Current McNair Scholars

Meet our 25 undergraduate scholars

Tyler Adams

Class of 2020

Major: Psychology

Research

Research: Childhood Abuse, Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis and Alcohol-Related Female Violence

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Brewer-Smyth, School of Nursing

Nikki Ashiedu

Class of 2020

Major: Health Behavior Science, Epidemiology

Research

Research: Fine Particulate Matter and its Effects on Asthma in Delaware

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Horney, Epidemiology Program

Christen Asiedu

Class of 2021

Major: Criminal Justice

Research

Research: The Roles of Neighborhood Conditions on Racial Disparities in Incarceration Sentencing

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ellen Donnelly, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Isabel Carulli

Class of 2020

Major: Biomedical Engineering (Honors)

Research

Research: Pattern Formation Based on Morphogen Gradients in a Bacterial Sender-Receiver Network

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jason Gleghorn, Biomedical Engineering

Sierra Enea

Class of 2020

Majors: Biological Sciences and Anthropology

Research

Research:

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Georgina Ramsay, Anthropology

Zarek Fasoranti

Class of 2021

Major: Neuroscience

Research

Research: The Absence of a Spatial Component in Emotion Induced Blindness

Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Hoffman, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Isiah Hiatt

Class of 2021

Major: Animal Science 

Research

Research: Exploring the Effect of Different Pneumatic Actuators on the Arm’s Abduction Angle

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michele Lobo, Physical Therapy

Andrez Jones

Class of 2021

Major: Health Behavior Science, Occupational Therapy

Research

Research: How Do Fidget Spinners Affect Fine Motor Control and Underlying Prefrontal Cortex Function? An fNIRS Study

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nancy Getchell, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Brianna Martinez

Class of 2021

Major: International Relations

Research

Research: Reflections on Genocide Prevention

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Polly Zavadivker, History/Jewish Studies & Dr. William Meyer

Bianca Mers

Class of 2020

Major: Political Science (Honors)

Research

Research: Sustainable Urban Development in Buenos Aires

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Bagozzi, Political Science & International Relations

Darline Murat

Class of 2021

Major: Biological Sciences

Research

Research: The Effects of Reducing Condensin in the Mutant Topoisomerase Allele, Top-2(It7), During C. elegans Meiosis

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aimee Jaramillo-Lambert, Biological Sciences

Afua Owusu-Donkor

Class of 2021

Major: Medical Diagnostics

Research

Research: Anion Exchange Purification of a Bacterial DNA Helicase, DnaB Protein of Escherichia coli

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Subhasis Biswas, Medical & Molecular Sciences

Vishva Patel

Class of 2021

Major: Computer Science (Honors)

Research

Research: A Study on Student Procrastination via Canvas Clickstream Data

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gang Wang, Accounting & Management Information Systems

Arif Peracha

Class of 2020

Major: Biomedical Engineering (Honors)

Research

Research: Comparing Achilles Tendon Mechanical Properties and Jump Performance Between Dominant and Non-Dominant Legs in Healthy Individuals

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karin Silbernagel, Physical Therapy

Lindsey Perez-Perez

Class of 2021

Major: Elementary Teacher Education

Research

Research: Lessons Learned in School and Life: A Storytelling Project with the Latino Community in Sussex County, DE

Faculty Mentor: Dr. April Veness, Geography

Jared Pineiro

Class of 2020

Major: Electrical Engineering (Honors)

Research

Research: Solution Methods for Time Domain Integral Equations

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dan Weile, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Sienna Pyle

Class of 2020

Major: Biomedical Engineering (Honors)

Research

Research:

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jason Gleghorn, Biomedical Engineering

Nisha Raman

Class of 2020

Major: Chemical Engineering (Honors)

Research

Research: Modulation of Adjuvant Loading and Degradation Profiles from Biocompatible Polymeric Nanoparticles for Immune Stimulation

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Catherine Fromen, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Alyssa Schiff

Class of 2020

Major: Environmental Studies (Honors)

Research

Research: Content Analysis of News Media Characterization of Environmental Justice in Delaware

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victor Perez, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Julie Sosa

Class of 2021

Major: Biology

Research

Research: Structural Influences of Chemical Attractants on Chemosensing in Tetrahymena thermophila

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gary Laverty, Biological Sciences

Gloria Soto

Class of 2020

Major: Nutritional and Medical Sciences 

Research

Research: The Effect of Split-Belt Treadmill Walking on Lower Extremity Kinetics and Kinematics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Physical Therapy

Jordan Spencer

Class of 2020

Major: History Education

Research

Research: Political Involvement in Black Communities

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kassra Oskooii, Political Science & International Relations

Julian Urbina

Class of 2021

Major: Psychology

Research

Research:

Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Hoffman, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Kelsi Walker

Class of 2020

Major: Quantitative Biology 

Research

Research: Mapping the Dimer Interface in a Key Regulator of Protein Quality Control

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sharon Rozovsky, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dajah White-Dumpson

Class of 2020

Major: Neuroscience

Research

Research: Black Women in Art in the 21st Century

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tiffany Barber, Africana Studies

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