McNair Scholar Profiles

Current Scholars

Olubukayo (Buki) Akinyemi
Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Mary Hegarty
Mentor's Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Drug Effect and Design, Spatial Ability and Memory

Ema Angeles
Major: Anthropology with Biological Emphasis
Hometown: Brentwood, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Michael Gurven
Mentor's Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: Human Resilience, Intergenerational Transfers, Bioarchaeology

Kylie Baker
Major: Psychology & Black Studies
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor:
Mentor's Department:
Research Interests:
Relationship between cultural variables and social justice perspectives, specifically in the African-American population.

Juan Carlos Banda
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Sylmar, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Denise Bielby
Mentor's Department: Film and Media
Research Interests: Political Economy, Globalization, Workplace Inequality
Natalie Bernal
Major: Psychology
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Fontana, CA
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Miya Barnett
Mentor's Department: Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Research Interests:
Child Development, Latina/o Mental Health, Improving Parent-Child Relationship, Academic Achievement

Imani Buris
Major: Psychology and Communications
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Heejung Kim
Mentor's Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Cultural Influence, Social and Self Identity, Cultural Integration

Fernanda Castellon
Major: Psychology & Chicana/o Studies
Hometown: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Graduation: June 2018
Mentors: Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Autism, Intervention Methods with a Cultural Emphasis
Rodolfo Cerda
Major: Sociology
Minor: Education
Hometown: El Monte, CA
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mireles Rios & Dr. Victor Rios
Mentor's Department: Education & Sociology
Research Interests:
Masculinity, Educational Achievement, Higher Education, Education Equality
Roberto Chavez
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Tijuana, Mexico
Graduation: June 2019
Mentor:
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Research Interests: Photochemistry, Molecular Machinery, Environmental Chemistry
Katie Correia
Major: History
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Sears McGee
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Gender, Culture and Court history in Early Modern England
Gary Fleeman
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Modesto, CA
Graduation: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Clint Schow
Mentor's Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Electronic / Photonic Integrated Circuits
Zingha Foma
Major: Theatre
Hometown: Bafoussam, Cameroon
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mhoze Chikowero
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: African Cultural Art, Fashion, Traditional Dress for Power and Resistance
Sylvia C. Garcia
Major: English and Geography
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Tommy Dickey
Mentor's
Department: Geography
Research Interests:
Human Impact on Polar Bears
Maria Garcia Garcia
Major: Psychology, Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Santa Maria, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Erin Dowdy
Mentor's Department: Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Research Interests: Child Development, Latino Mental Health, Trauma, and Resilience
Joshua Hudson
Major: Sociology and Global Studies
Hometown: Barstow, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Mhoze Chikowero
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Multiracialism, Racial Identity, Social Movements, Global Activism

Monica Lemus Valencia
Major: Geography
Hometown: Nipomo, CA
Graduation: December 2018
Mentor: Dr. Keith C. Clarke
Mentor's Department: Geography
Research Interests: Cartography, Latin America, Biogeography, Health Geography

Patricia Martin
Major: Sociology
Minor: Education and Applied Psychology
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests:
Underrepresented Student Parental Engagement and Academic Motivation, Higher Education, Education Policy

Victoria Melgarejo
Major: Linguistics and Spanish
Hometown: North Shore, CA
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mary Bucholtz
Mentor's Department: Linguistics
Research Interests: Bilingual Education, Speech Pathology, Social-cultural Linguistics

Andrea Mora
Major: Psychology
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating
Mentor's Department: Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology
Research Interests: Latino/a Mental Health, Access and Utilization of Mental Health Services, Community-Based Participatory Research

Jorge Moran
Major: Global Studies
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Bridget Coggins
Mentor's Department: Political Science
Research Interests: International Relations/Policy, China, South East Asia, Security/Hegemony

Jeremy Neill
Major: Geography / Geographic Information System (GIS)
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor:
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Research Interests: Water and Energy Systems, Systems Management / Social Policy

Francisco (Paco) Olvera
Major: English
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Felice Blake
Mentor's Department: English
Research Interests: Chicana/o Literature, Identity, "Double Consciousness"

Marina Quintanilla
Major: Global Studies and Feminist Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation: June 2017
Mentor: Dr.Laury Oaks
Mentor's Department:  Feminist Studies Department
Research Interests:HIV/AIDS, Women’s Reproductive Rights, Health Care Access, Public Health, Global Health

Sirenia Sanchez

Major: Communication & Psychology
Hometown: Montclair, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Nancy Collins
Mentor's Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, Close Relationship, Self-esteem


Scott Susi

Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Monterey, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Craig Montell
Mentor's Department: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology
Research Interests: Synaptic Plasticity and Neurogenesis


Chris Turner
Major: Biological Anthropology
Hometown: Glenrothes, Scotland
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor:
Mentor's Department:
Research Interests: Osteology, Bioarchaeology

 

 

McNair/Edison Scholar Profiles

Current Scholars

Marco Cerrato
Major: Physics
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Blumenthal
Mentor's Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Fiber-Optic Gyros, Rotational Sensors in Closed Loop Environments
Daniel Cha
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Stopple
Mentor’s Department: Mathematics
Research Interests: Mathematical Logic, Theory, Set Theory, Algebra, Group Theory, Number Theory, Complex Analysis

Angel Gonzalez
Major: Earth Science & Geophysics
Hometown: Carson, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Robin Matoza
Mentor’s Department: Earth Science
Research Interests: Geophysics, Volcanology, Planetary Science

Akira McDaniels
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Monrovia, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Beth Schneider
Mentor’s Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Mechanisms of Disease, Public Health, Genetic Research

Christian Rodriguez
Major: Physics, Chemistry
Hometown: Norwalk , CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Ben Monreal
Mentor’s Department: Physics
Research Interests: Astrophysics, Astroparticle Physics, Astronomy

Nancy Torres

Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Carson, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. David Valentine
Mentor's Department: Earth Science
Research Interests: Oceanography, Marine Biology, Global Climate Change

Syrian Truong
Major: Physics and Mathematical Sciences
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Graduation: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mark Srednicki
Mentor's Department: Physics
Research Interests: Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, Statistical Mechanics