McNair Scholars

Current McNair Scholars

Mujjada Ahmad

Junior: Pyschology
Mentor: Carolyn Morgan, Ph.D., Psychology
Research Topic: How family cultural and economic backgrounds affect younger children's behavior in Kindergarten

Harrison Amyotte

Junior: Computer Science
Mentor: Cheng Thao, Ph.D., Mathematical & Computer Sciences
Research Topic: Version Control history & Software Product lines

Nathan Anderson

Senior: English
Mentor: Janine Tobeck, Ph.D., Languages and Literatures
Research Topic: Binary Tension in Ralph Elison's Invisible Man

Laprece Armour

Senior: Pyschology
Mentor: Carolyn Morgan, Ph.D., Psychology
Research Topic: College students awareness of Alternative Histories

Asha Bailey

Senior:  Chemistry
Chris Veldkamp, Ph.D., Chemistry
Research Topic:
 The Role of Chemokine in CCL21 in Cancer Metastasis

Amber Ball

Senior: Early Childhood Education 
 Simone De'Vore, Ph.D. 
Research Topic:
 What influences the Sustainability of a Child Care Center

Eric Baron

Senior: Economics
Mentor: Robert Gruber, Ph.D., Accounting 
Research Topic:
 Reforming IAS 29: A Critical Assessment

Aaliyah Benford

Junior: Psychology
Mentor: Barbara Beaver, Ph.D., Psychology 
Research Topic:
 The psychological effects that colorism has on minorities

Marcy Beutlich

Junior: Psychology
Mentor: Sandra Street Ph.D., Psychology 
Research Topic:
 Self-efficacy and Performance Level on a Female Athlete's Social Comparison as it relates to Body Dissatisfaction

Fernanda Conteras

Senior: Political Science/Economics
Mentor: Jolly Emrey Ph.D., Political Science
Research Topic:
 The Outliers of Electoral Success of Women in Congress

Michael Dorn-Reed

Junior: Physics
Mentor: Ozgur Yavuzcetin Ph.D., Physics
Research Topic:
 How Lithium Niobate can be used to measure the force of strain on an object

Radaya Ellis

Junior: Biology
Mentor: Brett Woods Ph.D., Biological Sciences
Research Topic:
 The behaviors of marmots to determine mating patterns

Chastity Harden

Senior: History 
 Nikki Mandell, Ph.D., History 
Research Topic:
 Development of Black Racial Identity, Resiliency, Education and Inner-City Youth: Historical Analysis of Austin Community Acadmemy 1960's-2007

Kejuane Jennings

Junior: Math Education 
 Fe Evangelista, Ph.D., Mathematical & Computer Sciences
Research Topic:

Kiwane Kemp

Senior: Psychology
Mentor: Carolyn Morgan, Ph.D., Psychology
Research Topic: The Relationship Between Negotiating Psychological Trauma

Marcos Lares

Junior: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Heather Pelzel, Ph.D., Biological Sciences
Research Topic: Designing a new mammalian expression vector that encodes a human HDAC3-GFP fusion protein

Shavaughn Lawson

Senior: Sociology
Mentor: Chandra Waring, Ph.D., Sociology
Research Topic: Tokenism among minorities in leadership positions

Lucretia Limerick 

Senior: General Management/Marketing 
Mentor: Helena Addae, Management Department 
Research Topic: 
What are the aspects that help high-school students manage financial stability in Wisconsin within the last decade?

Milliam Lor 

Senior: International Relations 
Mentor: Kaviraj Parboteeah, Ph. D., Management 
Research Topic: International Communication & Socialization Strategies Among Educational Institutions

Brendon Mendoza

Junior: General Businuess
Russ Kashian, Ph.D., Economics
Research Topic: 
A Longitudinal Study in Hispanic Segregation: Delavan, Wisconsin 2001-2012

Aislynn Pounds

Senior: Elementary/Middle Education 
Mentor: Anne Stinson, Ph. D., Curriculum & Instruction 
Research Topic: How Involvement in Extra-Curricular Activities Effects High School Seniors G.P.A. and Graduation Rate

Anthony Richardson

Senior: Political Science/Social Work 
Mentor: Jolly Emrey, Ph. D., Political Science 
Research Topic: Extra-Curricular Activities and Their Effects on College Preparation

Brianna Shells

Senior: Social Work 
Mentor: Sarah Hessenaur, Ph. D., Social Work
Research Topic: 

Daquila Tate

Senior: Social Work
Mentor: Sarah Hessenauer, Ph.D., Social Work
Research Topic: Media and Body Dissatisfaction in Young Adults

Mindy Tao

Senior: Psychology
Mentor: David Havas, Ph.D., Psychology
Research Topic: Embodied Cognition between Westernized and Non-Westernized Hmong

Vernelle Treh

Senior: Psychology 
Mentor: Robert Kuzoff, Ph.D., Biological Sciences
Research Topic: Genetic Variation and Development of Autism in Children

Nicholas Walker

Junior: Psychology
David Havas, Ph.D., Psychology
Research Topic: 
Reducing the Fundamental Attribution Error by Manipulating the Mirror Neuron System

DeJuan Washington

Senior: Communication
James Levy, Ph.D., History
Research Topic: 
African American Male Success in Higher Education

Sylvia Washington

Junior: Sociology
Chandra Waring, Ph.D., Sociology
Research Topic: 
The Abandoned Self through Music: Transitioning from Hip Hop & R&B to Mainstream Pop

Jerry Watkins

Senior: Psychology
Mentor: Carolyn Morgan, Ph.D., Psychology
Research Topic: Majors and Labeling through Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

LaCherie Weathers

Senior: Biology
Mentor: Carolyn Morgan, Ph.D., Psychology
Research Topic: The Effects of Racism-Related Stress on the Health of African-American Males 

Larry Williams

Junior: Chemistry
Mentor: Chris Veldkamp, Ph.D., Chemistry
Research Topic: The structure of CCL21 and the Receptor CCR7

Meng Yang 

Senior: Marine Biology 
Mentor: John Ejnik, Chemistry Department 
Research Topic: Methylmercury Levels in Fish and How to Reduce or Remove It