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McNair Scholars Present Research at Spring Symposium April 14, 21

4/13/2017

The McNair Scholars Program will host the Spring 2017 Research Symposium on Friday, April 14, and Friday, April 21. The McNair Scholars will present on a variety of research topics spanning many disciplines.

The first symposium will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 4:13 p.m. Friday, April 14, in Sims Hall, room 241. The presenters and their topics are the following:

  • 10:46 a.m.: Carlton Warker, SN, School of Education, Health and Exercise Science
    The effect of acute mental stress on arterial stiffness in young Black and White men
    Mentor: Kevin Heffernan, Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Science; Director, Human Performance Laboratory
  • 11:09 a.m.: Fatima Saunders, SN, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Child and Family Studies
    The STEM Migration: A qualitative study on the educational experiences of African-American college students who were once in STEM
    Mentor: Dawn Johnson, Associate Professor, Higher Education
  • 11:32 a.m.: Christiane Voufo, SN, College of Arts and Sciences, Neuroscience Integrated Learning
    Determining the role of Hmx3a, Skor1a, Skor1b and Skor2 in the development of zebrafish spinal cord
    Mentor: Katharine Lewis, Associate Professor, Biology
  • 11:55 a.m.: Mercedes Gomez, SN, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Child and Family Studies
    Factors influencing teachers experience in urban schools
    Mentor: Teresa MacDonald, Director, Sport and Human Development Institute
  • 12:18 p.m.: Jose Marerro- Rosado, SN, College of Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry
    Biocultural understanding of lead exposure in urbanized context
    Mentor: Shannon Novak, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m.: BREAK
  • 1:55 p.m.: Taylor White (Robinson), SN, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Native American Studies
    The Students’ Education Forgot: Factors influencing Native American students educational experiences
    Mentor: Amy Lutz, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • 2:18 p.m.: Ruo Chen, 5th Year, School of Architecture, with a minor in Private Music Study
    In the Projects: Redeveloping public housing in NYC
    Mentor: Yutaka Sho, Associate Professor, School of Architecture
  • 2:41 p.m.: Stephen Benn, SN, College of Arts and Sciences/College of Engineering & Computer Science, Biochemistry/Bioengineering
    Investigation of the incorporation of an antibiotic (gentamicin) into a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sleeve and optimization of electrospinning and expansion
    Mentor: James Henderson, Associate Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
  • 3:04 p.m.: Anthony Reid, JN, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Civil Engineering with a minor in Math
    Undergraduate experience with Abaqus, finite element analysis program
    Mentor: Hossein Ataei, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 3:27 p.m.: Halima Shehu, SN, College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science and African-American Studies
    Why Girls? An analysis of the Bring Back Our Girls movement and the transnational significance of the Chibok girls
    Mentor: Mark Rupert, Professor, Political Science
  • 3:50 p.m.: Hatou Camara, SN, College of Arts & Sciences, Anthropology and Citizenship & Civic Engagement, with a minor in Political Science
    Where are You Really From? Exploring modes of integration and negotiation of cultural identity among emerging adult refugees in Syracuse, NY
    Mentor: A.H. Peter Castro, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • 4:13 p.m.: Katy Salce, SN, College of Arts and Sciences/School of Information Studies, Psychology/Information Management and Technology
    How mindfulness-based interventions relate to increased positive behavioral changes based on race/ethnicity in high school students
    Mentor: Joshua C. Felver, Assistant Professor, Psychology

The second day of the symposium will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:36 p.m. Friday, April 21, in Sims Hall, room 241. The presenters are the following:

  • 10:00 a.m.: Jennith Lucas, JN, College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology and Citizenship & Civic Engagement with a minor in Disability Studies
    More than Clients: Blind industrial workers and the struggle to organize at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind
    Mentor: Gretchen Purser, Assistant Professor, Sociology
  • 10:23 a.m.: Abigail Sintim, SN, College of Arts and Sciences, International Relations and Political Science
    Afrophobia in South Africa: The case of lynching in South Africa
    Mentor: Francine D’Amico, Associate Professor, International Relations
  • 10:46 a.m.: Bridgette Leathers, SN, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Public Health with a minor in Global Political Economy
    The Influence of perceptions of the US healthcare system on health system utilization and health outcomes among African-American adults
    Mentor: Maureen Thompson, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director Public Health
  • 11:09 a.m.: Ericka Jones- Craven, JN, College of Visual & Performing Arts; Transmedia/College of Arts and Sciences, Art Photography/Religion with a minor in Marketing
    “Let It Be:” Re-examining traditional gospel values in an art setting
    Mentor: Marcia C. Robinson, Assistant Professor, Religion
  • 11:32 a.m.:  Andra Brown, SN, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Child and Family Studies
    Express Yourself: How art influences AA college students’ mental health issues
    Mentor: Bruce Carter, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • 11:55 a.m.:  Carolee Lantigua, SN, College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science and Citizenship & Civic Engagement with a minor in Spanish
    A Content Analysis of the 2014 Immigration Crisis: An intergroup threat theory approach
    Mentor: Shana Kushner, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • 12:18 p.m.: Roshad Meeks, SN, College of Arts and Sciences, Economics
    Stuck In Place: How cultural memory and public policy shape a neighborhood
    Mentor: Breagin K. Riley, Assistant Professor, Marketing
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m.: BREAK
  • 1:55 p.m.: Miracle Rogers, SN, School of Education, Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Dance
    Wrinkled Polyelectrolyte Multilayers for Biomaterial Applications
    Mentor: James Henderson, Associate Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
  • 2:18 p.m.: Angelina Vargas, SN, School of Education, Selected Studies
    Hair it from the Pajonuas: An exploration of racial identity among Dominican women embracing their natural hair
    Mentor: Silvio Torres-Saillant, Professor, English
  • 2:41 p.m.: Genesis Felizola, JN, College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders
    The experiences of Hispanic families of children with autism spectrum disorder regarding physical activity and communication: A qualitative study
    Mentor: Luis Columna, Associate Professor, Exercise Science
  • 3:04 p.m.: Vanessa Coste, SN, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics/College of Arts and Sciences, Child and Family Studies/Psychology
    The Impact of pre-school philosophies on children’s language and literacy acquisition: A meta-analysis
    Mentor: Rachel Razza, Associate Professor, Child and Family Studies
  • 3:27 p.m.: Tinischa Lahens, SN, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Public Health with a minor in Public Communications
    Let’s talk about sex: Does sex education in high school influence sexual behavior in Black college students at Syracuse University
    Mentor: Sarah E. Woolfe-King, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • 3:50 p.m.: Sonja Mattis, SN, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications/ School of Information Studies, Public Relations/Information Management and Technology
    Black London
    Mentor: Linda Carty, Professor, African-American Studies
  • 4:13 p.m.: Natalie Delgado, SN, School of Education, Selected Studies with a minor in Political Science
    Un lugar para mi: The presentation of LatinX heritage through the collection of artifacts in a community-based arts center
    Mentor: Myrna Garcia Calderon, Director, Latino-Latin American Studies
  • 4:36 p.m.: Felicia Campbell, SN, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology and Forensic Science
    Understanding how mass publicity of police violence affects undergraduate college students
    Mentor: Marsha Weissman, Adjunct Professor, Sociology; Founder/ Executive Director of the Center for Community Alternatives
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