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The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program prepares eligible students for graduate school. During the academic year, students attend monthly seminars, meet visiting scholars, and participate in student and professional conferences.



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

Faculty mentor: Marcia Williams

Social Welfare and Justice, 2015


Kaelin Rapport Kaelin Rapport
Histological Techniques for the Sex Determination of
Skeletonized Human Remains

Faculty mentor: Norman C. Sullivan
Anthropology, 2014


Laree Pourier Laree Pourier
Cultural Integrity and American Indian Higher Education:
The Voices of Four Oglala Lakota Women

Faculty mentor: David M. Nowacek
Sociology, 2014


Amber Powell Amber J. Powell
Blaming the victim: A Look at Sexual Assault Adjudication in the Milwaukee County Courthouse

Faculty mentor: Heather Hlavka
Criminology and Law Studies, 2013


C. Alexander Weightman C. Alexander Weightman
Impacting the Closet Door: Factors that Influence Homosexuals Declaration of Sexual Orientation to Their Parental Figures or Guardians

Faculty Mentor: Dawne Moon
Social Welfare and Juctice,

Darrielle Mitchell Darrielle Mitchell
Grin and Bear It: Black Women’s Perceptions of Depression
Diagnosis and Treatment

Faculty Mentor: Marcia Williams



Devonique Small Devonique Small
Pepper in a Sea of Salt: Description on College Life by
Black Undergraduate Students at a Predominantly White Private University
Faculty Mentor: Marcia Williams

Monique Driver Monique Driver
Shooting for the Stars: A Study of African American Men and Sports

Faculty Mentor: Richard Jones



Christopher PowellChristopher E. Powell
Death in the Cellblocks: A Study of Inmate Mortality in Jail and Lockup Custody- Part II

Faculty Mentor: Richard Zevitz
Criminology and Law Studies

Daphne McPherson Daphne McPherson
Demographic Transitions & Infant Mortality: An Analysis of Socioeconomic Status Within 19th Century Milwaukee County

Faculty Mentor: Norman C. Sullivan


Jennifer E. CossyleonJennifer E. Cossyleon
Electronic Monitoring of Sex Offenders: An Analysis of its Effects on Recidivism

Faculty mentor: Mary Ann Farkas

Criminology and Law Studies



During the summer, McNair students participate in the Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP), a paid research internship, which provides an in-depth research experience, working one-on-one with a faculty mentor.


NelsonChristina Nelson
Its the game of survival in the hood.Infuleunce of Masculinity onAfrican-American Men's Health

Faculty mentor: Angelique Harris
Sociology and Social Welfare and Justice,


Jessica SandovalJessica Sandoval
Adversarial Allegiance in Sexually Violent Person Civil Commitment Evaluations

Faculty mentor: Mary Ann Farkas
Criminology and law studies, 2014


NelsonChristina Nelson
Applying John Hagan’s Power-Control Theory to Gender Differences with Drug Abuse

Faculty mentor: Darren L. Wheelock
Criminology and Law Studies, 2014


Vanessa LopezVanessa Lopez
Family Ties: Exploring Familial Relationships for Individuals with a Felony Conviction

Faculty mentor: Darren Wheelock
Criminology and Law Studiesm, 2013

Tommy WallsTommy Walls
Milwaukee Community Conferencing Program: Factors for Success Voiced by Crime Victims

Faculty Mentor: Paul Dedinsky
Social Welfare and Juctice


Khan TranKhanh Tran
Urban Gang Recruitment and Early Puberty: Effects of Early Puberty on 6th Grade Boys and Their Likelihood of Gang Membership

Faculty Mentor: Robert Rondini

Criminology and Law Studies


Jazmynn McCain Jazmynn McCain
Big Boys Don’t Cry: A Qualitative Study of African-American Men’s Construction of Themselves While Seeking Protection Order Against Females Respondents

Faculty Mentor: Sameena Mulla
Social Welfare and Juctice, 2011


Christopher E. PowellChristopher E. Powell
Hate Crime in Wisconsin: An Analysis of Bias-Motivated Crimes in Wisconsin from 1991-2008

Faculty Mentor: Olga Semukhina
Criminology and Law Studies




Jennifer E. Cossyleon Jennifer E. Cossyleon
Collateral Consequences for Female Felony Offenders in the US

Faculty mentor: Heather Hlavka

Criminology and Law Studies




Lauren R. Gilbert Lauren R. Gilbert
Anticipatory Socialization of Young Men Entering the Military: The Role Family, Sports and the Media

Faculty Mentor: Ramon Hinojosa



Contact the Department of
Social and Cultural Sciences

Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 340
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-6838 | Fax: (414) 288-6444