By Gabriela Mendoza

Staff Writer

After being accepted into  the Honors Transfer Conference of California (HTCC) three LBCC honors students’ academic research will be published in the UC Irvine academic journal.

The annual conference gives California Community College honors students the opportunity to present the results of academic research generated within classes outside of the classroom.

The focus of students Miranda Arciaga and Henry Ruff’s research include student study habits, while Jason Troia focused on the media’s influence on grassroot movements.

Arciaga, 19, a double major in English and psychology, and her research partner Ruff, a 20-year-old engineering major, composed a paper about the effects that colored paper has on the way students retain information.

“In essence, the paper is about how color affects one’s ability to concentrate on something they’re reading and if it helps in making the text easier to read. It discusses readability and focus, in association with color,” Arciaga said.

Troia’s paper dealt with media bias and the influence the media has on grassroot political movements.

Troia, 32, an English literature and history major, said, “I cited Occupy (Wall Street) and the Tea Party as examples. I’ve always been interested in politics, and freedom of speech is the liberty I cherish most, so it was a natural topic for me to research.”

Troia said, “I’d like people to realize that their most basic liberties can be threatened in indirect ways, either through censorship of speech or sensationalism of what one says.”

Allison Pop, English professor and Troia’s mentor, applauded the three for their courage in submitting their work.

Pop said, “It is easily the best part of my job,” to help her students succeed. She added, “Working with the best and brightest is the most gratifying part of being a teacher.”

Pop said she hopes more students will take advantage of the honors program. “It encourages students to think harder and critically.”

The honors program gives transfer students preferential consideration to UCs and CSUs when applying.

Arciaga said, “The honors program has helped me to advance my education by challenging me.”

Troia said, “I encourage anyone who wants to accomplish extraordinary things in their life, or who wants to be stimulated on a deeper level to consider applying for the (honors) program.”

Arciaga said, “Since the publication, people have been congratulating me and telling me how amazing it is to have my name on something, but I tell them that they could be doing this too.”

The students’ work, published on Feb. 1, is in the 12th issue of UCI’s academic journal and may be found by searching “HTCC Building Bridges 2012” on for $6 or less.

The three students will present their work at UC Irvine on Saturday, March 23.