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Faculty Mentors Give Assist To Group Of CSULB McNair Scholars

Published: August 1, 2012

Assisted by their faculty mentors, 14 CSULB students taking part in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program will present their research findings at the 20th annual McNair Symposium at UC Berkeley, Aug. 2-5.

The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, prepares low-income, first-generation or other underrepresented college students to succeed in college and go on to earn Ph.D. or Ed.D. degrees leading to academic or research careers. It is named for the African-American laser physicist astronaut who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986.

As part of the CSULB program, students undertake a research project with a faculty mentor and present their findings on campus and in a written article in the university’s McNair Scholars’ Journal. Selected students also give presentations at regional and national conferences.

The UC Berkeley event will bring together more than 500 McNair Scholars from throughout the United States. CSULB participants, their majors, topics and faculty mentors are:

Matthew Acosta, physics, “Modeling Plasmon Interaction of Vanadium Dioxide (VO2) Using Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) Method,” Yohannes Abate.

Kristen Damron, sociology, “Altruism: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” Jeffrey Davis.

Brian Flores, physics, “Magneto Optical Kerr Effect Measurement of Magnetic Thin Films on Self-Assembled Nanospheres,” Jiyeong Gu.

Matthew Gonzales, comparative world literature and classics, “The Reader as Detective: Intertextuality in Roberto Bolaños’ ‘The Savage Detectives,’” Nhora Serrano.

Melynda Jaramillo, physics, “Speech Volume Meter for Disabled Student Services at CSULB,” Chuhee Kwon.

Charlene Lou, education, “Sustainable Education Curriculum in U.S. Schools: A Step Towards Global Citizenship,” William Jeynes.

Scott Macias, psychology, “Targeting Nightmares: A Meta-analysis Comparing Prazosin vs. Imagery Rehearsal Therapy on Sleep Quality in the PTSD Population,” Christopher Warren.

Jazmin Martinez, Chicano and Latino studies, “Medical Violence: Lessons from Quinacrime Sterilization,” Clarissa Rojas.

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Antonio Mendoza, history, “Becoming Chinese in Japan: Chinese Students and Nationalism 1896-1911,” Guotong Li.

Sue Park, sociology,” Unpacking the Myth of the Model Minority in the Los Angeles Garment District, 1980-1990,” Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson.

Gabriela Ramirez, English, “Haunting Female Figures: Coleridge’s Influence on Plath’s ‘Lady Lazarus,’” Wilhelmina Hotchkiss.

Alex Ratanapratum, English, “Seeing the Self and Self Seeing: Sexuality in Black Hole,” Tim Caron.

Eric Romero, sociology, “Constrained Collective Action Efforts in Long Beach Post-1960,” Gary Hytrek.

Sharita Turner, sociology, “Nonprofit Housing Organizations and the Social Enterprise Theory,” Jeffrey Davis.

CSULB has 25 McNair alumni who are college or university faculty or researchers, including CSULB faculty members Hannah-Hanh Nguyen, an assistant professor of psychology; and Kagba Suaray, associate professor of mathematics and statistics.

Other McNair alumni include Lisa Pinley Covert, who earned her master’s and Ph.D. in history from Yale and is an assistant professor at the College of Charleston in South Carolina; Jason Vasquez, who received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from New Mexico State University and is a Student Counseling Services staff psychologist at Illinois State University; and Stephanie Evans, who earned her master’s and Ph.D. in African American studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is chair of the History Department at Clark Atlanta University.

For more information, visit the CSULB McNair program website.

–Anne Ambrose