Ten student researchers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh shared their creative and scholarly endeavors Tuesday at the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program’s 10th-annual fall showcase.
The federally funded McNair Post-Bacccaluareate Achievement Program assists motivated undergraduate students from first-generation and diverse backgrounds acquire the skills they need to get into and succeed in graduate school.
A summer-long paid research internship affords the students the opportunity to conduct a faculty-mentored research project. Additional seminars and workshops cover the research methods, graduate application process, financial assistance, tutoring and graduate school visits.
The student presenters included:
- Aminata Bojang, senior biology major from Madison, worked with biology faculty mentor Courtney Kurtz on “Quantifying Mast Cells During Obesity in Ground Squirrels.”
- Terrace Davis, a senior human services major from Champaign, Illinois, worked with political science faculty mentor James Krueger on “Implicit Racial Bias in Public Opinion Towards Drug Policy.”
- Monica Fieck, senior psychology major from Appleton, worked with psychology faculty mentor Sarah Kucker on “The Effect of Social Factors on Child Language Acquisition.”
- Jason Lopez, junior biology major from Chicago, Illinois, worked with chemistry faculty mentor Brant Kedrowski on “Synthesis of (R)- and (s)-2-Methylproline.
- Khaila Miles-Semons, senior English major from Milwaukee, worked with history faculty mentor Michelle Kuhl on “Together But Unequal: Perceptions on the White-Black Sisterhood in 1930-1870.”
- Andrew Miller, senior biology major from Kaukauna, worked with biology faculty mentor Lisa Dorn on “Evolutionary Traps in Plants: Evolutionarily Novel Environmental Shocks in Arabidopsis thaliana.”
- Sarah Reed, senior sociology major from Green Bay, worked with sociology faculty mentor Paul Van Auken on “Environmental Factors and Refugee Resettlement Success in the Fox Valley.”
- Amanda Vue, senior social work major from Wausau, worked with sociology faculty mentor Orlee Hauser on “Hmong Adults’ Attitudes on Dating Violence within their Community.”
- Katelyn Wulff, junior nursing major from Theresa, worked with political science faculty mentor Michael Jasinski on “The Availability of Dental Care for Wisconsin’s Impoverished: Effects of the Urban-Rural Divide.”
- Bailey Young, junior psychology major from West Allis, worked with biology faculty mentor Morgan Churchill on “Cranial Shape Variation with ‘True Dolphins’ (Delphininae).