McNair Scholars

2020-2021 Scholars

Name Program Project Mentor
Bailey Adams

Planning, Public Policy & Management / Entrepreneurship

Black Americans and the American Police Force

Dr. Nikki Chery, University Counseling Center

Emily Boyce Biochemistry Assembly and function of the photosynthetic pathway Alice Barkan, PhD, Biology
Desiree Casanova

Psychology / Disability Studies

Does Memory Heal? Finding a Correlation Between Adolescent Drug Abuse and Deficits in Adult Memory Recall

Ruth Ellignsen, PhD, Psychology

Dr. Sarah DuBrow, Psychology

Emily Duru

English / Creative Writing

Black Womanhod in Contemporary American Literature Dr. Courtney Thorsson, English
Alyssa Fuentez Human Physiology Environment Enrichment Effects Neural Activity in Primary Visual Cortex Denise Piscopo, PhD, Institute of Neuroscience
Jyhreh Johnson Biological Anthropology & Linguistics / African Studies Quantifying Cranial Shape Change Due to Aging: Expanding Forensic Age Estimation Techniques and Understanding Adult Human Ontogeny Through a Geometric Morphometric Approach Dr. Stephen Frost, Anthropology
Cat Luna Psychology / Planning, Public Policy and Management & Nonprofit Administration Pick Me Up: A Study on Daily Stress and Time Management in Nontraditional Students with Children during COVID-19

Christabelle Dragoo, McNair Scholars Program & Prevention Science

Bob Choquette, Planning, Public Policy and Management

Lukas MacMillen Biology Condition and Environment Dependent Recombination Dr. Nadia Singh, Biology
Alexie Malone Political Science / Ethics, Legal Studies & Business Administration Politics and the Two-Party System Mikhail Myagkov, Political Science
Nicole Wales Physica & Chemistry / Mathematics Correlations Between Neighboring Minima in the Energy Landscapes of Athermal Glass Systems Dr. Eric Corwin, Physics


2019-2020 Scholars

Nitan Avivi-Stuhl Mathematics / Computer Science Matroid Theory Dr. Mauricio Gomez Lopez, Mathematics
Desirae Brown Sociology / French The Effects of University Student Demands and Protests on Administrative Responses, Diversity Numbers, and Retention Rates Dr. Debra Thompson, Political Science
Ally Carlile Biology / Mathematics & Chemistry Behavioral Correlates in Sleeping Laboratory Mice

Dr. David McCormick, Institute of Neuroscience

Matthew Dawson Biology & Psychology Cell Specific Ablation in Zebrafish: an Examination of Social Behavior

Dr. Philip Washbourne, Institute of Neuroscience

Dr. Christina Karns, Psychology

Dr. Laurie Ehlhardt Powell and Dr. Melissa McCart, Center on Brain Injury Research and Training

Ashley Easter Family and Human Services / Sociology Exploring Factors Associated with Obesity in Rural Oregon Dr. Elizabeth Budd, Family and Human Services & Prevention Science
Lisa Guerricabeitia Psychology & Theater Arts Parsing Influences of Dysregulation on Eating Habits in Rural School-Aged Children Dr. Nichole Kelly, Counseling Psychology
Joan Hicks Psychology / Global Health Age-related and culturally specific causes of depression underdiagnosis among older adults

Dr. Josh Snodgrass, Anthropology

Alicia DeLouize, M.A., Anthropology

Neila (Nina) Kerkebane Economics / Mathematics Impact of Tuition Increases on the Enrollment Rates of Low-Income Students Dr. Jonathan Davis, Economics
Ash Martins Sociology / Psychology TBD Dr. Jocelyn Hollander, Sociology
Tristan McKibben Biochemistry / Ethics TBD TBD
Joe Moore Sociology Gentrification and Eviction Crisis: Tacoma Dr. Clare Evans, Sociology
Antonio Munoz Biology / Psychology Odor Concentration Change Sensing in Mice Avinash Singh, Biology
Allysia Rainey Psychology The Association Between Socioeconomic Status and Depression in Adolescent Females Dr. Jennifer Pfeifer, Psychology
Meghan Ramirez Psychology / Sociology & Anthropology The Effects of Natural Sounds on the Autonomic Nervous System

Dr. Christina Karns, Psychology

Dr. Melissa McCart, Center on Brain Injury Research and Training


2018-19 Scholars

Morgan Bunch Psychology The Effect of Simulations on Perceptions of the Validity of Expert Testimony Dr. Robert Mauro, Psychology
Faith Collins Psychology The Effect of Delta-Frequency Music on Insomniac Sleep Onset Latency

Teresa Hawkes, Neuroinformatics Lab

Dr. Don Tucker, Psychology

Kylie Davis Psychology TBD TBD
Ana Garibay-Mares International Studies, Chinese & Planning, Public Policy & Management / Business Administration Belt and Road Initiative: the Sino-Samoa Pact Dr. Yvonne Brown, International Studies
Elmira Louie Comparative Literature and English A Woman's Voice: Strategies of Feminist Translation Practices in Spanish, Persian, and Turkish Poetry Dr. Leah Middlebrook, Romance Languages and Comparative Literature
Aaron Macarthur Psychology The Closeness Communication Bias: A Replication

Dr. Dare Baldwin, Psychology

Netanel Weinstein, Psychology

Alvy Macias-Gonzalez Sociology TBD TBD
Shawn Melendy Biochemistry Effects of Adipocyte-Specific p85α Overexpression on Insulin Signaling Mice

Dr. Carrie McCurdy, Human Physiology

Dr. Byron Hetrick, Institute of Molecular Biology

Sky Ramirez-Doble Environmental Science Local scale variation in microbial composition and function across tropical land use gradients

Dr. Krista McGuire, Biology

Stephanie Ostresh, Biology

Zora Rose Psychology and Philosophy The Impact of Auditory Theta Stimulation on General Affect, Working Memory Capacity and Attention

Dr. Dasa Zeithamova, Psychology

Dr. Michael Posner, Psychology

Taylor Guthrie, Psychology

Anais Niko Verhoeven Psychology Regulatory success and eating disorder symptomatology: does cognitive reappraisal sores predict specific eating disorder risk?

Dr. Jennifer Pfeifer, Psychology

Dani Cosme, Psychology

Mat Wilson Anthropology Impact of a High Male Skew on the Sexual Behaviors of Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata)

Dr. Frances White, Anthropology

Kylen Gartland, Anthropology

Scott Ziegler English Antagonistic River: The Agency of Nature in Northwest Literature

Dr. Gordon Sayre, English

Dr. Stephanie LeMenager, English


2017-18 Scholars

Jared F. Acosta-King Psychology Odor Sampling Behavior in Autism Model Mice Matthew Smear, Psychology, Institute of Neuroscience
Cheyenne D. Collins Anthropology, Honors College Preliminary Decomposition Student within the Willamette Valley of Oregon: Multi-Regional Comparison and Sharp Force Trauma Effects Jeanne McLaughlin, Anthropology
Carina Garcia International Studies & Sociology The Role of the State in Human Rights and Migration: Conflicting Discourses in Mexican Migration Policy

Kristin Yarris, International Studies

Ellen Scott, Sociology

Bianca Flynn History Environmental Racism in Native American Communities Near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Ryan Jones, History

Steven Beda, History

Lana Huizar Psychology Examining Depression and Social Support among Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Laura Lee McIntyre, School of Psychology
Taylor Contreras Physics The Search for New Particles Decaying to W+ Final States NSF Duke/TUNL Research Experience for Undergraduates

Alfred T. Goshaw, Physics, Duke University

Stephanie Majewski, Physics

Jack C. Wiegand Anthropology & Medieval Studies Sugar Refinement Techniques from Medieval Documentary and Material Records: A Text-aided Experimental Archaeology Case Study

Daphne Gallagher, Anthropology

Gantt Gurley, German and Scandinavian

Regina Psaki, Romance Languages

Scott Stull, Anthropology, Ithaca College

Elizabeth Witcher Psychology & Sociology The Role of Social Media in the Emotional Lives of People with Vitiligo CJ Pascoe


2016-17 Scholars

Bradley M. Boyce Psychology Passive Carryover and Conflict Triggered Regulation: Differences in Early Visual Components

Ulrich Mayr, Psychology

Don Tucker, Psychology

Megan Carson Psychology Age Differences in a “Short Long-term Memory” System for Visual Information

Ulrich Mayr, Psychology

Atsushi Kikumoto, Psychology

Lindan Comrada Biochemistry Markers of Cardiovascular Health in Chronic Marijuana Smokers Christopher Minson, Human Physiology
Stefani Paige Evans Psychology Mother-Preschooler Interactions Measured Using the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior

Maureen Zalewski, Psychology

Elizabeth Skowron, Counseling Psychology

Tonya C. Hansberry Psychology Sequelae of Maternal Trauma: Attachment Relationships and the Development of Empathy in the Next Generation

Jennifer Ablow, Psychology

Jeffrey Measelle, Psychology

Xiaoning Sun, Psychology

Benjamin Hinde Sociology Fluid Borders, Neo-Liberal Displacements: Current Push and Pull Factors Driving Latin American Migration

Jessica Vasquez-Tokos, Sociology

Aaron Gullickson, Sociology

David M. Lee Biochemistry & Biology

Leafcutter Ants Inside the Nest Have Sharper Mandibles than Ants Outside the Nest

Robert Schofield, Physics
Kristina Lowney Psychology Feelings of Belonging and Future Persistence in STEM Sara Hodges, Psychology, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Aaron Nelson Biology

Transfer of Fungal Endophytes from Leaves to Woody Substrates

Bitty Roy, Biology and Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Thalia Padilla Biology Molecular Genetic Studies in C. elegans

Bruce Bowerman, Biology, Institute of Molecular Biology

Molly Jud, Institute of Molecular Biology

Trenton M. Peters-Clarke Biochemistry & Biology Increasing the Efficiency of a Biotin-Streptavidin Pull Down for An Investigation of Pt(II)-Protein Interactions

Victoria DeRose, Chemistry, Institute of Molecular Biology

Rachael Cunningham, Institute of Molecular Biology

Demiliza Saramosing Ethnic Studies & Journalism Indigenizing Kalihi: Imagining Native Solidarities between Native Hawaiians and Working-Class Filipinos in the U.S. Colony of Hawai’i Stephanie “Lani” Teves, Ethnic Studies


2015-16 Scholars

David Adams Psychology, Biology, Honors College Contextual Modulation: Components of the Rod-and-Frame Illusion and the Systemizing Trait of Autism Paul Dassonville, Psychology
Dagger Anderson Psychology

A Diverse Look at Switch Rate and Task Switching

Ulrich Mayr, Psychology 

Jason Hubbard, Psychology

Joshua Coon Biology Pheromones and Path Selection of Atta cephalotes Robert Schofield, Physics
Zachary Cunningham Psychology Maternal Betrayal Trauma and Response to Adolescent Negative Emotion: Does Maternal Emotion Regulation Matter?

Jennifer Freyd, Psychology 

Christina Gamache Martin, Psychology

Matthew T. Dodier Economics

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire: PM2.5, Forest Fires, and Hospital Admissions in Oregon

Benjamin Hansen, Economics
Caitlyn Fields Biochemistry Investigating Fundamental Cluster Chemistry: VT-NMR Studies of the Flat Ga13 Cluster at Multiple Concentrations

Darren W. Johnson, Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Anna F. Oliveri, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chemistry, UC Davis 

William H. Casey, Chemistry, UC Davis

Robel Haile General Science The Neurotoxic effects of Amyloid-Beta Oligomers in C. elegans

Janis Weeks, Biology, Institute of Neuroscience 

Kristin Robinson, Institute of Neuroscience

Diamanté Jamison Ethnic Studies & History Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.: The Vanishing Point of Two Black Streams of Consciousness TBD
Nicole Kingsley Biology, Honors College The Genetic Architecture Underlying Biting in the Pitcher-Plant Mosquito, Wyeomyia smithii

William Bradshaw, Biology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution 

Christina Holzapfel, Biology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution 

Rudy Borowczak, Biology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Erica Alexia Ledesma Ethnic Studies, Anthropology & Spanish Shifting Racial and Ethnic Identities Among Guatemalan Immigrants Lynn Stephen, Anthropology, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS)
Tamara LeRoy Anthropology

Food and Gardening: Benefits and Challenges for Latino/a Communities in Public Spaces

Lynn Stephen, Anthropology, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS)
Kristina Lowney Psychology Self-Doubt and Empathic Accuracy Sara Hodges, Psychology, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Christine Nguyen Psychology Sociability Gap between Chinese American Mothers and their Children: Consequences of the Gap for Young, School-Age Children’s Adjustment  

Jennifer Ablow, Psychology 

Jeffrey Measelle, Psychology 

Xiaoning Sun, Psychology

Brandon Riemer Physics Integrated Photonic Circuits Benjamín Alemán, Physics
Paulla Santos History The Continuation of US Imperialism through Transnational Marriages between Pilipinas and US Men Julie Weise, History


2014-15 Scholars

Geo Bitgood Psychology

Thank you, Sweetie! Gratitude and Relationship Satisfaction in Close Relationships

Christina Karns, Psychology
Erik Burlingame Biochemistry The Role of CASK in Synaptogenesis Philip Washbourne, Biology, Institute of Neuroscience
Jackie Cowell Psychology More Than Just Words: EMOTAIX-Tropes Examines Linguistic Correlates of Mental Health

Jennifer Ablow, Psychology

Jeffrey Measelle, Psychology

Mallory Nicole Davis English & Women's and Gender Studies

Of Cost and Consequence: Examining the Price of White Liberalism in James Baldwin’s Another Country

Courtney Thorsson, English

Ernesto Martinez, Women’s and Gender Studies

Monquize Dusseau Economics Gangs in America: Dispelling Detrimental Stigmas and Cultivating Alternatives Gerardo Sandoval, Planning, Public Policy and Management
David Grady Psychology The State Effects of Subtle Physiological Arousal on Visual Working Memory Capacity: Sitting, Standing and Cognition

Edward K. Vogel, Psychology

Irida Mance, Psychology

Marina P. Gross Psychology The Role of Pupil Dilation in the Von Restorff Effect Nash Unsworth, Psychology
Robel Haile Human Physiology Screening the Neurotoxic Effects of Amyloid-β1-42 Peptides in C. elegans using a Micro-fluidic Electropharyngeogram Platform

Janis Weeks, Biology, Institute of Neuroscience

Kristin Robinson, Institute of Neuroscience

Christopher Harrington Anthropology Facial Symmetry and Health in the Indigenous Amazonian Shuar of Ecuador

Stephen Frost, Anthropology

Lawrence Sugiyama, Anthropology

Caitlyn Hazlett Chemistry

Facile Synthesis of a Large Gallium Keggin Cluster

William H. Casey, Chemistry, University of California, Davis

Darren Johnson, Chemistry, Materials Science Institute

Anna Oliveri, Chemistry

Jung-Ho Son, NEAT ORU, University of California, Davis

Jared Richardson Biology & Biochemistry

Alternative Splicing in the Cardiac Tissue of Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 Patients

Andy Berglund, Chemistry, Institute of Molecular Biology, Interim Assoc. Dean, Graduate School

Adam Struck, Chemistry, Institute of Molecular Biology

Benedicta Wanjeri Biochemistry

Determining the Protein Concentration of Malaria VaccineCandidate Antigen Apical Membrane Antigen-1 (AMA1)

Andrea Berry, Pediatrics (Infectious and Tropical Diseases), University of Maryland, Baltimore


2013-14 Scholars

Geo Bitgood Psychology

Body Connectivity and Mobile Technology Use: The Role of the Body in a Digital Age

Jennifer Craig, Dance
Amber P. Bryan Women's and Gender Studies Exotic Sexuality: Examining the Effect of Exotic Dancing on Women’s Sexuality Lamia Karim, Anthropology
Tad Falk Psychology

Personality Impressions on Twitter

Sanjay Srivastava, Psychology

Nicole Lawless, Psychology

Marina Gross Psychology

Accessing Long-Term Memory—What Pupil Dilation Can Tell Us About Search Processes: An Exploratory Study

Nash Unsworth, Psychology
Lindsay Guzman Chemistry New Pt(II) Complexes for the Investigation of Copper-Mediated Degradation in Pt-Bound RNA Click Reactions

Victoria DeRose, Chemistry, Institute of Molecular Biology

Jonathan White, Chemistry

Sunny Rae Harrison Anthropology Maintaining Compassion and Harmony: An Analysis of Three Interreligious Communities in Bali Lamia Karim, Anthropology
Lan Marberry Family and Human Services The Perception of Parents’ Participation in Therapy for Children with Communication Disorders

Karrie Walters, Family and Human Services

Daniel Close, Family an Human Services

Eileen McNutt, Speech Language Pathologist

Hassatou Jallow Journalism, International Studies, Honors College A Modern Migration: The Consequences of Senegalese Migration to the West

Peter Laufer, Journalism

Vera Keller, Honors College

Heidi Martinez Journalism, International Studies, Honors College Beyond Depression: Maternal Neural Response Differs with Comorbid Anxiety Disorder

Heidemarie Laurent, Psychology

Rosemary Bernstein, Psychology

Lyle McPherson Biochemistry aPKC Induces Polarization of Numb by Disrupting Cortical Targeting Mechanisms

Kenneth Prehoda, Chemistry and the Institute of Molecular Biology

Matthew Bailey, Chemistry

Eric Goytia Nummedal Biochemistry

Using Mice as Models to Investigate Neuronal Response in the Thalamic Lateral Geniculate Nucleus

Cris Niell Biology, Institute of Neuroscience

Wayne Tschetter, Institute of Neuroscience

Gabriel Sanchez Anthropology Cetacean Hunting at the Par-Tee Site (35CLT20): Ethnographic, Artifact, and Blood Residue Analysis Investigation

Jon Erlandson, Anthropology and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Eirik Thorsgard, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Cultural Protection Program of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Rond

Quang Truong Biology

Exploring the Basis for Sequence-specific RNA Binding by Pentatricopeptide Repeat Proteins

Alice Barkan, Biology, Institute of Molecular Biology
Benedicta Wanjeri Biochemistry Characterizing the Neuromuscular Effects of Tribendimidinein the Nematode Worm Caenorhabditis elegans

Janis Weeks, Biology, Institute of Neuroscience

Kristin Robinson, Institute of Neuroscience

Naduah Wheeler English

Post-Traumatic Sexuality: Reclamation of Sexuality and Eroticism After Colonization

Quinn Miller, English

Gordon Sayre, English