Summer Undergraduate Research Program
A student who completed the SURP program presents her work at the annual symposium
Each year, the college sponsors a 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) to provide students the opportunity to experience undergraduate research projects on topics related to their programs or in which they have interest. Students work closely with faculty research leads and receive a stipend. The program is open to all students in the college. In 2019, CAFES sponsored 100 students. Each student presented their project at the start of the program with an oral presentation and their research findings at the end of the session at a poster symposium. Students interested in participating should email CAFES@calpoly.edu.
Mia Abram, along with Dr. Kari Pilolla, “The Influence of Strawberry Supplementation on Calorie Consumption”
Amanda Adelman and Logan Babcock, along with Dr. Priya Verma, "A Sustainability Literacy Assessment of Cal Poly Students: Survey Data Analysis"
Karli McCarthy, along with Dr. Kari Pilolla, "Does the Daily Consumption of Freeze-dried Strawberry Powder (~1 serving/day) Improve Dietary Intake of Macro and Micronutrients in Postmenopausal Women?"
Evelyn Alvarez-Mendoza, along with Dr. Shunping Ding, "Investigating Fungicide Resistance in Grape Powdery Mildew"
Jennifer Apland, along with Dr. Ann DeLay, "The First Year Perspective: Understanding Diversity and Inclusion in Orientation Classes"
John Barco, along with Dr. Benjamin Hoover, "Assessing Seed Viability in Landscape Pennisetum advena"
Terra Bilhorn and June Murray, along with Dr. Marni Goldenberg, "An Examination of Pacific Crest Trail Land Managers and Thru-Hikers"
Eugene Binunsky, along with Dr. Michael McCullough, “Creating a Public Database for Scholarly Works on Beer Economics”
Robyn Brooks, along with Dr. Charlotte Decock, "The Effect of Strawberry Cultivar and Pre-Plant Fertilizer Management on Nitrogen Dynamics"
Ryan Bruch, along with Dr. Bo Liu, "Machine Learning for Weeding Applications"
Lisbet Camacho, along with Dr. Cristina Connolly, "The Effective Components of Buy Local Programs"
Sinead Carney, along with Dr. Ashraf Tubeileh, "The Effects of Microbial Biostimulants on Tomato Plants"
Spencer Chen, along with Dr. Greg Schwartz, "Applying Biofloc Technology to Aquamarine Culture"
Sarah Chow and Catherine Price, along with Dr. Gordon Rees, “Manganese Oxides, Organic Carbon, and Soil Color in Vertisols”
Alexandria Clifton and Sadie Mae Mace, along with Dr. Rodrigo Manjarin, " NAFLD is Associated with Memory Impairment and Changes in Metabolomic Profile in Brain Cortex of the Juvenile Iberian Pigs"
Jorge Coronel, along with Dr. Richard Volpe, "Food Prices and the Farm-Retail Price Spread"
Brenna Cumming, along with Dr. Angelos Sikalidis, "Investigation of High fat/ High Fructose Diet with or without Probiotics Effect on Inflammatory Biomarkers in Liver on Iberian Pig NAFLD Proxy Model"
Morgan Cutter, along with Dr. Kevin Lin, "The Application of Data Analytics in the Experience Industry"
Jerrod De La Torre, along with Dr. Federico Casassa, "Detailed Phenolic and Chromatic Characterization of Commercial Red Wines from the Central Coast AVA of California"
Jezebel Delgado Ruiz, along with Dr. Peter Livingston, "Plant Response to Aloe Vera in an Organic Nutrient Source"
Stefani Derrick, along with Dr. Angelos Sikalidis, "Investigation of High fat/High Fructose Diet with or without Probiotics Effect on Inflammatory Biomarkers in Muscle on a Pig Insulin Resistant Proxy Model"
Virginia Dussell, along with Dr. Lynn Hamilton, "Literature Review on The Future of San Joaquin Valley Agriculture Under Climate Change and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act"
Taylor Eagan and Jody Maddigan, along with Dr. Keri Schwab, "The Effect of Mobile Devices and Green Spaces on Student Mental Health"
Amber Eckert, along with Dr. Chris Surfleet, “An Economic Study of Montane Meadow Restoration”
Kayla Erath, along with Dr. Darin Bennett, "Nutritional Value of Black Soldier Fly Larvae Meal for Broiler Chickens"
Kindra Fulton, along with Dr. Kevin Lin, "Promoting California Grown Specialty Crops at Trade Shows"
Riley Gajdos and Nicholas Wiley, along with Dr. Matthew Haberland, "Robotic Control of Yellow Starthistle"
Victoria Garcia, along with Dr. Ann DeLay, "I'm First! First Generation CAFES Students"
Katherine Gardner, along with Dr. Darin Bennett, "Nutritional Value of Spirilina in Broiler Chickens"
Amando Garza, along with Dr. Bo Liu, "The Microgreen Harvester"
Virginia Geddie, along with Dr. Richard Cobb, "Methane Sequestration in Soils Treated for Sudden Oak Death"
Jamie Girouard, along with Dr. GW Bates, "Robust Design for Denitrifying Woodchip Bioreactor Media"
Edgar Godoy Garcia, along with Dr. Peter Livingston, "Conditioning of Saline Water for Strawberries in Hydroponics"
Rachel Goren, along with Dr. Chris Dicus, "Simulated Carbon Dynamics in Post-fire Successional Pathways of the Wasatch Mountains, Utah"
Jordan Haddad, along with Dr. Peter Livingston, "Hydroponic Strawberry Response to Oxygen Saturated Water"
Michael Hernandez, along with Dr. Luis Castro, "Impact of Dry-Hopping on the Sugar Profile of Beer"
Nico Hillman, Shelby Littleton, and Jack Ridder, along with Dr. Bwalya Malama, "Hydraulic Properties of the San Luis Obispo Aquifer"
Kumpol Homwongpanich, along with Dr. Amy Lammert, "Impact of Acceptance Scale Used on the Amount of Time it Takes for Consumers to Evaluate Berries"
Tiffany Huang, along with Dr. Ike Kang, "Biochemical Characteristics of Low-Fat Sausages"
Ben Jabson, along with Dr. Luis Castro, "The Effect of Wort Oxygenation on Flavor Compound Development During High-Gravity Brewing"
Olivia Jackson, along with Dr. Xiaowei Cai, "Assessing the Effect of Chinese Tariffs on California Agricultural Industries"
Emily Katz, along with Dr. Sean Hurley, "Examining Quantix Subscription Plans for Grapes in CA"
Anita Kelleher, along with Dr. Aydin Nazmi, "Ultra-Processed Diets Cause Excess Calorie Intake and Weight Gain: What does MyPlate Say?"
Emily Kuzmicky, along with Dr. Gregory Schwartz, "Building a Decoupled Aquaponics System"
Anh Le, along with Dr. Samir Amin, "Utilization of Commercially Produced Carrot Pomace in Creaming Method Cakes"
Renata Lehman, along with Dr. Stephanie Jung, "Cyanide Detection in Extracted Peach Seed Oil and Processing Wastewater"
Augustine Lerma, along with Dr. Xiaowei Cai, “The Effects Urban Sprawl has on Farmland Prices”
Sherita Li, along with Dr. Siroj Pokharel, "Reduction of Salmonella Typhimurium from Chicken Breast using Lytic Bacteriophage & Lactobionic Acid"
Carter Ling and Jennifer Wootten, along with Dr. Jean Dodson Peterson, “The Effect of Vine Age on Performance of Vitis Vinifera L. cv. Zinfandel Grapes and Wines in the Central Coast of California”
Chris Lu, along with Dr. Amanda Lathrop, "The Effects of Allyl Isothiocyanate (AITC) on E. coli O157:H7 in Agricultural Soil"
Madeleine MacConnell, along with Dr. Ashraf Tubeileh, "Pyrolysis Distillates as Plant Biostimulants for Lettuce and Spinach"
Vivian Mason, along with Dr. Zachary McFarlane, "Price Indicators for the Cal Poly Bull Test Sale"
Ryan May, along with Dr. Jeta Rudi Polloshka, " Food or Fact: Understanding Fast Food Menus, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and Monetary Constraints"
Lauren McMichael, along with Dr. Michael LaFrano, "Assessment of Biomarkers for Prediction of Gestational Diabetes Occurrence"
Megan McNairn and Matthew Pantaleon, along with Dr. Michael LaFrano, and Dr. Samir Amin, "Investigation of Food Intake Biomarkers on Validating Dietary Questionnaires"
Sofi Mendez, along with Dr. Federico Casassa, "Detailed Chemical and Chromatic Characterization of Commercial White Wines from the Central Coast AVA of California"
Alexia Miller, along with Dr. Neal MacDougall, "Self Regulation Among College Students"
Hector Navarro, along with Dr. Mohammad Sadek, “Design of Low-Cost Lettuce Harvester”
Grace Nonella, along with Dr. Xiaowei Cai, "Developing Modern Portfolio Management Practices for Vegetable Farmers in California."
Joseph Paglia, along with Dr. Amy Lammert, "Cal Poly Ice Cream Brand Revitalization"
Nathaniel Palmer, along with Dr. Jean Dodson Peterson, “Hydraulic Behaviors of Grapevine Rootstocks”
Mark Palmer, along with Dr. Ike Kang, "Rheological Properties of Low-fat Sausages”
Ben Parker, along with Dr. Sean Hurley, "Developing a Water Stress Prediction Map for Vineyards Using Hyperspectral Imagery Collected from a UAS"
Katie Peterson, along with Dr. Zachary McFarlane, "Influence of Physical Activity and Behavioral Grazing Patterns on Yearling Bull Growth and Reproductive Performance"
Grecia Pizano, along with Dr. Chris Surfleet, "Evaluating the Sediment Characteristics of a Pre-Restoration Stream using the Particle Size Distribution (Pebble Count) and Pool-to Riffle Ratio Methods"
Nick Price and Anelise Wyandt, along with Dr. Andrew Lacanienta, "Designing Public Speaking Experiences for Optimal Engagement"
Christian Przbyla, along with Dr. GW Bates, "The Effects of Charcoal Blends on Denitrification and Phosphorous Removal in Woodchip Bioreactors"
Victoria Reller, along with Dr. Christiane Schroeter, "An Incentive-Based Health Program Using MyPlate: A Pilot Study Analyzing College Students’ Dietary Intake Behavior"
Janelle Rey, along with Dr. Charlotte Decock, "How Cultivar and Pre-Plant Treatment Affect Soil Health"
Emma Reyes, along with Dr. Lynn Hamilton, "Regulatory Costs in the San Joaquin Valley"
Hannah Romano, along with Dr. Richard Cobb, "The Effect of Restoration and Treatment on Sudden Oak Death"
Dominic Rovai, along with Dr. Amy Lammert, "Qualitative Assessment of the Commercial Viability of Insect Food Products: a Driver for Product Development?"
Livia Rubio, along with Rich Silacci, "Effect of Seasonality on Secondary Sex Ratio at the Cal Poly Dairy"
JoAnn Sagaral, along with Dr. Samir Amin, "Large Lima Bean Flour Use in Pasta"
Hannah Strauss, along with Dr. Siroj Pokharel, "Combined Effect of Nisin and Lactobionic Acids Against Listeria monocytogenes on Cheese Dogs"
Elena Strom and Philip Sun, along with Dr. Yiwen Chiu, "“Environmental Implications of Daylight Saving Time”"
Megan Taylor, along with Dr. Shaskika Hewavitharana, "Determination of Factors Affecting Sclerotial Germination of Macrophomina phaseolina in Strawberries"
Jessica Townsend, along with Rich Silacci, "Conception Rates and Cost Analysis of Dairy Cattle Bred Using Synchronization Programs, Activity Monitors, or Natural Heat"
Anna Trauter, along with Dr. Benjamin Hoover, "Western Redbud Seed Health in Late Winter and Spring Collections"
Alexandra Ulans, along with Dr. Darin Bennett, "The Effect of Diatomaceous Earth on Bone Strength and Mineralization of Older Commercial Laying Hens"
Luis-Isaiah Valdez, along with Dr. Tim Delbridge, “Manual Harvest Efficiency and Implications for Robotic Harvest Economics”
Felipe Vallejo, along with Dr. Eivis Qenani, "The Future of Work - How are Employers Adjusting to Millennial Generation Expectations"
Kale Varvel, along with Dr. Tim Delbridge, "Strawberry Harvest Efficiency and Grower Profitability"
Taran Virdi, along with Dr. Amanda Lathrop, "Using qPCR to Overcome Obstacles of Low Inoculation Challenge Studies"
Dane Woodland, along with Dr. Eivis Qenani, “Millennial Expectations in the Workplace”
Kate Worrell, along with Dr. Mike McCullough, "Crop History of California Visualized Through GIS Mapping"