In June 2021, EWU held the CSTEM and McNair Spring Research Symposium. This online event offered a chance for McNair scholars to present their research, as well as attend the Social Justice in Research Panel of EWU McNair alumni now working in academics and education.
The mission of the federally-funded TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program at EWU is to increase diversity in academia by supporting first-generation and low-income and/or racially under-represented students in higher education who want to go on to earn a PhD.
When scholars from diverse backgrounds become leaders in their fields, they bring forth exciting and relevant research questions. They grow to be role-models, increasing both representation and opportunities for future students. The 12 McNair current and former scholars who presented at the symposium reflect the many different areas of study where our scholars are gaining expertise. Breakout rooms focused on topics including Prairie Restoration, Social Sciences and Humanities, Fisheries and Water Science, Material Science, Regional Ecology, Microbiome, Disease Ecology and COVID, and Computation and Modeling. Presenters included:
Rachael Pentico Plant Soil Feedbacks Vary with Aspect in Palouse Prairie Remnants
Alexis Lisandro Guizar-Diaz Indentured Servitude in the 21st Century? A Case Study on Agricultural Labor Employment
Theresa Lee Prisoner Reentry: College Perceptions of Reentry Barriers in a Northwest Community
Alexandria Coronado Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Housing Student Resources at Universities in State of Washington
Lizeth Bañuelos Latinx First-Generation Students’ Academic Experience: The Role of Institutional Supports During a Pandemic
Mori Williams Nutrient Concentration for Cyanotoxins at Turnbull & Henry’s Law Constant for Chloroform and Deuterated Chloroform
Lucy Roussa Freshwater Algae of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
Nyibol Thareek Mitochondrial excitability and its ability to support waves of calcium
Aulane Mpouli Molecular Dynamic Simulation Study of ITPA-ITP Protein-Ligand Complex
We are consistently impressed with EWU’s McNair scholars and we look forward to experiencing the impact of their work!