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McNair Scholars

Current Scholars

2019 - 2020 Cohort


Akrem Dawed

Electronics Engineering

Mentor: Jeff Wilcox
Research: An investigation of the Effects of a Photo Up-converter in the Efficiency of a Silicon Semi-conductor Solar Cell


Sean Dawson

Chemistry & Biology

Mentor: Dr. Fabry Levente
Research: Optimizing the Procedure for the Synthesis of Pinacol Boronates, Important Common Precursors to Several Potential HIV-1 Protease Inhibitors


Alex Harrington

Political Science

Mentor: Salam Awad
Research: Solidarity Between the Israeli Black Panther Party and the Palestine Liberation Organization


Hannah Huber


Mentor: Dr. Levente Fabry
Research: Exploratory Synthesis of Boron Modified Amino Acids and their Analogs: Building Blocks for Potential Enzyme Inhibitors


Guadalupe Martinez

Social Services

Mentor: Dr. Sandra Galta
Research: Crime by Race By Punishment


SaFyre Reese

Molecular & Cell Biology

Mentor: Dr. April Binder &
Dr. Holly Pinkart
Research: Microbiome of Transgenic NAG-1 Mice


Matthew Shreve

Music Composition

Mentor: Dr. Martin Kennedy & Dr. Gayla Blaisdell
Research: To compose and perform a one-act chamber opera based on a short-story written by a colleague and to be performed as part of my senior composition recital.


Kollin Trujillo

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Mentor: Dr. Derek Ricketson
Research: Investigation of the Roles of 1-Mgml in Mitochondrial Inner Membrane Fusion


Simone Tuilaepa


Mentor: Dr. Laurie Moshier
Research: Unbehagen: The Non-Ethnic German Experience as Influenced by Social and Political Factors


Katie Paccia 


Mentor: Dr. Wendy Williams
Research: Defying Gravity: Experiences of Students with Challenges


Jasmin Washington

Public Health

Mentor: Dr. Jill Hoxmeier
Research: Strength Under Pressure: Identifying the Role of Superwomen Schema (SWS) on Rated of Reporting Intimate Partner Violence (IVP) Through the Historical Experiences of Black Women


2020-2021 Cohort


Amanda Cantu


Mentor: Dr. Tonya Buchanan
Research: TBA


Caroline Cruz


Mentor: Dr. Gil Belofsky
Research: TBA


Lesly Cruz


Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Baiqing Zhang
Research: TBA


Kahmina Ford

Biophysics & Electrical Engineering

Mentor: Dr. Erin Craig
Research: TBA


Jazmin Gonzalez


Mentor: Dr. Rodrigo Renteria-Valencia
Research: TBA


Gerald Lemmon

Sociology & Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Mentor: Dr. Griff Tester
Research: TBA


Vanessa Montano

Applied Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Brandy Wiegers
Research: TBA


Luis Perez

Music Performance

Mentor: Prof. Carrie Rehkopf Michel
Research: TBA


Priscilla Perez

Law & Justice

Mentor: Dr. Charles Reasons
Research: TBA


Rebeca Ruiz

History & French

Mentor: Dr. Michael Johnson
Research: TBA


Desiree Ramirez

Physics & Biophysics

Mentor: Dr. Erin Craig
Research: TBA


Victoria Shearer

Biology & BioMedicine

Mentor: Dr. Timothy Beng
Research: TBA


Bridget Smith


Mentor: Dr. Kris Ernest
Research: TBA


Che'Lynn Smith


Mentor: Dr. Masonya Bennett
Research: TBA


Raeanne Tegman


Mentor: Dr. Gabrielle Stryker
Research: TBA


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