McNair Scholars to Conduct Summer Research

Ten of St. Lawrence University’s Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program scholars will participate in research internships on campus this summer. 

McNair scholars will complete a faculty-mentored research project, develop oral and poster presentations and prepare for graduate school admissions tests. Throughout the summer, scholars will participate in Community of Graduate Scholars seminars, where they will develop their writing skills, work with faculty and staff on graduate school application documents, and learn how to navigate the graduate school interview process. Scholars will also attend a professional etiquette dinner and participate in volunteer activities with the Grasse River Heritage Group.

Scholars began the summer with the Murray State University’s Graduate School Preparation Camp at Lake Barkley State Park in Cadiz, Kentucky. At the four-day camp, students participated in workshops with graduate school admissions expert Donald Asher, doctoral program recruiters from Vanderbilt University, and McNair staff from across the nation. Students learned about the structure of doctoral programs, discovered ways to manage the graduate school application process, and gained valuable insight into graduate funding opportunities. 

The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is named in honor of Ronald E. McNair, a pioneer African American astronaut who died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. The McNair program is designed to motivate and support students who are underrepresented in graduate education, who meet economic eligibility requirements and who may be the first in their families to attend college. The program is also meant to increase attainment of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented groups.

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2014 St. Lawrence University McNair Scholars

Xiomalys Crespo ’16

Major: Economics-Multi-Language

Mentor: Cynthia Bansak

Project Title: Apátridas: Immigration Policy and Racial Dynamics in Hispaniola

Xiomalys is also the the recipient of a 2013-14 St. Lawrence University Tanner Fellowship. 

Nyima Dejesus ’16

Major: Government

Mentor: Diane Exoo

Project Title: Modeling a Constitutional Sex Offender Registry

Meagan Gadzuk-Shea ’15

Major: Chemistry

Mentors: Adam Hill and Catherine Jahncke

Project Title: Analysis of Charge Transfer States in Heterobimetallic Systems by Resonance Raman Spectroscopy

Alimamy Kabia ’16

Major: Economics-Mathematics

Mentor: Cynthia Bansak

Project Title: Remittances to Sierra Leone: An Inside Look into Helping the Country

Sierra Miller ’16

Major: Neuroscience

Mentor: Bill Decoteau

Project Title: Therapeutic Effects of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles in a Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease

Emily Mulvihill ’16

Majors: English, Multi-Language

Mentor: Sarah Gates

Project Title: A World of Decline in the Realm of Happily Ever After: An Investigation into the Cross-Influence of D'Aulnoy's Works

Katie (Skyler) Ng ’16

Major: Computer Science

Mentor: Lisa Torrey

Project Title: P.H.O.E.N.I.X: A Linux Virtual Assistant

Arnold Olali ’15

Major: Conservation Biology

Mentors: Eileen Visser and Claire Burkum

Project Title: The Impact of Human Development on the Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Chytrid fungus and Invertebrates along the Raquette River

Depika Singha ’16

Major: Psychology

Mentor: Adam Fox

Project Title: Impaired Time Perception in Adults with ADHD

Jessica Tyree ’15

Major: Sociology

Mentor: Karen O'Neil

Project Title: Badge of Honor or Badge of Fear: A Look into the Criminal Justice System and Policing