Trio McNair Scholar Program

EWU McNair Spring Celebration 2022

On May 27, 2022, we were able to gather together in person for the first time in two years! It was a joy to spend the evening with the McNair Scholars, Faculty Mentors, family and friends at the Spokane Club. Please enjoy these photo highlights, then keep scrolling to view the event program, and continue below to learn more about all that our scholars have accomplished in the 2021-2022 school year.

2022 Graduating McNair Scholars

Ian Campuzano

Ian Campuzano will be graduating Eastern Washington University in the Fall of 2022, double majoring in Psychology and Health Psychology. Ian is an active member of the Psi Chi International Honor society. He is interested in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. For his 2021 McNair summer research internship, under the mentorship of Dr. Jillene Seiver, he … Read more

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Christina Hudson

Christina M. Hudson is a first-generation student graduating from Eastern Washington University with a double major in English Studies and Africana Studies, and minoring in Religious Studies. She earned her associate degree at Spokane Falls Community College, before transferring to EWU in 2020. She is interested in decolonizing religious studies focusing on ancient African religious … Read more

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Darlynne Khayesi

Darlynne (Dasha) Khayesi will graduate from Eastern Washington University, with a major in Applied Developmental Psychology and a minor in Communications Studies as well as Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. She will be the first generation in her family to complete a bachelor’s degree. She hopes to go on to work in the counseling field … Read more

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Seth McCullough

Seth McCullough will graduate from Eastern Washington University with a double major in Environmental Science and Biology. Growing up in Tennessee, he spent a lot of time in the woods, which sparked his interest in the outdoors and in learning how ecological communities influence one another. Scuba diving further focused his interests on marine life … Read more

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Lucia Roussa

Lucia Roussa will graduate from Eastern Washington University with a dual major in Environmental Science and Biology. Her research interests include Phycology, marine microbiology, and conservation science in coastal marine ecosystems. In 2020, Lucia was selected as a TLES Scholars Award recipient. In 2021 she completed an internship at the University of Washington internship with … Read more

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Ashley Destin

Ashley Destin will graduate from Eastern Washington University with a major in Biology. Her passion is animal care with a focus on domestic house cats. In the past, she volunteered in a small veterinarian clinic, working closely with surgeries and animal husbandry. Dr. Judd Case mentored Ashley for both of her Summer Research Internships with … Read more

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2022 Graduate School Acceptances

2021-2022 New and Continuing EWU McNair Scholars

Saul Bautista

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Saul Bautista is a Junior at Eastern Washington University majoring in History. He earned his AA degree at Spokane Falls Community College. He is currently studying the historical socio-political climate of Latinoamerica’s diverse cultures. For his research project in the summer of 2022, he will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Lenti. He … Read more

Irie Browning

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Irie Browning is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University pursuing a major in Philosophy and a minor in English Literature. She is interested in nearly every aspect of Philosophy, particularly in the integration of the branches. Philosophy of Education and Philosophy of Religion are also areas of special interest. Irie is currently President of the … Read more

Ajaycia Butler

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Ajaycia Butler is a Sophomore at Eastern Washington University, majoring in Biomedical Science along with a minor in Psychology. She is a first-generation student who would like to specialize in Hematology. Her interest in Biomedical science was sparked from reading her mom’s textbooks as a young girl. Ajaycia’s McNair research will focus on the physiology … Read more

Serena Camacho

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Serena M. Camacho is majoring in Health Psychology at Eastern Washington University. Prior to transferring to EWU Serena received her Associates in Applied Science from Spokane Falls Community College where she made the President’s/Vice President’s list every quarter of attendance. Her research interest are in trauma based healing, family counseling, mental health awareness, LGBTQ+ rights, … Read more

Malek Chreiki

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Malek Zein Chreiki is double majoring in Biology with Biotech Option and Physics along with a minor in Organic Chemistry at Eastern Washington University. His goal is to earn a PhD in molecular biology to research and develop novo genetic engineering biotech products. His focus is to work with Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats … Read more

Thomas Cyphers

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

tommyboiZ (they/them/their) is currently a third-year transfer student at Eastern Washington University, double majoring in Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. They transferred from Spokane Community College after completing their AA-DTA for business. tommy has a plethora of scholarly interests which culminate into a unique holistic approach that emphasizes unity through understanding difference. With … Read more

Alexander Dodson

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Alexander Dodson is majoring in Psychology at Eastern Washington University. He is the Treasurer and President-Elect of EWU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Alexander has been a Dean’s List student for every quarter he has attended Eastern Washington University. He is also a research assistant for Dr. Phil Watkins studying … Read more

Claudio Escalante

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Juan Claudio Escalante is a first-generation undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University. Originally from Kennewick, WA, Claudio obtained his Associate of Arts and Science from Colombia Basin College in 2020 before transferring to EWU. He is majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish. In the winter of 2022, his research interests expanded when he … Read more

Marianna Fischer

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Marianna Fischer is a first-generation undergraduate at Eastern Washington University who is pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a specialized interest in robotics. While obtaining an associate’s degree from Spokane Community College she had hands-on experience with AC/DC circuits in a lab setting and this helped grow her passion for robotics. She is … Read more

Katie Gower

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Katie Gower is a first-generation, Honors undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University. Born and raised in Spokane, she graduated from Spokane Falls Community College with a transfer Associate of Arts Degree in 2020. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy and Sociology. Her research interests range from political theory to domestic public … Read more

Arcelia Madrigal

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Arcelia Madrigal is a first-generation college student at Eastern Washington University. She is a Junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Special Education and earning a certificate in Social Emotional Learning for Educational Equity. Arcelia is also the Vice President of Eastern Washington’s Psi Chi chapter and an active member of Eagle Ambassador. She … Read more

Monica Miranda

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Monica Miranda is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University pursuing a major in Applied Developmental Psychology and minoring in Spanish, with a certificate in Child and Family Support. She wants to research the psychology of Latinx and Hispanic communities. This summer, under the guidance of Dr. Shanna Davis, she’s exploring the psychological effects of going … Read more

Badradin Mohammed

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Badradin Mohammed is an undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University who is majoring in International Affairs with an emphasis on global security processes and a minor in Political Science. He is the president of the International Affairs Community and a member of the PoliSci Book Club. His research is focused on Water Security and economic … Read more

Devin Mumey

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Devin Mumey is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University working towards a major in Biology with a focus on Plant Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. He is interested in studying hybrid fruits and crossbreeding, as well as disease resistance. For his McNair Summer Research Internship, he will be working with Dr. Jessica Allen collecting … Read more

Richard Murphy

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Richard Murphy is an undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University. His three declared majors are Philosophy, Political Science, and International Affairs with an emphasis on Global Socio-Economic Development. Richard is also pursuing a minor in Spanish. By moving around a lot as a youth, living in urban, suburban, and rural communities in the Pacific Northwest, … Read more

Haili Poss

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Haili Poss is a first-generation student at Eastern Washington University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She has a wide array of research interests including the impact of alternative/recreational drugs on mental health, and the impact of exercise on mental health, attitudes towards sex work, and the mental health of sex workers. For her … Read more

Bakima Ssebanakitta

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Bakima Ssebanakitta is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University, majoring in Psychology through the Honors Program. Ssebanakitta has seven years of experience in professional life coaching, mediation, and end-of-life facilitation applications. Pursuing a path towards a PhD in Psychology, Ssebanakitta plans to expand into tenured professorship and private counseling practice. In counseling, her aim is … Read more

Quentin Young

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Quentin N. Young is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University majoring in Applied Developmental Psychology and Minoring in Africana studies and Coaching. He is interested in becoming a sports psychologist and opening up his own private practices and sport facilities. Quentin’s goal is to break down barriers as a Black man in a predominately white … Read more

Marisa Janke

By Tennyson, Bryn | 05/26/2022

Marisa Kaye Janke is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University studying Philosophy. Marisa’s intellectual passions are founded in the arts. In high school she studied viola privately with Dr. Philip Baldwin (Whitworth University) and was a member of the Spokane Youth Orchestra and other local groups. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from Spokane … Read more

EWU McNair Scholar Badradin Mohammed Accepted to George Mason University MS Program

By Liina Koivula | 01/25/2023

EWU McNair Scholar Devin Mumey Awarded Clawson-Youngs Environmental-Studies Award

By Liina Koivula | 01/24/2023

EWU McNair Scholars Present at the International Studies Association Midwest Annual Conference

By Liina Koivula | 12/08/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Katie Gower Attends Political Science Conference

By Liina Koivula | 12/07/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Badradin Mohammed Attends Two Conferences

By Liina Koivula | 11/17/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Marianna Fischer Selected for EWU’s Technology Commercialization Academy

By Liina Koivula | 11/10/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Devin Mumey Attends Lichen Workshop in West Virginia

By Liina Koivula | 11/03/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Devin Mumey Selected for Scholarship

By Liina Koivula | 08/04/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Arcelia Madrigal Selected for the Soaring Eagles Scholarship

By Liina Koivula | 07/28/2022

Katie Gower Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 07/15/2022

Arcelia Madrigal Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 07/13/2022

Malek Chreiki Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 07/12/2022

tommyboiZ (Thomas Cyphers) Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 07/08/2022

Serena Camacho Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 07/07/2022

Irie Browning Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 07/06/2022

Alexander Dodson Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 07/05/2022

Bakima Ssebanakitta Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 07/01/2022

Haili Poss Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 06/30/2022

Richard Murphy Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 06/29/2022

Devin Mumey Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 06/28/2022

Marianna Fischer Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 06/27/2022

Quentin Young Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 06/23/2022

Monica Miranda Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 06/22/2022

Marisa Janke Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 06/16/2022

Saul Bautista Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 06/15/2022

Badradin Mohammed Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

By Liina Koivula | 06/14/2022

2021-2022 EWU McNair Scholar Awards

EWU McNair Scholar Devin Mumey Selected for Scholarship

By Liina Koivula | 08/04/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Lizeth Bañuelos Awarded Graduate College University Grant at Arizona State University

By Liina Koivula | 08/01/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Arcelia Madrigal Selected for the Soaring Eagles Scholarship

By Liina Koivula | 07/28/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Richard Murphy Selected for Two Scholarships

By Liina Koivula | 07/27/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Richard Murphy Selected for the Jeffers Chertok Memorial Scholarship

By Liina Koivula | 06/13/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Lucia Roussa Receives Excellence in Academic Achievement Award

By Liina Koivula | 06/07/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Malek Chreiki Awarded Schwalm Scholarship

By Liina Koivula | 06/06/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Christina Hudson Selected for the Jeffers Chertok Dean’s Honor Award

By Liina Koivula | 06/02/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Christina Hudson Receives the Frances B. Huston Medallion Award

By Liina Koivula | 05/19/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Miriam Carlson Receives Leadership in Education Award, Contributes to Textbook

By Liina Koivula | 05/05/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Lizeth Bañuelos Awarded Dean Jeffers W. Chertok Honored Student Award

By Liina Koivula | 10/18/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Seth McCullough Awarded Cheney Environmental Association Scholarship

By Liina Koivula | 10/06/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Christina Hudson Awarded Robert and Joan Morgan Nelson Scholarship

By Liina Koivula | 10/06/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Ashley Destin Awarded Marjorie Benedict-Holman Scholarship

By Liina Koivula | 09/29/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Lucia Roussa Awarded Leon and Emma Solomon Memorial Scholarship

By Jaeger, Corinne | 09/28/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Alexis Guizar-Diaz Awarded Resident Assistantship at PSU

By Jaeger, Corinne | 07/07/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Darlene Gilroy Awarded Graduate Student Assistantship at PSU

By Jaeger, Corinne | 07/07/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Mori Williams Awarded Opportunity to Attend Society of Toxicology Program

By Jaeger, Corinne | 06/30/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Mori Williams Awarded Graduate Student Assistantship

By Jaeger, Corinne | 06/30/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Alexandria Coronado Awarded Capstone McNair Graduate Council Fellowship

By Jaeger, Corinne | 05/11/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Aulane Mpouli Awarded Sloan Scholarship at Duke

By Jaeger, Corinne | 04/22/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Lucia Roussa Awarded CICOES Internship at UW

By Jaeger, Corinne | 04/16/2021

2021-2022 EWU McNair Alumni News & Accomplishments

EWU McNair Scholar Edith Melendez Accepted to Northern Arizona University PhD Program

By Liina Koivula | 06/09/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Miriam Carlson Receives Leadership in Education Award, Contributes to Textbook

By Liina Koivula | 05/05/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Madelyn Brown Accepted to Multiple PhD Programs

By Liina Koivula | 04/19/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Rachel Silverthorn Published in American Journal of Criminal Justice

By Liina Koivula | 04/07/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Madelyn Brown Accepted to University of Georgia PhD Program

By Liina Koivula | 02/28/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Madelyn Brown Accepted to University of Oregon PhD Program

By Liina Koivula | 02/15/2022

EWU McNair Scholar Kianna Baker Accepted to Masters Program at Columbia University

By Liina Koivula | 02/01/2022

12 EWU McNair Scholars Present at EWU Virtual Symposium

By Liina Koivula | 10/27/2021

EWU McNair Alumna Lizeth Bañuelos Presents to Scholars

By Liina Koivula | 10/26/2021

EWU McNair Scholar Lizeth Bañuelos Awarded Dean Jeffers W. Chertok Honored Student Award

By Liina Koivula | 10/18/2021

The Ongoing Legacy of EWU McNair Director Doctora Christina Torres García

By Jaeger, Corinne | 08/12/2021

EWU McNair Alumna Dra. Christina Torres García Invited to Write for Oxford Research Encyclopedias

By Jaeger, Corinne | 06/18/2021

Meet Social Justice in Research Panelist – EWU McNair Alumna Dr. Laura Zamudio-Orozco

By Jaeger, Corinne | 05/14/2021

Meet Social Justice in Research Panelist – EWU McNair Alumnus Dr. Frank C. King Jr.

By Jaeger, Corinne | 05/14/2021

Meet Social Justice in Research Panelist – EWU McNair Alumnus Dr. S. Omar Jobe

By Jaeger, Corinne | 05/11/2021

Meet Social Justice in Research Panelist – EWU McNair Alumna Dr. Yvonne Sherwood

By Jaeger, Corinne | 05/07/2021

2021 & 2022 Summer Research EWU McNair Faculty Mentors

EWU McNair and our scholars rely on the exceptional support from EWU McNair faculty mentors. Mentors start meeting regularly with students in the spring to get to know them and provide them guidance on beginning the research process, including recommending articles and planning surveys and IRBs. Next, they work with students directly on their research projects for the summer quarter. This may be field or lab work, surveys, interviews, and/or additional reading. Mentors then continue their guidance into the fall, sometimes in additional ongoing research or on completion of the research projects that take longer than just the summer, as well as through the application process. Finally, mentors write the most important letters of recommendation in the student's graduate school applications.

 

A huge thank you to all of our mentors!

2021-2022 EWU McNair Advisory Committee

Thank you so much to our McNair advisory committee! These faculty provide support and guidance to EWU McNair throughout year. One of their significant roles in this regard is the selection of new McNair Scholars. Each fall EWU McNair recruits students who are interested in becoming a McNair Scholar. Then applications are reviewed by the committee, which consists of EWU professors who volunteer their time. This year's committee members included Dr. Judd Case and Dr. Margaret O'Connell from the Biology department, Dr. Miguel Novella from the Chicana/o/x studies program, Dr. Stephen Tsikalas from the Geology department, and Dr. Kayleen Islam-Zwart from the Psychology department, along with Cynthia Dukich and Cori Jaeger of the EWU McNair Scholars Program. EWU McNair extends a huge thank you to this committee. Our work would not be possible without you.

Thank you for reviewing the year with us!

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