Name: Aimee Alvarez

Abstract Title: Empowering a Marginalized People: Mexican Migration Narratives and Life Satisfaction

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, Psychology

Major: Psychology and Social Welfare & Justice

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Aimee Alvarez is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Social Welfare & Justice. Aimee is a Marquette University Jesuit High School Scholarship recipient and a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. After graduating in May she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology.

 


Name: Mason Austin

Abstract Title: Angular Correlation of Annihilation Radiation Signals

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ben Brown, Physics

Major: Physics

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Mason Austin is a junior majoring in physics. He is a recipient of the PÈRE Marquette award, and a current student in the Marquette EOP program. Ma- son plans to receive his Ph.D in physics, and continue on a career path as a faculty.

 

 

 


Name: Olanrewaju Awosika

Abstract Title: The Perceptions of Latina Undergraduate Students at a Private and Religious University on Persons living with HIV/ AIDS

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Angelique Harris, Social and Cultural Sciences

Major: Spanish for the Health Professions

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Olanrewaju Awosika is currently a senior studying Spanish for the Health Professions with a minor in Biological Sciences. She is a recipient of the Marquette University Père Marquette Scholarship. After graduation in May 2016, she plans to pursue her graduate studies in public health

 


Name: Amanda Banks

Abstract Title: Post College Success in Careers for FGCS and Low Income Students

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kevin Tate, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

Major: Psychology

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Amanda Banks is a senior majoring in psychology. Amanda is an Ignatius scholarship recipient. After graduation in May 2016, she plans to pursue graduate study in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology.

 

 


Name: Taylor Bland

Abstract Title: The “Other” … Women?: A Qualitative Study on the Effects of Race on Black Women’s Dating Experiences at a Predominantly White University

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marcia Williams, Social and Cultural Sciences

Major: Psychology and Social Welfare and Justice

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Taylor Bland is a senior studying psychology and social welfare and justice. She is a 2014 graduate of the Health Careers Opportunity Program at Mar- quette and has been both an elected board member of the MU African Student Association and a mem- ber of the MU Gospel Choir. After graduation in May 2016, Taylor plans to enroll in a Ph.D. program for Sociology or African American Studies.

 


Name: Jabari Clifton

Abstract Title: Is it worth it? Should Men’s College Basketball Players Remain in College After One Year?

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Felicia Miller, Graduate School of Management

Major: Marketing and Entrepreneurship

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Jabari Clifton is a senior majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship. Jabari is also an Ignatius scholar- ship recipient. After graduation in May 2016, he plans to pursue graduate study in Sports Management.

 

 

 


Name: Sonia Escamilla

Abstract Title: Wisconsin Emergency Detention Procedures for People with Dementia are Poorly Developed and Unfunded

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Bennett, Biological Sciences

Major: Biomedical Sciences

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Sonia Escamilla is a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Sonia is an ignatius scholarship recipient and an Educational Opportunity Program scholarship recipient. Sonia serves as the Vice President of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. After graduation in May 2016, she anticipates to pursue graduate study in Healthcare Administration.

 


Name: Dana Fernandez

Abstract Title: Training a Typical-Developing Peer to Enhance the Social Skills of a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Faculty Mentor: Ms. Wendy Kruger, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Major: Biological Sciences

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Dana Fernandez is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Psychology. Dana is a recipient of the Jesuit High School Scholarship and a first generation college student. She is a research assistant for the Marquette Autism Project

and tutors Statistics to MU students. She enjoys volunteering and being with her family. After graduation in May 2016, she plans to pursue a Post- Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree.

 


Name: Jaqueline Galindo

Abstract Title: ADHD and Internalizing Symptoms in Latino Youth: Role of Acculturation

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alyson Gerdes, Psychology

Major: Psychology

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Jaqueline Galindo is a senior majoring in psychology. Jaqueline is a Père Marquette Scholarship recipient, and Program Development Chair of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. After graduation in May 2016, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical Psychology

 

 


Name: Karen Gibbons

Abstract Title: Changes in Peripheral Blood Flow Following Neurological Injuries

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Allison Hyngstrom and Dr. Tayna Onushko, Physical Therapy

Major:  Biomedical Engineering

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Karen Gibbons is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering. Karen is an Ignatius scholarship recipient. She works with her female engineering peers in Alpha Omega Epsilon to advocate for women in STEM programs. Karen has also par- ticipated in labs like the Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics lab. After graduation in May she plans to continue her education by pursuing a graduate degree in biomedical engineering.

 


Name: Xiong Her

Abstract Title: Hmong Refugees in the Wat Tham Krabok Resettlement Camp: Interaction among the Actors that Lead to a Hidden Decade

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Terrance Miller, Office of International Education

Major: International Affairs

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Xiong Her, a junior, majoring in International Affairs, is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. After graduation in May 2017, he plans to pursue a PhD in International Relations, Public Policy, or Peace Studies.

 


Name: Veronic Kozaczka

Abstract Title: An Examination of Influential Factors for Bystander Intervention in Sexual Situations

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Grych, Psychology

Major: Psychology and Criminology & Law Studies

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Veronic Kozaczka is a senior majoring in psychology and criminology & law studies with a minor in Spanish. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Psi Chi, Pi Gamma Mu, and Sigma Delta Pi Honors Societies. She also has a beagle named Sami. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate study in social work or counseling psychology.



Name: Christina Nelson

Abstract Title: It’s a game of survival in the hood, especially for a Black man: Influence of Masculinity on African American Men’s Health

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Angelique Harris, Social and Cultural Sciences

Major: Sociology and Social Justice

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Chrissy Nelson is a senior majoring in sociology and social justice. Chrissy is a second year McNair Scholar and is a recipient of the Peré Marquette Scholarship. After graduation in May 2016, she plans to pursue a PhD in medical sociology.

 


Name: Markie Pasternak

Abstract Title: Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) and the Influence of Attention, Inhibition and Obsessive Compulsive Tendencies: A Case Study

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kristy Nielson, Psychology

Major: Psychology

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Markie Pasternak is a senior majoring in psychology. Markie is an Association of Marquette University Women Scholarship recipient, an Olson Family Leadership Award recipient, and is on the Dean’s List. Markie works with Active Minds, an organization dedicated to reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness on college campuses. After graduation, Markie plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Higher Education focusing on student mental health.

 


Name: Karina Sánchez

Abstract Title: General Self-efficacy and Mental Health among Latinos: Influences of Acculturation

Faculty Mentor: Lucas Torres, Ph.D., Multicultural Psychology

Major: Psychology

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Karina Sánchez is a senior majoring in Psychology. Karina is an recipient of the Ignatius Scholarship, Kearney Memorial Scholarship , as well as the Ramirez Foundation Scholarship After graduation in May 2016, she plans to pursue a PhD in clinical neuropsychology.

 


Name: Phonethip Sangasy

Abstract Title: Attributed Meanings to the Experiences of Parents with Accessing Diagnosis and Resources for their Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Norah Jones, Nursing

Major: Spanish for the Health Professions

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Phonethip Sangasy is a senior majoring in Spanish for the Health Professions with a minor in Family Studies. Phonethip is on the Dean's List. She enjoys reading, drawing, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. After graduation in December 2015, she plans to pursue graduate study in pediatric nursing.



Name: Sarah Sheard

Abstract Title: The Relationship between Depressive Symptoms and Voluntary Coping in Adults with Type II Diabetes

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Abiola Keller, Director of Clinical Research

Major: Biomedical Sciences

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Sarah Sheard is a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences. She is an Ignatius Scholarship recipient and an Educational Opportunity Program Grant recipient. She will be starting the Physician Assistant Studies program at Marquette University in the fall. After completing her clinical training as a physician assistant, she plans on earning a graduate degree and pursuing research in public and global health.

 


Name: Anna Strong

Abstract Title: Reintroducing Women to Philosophy

Faculty Mentor: Ms. Kimberly Engels, Philosophy

Major: English, and Criminology & Law

McNair Scholars Summer Institute: 2015

 

Anna Strong is a junior double majoring in English, and Criminology & Law. Anna is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. After graduation in May of 2017 she plans to pursue a graduate degree in English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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