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McNair Scholars Present Summer Research Projects at UW Aug. 1

July 27, 2016

Fifteen students will present their summer research projects during the University of Wyoming’s 24th annual McNair Scholars Research Symposium Monday, Aug. 1, in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. Presentations are scheduled throughout the day until 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium is an opportunity for McNair Scholars to share the progress and the findings from their summer research internships with the university community. The program schedule can be found on the McNair home page at

Student presentations are made from a diverse range of academic programs in agriculture, animal science, biology, communications, engineering, geology and geophysics, gender and women’s studies, and physiology.

Dorothy Yates, associate vice president in the UW Office of Research and Economic Development, opens the program at 8:30 a.m.

McNair Scholars presenting research this year, listed by hometowns, titles of their projects and UW mentors, are:

8:40 a.m. -- Karly Higgins, Lindsay, Calif., “Titin Purification: Comparative Methods for Isolation,” with Wei Guo, Mingming Sun and Chaogun Zhu.

9 a.m. -- Ting Bruderer, Zhuzhou, China, “Renewable Crop to Replace Charcoal in Haiti,” with Erica Belmont and Ahmed Balogun.

9:20 a.m. -- Logan Fairbourn and Natalie Thibault, both from Cheyenne, “Bacterial Cellulose: Determining Fiber Properties and Surmising Application Potentials as They Relate to the Textile Industry,” with Rachel Watson, Jennifer Harmon and Jesse Hinshaw.

9:40 a.m. -- Rikki Nelson, Cheyenne, “Visualizing the Gonadotrope Network Using CLARITY to Determine Spatial Relationships,” with Amy Navratil and Shaihla Khan.

10:30 a.m. -- Richelle Clifton, Cheyenne, “Womb Wars: White German Women, Black American Men, and Their Children in Post-World War II Germany,” with Tracey Patton and Chrissy Henschler.

10:50 a.m. -- Timothy Halstead, Blair, Neb., “Lake-Level Responses to Abrupt Climate Changes in North Central Pennsylvania Since 16 Thousand Years,” with Bryan Shuman and John Calder.

11:10 a.m. -- Shelby Gaddis, Conyers, Ga., “The Effects of Fish Emulsion as a Natural Fertilizer on Radishes in Wyoming,” with Dannele Peck and Samantha Rosado.

12:30 p.m. -- Taylor Fontes, Cheyenne, “Historical Significance of Japanese Relocation During World War II: Perception vs. Reality,” with Renee Laegreid and Carlo Migliaccio.

12:50 p.m. -- Joshua Hopkin, Greybull, “Politics: Perception versus Reality,” with Kristen Landreville and Rachel Wagner.

1:10 p.m. -- Lucas Hansen, Tacoma, Wash., “Selfish or Selfless? Perceptions of the European Union in Kosovo,” with Stephanie Anderson and Clinton Harper.

1:30 p.m. -- Michael Morrow, Perris, Calif., “Trauma and Interpersonal Behaviors: The Relationship Between Trauma Type and Interpersonal Problems,” with Joshua Clapp and Ryan Kozina.

2 p.m. -- Austin Morgan, Cheyenne, “Dangerous Desires, Horrific Hauntings: Familial Violence Among Gay Men from Wyoming,” with Susan Dewey.

2:20 p.m. -- Kyria Brown, Laramie, “Life History Analysis of Women Leaving the Sex Industry Through a Transitional Housing Facility,” with Susan Dewey and Rhett Epler.

2:40 p.m. – Taylar Stagner, Riverton, “Outside Narratives of the Wind River Reservation,” with Angela Jaime.

The McNair Scholars Program is a graduate school preparation program for students from groups traditionally underrepresented who are 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.

For more information, contact Liz Nysson, McNair Scholars Program director, at (307) 766-3818 or email

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