Raul Segura Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

Congratulations to new McNair Scholar Raul Segura! Raul was selected by the McNair Scholars’ selection committee on the basis of his passion for research, commitment to attaining a PhD, and overall potential for success in graduate school.

The federally-funded TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program at EWU selects motivated and talented juniors and seniors who are first-generation and low-income college students, and/or from groups underrepresented at the doctoral level to introduce them to academic research and provide them with effective strategies for getting into and graduating from PhD programs.

Raul Segura is a first generation college student who earned his Associate’s degree in Spring 2023 from Columbia Basin College. Raul is a current student at Eastern Washington University working towards a BA in Psychology, a minor in Spanish, and a PhD. Raul is an officer for MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano De Aztlan), a campus organization that seeks to promote Chicano unity and empowerment through political action. He is an active member of the EWU Tennis Club, and a student employee at EWU’s Student Communication Center, working on student outreach. Raul is interested in a School Psychology career. Specifically, he seeks to create an optimal classroom environment for students and teachers of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Further research interests revolve around student teacher relationships in multicultural settings and how they can create negative or positive impacts in the classroom, and how to create  a culturally safe classroom environment. For his 2024 McNair Summer Research Internship Raul will work alongside his mentor, Dr. Sarah Johansson. Raul hopes to research multicultural relationships with students, teachers, and its effects on a student’s learning as well as the strength of student- teacher relationships.

We look forward to accompanying Raul as his research unfolds!