Current UCSB McNair Scholars

Xochitl Briseño 
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Paramount, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Educational Policy, Institutional Environments of Schools, Hispanic Serving Intuitions, Diversity & Equity in Education

Marco Emmanuel Colin Martinez
Majors: Chemical Engineering 
Hometown:Santa Maria, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Frank Zok
Mentor's Department: Materials
Research Interests: Organic chemistry, Material properties and mechanics, Chemical reactions  

Zoey Eddy 
Major: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Brenda Major

Mentor's Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research Interests: Racial Identity Formation, Biracial Experiences, Stereotypes and Discrimination
Alyssa Frick-Jenkins
Majors: Black studies & Linguistics
Hometown: La Habra, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Butch Ware
Mentor’s Department: History
Research Interests: Francophonie, Liminality, Afrocentricity, Identity
Kevin Garcia 
Major: Microbiology
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor:
 Dr. David Valentine 
Mentor's Department: Geological Sciences 
Research Interests: Environmental solutions 
Almalina Gomes 
Major: Global Studies 
Hometown: Fairfield 
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor:
 Dr. Paul Spickard
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Public health in Ethiopia 
Rosalia Hernandez
Major: Actuarial Science
Hometown: Orland, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Michael Ludkovski
Mentor's Department: Statistics and Applied Probability
Research Interests: Actuarial science topics, Data visualization, Predictive analytics
Juanita Iheanacho
Major: Global Studies
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Paul Spickard 
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Environment, Climate change, Environmental discrimination
Takashi Katayama
Major: Physics 
Hometown: Akaiwa, Japan
Graduation Date: June 2022
Mentor: Dr. Douglas Eardley
Mentor's Department: Physics 
Research Interests: Gravity
Simran Kaur
Major: Economics
Hometown: Yuba City, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Plantinga
Mentor's Department: Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Research Interests: Natural Resource Economics, Sustainability, Climate Change Adaptation 

 

Fidel Lopez
Majors: Mathematics & Economics 
Hometown: Oxnard, CA  
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Emanuel Vespa
Mentor's Department: Economics
Research Interests: Experimental economics, Mathematical economics, Microeconomic theory, Econometrics
Jaqueline Lopez 
Major: Communication 
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Erin Dowdy 
Mentor's Department: Counseling, Clinical, School Psychology
Research Interests: Universal screening of elementary aged children, Mental health evaluations of Chicanx children 
Carolina Ramirez-Moreno 
Major: Spanish & Chicana/o Studies
Hometown: Arvin, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Ben Olguin
Mentor's Department: English
Research Interests: Latin American culture, Impacts of immigration on youth
Gilbert Murillo 
Major: Political Science and Sociology 
Hometown: Norwalk, CA
Graduation Date: June 2022
Mentor: Dr. Christopher McAuley 
Mentor's Department: Black Studies 
Research Interests: Incarceration to activism 
Wren Palmer 
Major: English
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Paul Spickard 
Mentor’s Department: History
Research Interests: Pacific literature, Pacific sports history

Ryan Rising 
Major: Sociology 
Hometown: San Diego, CA 
Graduation Date: June 2022
Mentor: Dr. William Robinson 
Mentor's Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Mass incarceration, Higher education as pathway to recidivism 

 
Julia Rosales
Major: Economics
Hometown: Downey, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Heather Royer
Mentor’s Department: Economics
Research Interests: Social Inequalities, Environmental Economics, Tenure Clock Stopping Policies
Zion Solomon 
Major: Religious Studies 
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Perez 
Mentor’s Department: Religious Studies 
Research Interests: Indigenous and diasporic African religions 

Raymond Kyle Thicklin
Major: Physics
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Song-I Han
Mentor’s Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: NMR, EPR, and DNP spectroscopy

Jaquelyn Valenzuela 

Major: Statistics and Data Science 
Hometown: South Gate, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios 
Mentor’s Department: Education 
Research Interests: Sports analytics; Education analysis 

 

Luna Perez-Vega 

Major: Sociology
Hometown: Huntington Park, CA
Graduation Date: June 2021
Mentor: Dr. Zakiya Luna 
Mentor’s Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Gentrification, Organizing and activism