Pictured: Pulum Kim, Minjeong (MJ) Koh, Mona Eshaiker and Breanna Champion-Ybarra
On Saturday, March 26, Irvine Valley College was strongly represented at the eleventh annual Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference held at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). This event, sponsored by UCI and the Honors Transfer Council of California, showcases outstanding research-based work by students from California community colleges, with a focus on honors students. IVC had the largest contingent of presenters at this year's conference, and a number of IVC students took home prestigious awards.
Pulum (Eunice) Kim was awarded $500 and one of five Outstanding Abstract Awards for her research abstract entitled "Bad English Does Not Exist: The Variety of World Englishes and Their Value as Unique Languages." Her project argued that "localized dialects, known as World Englishes, enrich the world and should be recognized and valued as independent and complete linguistic systems." Pulum was also awarded an Outstanding Abstract Award at last year's HTCC Conference and had her abstract chosen for publication in the 2010 conference proceedings booklet.
Pictured Above: IVC Honors Program students Pulum Kim and Seoungjun Elijah Lee who were also awarded Exemplary Achievement Awards worth $300. Exemplary Achievement winners are nominated by their honors program director and are chosen for their demonstration of academic excellence, particularly in the face of hardships, and for making significant contributions to campus life
IVC students virtually swept the poster presentation awards in the Humanities/Social Science Division this year. Minjeong (MJ) Koh took home first prize with her poster entitled "The Impact of Slang on Self-Esteem." The second-place award went to Breanna Champion-Ybarra and Mona Eshaiker, for their poster entitled "Perceptions of Rape: Demographic Predictors." The third-place poster award went to Suzanne Campbell (not pictured) for her project entitled "The Drug Trade and Governance in Afghanistan, Mexico, and Columbia." Finally, Pulum Kim won an Honorable Mention for her poster presentation of "Bad English Does Not Exist: The Variety of World Englishes and Their Value as Unique Languages."
Other conference presenters included Zahra Alamire, Angela Baca, Breeanna Bergeron-Matsumoto, Parneet Bhatal, Melody Brown, Avalon Dismukes, Joel Goetz, Kristin Gundersen, Hussein Khater, Jae Kim, Luke Klein, Cory Kross, Molly McLaughlin, Leah Meyerson, Nima Moravej, Kyle O'Rourke, Sogol Pahlevan, Anita Picetti, Madeena Rafiq, Sheila Vilanilam, Ria Weicht