Current McNair Scholars

Meet our 25 undergraduate scholars

Janelly Abreu

Class of 2022

Major: Political Science and International Relations

Research

Research: Oromo Protests of the Government of Ethiopia

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stewart Kaufman, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Angela Akumiah

Class of 2022

Major: Sociology and Political Science

Research

Research: “Normal Girl”: Black Womanhood and R&B 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christopher-Byrd, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Christen Asiedu

Class of 2021

Major: Criminal Justice

Research

Research: Evaluating the Federal Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Mandate: How Do Policymakers Assess Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System? 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ellen Donnelly, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Rebecca Beswick

Class of 2023

Major: Chemical Engineering (Honors)

Research

Research: Review of Cathode Catalysts for Hydroxide Exchange Membrane Electrolysis 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yushan Yan and Alexandra Oliveira (Graduate Student)

Justin Brown

Class of 2022

Majors: Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research

Research: Implications of Mitochondrial Isocitrate Dehydrogenase on Dietary Carcinogen, 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine metabolism in Mice

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jae Kyeom Kim, Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition

Badiallo “Mimi” Diani

Class of 2022

Major: Biomedical Engineering (Honors)

Research

Research: Simulating the Diffusion of Nitric Oxide Through Porous Nylon Matrix

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elise Corbin, Department of Material Science and Engineering

Jonte Desire

Class of 2022

Major: Biological Sciences: Pre-Med

Research

Research: The Effects of Creative Play Interventions on the Social and Motor Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anjana Bhat, Department of Physical Therapy, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Zarek Fasoranti

Class of 2021

Major: Neuroscience: Pre-Med      Minor: Biology

Research

Research: The Effects of Concussion History on Trails Making Test Performance

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Buckley, Alex Enrique (Graduate Student), Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology 

Ishika Govil

Class of 2023

Major: Chemical Engineering (Honors)

Research

Research: Computational Enzyme Screening for the Incorporation of a Catechol-Containing Non-Standard Amino Acid 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aditya Kunjapur, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

Kevin Gyamfi

Class of 2022

Major: Medical Diagnostics

Research

Research: How Circadian Influences Impact Learning for High School Students

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Frances Sayako Earle, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Isiah Hiatt

Class of 2021

Major: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Research

Research: Evaluating a Contemporary Issue in Veterinary Medicine

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tanya Gressley, Department of Animal and Food Sciences

Marcus Holly

Class of 2022

Major: Chemical Engineering (Honors)

Research

Research: Design of Large-Scale Nickel Hydroxide Electrochemically-Driven CO2 Separator for Direct Air Capture

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yushan Yan, Department of Chemical Engineering 

Andrez Jones

Class of 2021

Major: Behavior Health Science: Occupational Therapy

Research

Research: Neural Correlates of Handwriting in Children During the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nancy Getchell, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology 

Magdalena Limon-Gutierrez

Class of 2021

Major: Criminal Justice

Research

Research: Juvenile Delinquency: The Impact of Race and Gender on Deviant Behavior Among Middle and High School Students

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ivan Sun, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Brianna Martinez

Class of 2021

Major: International Relations 

Research

Research: Public Memory of Los Desaparecidos: Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo Archives

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Polly Zavadivker

Jessica Mauricette

Class of 2021

Major: Biological Sciences: Pre-Med

Research

Research: The Forte Project: Improving Breast Cancer Survivorship through Fencing

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kenneth L. Van Golen, Department of Biological Sciences

Darline Murat

Class of 2021

Major: Biological Sciences: Genetic Counseling 

Research

Research: The Role of the Condensin Subunit, CAPG-2, on Meiotic Chromosome Structure in Oogenesis and Spermatogenesis within the Caenorhabditis elegans

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aimee Jaramillo-Lambert, Department of Biological Sciences

Afua Owusu-Donkor

Class of 2021

Major: Medical Diagnostics

Research

Research: The Impact of Diet and Sleep and Potential Implications on Cardiovascular Health 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shannon Lennon and Alexis Mbkawe (Graduate Student), Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology 

Lindsey Perez-Perez

Class of 2021

Major: Education

Research

Research: Stereotypical Threat: A Contributor to Disproportionate Educational Outcomes? 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ralph Ferretti, School of Education 

Lauren Smith

Class of 2022

Major: Biomedical Engineering 

Research

Research: Modeling Complex Acrylamide Gels to Control for Elastic and Shear Modulus

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elise Corbin, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Prosper Tarley

Class of 2022

Major: Medical Diagnostics

Research

Research: Uncovering the Mechanisms of Explicit Prejudice

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Kubota, Jasmin Cloutier (Graduate Student), Sam Venezia (Graduate Student), Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Ashley Taylor

Class of 2021

Major: Political Science

Research

Research: The Way Forward: Black Political Ideology for the Liberated Future

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Brown, Department of Africana Studies

Alexys Turner

Class of 2022

Major: Behavior Health Science: Pre-Med (Honors)

Research

Research: The Role of Sleep and Melatonin on Cardiovascular Health

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shannon Lennon, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

Julian Urbina

Class of 2021

Major: Psychology

Research

Research: An Examination of Depression and Motivational Goals to Engage in Self-Harm

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Naomi Sadeh, Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences

Grayson Ziegler

Class of 2021

Major: Linguistics (Honors)

Research

Research: Sibilantization in Blackfoot Voiceless /i/

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Irene Vogel, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science

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