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UW McNair Scholars Present Research Monday

July 24, 2013

Twelve students will present their research work during the 21st annual McNair Scholars Research Symposium Monday, July 29, at the University of Wyoming.

Student presentations begin at 9:10 a.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room. A welcoming address is scheduled at 9 a.m.

The McNair Scholars Project is a graduate school preparation program for students interested in earning a doctoral degree. 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 underrepresented in graduate education to enter and complete a doctoral degree program. The program schedule can be found on the McNair homepage at, under Events.

McNair Scholars who will present research, listed by hometown, project title and UW mentor are:

Erin Anders, Helena, Mont., “Farmer co-designed Agro Ecosystem Initiative to Reduce Post-harvest Field Residue Removal in Western Kenya,” with Urszula Norton, Department of Plant Sciences assistant professor.

Kristi Bear, Powell, “Perspectives on and Effects of Conservation Agriculture in Eastern Uganda on Soil Fertility,” with Jay Norton, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management associate professor.

Christopher Deaderick, Laramie, “Growth Release of Subcanopy Trees Following Mountain Pine Beetle Induced Overstory Mortality in Rocky Mountain National Park,” with Daniel Tinker, Department of Botany associate professor, and Gregory Pappas, graduate student.

Kayla Gandy, Rock Springs, “Shaping the Mitotic Spindle: Investigating the Interactions between Augmin and Dynein,” with Jay Gatlin, Department of Molecular Biology assistant professor, and Paul Mooney, graduate student.

Adam Grasmick, Evanston, “Comparative Study of Leaf Anatomy and Morphology of Tillandsia Complanata: Shade Light vs. Full Sun,” with Greg Brown, Department of Botany professor, and Mark Brown, graduate student.

Charity Haley, San Luis Obispo, Calif., “Social Pressures and Social Rules: The White House and African-American Servicemen in WWI,” with Tracey Owens Patton, Department of African-American Diaspora Studies professor, and Rebecca Letts, graduate student.

Misty Heil, Cheyenne, “Patterns and Perceptions of Risk and Help-seeking Behavior of Sex Workers in Denver,” with Susan Dewey, Department of Gender and Women's Studies assistant professor, and Jennifer Cheddar, graduate student.

Jenna Krieschel, Arvada, Colo., “Timbre Versus Pitch in the Violin Middle B,” with Jeff Selden, Department of Mathematics lecturer, and Rachel Farris, graduate student.

Joshua Reynolds, Cheyenne, “Observing Laramie Basin Grassland Phenology Using MODIS,” with Steven Prager, Department of Geography associate professor, and Ramesh Sivanpillai, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center graduate student.

Kimberly Sanchez, Cheyenne, “Working Hard or Hardly Working? The Division of Labor among the Dukha Pastoralists in Mongolia,” with Todd Surovell, Department of Anthropology associate professor, and Stacy Sewell, graduate student.

Melanie Vigil, Lander, “Intersectionalities of Sexual Orientation and Race in Rural Communities,” with Cathy Connolly, Department of Gender and Women's Studies professor, and Acacia Ramirez, graduate student.

Amy Van Cleave, Laramie, “A Study of Rural Mormon Women Ideologies of Gender,” with Cathy Connolly, Department of Gender and Women's Studies professor,

For more information about the McNair Program at UW, contact Project Director Zackie Salmon at (307) 766-3818, email or TTY (307) 766-3073. The McNair Scholars Program is a unit within UW's Division of Student Affairs.

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