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McNair Scholars - Class of 2014

Class of 2014

McNair Scholar Mentor Title of Research
   Dr. Jonathan Shaffer  What Are the Effects of Affirmative Action Bans on Admission and Enrollment Rates at Elite State Universities?
 Briana_Leeper  Professor Randy Ray  Coffee Culture and Independent Music Diffusion in the Texas Panhandle
   Dr. Syed Anwar  Opportunities, Risks and Future Trends of Emerging Markets: A Case of the BRIC
   Dr. Kevin Williams  Challenges in Recruiting the Next Generation of Agricultural Science Teachers
Guillermo_Morado  Dr. Kenneth Leitch  Hydraulic Fracturing: Possible Contamination on Water Drinking Resources
   Dr. Nick Flynn  Correlation Between Body Mass Index and Interleukin-1β
 Jorje_Ramos  Dr. Jovana Vukovic  
Israel_Rivera  Dr. Robin Patterson  The Effects of Social Media Use on the Hiring Process
 Krystal_Robles  Dr. Timothy Atchinson  
 Valeria_Rodriguez  Dr. Carolyn Bouma  Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Antibacterial Properties Demonstrated by Silver Nanofoam
 Myles Smith  Dr. Trudy Hanson  
Emylee_Wood  Dr. Carolyn Bouma   A Comparison of the Perspectives of Physician Assistants and Their Patients toward Patient Care
Kenneth_Wooten  Dr. Charles Chase  Ethnographic Assessment of Entry Level Applications of Basic Weight Lifting Principles in High School Summer Workout Programs


Major(s):Business Management

Classification:Senior 

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2015

Mentor:Dr. Jonathan Shaffer

Title of Research:What Are the Effects of Affirmative Action Bans on Admission and Enrollment Rates at Elite State Universities?

Conferences Attended and/or Publications:2014 SACNAS Conference, PhD Project Conference

Career Aspirations:Program & policy analysts who combines research-based advocacy strategies with poverty and income inequality issues.

Extra Curricular Interests:Running, traveling, intellectual conversations, and cooking

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? This experience has turned the tables for me because now I see academics as a professor would see it. Working with Dr. Shaffer allowed me to see the weekly task of what it looks like to be a professor. Getting that one-on-one interaction made me believe that I can become a professor too. Additionally, the research has prepared me as I have been applying to graduate schools where this type of experience is highly favored. The fact that you can take something you are interested in and create research out of it is amazing. It is because of my McNair research project that I have decided to apply to graduate school for Public Policy at leading institutions in the U.S.

 

 

 


Major(s):Mass Communications: Broadcasting-Electronic Media, Minor : Spanish

Classification:Senior

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Mentor: Professor  Randy Ray

Title of Research:Coffee Culture and Independent Music Diffusion in the Texas Panhandle

Conferences Attended and/or Publications:TSCA Conference in Lubbock, TX, Public presentation  in Sept. 19, at Palace Coffee Company in Canyon.

Career Aspirations:Post-grad, I would like to enter into the music industry as Music Supervisor for film and TV

Extra Curricular Interest:I am an All-American sprinter on the WT track team, Peer Leader, member of the Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) , Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) leadership team, former DJ/show host/director at KWTS radio and member of National Broadcasting society.

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? Being a McNair Scholar has allowed me to gain valuable research experience regarding an industry that I am very passionate about, as well as given me several tools necessary to pursuing a graduate school degree.

 

 


Major(s):International Business

Classification: Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015

Mentor: Dr. Syed Tariq Anwar

Conferences Attended and/or Publications:2014 PhD Project- Chicago, National McNair Conference- Wisconsin

Career Aspirations:Obtain a Master's Degree and eventually work in Healthcare Administration or Higher Education

Extra Curricular:Soccer, Traveling, Reading

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? Being a McNair Scholar has helped guide me to pursue a Master's degree and it has also helped in guiding me towards a certain career path. I had no idea what career I wanted and being able to do research has enabled me to become more aware and passionate about the things I really want to do. Being a McNair Scholar opened new doors for me and has also allowed me to network and travel to conferences and learn about the possibilities of earning a Master's degree or a PhD.


Major(s):Agriculture Education

Classification:Junior

Anticipated Graduation Date:December 2015

Mentor:Dr. Kevin Williams and Dr. Lance Kieth

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Title of Research:Challenges in Recruiting the Next Generation of Agricultural Science Teachers

Career Aspirations:My current career aspirations are to continue my education and obtain my doctorate degree in Agriculture Education. I am currently on track to do so, as I will be starting my graduate studies in the Spring of 2016 here at WT!

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? Becoming a McNair Scholar, was by far the best decision that I have made in my colligate career here at WT. I knew I wanted to go to graduate school….and that was about it. After becoming a Scholar, I have obtained so many skills in regards to research, scientific writing, and much more. Also, my knowledge about graduate school has been widened tremendously! I have become closer to faculty and gained knowledge that could not be obtained without the program! This was truly an incredible experience!

 

 

 


Major(s):Civil Engineering

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2015

Mentor:Dr. Kenneth Leitch

Title of Research:Hydraulic Fracturing: Possible Contamination on Water Drinking Resources.

Conferences Attended and/or Publications: 23rd National McNair Conference Wisconsin

Career Aspirations:After obtaining my bachelor’s, I plan on working while at the same time furthering my education with a master’s in business. I then aspire on becoming a professional engineer and possibly have my own engineering firm.

Extra Curricular Interests:Extra-curricular interests that I have are watch movies, visit with friends, travel, do outdoor activities, and read random things that deal with engineering and/or math.

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? McNair has opened my eyes to what research is all about and has helped me by giving me skills that will prepare me for my senior year and graduate school. Being a McNair Scholar has facilitated the graduate school application process, it has given me the opportunity to travel to research conferences, and it has given me the financial support to apply for graduate schools and for the GRE. Being a McNair Scholar has made my academic experience more challenging but at the same time more interesting because I have been exposed to opportunities as an undergraduate student that no other program is capable of.

 

 

 

Major(s):Biology and Biochemistry

Classification: Junior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2016

Mentor: Dr. Nick Flynn

Title of Research:Correlation Between Body Mass Index and Interleukin-1β

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Career Aspirations: Acquire a Medical Degree and become a practicing physician.

Extra Curricular Interests:Sports, Lead WT, Pre-Healthcare Club, American Chemistry Society, National Society of Leadership and Success, Hospice Volunteer, Kickboxing

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? Being a McNair Scholar allowed me to make connections with faculty and staff at WT in a way that not many students get to experience. It has opened many doors and taught me how to ask for help, use resources that are available, and keep working through the messes that you can make during research. Practicing research in the field of my major made me all the more eager to learn.

 


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Major(s):Business Management and Administration

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015

Mentor:Dr. Robin Patterson

Conferences Attended and/or Publications:SACNAS Conference in Los Angeles and McNair Scholars Conference at UNT

Career Aspirations:After WT I plan on getting my MBA and work for a few years before I return back to get my law degree. I hope to work with business and law for a Fortune 500 company.

Extra Curricular Interests:Leadership Board Member, Enactus Member Pulse (Peer Educators), Member for two years serving as Vice President for one and receiving Best New Member Award, Active member of the Catholic Student Center, Society of Human Resource Management Committee Chair, Mortar Board Committee Chair, National Society for Leadership and Success member

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? Doing this research over the summer really helped me see the other side of education and what it can mean. This program was a lot of work but made this research mean that much more to me and gave me good experience for my future master’s degree. McNair also gave me the opportunity to go out and talk with hundreds of schools and jobs that are really interested in McNair Scholars which opens up a lot of doors.

 

 

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Major(s):B.S. Biology Minor Chemistry

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2015

Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Bouma

Title of  Research:Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Antibacterial Properties Demonstrated by Silver Nanofoam

Conferences Attended and/or Publications:SACNAS Conference, University of North Texas McNair Conference

Career Aspirations:I plan to work my way up into medical school. I decided to first receive a certification in clinical laboratory sciences and then a masters degree in molecular pathology. After this I would like to live abroad and work in a laboratory for a while, then come back to the states and apply for medical school.

Extra Curricular Interest :Music, sports, crafts, hanging out with friends, movies, TV, all the typical stuff.

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? As a McNair Scholar I have learned a ton! While doing research with the McNair program I developed this trail of thought that you need to have as a scientist or a professional researcher. With this trail of thought I learned everything from searching for information and knowing how to apply it, to gathering data and knowing how to interpret and report it. These skills have really helped me out not only in the classroom but in my daily life in general. McNair also aids you in looking for and applying to graduate programs. I used to get a bit intimidated when it came to planning for life after college, but with McNair I learned about all the options available and I am not as intimidated any more.

 

 

 

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Major(s):Biology

Classification: Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2015

Mentor:Dr. Bouma

Title of Research: A Comparison of the Perspectives of Physician Assistants and Their Patients toward Patient Care

Conferences Attended and/or Publications:University of North Texas McNair Conference

Extra Curricular Interests:Working as an EMT and tutor, running, failing miserably at yoga, hiking, reading, and volunteering

Career Aspirations:Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? Being a McNair Scholar has allowed me to conduct research in my field of interest. My research has allowed me to talk to patients and healthcare providers, which will be a necessary skill for my future career. I have learned how to overcome obstacles in research while working in a low stress environment and how to adapt to changes that are outside of my control. This program has facilitated research that will help me get into PA school and provided GRE test preparation. The McNair Scholars program has also put me in contact with a very helpful and supportive mentor and allowed me to travel to conferences.

 

 

Major(s): Sports and Exercise Science

Classification: Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date: Dec 2014

Mentor: Dr. Charles Chase

Titile of Research:Ethnographic Assessment of Entry Level Applications of Basic Weight Lifting Principles in High School Summer Workout Programs

Conferences Attended and/or Publications: 23rd McNair Scholars Conference Wisconsin, UNT McNair Scholars Conference

Career Aspirations:To become an athletic director/head football coach at the preparatory or college level.

Extra Curricular Interests: Studying weight lifting techniques and reading. Aspiring to learn more about NCSA certification and administrative procedures

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? I can honestly say that graduate school was not a viable option for me before McNair. I felt that this program along with Dr. Chase’s motivation to do and be better than I was the day before, I feel that I have a different drive to accomplish things that I wouldn’t have alone. I know what graduate students go through with this process, and I was able to reap the benefits of my hard work through the conferences and accolades I received. It made me strive for more than just the 4 year degree.

 

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