Marcus Funds Past Winners

2020 – 2021 Marcus Research Fellowship Grant Winners

“A Price on Pride: Understanding the Commoditization of the Queer Identity in San Francisco”
Student: Maximilian DeNembo (School of Design)
Mentor: Hsiao-Yun Chu

“Defining Rurality: An Exploration of the Rural-Urban Connection in Different Parts of the United States”
Student: Fiona DeWitt (Political Science Department)
Mentor: Rebecca Eissler

“Explorations of Gesticulation-Based Upper Limb Appliances”
Student: Levi Gilbert (School of Design)
Mentor: Silvan Linn

“Everyday HEROs: Public Health Research during COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place”
Student: Gurjot Gill (Anthropology Department)
Mentor: Peter Biella

“Objectivity and Epistemic Commitment: Polanyi’s Critique of Reductionism”
Student: Aydin Jang (Philosophy Department)
Mentor: Arezoo Islami

“Korean American Cinema (1990s – Present): Confronting History and Myths in the Diaspora”
Student: B. Kim (School of Cinema)
Mentor: Scott Boswell

“Attainability of Official CSU Intended Outcomes: A Student Experience-Based Study”
Student: Ysenia Martinez (School of Design)
Mentor: Tara Lockhart

“Decline of the Latino Media in the San Francisco Bay Area”
Student: Adriana Morga Oregel (Journalism Department)
Mentor: Laura Moorhead

“The Semiotics of Power: Linguistic Structures of Neoliberal Hegemony”
Student: Mikey Pagan (School of Humanities and Liberal Studies)
Mentor: Teresa Pratt

2019 – 2020 Marcus Research Fellowship Grant Winners

“Battles, Bridges and Books: The Pursuit of Higher Education After Military Service”
Student: Janelle Scarritt
Mentor: Martha Lincoln

“Development of a Hybrid Motorcycle Conversion Kit to Reduce Pollution in Low-Income Urban Areas”
Student: Anucha (Poh) Maga
Mentor: Silvan Linn

“Does State of Residence Influence Concerns about Economic Inequity”
Student: Hannah Galindo
Mentor: Ronald Hayduk

“Embodiment in XR: Using Research through Design Techniques in VR to Explore New Approaches to Attention, Interaction Rituals and Spatial Metaphors”
Student: Crystal Candalla
Mentor: Joshua McVeigh-Schultz

“Gender’s Corporeality: Deconstructing Trans-Boundaries in Cinema”
Student: Lindhan Le
Mentor: Elizabeth Ramirez-Soto

“Ireland and the Rise of Left-Wing Nationalism”
Student: Mikayla Cordero
Faculty member: Amy Skonieczny

“Potential Wilderness”
Student: Duriel Meisner
Mentor: Sean McFarland

“Social Media Usage and Political Behavior: Understanding How Situational Context Impacts Participation”
Student: Jorge Urroz
Mentor: Francis Neely

“The Construct of Love and Sexuality in 17th-Century Japan”
Student: Kayla Ratliff
Mentor: Laura Lisy-Wagner

“The Value of Life”
Student: Jamila Hayes
Mentor: Celine Parreñas Shimizu

2020 – 2021 Marcus Undergraduate Assistantship Grant Winners

“A New Critical Edition of ‘Romeo and Juliet’: A Digital Humanities Project”
Students: Jason Bolich, Nicolaz Ruiz
Mentor: Kurt Daw (School of Theatre and Dance)

“Shakespeare’s ‘Lear’: A VR/Live Performance Hybrid”
Students: Nicole Carlson, Jo Rhoades
Mentor: Elizabeth Hunter (School of Theatre and Dance)

“Lexical Variation and Sociolinguistic Style in a Bay Area High School”
Students: Ana Abarca, Shane Cueva
Mentor: Teresa Pratt (English Language and Literature Department)

“The Unpublished Works of Elizabeth Anscombe”
Student: Ivan Manriquez Jr.
Mentor: Jeremy Reid (Philosophy Department).

“From the Left or the Right? Anti-Semitism in Germany Since 2002”
Student: Nicolle Mariani
Mentor: Scott Siegel (International Relations Department).

2019 – 2020 Marcus Undergraduate Assistantship Grant Winners

“A Juggler’s Choice: Agendas and Attention in the Modern Presidency”
Student: Elizabeth Wedel
Mentor: Rebecca Eissler

“China’s Multilateral Activism and the Postwar Order: Rule Taker, Rule Shaper, Rule Breaker or Rule Maker?”
Student: Samuel Catania
Mentor: See-Won Byun

“Is It Teasing or Bullying? Interactional Practices and Blurry Lines”
Student: Austin Schutz
Mentor: Leah Wingard

“Vegetarian Indian Restaurant or Indian Vegetarian Restaurant: Order of Attributes in Search Queries”
Student: Lauren Baker
Mentor: Anastasia Smirnova

“What They Bring with Them: Pre-Migration Experiences and Trajectories in American Politics of American Immigrants”
Student: Yvette Osio
Mentor: Marcela García-Castañon


 The George and Judy Marcus Fund for Excellence in the Liberal Arts