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Undergraduate Digital Research Symposium

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:30am - 2:00pm
Digital Scholarship Commons
McHenry Library

Digital Scholarship Commons, McHenry Library

Sponsored by Center for Jewish Studies, Digital Scholarship Commons, University Library, IHR With support from the Koret Foundation

The Digital Scholarship Commons is thrilled to announce the first Undergraduate Digital Research Symposium on April 19, 2017. At UC Santa Cruz, undergraduate students are engaged in creative, critical research using digital tools and platforms. Initiatives like the Digital Jewish Studies program highlight how digital tools can enhance student learning through multi-modal project creation. This symposium will showcase innovative undergraduate research and celebrate the digital projects that students develop in class.

Join us to explore public facing, media-rich, critically engaged, and creative student research. The event will include a digital poster session, two panels featuring undergraduate work, and a keynote address by Jaye Padgett, Interim Vice Provost for Student Success. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.



8:30 - 9:00        Light Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - 9:15        Welcome, Elizabeth Cowell (University Librarian)

9:15 - 10:00      Digital Poster Session

10:00 - 10:45    Panel 1: Undergraduate Digital Research Fellows
                         Norma Arbulu, Vincente Lovelace, Krystal Mendez, Alma Villa
                         Moderated by Ebad Rahman 

11:00 - 11:45     Panel 2: The Gail Project, Team Leaders
                          Cameron Gao, Nick Bass, Alexyss McClellan, Jasmine Change
                          Moderated by Dustin Wright

12:00 - 1:00       Lunch (Brown Bag lunch provided for all registered attendees)

1:00 - 1:45         Keynote: Jaye Padgett (nterim Vice Provost for Student Success)



16 undergraduate student teams will showcase their creative, critical research during the Digital Poster Session. 



  • Kylie Carpenter | “The Other Half: Mapping Jacob Riis' How The Other Half Lives”
  • Christa Shanaman, Genevive Ortilla, Kylie Carpenter | “Born In Slavery: Slave Narratives From the Federal Writer's project”
  • Liana Bragado-Zahn | “Adobo: The "National" Dish of the Philippines”
  • Eugene Alejo |“From Talavera via Okinawa to California”
  • Dayan Weller |“Japanese Whaling”
  • Yoshimi Suda, “Food and Resistance in Japanese American Internment Camps”
  • Riley Gervin and Ty Goering | “Rossiya onlayn: A massive open online course on Russian History”
  • Rosie Trenholm | “Peripheral Narratives in the Holocaust”



  • Cori Hoover | “Deir el Bahri Project”
  • Lex McClellan | “Assimilation through Tattoo Bans in the Japanese Empire”
  • Reed Scriven | “Priene: A Virtual Reality Experience in Ancient Greece”
  • Esther Lu | “講佫卡慢 ..speak-more- slowly... kóng kóh khah bān”
  • Nithesh Balasubramanian | “Trump's War on Restrooms”



  • Emma James and Natalie Gonzales | “Production of Knowledge”
  • Aura Chavez | "No Me Han Domesticado"
  • Daisy Orellana and Andrea Rosas | “Transnational Activism: The Global Gag Rule and Reproductive Justice Stories”
  • Kalonny Skipper | “Isolating the Problem”