Undergraduate Research Week: Uncovering the Research Process

Students from a quarter-long library research course will discuss their research processes. In Winter 2021, our four panelists took Honors 101i: Research Today: Sources, Tools, and Strategies with librarians Ashley Peterson and Matt Johnson. The course encouraged students to reflect on, experiment with, and refine their research process, focusing on the preparation for and development of a research-intensive project. In this Undergraduate Research Week presentation, our undergraduate panelists will reflect on their research processes, specifically around how they’ve done the research for their current projects.

Moderators: Ashley Peterson, Research & Instruction Librarian, and Matt Johnson, Librarian for English & History


Herman Luis Chavez is a junior-level transfer student studying Ethnomusicology and Comparative Literature. His research looks at echoes of colonialism in the musical ideologies and institutions of late 20th century Bolivia, analyzing the works of author-composer Atiliano Auza León while considering indigeneity in the cultural appropriation of Latin American musical aesthetics.

Kayne Doughty is a junior-level transfer student from Salinas, CA majoring in History and minoring in Asian American Studies. His research looks at the Asian American radical tradition through the case study of the emergence of the Committee Against Anti-Asian Hate (CAAAV) in the wake of the murder of Vincent Chin while considering the influence of other radical social movements such as the Black Power Movement.

Rebecca Gabra is a junior-level transfer student from Moorpark College studying American Literature and Culture. Her research evaluates the role of sexual violence against Black women in trans-generational trauma, and it’s effect on contemporary Black Feminism by using Morrison and Butler’s texts.

Evan Sakuma is a junior-transfer from Pasadena City College majoring in American Literature and Culture and minoring in Asian American Studies at UCLA. Their research plans to look specifically at Nathan Ramos’s As We Babble On and Chay Yew’s A Language of their Own— two Asian-American plays which rely on the performance of literature to liberate racialized bodies from homogenized cultural and sexual identities.



May 24 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


UCLA Data Science Center