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McNair Scholars Present Research


August 4, 2009 — Students  presented research in areas ranging from communication disorders to renewable resources and microbiology during the University of Wyoming McNair Scholars Research Symposium Friday, July 31.

The McNair Scholars project is a graduate school preparation program for students interested in earning a Ph.D. Services include a paid research internship, mentoring from UW faculty members, GRE (Graduate Record Exam) preparation classes, academic support and tutoring and assistance with the graduate school application process.

The program prepares promising undergraduate students from groups traditionally under represented in graduate education to enter and complete a doctoral degree program.

McNair Scholars presenting research this year, listed by hometown and title of their research project, are:

Alliance, Neb. -- Tracy Montanez, "Family Firm Member Effects and Strategies Used to
Resolve Conflict."

Crow Agency, Mont. -- Audrey Plenty Hoops, "Testing for Ecoli in Natural Water Ways on the Crow Reservation."

Douglas -- April Hadley, "Assessment of Water Quality Extension Products for Landowners in Areas of Coal Bed Methane Development."

Jackson Hole -- Amy Rieser, "Evaluation of Grand Teton National Park's 'Be Bear Aware'
Message to Visitors."

Lakewood, Colo. -- Susan Gilmore, "Humor in the Face of Oppression: American Indian and Soviet Russian Literature."

Lander -- Amanda Parks, "First Generation College Graduates' Utilization and Satisfaction with College Services."

Laramie -- Joshua McConnell, "SERS Detection of Viral DNA Using Morpholino Oligos Tethered to Colloidal Gold Nanoparticles."

LaVista, Neb. -- Jacklynn Pham, "PostSecret: The Use of Visual in Secret Revelation."

Livermore, Colo. -- Cynthia Squarcia, "The Impact of the National Historic Preservation Act on Archaeological Field Methods in Wyoming."

Powell -- Kaitlin McDaniel, "Monoclonal Antibody Production Against Synthetic Peptide Representing PrPc"; Raymond Soto, "Phenotypic and Genotypic Characterization of Antibiotic Resistance Integrons in Salmonella enterica serovar Newport."

Rawlins -- Helen Chanthongthip, "An Investigation of the Criterion Validity of DIBELS-A
Progress Measure for Language Disorder Intervention."

Samsun, Turkey -- Aylin Marquez, "The Self-Similarity in the Cardiac Interbeat Series."

Scottsbluff, Neb. -- Caroline Sell, "Perceived Locus of Control & Learned Helplessness: A Comparison of Elementary Aged Students with and without Disabilities."

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the McNair Scholars Program is part of the federal TRIO programs that help students to overcome financial, cultural, social or academic barriers.

For more information on the McNair Program, call Project Director Zackie Salmon at (307) 766-3818. The McNair Scholars Program is a unit within UW's Division of Student Affairs.


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