Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Loyola Marymount University’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for students to present what they have learned through their research to a larger audience. StudyLA’s student research team participates by presenting the latest findings of a signature study or an original research project.

StudyLA places emphasis and provides hands-on mentorship in three areas: research abstract, poster design, and presentation. In addition, the research team guides students through data processing, data interpretation, and data visualization as needed.

2018 Student Research Team Posters

  • The Korean-American Identity in Los Angeles by Sylvia Shin ‘18

    The first Korean to immigrate to the United States was Peter Ryu in 1901. Two decades after that, the United States government completely excluded Asian immigrants from entering the country with the Immigration Act of 1924, also known as the Johnson-Reed Act. With the end of World War II and the Korean War, an influx of Koreans began migrating to America. Today, Los Angeles is home to the largest population of Korean living outside of Korea. The purpose of this research is to understand the sense of belonging that Korean Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and the Silent/Greatest Generation feel in Los Angeles. (PDF)

  • Perceptions of Los Angeles Institutions by Generation by Kathleen Siao ‘18

    Public trust in institutions is essential to society and its decline in contemporary times is considered to be a great concern to the social order. While scholars across many fields study this phenomenon, it is still unclear how trust may vary across different generations. This study aims to address this gap in knowledge by analyzing trust levels among different generations of Los Angeles residents for a variety of governmental and societal institutions. (PDF)

  • Financial Optimism in Los Angeles by Andrew Brown ’20 and Jayna Ortiz ‘19

    The wealth disparity between the rich and the poor is bigger than it has ever been and the gap is expected to widen further. This study evaluates perceptions of finances and living situations of Angelenos by socioeconomic groups to find patterns in opinion. Thus, the goal of our study is to show how the financial optimism of Angelenos are affected by socioeconomic status (class), household income, and education. (PDF)

  • Keeping Los Angeles Diverse: Who May Be on Their Way Out by Alden Lundy ’20 and Xavier Orozco ‘20

    The housing market of Los Angeles is skyrocketing. This trend has implications that are apparent across every demographic of the population as housing is the largest annual expenditure for households in the United States. Such implications include concerns over gentrification as well as the likelihood of staying in Los Angeles. Our research addresses the differences in housing price insecurity experienced across different ethnicities of Los Angeles residents. Specifically, this study examines the role of race and age as factors that may influence perceptions of housing affordability in Los Angeles. (PDF)

  • Silicon Beach: Resident Familiarity with LA’s Tech Hub by John Andrikos ’21, Sebastian Arceo ’21 and Sharon Nat ‘19

    Silicon Beach is a growing tech and creative startup hub in West Los Angeles County. It is home to over 500 companies, including Facebook, Snap Inc., and Hulu. Although Silicon Beach is a place of innovation and opportunity for many, the influx of capital and talent it attracts could mean rising housing prices and gentrification for others. Awareness of the opportunities provided by the area’s recent economic growth, and of the potential ramifications of these opportunities, is important. This research examines whether familiarity with Silicon Beach differs by respondents’ demographics. Specifically, we focus on household income, education, home ownership, and race. (PDF)

  • Silicon Beach and Its Impact on the Los Angeles Region by Andrew Gonzalez ‘18

    Silicon Beach describes the emerging technological and innovative start-up hub located on the Westside of Los Angeles. Invoking the famous Silicon Valley, investors hope to develop the region into the premier tech and creative start-up location. The purpose of this research is to understand how Los Angeles residents perceive Silicon Beach and what their opinions could mean for the future of Los Angeles. This project specifically focuses on whether or not residents believe Silicon Beach is instrumental in the growth of the region and if it will have a positive impact on development. (PDF)

  • Silicon Beach: Resident Opinions on Its Benefits and Challenges by Laina Washington ’19 and Gunagpeng Ren ‘20

    This research is part of a larger study to understand Los Angeles County resident familiarity and public opinion of Silicon Beach and its impact in Los Angeles. Silicon Beach is home to many technology and creative startups. Its presence and growth in Los Angeles raise key concerns about possible benefits and challenges to Los Angeles residents. This research analyzes resident responses to the following questions: (1) which factor most benefits Silicon Beach as a tech and creative startup hub; and (2) which factor creates the biggest challenge to having a booming tech and creative startup hub in Los Angeles. (PDF)

  • Access to Urgent Care Facilities in Los Angeles County by Rishaun Adrian Narayan ‘18

    Health care deserts are areas where individuals have a lack of access to any type of health facility, including primary care and urgent care facilities. Primary care and urgent care facilities are the only types of medical care facilities that provide direct services to patients. Previous research, which focused on all types of health care facilities, demonstrated health care deserts in northern Los Angeles County and in predominantly white and black populated areas. This research presents a spatial analysis of urgent care facilities given that their accessibility directly affects time-sensitive treatments for illnesses and other medical emergencies. This research further advances previous research by not only examining Los Angeles by race but median household income as well to uncover health inequities that may exist across income levels. (PDF)