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Meet Our Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Fellows

2019 summer research team from left to right: Surabhi Balachander, Iris Hui, Abraham Ryzhik, Bruce Cain, Hannah Kelley, Cade Cannedy, John Coyle, Chapman Caddell, Jenna Brown.


This summer, we are pleased to welcome a cohort of nine Undergraduate Research Fellows to the Bill Lane Center for the American West.

Under the direction of Professor Bruce Cain and Senior Researcher Iris Hui, these students are in the midst of spending ten weeks exploring such topics as air pollution, broadband access and telemedicine in the rural West, water management and funding in California, and automated redistricting in the American West. Their areas of study range from American Studies and History to Computer Science and Symbolic Systems. Please join us in welcoming our young researchers.


Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Fellows



Research Fellow Topic Description
Sarah Ondak Photography in the American West
Photography in the American West
Tanvi Gambhir Allocation of Water Funding in California
Using a variety of data sources, Tanvi is examining the allocation and impacts of water funding from Props 50, 84 and 1
Chapman Caddell Broadband in the Rural West
Through case studies, Chapman is exploring the reasons behind successes and failures of broadband expansion in the rural West.
Abraham Ryzhik and John Coyle Environmental Justice
Using webscraping, Abraham and John are compiling databases of EPA violations in the U.S. to examine spatial inequality in pollution-burden.
Kevin Li Automated Redistricting
Kevin is working on a NSF-funded project to explore the implications of using computer-automated algorithms in drawing electoral districts.
Cade Cannedy Air Quality in Fresno
Working with the Sean Parker Center, Cade is conducting a field study in Fresno to examine the potential health impacts of wildfire smoke.
Hannah Kelley Digital Health in the Rural West
Hannah is exploring inequality in digital healthcare access among disadvantaged populations in rural West.
Shiriel Abramson Tap Dancing & Environment
Tap Dancing & Environment




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