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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
Mentor:
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
Mentor:
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
Mentor:
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
Mentor:
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