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McNair Scholars Program Education Room 206 1910 University Drive -‐ Boise, ID 83725 (208) 426-‐1194 / email@example.com http://education.boisestate.edu/mcnair ∼ BUILDING BRIDGES TO GRADUATE EDUCATION ∼
The Boise State McNair Scholars Program
Boise State McNair Alumni
Class of 2009
The Ronald E. McNair Post- Baccalaureate Program at Boise State University is designed to identify and cultivate young scholars from underrepresented backgrounds who demonstrate strong academic potential and promise for doctoral success. The program prepares these scholars to successfully pursue graduate studies, the Ph.D., and careers in university teaching and research through academic enrichment, involvement in research, and other scholarly activities. Housed in the College of Education’s Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities, the program aims to diversify institutions of higher learning and research by increasing the number of low-income, firstgeneration and ethnic minority college students pursuing graduate studies. We strive to prepare our Scholars academically, personally, and professionally for future success in top doctoral programs. During our time at Boise State, we have worked with 116 first-generation and underrepresented students, with over 80% of our graduates having enrolled in graduate programs across the U.S. This year, 11 graduates will join our alumni as they continue building bridges to graduate education.
The program’s namesake, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, was an accomplished laser physicist and a NASA astronaut who perished in the Challenger space shuttle accident in 1986. Dr. McNair came from a poor family in an impoverished rural community. Despite the fact that no one in his family and few in his community had attended college, Dr. McNair went on to become a distinguished scientist. In 1971 he graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina A & T State University with a B.S. in physics. In 1976, at the age of 26, he earned his Ph.D. in laser physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Soon recognized as an expert in his field, he was selected for NASA’s astronaut training program in 1978. He served as a mission specialist aboard the 1984 and 1986 flights of the Challenger. Dr. McNair was an ardent champion of the notion that, given the opportunity, students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds could achieve their highest dreams. This U.S. Department of Education sponsored TRiO program honors his memory and promotes his vision through programs at 158 institutions of higher learning across the country.
McNair Program Staﬀ
Gregory Martinez – Director
Dr. Robert Kustra – President Dr. Martin Schimpf – Provost and VicePresident for Academic Affairs Dr. Diane Boothe – Dean, College of Education Dr. Scott Willison – Director, Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities
Helen Barnes – Program Coordinator Memo Cordova – Library Faculty Mentor Jon Schneider – McNair Journal Editor
Christian Belden Arturo Gutierrez Brian Lawatch Anile Nina Phillip Price Bryce Reeder Matthew Reinhold Amber Thompson Carolina Valderrama Alberto Varela
Communication Materials Science Engineering History Psychology History Political Science Materials Science Engineering Anthropology Sociology Psychology
Boise State University University of Texas, Austin George Washington U. Boise State University University of Denver University of Illinois UC Santa Barbara Boise State University University of Utah
Class of 2010 Shawn Davis Jenny Gallegos Heather Gifford Ernest Maiteri Cindy McCrea Martha Mendoza Ian Mosley Bernice Olivas Caleb Sutherland Andrew Vissotski Randi Walters
Mathematics Political Science Multi-Ethnic Studies Civil Engineering Social Science Bilingual Education Social Science English Biology Mechanical Engineering Geosciences
University of Illinois, Chicago Boise State University University of Illinois, Chicago Lehigh University, Bethlehem Pennsylvania State University Idaho State University University of Nebraska, Lincoln University of Arizona Texas A&M Stanford University
Class of 2011 Maygen Cardona Michelle Harbst Shae Hart Lori Henderson Marilyn Hiller Lilia Juarez-Kim Ben Larson Alex Ornelas April Raine Christy Richardson Alejandro Rosales Blair Vanderlugt Levin Welch
Biology Psychology Psychology Psychology Social Work/Sociology Psychology Political Science Sociology History Sociology Civil Engineering Economics Sociology
Boise State University Eastern Washington University Clark University, Worcester Northeastern University, Boston UC Santa Barbara Boise State University Portland State University University of Maine University of Nevada, Reno
Class of 2012 Eva Amouzougan Monica Del Toro Shwaye Eibensteiner Sofia Fernandez Daniel May Anjanette Monroe Jenna Nash Ernesto Soto Efren Velazquez Adam Wolfe
Molecular and Cell Biology Psychology Social Work Psychology Political Science Crim. Justice/Social Sciences Political Science Psychology Psychology Economics
Arizona State University Baylor University University of New Mexico Boise State University Arizona State University Boise State University Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
Boise State McNair Alumni
2013 Recognition Reception Program
Class of 2004 Chris Mathias
Sandina Begic Juan Berrocal Sam Garcia Katey Irwin Jennifer Jenkins Megan Jensen Josh Redden Irene Ruiz
Psychology/German Electrical Engineering Communication Biology Social Science Visual Art Exercise Science Spanish
Class of 2005
Vermont Law/ Northeastern University Clark University, Worcester Santa Clara University Boise State University University of Cincinnati Art Institute of Chicago Louisiana State University University of Illinois, Chicago
Class of 2006 Isabel Aguilar Deborah Allen Lorena Alvarez Brandi Bailey Adriana Solis-Black Lou Bonfrisco Jenna Elgin Maria Lara Margarita Melchor Christine Pearson Luis Rosado
Bilingual Education Social Science Psychology Elementary Ed./Social Science Spanish/Multi-Ethnic Studies Chemistry/Materials Science Psychology Spanish / Criminal Justice Spanish Psychology Exercise Science
Erikson Institute, Chicago Boise State University Washington State University Boise State University University of Washington Boise State University Eastern Tennessee State University of Massachusetts
Class of 2007 Christian Busnardo Sancheen Collins Migel Delgado Jennifer Edwards Dave Estrada Rafael Garcilazo Antonio Oblea Liliana Rodriguez Miki Skinner Adam Torres Erika Velasco Rosario Venegas
Communication Psychology Visual Art Interdisciplinary Studies Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Electrical Engineering Multi-Ethnic Studies/Spanish Psychology Psychology Bilingual Ed./ESL Anthropology
Washington State University Washington State University Boise State University Boise State University University of Illinois UC Riverside Boise State University University of Idaho University of Utah University of Michigan University of Idaho University of Cincinnati
Mathematics/ Philosophy Physics/ Mathematics Psychology Criminal Justice/ Social Science Political Science Art History Psychology Political Science Social Science
Greg Martinez - Director
Dr. Scott Willison - Director, Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities
Recognitions and Honors
McNair Faculty Mentor Award Dr. Arthur Scarritt
Greg Martinez & Mario Venegas
Recognition of McNair Scholars
Summer Research Fellows 2013
Graduating Scholars - Class of 2013
Farewells and Reflections
Helen Barnes - Program Coordinator
Graduating McNair Scholars
Class of 2008 Jason Arnold J.J. Durrant Gary Grogan Carol McHann Geneva Román Vivianne Sanchez Nikki Svenkerud Simon Tu Fred Waweru
Welcome and Acknowledgments and Welcome to Incoming Scholars
Boise State University University of Arizona Washington State University University of Memphis SUNY at Buffalo University of Texas, San Antonio Cornell University Oklahoma State University
The Boise State McNair Scholars Program is supported by a $225,000 annual grant from the U.S. Department of Education, TRiO Programs.
2013 McNair Summer Research Fellows
The McNair Program is a collaborative eﬀort that draws on the collective energy of a host of people — locally and across the nation — who support, teach, encourage, challenge, and serve as role models for our Scholars. We honor everyone who contributes to the McNair movement. We wish to extend a warm welcome and thanks to friends and family of our Scholars and to all those in attendance tonight who support our Boise State McNair Program in various ways. In particular, we recognize the thoughtful Boise State faculty who generously commit their time, energy, and spirit to their calling as teachers and mentors. Without them, our program would not be possible.
McNair Faculty Mentors - Past & Present Said Ahmed-Zaid Robin Allen Les Alm Tim Anderson Roberto Bahruth Rose Barlow Laurie Blakeslee Lisa Bostaph Lisa Brady Ross Burkhart Andrés Caicedo Henry Charlier Kelly Cobourne Memo Cordova Mike Cultler Diana Doumas Heidi Estrem Alicia Garza Jennifer Snow Andrew Giacomazzi Jill Gill Wind Goodfriend Charles Hanna Chad Harris
Cheryl Hindrichs Don Holly Charles Honts Ginna Husting Samia Islam Errol Jones Cheryl Jorcyk Philip Kelly Brian Kierland Bill Knowlton Eric Landrum Jaechoul Lee Sin Ming Loo Peter Lutze Leslie Martin Kimberley McAdams Bob McCarl Ed McLuskie Tedd McDonald Kristen Mitchell Amy Moll Clyde Moneyhun Elizabeth Morgan Peter Müllner
Murli Nagasundaram Janice Neri Marcy Newman Marty Orr Julie Oxford Stephen Parke Steve Patrick Claudia Peralta Don Plumlee Mary Pritchard Arturo Rodríguez Troy Rohn Sergio Romero Michelle Sabick Arthur Scarritt Susan Shadle Gail Shuck Jim Smith Venkataramana Sridhar Teresa Taylor Mike Touchton Kasper van Wijk David Walker
2013 Incoming McNair Scholars Jesus Caloca Sonia Cervantes Amy Cutter Nevil Franco Kristina Gray Tyler Hawkins Brett Howell Adam Keener Allison King Richard Martinez Cherie Provant Megyn Rodriguez Renae Sullivan
Physics Social Work Geophysics Physics Art History Communication Biology Biology English Environmental Studies Political Science Multi-Ethnic Studies History / Japanese Studies
Abraham Calderon – Sociology Mentor: Dr. Arthur Scarritt Dis-Empowered Spaces: The Politics of Mexican Civic Engagement
Marybel Cortez – Criminal Justice
Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Ball Exposure to Trauma: An Insight to Oﬃcer Coping Mechanisms
Ericka Hill – Psychology Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Weaver Parental Involvement and Parental Expectations Prior to College: Effects on Motivational Outcomes of College Students
Maria Elena Martinez – Bilingual Education Mentor: Dr. Claudia Peralta Nash Expanding the Conversation: An Analysis of Multicultural Literature Selection Process in Western United States Elementary Schools
Nilab Mohammad Mousa – Computer Science Nilab has been accepted to the Michigan State University Summer Research Opportunities Program. The work she will be engaged in is as yet unknown.
Osciel Salazar – History Mentor: Dr. Emily Wakild Mexico in the 60’s: Retelling History Through Corridos
Eric Schooley – History
Mentor: Dr Lesley Madsen-Brooks The Misogyny of the Cross: The Christian Invasion of Norway 900-1200CE
Lejmarc Snowball – Materials Science & Engineering Mentor: Dr. Will Hughes DNA Origami: Thinking Outside The Fold
Connie Townley – English
Mentor: Dr. Steven Olsen-Smith The Melville-Hawthorne Friendship and its Impact on Moby Dick
Zachary Turk – Economics Mentor: Dr. Kelly Cobourn Dynamic Decision-Making in Agriculture: Incentives for Non-Irrigated Producers to Delay Production Inputs Under Climate Change
Tom Weekes – Psychology Mentor: Dr. Matthew Genuchi The Gender Diﬀerences of Depression and Maladaptive Decision-Making
Ken Winkleman – English / Political Science Mentor: Drs. Steven Olsen-Smith & Scott Yenor A Matter of Principle: The Influence of America’s Declaration of Independence on Post-Declaration Literature
Nikki Weihe Mentor: Dr. Andrew Giacomazzi Nikki graduates summa cum laude with a B.A in Sociology and a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She was recognized as a 2013 Boise State Top Ten Scholar. Nikki’s McNair research explores prisoner attitudes towards sex oﬀenders. After undergoing a full board IRB review, Nikki surveyed 102 female and 165 male inmates at medium security state correctional facilities. The results of the surveys were compared to the attitudes of probation and community corrections workers in Montana. Nikki presented her research at the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Washington, the 21st Annual California McNair Scholars Symposium at UC Berkeley, the Ronald E. McNair Celebration and Symposium 2013 at North Carolina A & T State University and the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference at Boise State. Nikki’s research article, “Female Prisoner Attitudes Toward Sex Oﬀenders (F-PATSO): A Preliminary Comparison Using the Community Attitudes Toward Sex Oﬀenders (CATSO-R) Scale,” appears in Volume 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. Nikki will attend University of Illinois at Chicago in fall 2013. She will pursue a Ph.D in Criminology, Law & Justice, supported by the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship (first and fourth years, service-free $25,000 fellowship; second and third years, supported by a GA stipend of $14,400). Tuition and fees are waived.
Lesley Yang Mentors: Dr. Michelle Frisco and Dr. Suet-Ling Pong, Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Samia Islam, Boise State University Lesley graduates cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Sociology, and a minor in Chinese. Lesley participated in the McNair Summer Research Institute during the summer of 2011, and in 2012, she attended The Pennsylvania State Summer Research Opportunities Program. Lesley’s research articles, “The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research for Tenure Track Professors,” and “Educational Achievement Among Asian Children: Ethnic Diﬀerences in the First Grade Math and Reading Scores,” appear in Volumes 8 and 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. Lesley presented the findings of her research at several undergraduate research conferences at Boise State, and nationwide at the 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Washington, the NCUR conference in Ogden, UT, the 21st Annual National McNair Research Conference at Lake Geneva, WI, the Pennsylvania State University’s Summer Research Symposium, the 83rd Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, San Diego, the 21st Annual California McNair Scholars Symposium, UC Berkeley, and the 2nd Annual McNair Conference, University of Delaware. Lesley will enter the Ph.D Culture and Teaching program at University of Minnesota in fall 2013 with four years of funding, a full tuition waiver and health insurance. She has been awarded the Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship of $22,500 for the first year, followed by three years of departmental support.
Graduating Scholars - Class of 2013 Max Badesheim Mentor: Dr. Gail Shuck
Max graduates cum laude with a B.A. in English, Linguistics Emphasis. His McNair research, entitled “Social Supports for Multilingual Students in the University Setting,” explores the underutilization of social support programs on campus by multilingual students, despite research which demonstrates that students’ social engagement, on and oﬀ campus, plays a significant role in academic success. Max’s McNair research, titled as above, is published in Volume 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. Max has presented at multiple conferences, including undergraduate research conferences at Boise State University, the 21st Annual National McNair Research Conference at Lake Geneva, WI, the International Writing Center Association Conference in San Diego, the McNair Symposium at UC Berkeley, the 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) in Portland, and the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Miami. For the last three years, Max has worked as the assistant tutor coordinator for the TRiO Student Success Program, a Writing Consultant for the Writing Center, and a tutor for the English Language Support Program at Boise State University. In the fall, Max will enter the M.A. English program (Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing Emphasis) at Northern Arizona University. He has been oﬀered a GTA position, with full tuition remission and a stipend of $13,500.
Robert Devore Mentor: Dr. Mary Pritchard Robert graduates cum laude with a B.S. in Psychology. He is the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Wallace G. Kay Writing Award and the Psychology Department Scholarship. While a McNair Scholar, Robert conducted research on self-talk and mood disorders (anxiety and depression), with an analysis of gender diﬀerences. Robert presented the findings of this research at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference at Boise State, the 21st Annual National McNair Research Conference at Lake Geneva, WI, the 20th Annual McNair Symposium at UC Berkeley, the 2nd Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference at Boise State and the 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Washington. Robert’s research, entitled “Gender Diﬀerences in Self-Talk and Mood Disorders,” is published in Volume 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. His research has been accepted for publication in the American Counseling Association’s VISTAS 2013, Issue 2. Robert will attend Idaho State University’s Mental Health Counseling program in fall 2013.
Josue Gomez Mentors: Drs. Allen Hicken and Jill Wittrock, University of Michigan and Drs. Ross Burkhart and Mike Touchton, Boise State University Josue graduates with a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Economics. He attended The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program in summer 2012 where he worked in the Constituency Level Elections Archive (CLEA). He also worked on research exploring foundational elections in Latin America and the success of parties in these inaugural events. Josue’s research article, “Winning in New Democracies: Why Some Parties Are More Victorious Than Others in Foundational Elections,” appears in Volume 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. Josue presented the results of this research at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference at Boise State, the Summer Research Opportunity Program Conference at the University of Michigan, the 20th Annual McNair Symposium at UC Berkeley, and the 21st Annual National McNair Research Conference at Lake Geneva, WI. This fall, Josue will enter the Ph.D Political Science program at The Ohio State University with five years of funding. His GA will provide a stipend of $23,000 with tuition and fees waived.
Elsira Gramajo Mentor: Dr. Kimberly McAdams Elsira (“Elsie”) graduates with a B.S. in Psychology. Elsie’s research, “Minor Stress with Self-Reported Confidence and Stress Levels,” conducted during the McNair Summer Research Institute 2012, examined how self-confidence and self-esteem might aﬀect handling of stressful situations, with analysis of potential gender diﬀerences. During the summer of 2012, Elsie was also a research assistant for Dr. Leslie Ross, Child Trauma Treatment Senior Director of the Children’s Institute in Los Angeles. Elsie’s McNair research findings were presented at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference at Boise State, the 21st Annual National McNair Research Conference at Lake Geneva, WI, the 20th Annual McNair Symposium at UC Berkeley, the 2nd Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference at Boise State and the 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Washington. Elsie is awaiting admissions decisions from three Californian schools: Mount St. Mary’s College, Azusa Pacific University, and CSU Northridge. Elsie plans to enter their Master’s of Counseling programs in the fall.
Justin Grover Mentor: Dr. Clyde Moneyhun Justin graduates with a B.A. in English, Writing emphasis. As a McNair Summer Research Fellow, Justin conducted surveys of faculty and graduate students at Boise State University. The purpose of the study was to examine student levels of preparedness for graduate-level research writing. All students in the sample had completed an undergraduate degree at Boise State. The survey results were compared with stated outcomes of the new Communication in the Discipline (CID) courses at Boise State to analyze whether these courses might provide for a more prepared transition into graduatelevel research writing. Justin’s research article, “Writing for the Future,” appears in Volume 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. Justin presented his work at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference at Boise State, the 21st Annual National McNair Research Conference at Lake Geneva, WI, the 20th Annual McNair Symposium at UC Berkeley, the 2nd Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference at Boise State, and the 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Washington. Justin will attend Boise State University in fall 2013, entering the Master’s of English program, with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition.
Beda graduates cum laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Hydrology emphasis. He is a NSF and SMART Scholar and the recipient of the Civil Engineering departmental scholarship. His McNair research attempted to quantify the partition of energy balance components in order to support eﬃcient use of water resources in southern Idaho. Data from both the Land Surface Hydrology Model and field observations were used to present the trends in surface energy balance components. Beda’s research article, “Assessment of Surface Energy Balance in Southern Idaho,” appears in Volume 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. Beda presented the findings of his research at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference at Boise State, the 20th Annual McNair Symposium at UC Berkeley, the 2nd Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference at Boise State and the 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Washington. Beda will enter the Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D program at the University of Iowa, in the Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Water Resources track. His studies will be supported by a GSA of $25,631 a year, plus health insurance and a full waiver of tuition.
Stevy graduates with a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently the president of Psi Chi at Boise State. As a McNair Summer Research Fellow, Stevy conducted research examining the relationship between risky health behaviors of freshman college students and the five “C”s of positive youth development: competence, confidence, connection, character, and caring. Her research article, “Positive Youth Development and Substance Use in Emerging Adults” appears in Volume 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. Stevy presented the findings of her research at the 84th and 85th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, the 52nd annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association in Boston, the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference at Boise State, the 20th Annual McNair Symposium at UC Berkeley, the 2nd Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference at Boise State, and the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Washington. She will attend University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where she will pursue a Ph.D in Community and Cultural Psychology. Stevy has been awarded a $17,500 annual stipend with full tuition remission and health insurance.
Charlotte Tomevi Mentor: Dr. Eric Landrum and Dr. M. Rose Barlow Charlotte graduates with a B.S. in Psychology. She is the recipient of the Osher Reentry Scholarship, the Soroptomist Women’s Opportunity Scholarship, the KiDO Scholarship, and the Lightfoot Foundation Scholarship. Charlotte is President of the Association of Psychology Students at Boise State, Psi Chi Vice President of Chapter Activities, and a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. While a McNair Scholar, Charlotte participated in the McNair Summer Research Institute during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Her research, “Career-Decision Self-Eﬃcacy among College Students with Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder,” examines how the symptoms of ADD influence college students’ future career plans. Charlotte presented the findings of this research at numerous conferences at Boise State and nationwide, including the 20th & 21st Annual National McNair Research Conference at Lake Geneva, WI., the 25th National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Ogden, UT, and the 19th Annual McNair/EIP Spring Research Conference at the University of Washington. Charlotte’s research is published in Volume 8 and Volume 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. Charlotte will enter the Master’s in Psychology program, Clinical Emphasis, at Eastern Washington University in fall 2013, supported by a nonresident tuition scholarship (NRTS).
Mario Venegas Mentor: Dr. Arthur Scarritt
Beda Luitel Mentor: Dr. Venkat Sridhar
Stevy Scarbrough Mentor: Dr. Mary Pritchard
Mario graduates cum laude with a B.S. in Sociology and a minor in Mathematics. As a McNair Summer Research Fellow, Mario participated in the Summer Research Institute during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Mario conducted research which explored the lenses through which people experience the racial content of video games. He presented the results of this research at multiple Boise State undergraduate conferences and at the 19th Annual McNair/EIP Conference and Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Washington, the 2nd Annual McNair Conference, University of Delaware, (received second place in Best Social Science Research category), the 20th Annual National McNair Research Conference, Lake Geneva, WI., the 83rd Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, San Diego, and the 20th Annual McNair Scholars Symposium, UC Berkeley. His articles, “Interpretations on the Racialized Experiences of Video Games” and “The Racialized Experiences of Video Games,” appear in Volumes 8 and 9 of the Boise State McNair Scholars Research Journal. This fall, Mario will enter the Ph.D Sociology program at University of Texas at Austin with five years of funding, full tuition remission and health insurance. Mario was awarded The Graduate School Fellowship, valued at $24,000, for the first year and departmental funding consisting of an annual stipend of $13,152 for the final four years.