gonzalez Villanueva | Hacienda

Chandlor Henderson | Portland Art Museum

Anna Hothai | Glad Rags

Julia Johannesen | Simple X

Pablo Manriquez-Luna | Portland Gear

Asia Petrus | Lan Su Garden

Krystal Rosas-Avalos | The Commons Law Center