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McNair Scholars Present Research Tuesday At UW Symposium

July 29, 2010 -- Twelve University of Wyoming students will present research in areas ranging from mathematics to criminal justice and psychology Tuesday, Aug. 3, during the UW McNair Scholars Research Symposium.

The 18th annual symposium begins with oral presentations at 9 a.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room. Former UW McNair Scholar Dannele Peck will present the welcome address. She is the only McNair alumna in the nation who has returned to her home university as a faculty member. Peck is a UW Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics assistant professor. She joined the department in 2006, received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from UW and Ph.D. from Oregon State University.

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.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares eligible undergraduate students from groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to enter and complete a doctoral degree program. Services offered include a funded research internship, academic support and tutoring, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation classes and assistance with the graduate school application process.

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

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

Cheyenne -- Vincent Hochstatter with Michelle Jarman, Wyo INstitute for Disabilities assistant professor, "The Current Position of Wyoming Community Agencies That Serve People Who Are Homeless"; Trisha Martinez with Cecilia Aragon, Department of Theatre and Dance assistant professor, "Mexican Ballet Folklorico: An Artistic Phenomenon of Identity and Performance;" and Kevin McWain with Walt Scott, Department of Psychology associate professor, "Theories of Intelligence and Depressive Symptoms in American Indian Youth."

Douglas -- Bryce Hinsch with Bryan Shuman, Department of Geology and Geophysics associate professor, "How Do Drought Periods, Vegetation and Climate Changes Influence Fire Regimes Throughout the Holocene at Crooked Pond, MA?"

Elkhart, Ind. -- Timothy (Art) Terlep with Jason Williford, Department of Mathematics assistant professor, "Applications of Lie Algebra to Graph Theory."

Evanston -- Leilani Hipol with Brett Deacon, Department of Psychology associate professor, "Searching for the Science in Psychotherapy: A Survey of Wyoming Psychotherapists."

Jackson -- Andrew Hauser with Frederic Sterbenz, Department of Economics and Finance professor, "Statistical Analysis of Natural Gas Futures Prices from 1994-2009."

Laramie -- Jami Jorgensen with Sarah Strauss, Department of Anthropology associate professor, "Mental Health Services: Perceptions From the Hispanic Catholic Community."

Lovell -- Charlie Cordova with Scott Culhane, Department of Criminal Justice assistant professor, "Perception Versus Reality: Urban and Rural Views Regarding Recidivism and the Potential Impact Society Has on Recidivism Rates."

Saratoga -- Mariana Zaragoza with Angela Jaime, Department of Educational Studies associate professor, "Latinos in Rural Areas: College and the Experience of Self-Identification."

Sergeant Bluff, Iowa -- Carole Reeves with Christine McKibbin, Department of Psychology assistant professor, "Oral Health Care in Patients with Severe Mental Illness in Wyoming."

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010

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