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McNair Scholars present research

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The students in the McNair summer research internship program were chosen in fall 2011 and spring 2012. They started working on their projects in the spring under the guidance of selected faculty mentors in their academic fields of interest.

McNair Scholars presenting research, their topic and faculty mentor include:

  • Angelique Foye, senior in family studies and human services, "The Influence of Positive Family Member Role Models on Empathy and Pro-social Behaviors in Emerging Adulthood" with Brenda McDaniel, assistant professor of psychology.
  • Ruddy Yanez, senior in family studies and human services, "Urban and Rural Preschool-aged Children: Perceptions of Nature and Comfort Outdoors" with Bronwyn Fees, associate professor of family studies and human services.
  • Simone Dorsey, senior in family studies and human services, "Gender Differences in the Motives for Using Violence in Bilateral Situationally Violent Relationships" with Sandra Stith, professor of family studies and human services.
  • Isaac Falcon Campos, summer 2012 bachelor's candidate in psychology, “Parent-Adolescent Communication and Cellphone Use" with Karen Myers-Bowman, associate professor of family studies and human services in the College of Human Ecology.

Receiving stipends to support their participation, the students began their summer research internships in June. It involved intensive work with their mentors, as well as weekly meetings with McNair staff to monitor and support their progress. The scholars also spent three to four hours a week in a class preparing to take the Graduate Records Examination, or GRE, a standardized test required for admittance to most graduate programs.

The internship program culminated in late July when the students presented their research to fellow scholars, program staff and alumni, faculty mentors, graduate students, friends and family members, and university administrators.

McNair Scholars program staff include Kathleen Greene, director; Lora Boyer, associate director; Kathy Zarka, assistant director; Jon Tveite, writing skills specialist; and Jeanne Gerhard, administrative specialist.

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This article was posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.