McNair Scholar Profiles

Current Scholars

Sarah Amiri
Major: CCS Biology
Hometown: Ojai, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Alyson Santoro
Mentor’s Department: Geology, Evolution and Marine Biology
Research Interests: Climate Oscillations and Anomalies, Harmful Algal Blooms, Phytoplankton

Natalie Bernal
Major: Psychology
Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Fontana, CA
Graduation Date: 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

Fernanda Castellon
Major: Psychology & Chicana/o Studies
Hometown: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Graduation Date: 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 Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mireles Rios & Dr. Victor Rios
Mentor's Department: Education & Sociology
Research Interests:
Masculinity, Educational Achievement, Higher Education, Education Equality
Marco Cerrato
Major: Physics
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Blumenthal
Mentor's Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Fiber-Optic Gyros, Rotational Sensors in Closed Loop Environments
Roberto Chavez
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Tijuana, Mexico
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Craig Hawker
Mentor's Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research Interests: Photochemistry, Molecular Machinery, Environmental Chemistry
Israel Chora
Major: Economics and Political Science
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Naravani Lasala-Blanco
Mentor’s Department: Political Science
Research Interests: Political Attitudes of Latinx Students
Jose Delgado
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Denver, CO
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor:
Dr. Javier Read De Alaniz
Mentor's Department: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: New Methods for the Asymmetric Aza-Piancatelli Rearrangement
Garey Fleeman
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Modesto, CA
Graduation Date: 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 Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mhoze Chikowero
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: African Cultural Art, Fashion, Traditional Dress for Power and Resistance

Maria Garcia Garcia
Major: Psychology, Minor: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Santa Maria, CA
Graduation Date: June 2017
Mentor: Dr. Erin Dowdy
Mentor's Department: Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Research Interests: Child Development, Latino Mental Health, Trauma, and Resilience
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
Victoria Melgarejo
Major: Linguistics and Spanish
Hometown: North Shore, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mary Bucholtz
Mentor's Department: Linguistics
Research Interests: Bilingual Education, Speech Pathology, Social-cultural Linguistics
Jordan Mitchell
Major: CCS Music
Hometown: Stockton, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Leslie Hogan
Mentor's Department: Music Composition Research Interests: Mariachi, Jazz, Mexican Boleros

Jasmin Morales
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Denise Segura
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Factors Influencing Retention and Persistence of Latina/o Students in STEM
Majors
Jorge Moran
Major: Global Studies
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Graduation Date: 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 Systems (GIS)
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Keith Clarke
Mentor's Department: Geography
Research Interests: Water and Energy Systems, Systems Management / Social Policy
Francisco (Paco) Olvera
Major: English
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Felice Blake
Mentor's Department: English
Research Interests: Chicana/o Literature, Identity, "Double Consciousness"

Zenzile Riddick
Major: Sociology and Black Studies
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Victor Rios
Mentor’s Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Systemic Punitive Control, Black and Latinx Youth Identity, Dignity and Culture.

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

Ryan Rodriguez
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Hollister, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Mattanjah de Vries
Mentor’s Department: Chemistry
Research Interests: E
xcited State Dynamics of Indigo

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, Intergroup Relations, Stereotypes, Identity, and Self-esteem

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 Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mark Srednicki
Mentor's Department: Physics
Research Interests: Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, Statistical Mechanics

Chris Turner
Major: Biological Anthropology
Hometown: Glenrothes, Scotland
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Michael Gurven
Mentor's Department:
Research Interests: Osteology, Bioarchaeology
Monica Lemus Valencia
Major: Geography
Hometown: Nipomo, CA
Graduation Date: December 2018
Mentor: Dr. Keith C. Clarke
Mentor's Department: Geography
Research Interests: Cartography, Latin America, Biogeography, Health Geography