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McNair Scholars Profiles

short description of scholars' research

McNair Scholars

Summer 2013

McNair Scholars Symposium 2011

Back left to right: Kayla Preito-Hodge, Philip McHarris, Octavio Brindis, Chasneika Astacio, Program Counselor, Rossanna Contreras Godfrey, Associate Director
Front left to right: Kakas Rish, Vanessa Garza, Meghan York, Marissa Thornton

Kayla Preito-Hodge
Eve Spangler, Associate Professor, Sociology Department
Research: Their side of the Story: an entrance into the intimate lives of Black women and their views on race and love.
Philip McHarris
Mentor: C. Shawn McGuffey, Associate Professor, Sociology Department
Research: The Impact of Racial Identity on Academic Performance amongst Black Male College Students

Octavio Brindis
Mentor: Eve Spangler, Associate Professor, Sociology Department
Research:Parental Involvement and the Undergraduate Experience: The Effects of Parental Involvement in Latino Students at a Predominantly White Institution

Kakas Rish
Mentor: Audrey Friedman, Associate Professor, Assistant Dean, Undergrad. St, Lynch School
Research: She don’t’ Never Talk Right: Linguistic Prestige and its Contributions to the Achievement Gap

Vaness Garza
Christopher Maxwell, Adjunct Associate Professor, Economics Department
Research: Deporting Legal Permanent Residents: How the Lack of Constitutional Protections Results in the Removal of Millions
Meghan York
Mentor: Kevin Ohi, Professor, English Department
Research: The Queerness of Being Re(a)d


Marissa Thornton
Cynthia Young, Associate Professor, English Department
Research: Filming Race: Racism and Representation in The Birth of a Nation, Gone with the Wind, and Django Unchained

Kayla Mendonca
Mentor: Pamela J. Grace, RN, PhD, FAAN, William F. Connell School of Nursing
Research: Wealth Equals Health: Socioeconomic Status as a Contributing Factor to Perceived Levels of Satisfaction with Quality and Access to Healthcare for African Americans

Steven Jefferson
Emily Hannum, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology and Education and Graduate Chair of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
Research: Ethnic Relations on the World Stage: Representation of China’s Minorities in Xinhua English Service Headlines, 2011-2013