The McNair Summer Research Institute culminates in each scholar creating a poster highlighting his/her research. Faculty mentors guide students on formulating research questions, investigating complex ideas and completing reviews of relevant literature.

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Submissions from 2015

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Addressing the Critical Shortage of Latinos in Music Education: Pre-Service Latino Music Education Student Perspectives on Recruitment and Retention Strategies, Eben-ezer Arias-Garcia and Dean Gronemeier

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Decoding The Neural Circuitry of Reward Behavior, Ernesto H. Bedoy and James M. Hyman

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Alzheimer’s in America: Effective Physical Activity Methods for Brain Health Reviewed, Royale Cannon and Laurel M. Pritchard

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Quality of Life in Youth with Bipolar Disorder and Trauma, Irma De Santiago and Andrew J. Freeman

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From Paper to Practice: Implementation of Best Practices and Partnerships in Community-Based Settings, Lorraine Francisco and Melva Thompson-Robinson

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Let’s Talk About it: Caregivers’ Perspective on Communication About Sexuality with Foster Youth, Imani A. Gayden and Ramona W. Denby-Brinson

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What is driving immigrants from El Salvador to Las Vegas? (2000-2010), Jeffrey Gonzalez and John P. Tuman

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Propagation of Lightning Through Thick Thunderclouds, Isaiah Henry and Dieudonné D. Phanord

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Mrs. Agentic: Perceptions of Women who Sustain Their Birth Surname After Marriage, Ashley C. Lee and Rachael D. Robnett

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Examining the Relationship between Emotion Perception and Bullying: A Proposal, Marielle Leo and Kimberly A. Barchard

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Stress and Coping in Women of Color, Elizabeth Ochoa and Marya Shegog

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The Interaction between Nicotine and Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, Bernajane Palisoc and Daniel N. Allen

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Alternate Germinants of C. difficile, a Leading Hospital Pathogen, Sean Tanzey and Ernesto Abel-Santos

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Study of CuInTe2 Quantum Dots under Extreme Conditions, Howard Yanxon and Ravhi Kumar

Submissions from 2014

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A First-Principles Computational Study of Structural and Elastic Properties of ZnO, Jeevake Attapattu and Changfeng Chen

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A Computational Perspective of Schizophrenia, Ernesto H. Bedoy, Geoff Powell, and Jefferson Kinney

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Correlates of Gambling Disorder, Brittaney Benson-Townsend and N. Clayton Silver

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Staying Together: The Journey of Healing after Infidelity, Jennifer Bolick and Stephen Fife

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Synthesis and Characterization of PT(II) Complexes for Anticancer Therapy, Mihaela A. Ciulei and Pradip K. Bhowmik Professor

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Pre-traumatic Factors of Career-Related PTSD: A Systematic Review of the Literature, Michael G. Curtis and Russell T. Hurlburt

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Male-Female Wage-Gap: A Comparison of Different Employment Classes, Richard V. Foster, Jeffrey Waddoups, Heather Lynn Lusty, and Thomas Mike Carroll

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Big Data vs. Big Brother: The fine line of personalization and privacy, Wanda Inthavong and John A. Schibrowsky

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Modulatory Effects of GABA(B) Receptor Facilitation in a Model of Chronic Inflammation, Michael A. Langhardt and Jefferson Kinney

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Quality of Peer Relationships Among Children with Selective Mutism, Marielle Leo, Rachele Diliberto, and Christopher A. Kearney

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Ambulatory Extracorporeal Arterioveous CO2 Removal via Subclavian Vessels, Alejandra Macias and Alvaro Rojas-Pena

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Effects of Anti-Inflammatory Foods on Hyperglycemia in Type-1 Diabetics, Primrose Martin and Michelle Chino

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Teens, Tamieka Meadows and Alexis Kennedy

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An Introduction: Quantification of the Hippocampal BDNF Content of Maternally Separated Rats Using a Western Blot Protocol, Bernajane M. Palisoc, Laurel M. Pritchard, and Emily Hensleigh

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Thinking Like a Scientist: A Thematic Analysis of Students' Experiences at the SACNAS Research Conference, Rosa Perez and Rachael D. Robnett

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Racial Discrimination and the Death Penalty: An Analysis of the United States' Judicial System, Jessica Recarey and Nerses Kopalyan

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Autism and Computer Assisted Learning, Shea Silver and Doris L. Watson

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Gender Performance in Womens' Mixed Martial Arts, Linda Tompkins and Michael Ian Borer

Submissions from 2013

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Effects of Restraint Stress and Allopregnanolone Inhibition on Amphetamine Locomotor Sensitivity, Kelly Abuali and Laurel M. Pritchard

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Emotional, Psychological, and Behavioral Challenges of Children with Incarcerated Parents, Starr Bailey and Marie Antoinette Wakefield

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An Acute Inflammatory Response in a Diabetic Alzheimer’s Disease Model, Krystal Courtney D. Belmonte and Jefferson Kinney

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Correlates of Compulsive Buying, Brittaney Benson-Townsend and N. Clayton Silver

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The Effect of Experience on Infants’ Visual Preferences, Jennifer Bolick and Jennifer L. Rennels

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Relationship of Global DNA Methylation with Cardiovascular Fitness and Body Composition, Mihaela A. Ciulei, Michael Jarrett, and James Navalta

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Which Data Checking Method is More Accurate?, Sarah Cobb and Kimberly A. Barchard

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An Examination of Attitudes Toward Sexualized Advertising in Las Vegas, Ashley Crisp and Alexis Kennedy

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Evaluating the Discriminant Validity of the Metaphors Test, Daniel N. Erosa

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Punishment First: A Study of Juvenile Pretrial Detention, Richard V. Foster, David Tanenhaus, and Heather Lynn Lusty

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Biogeography and Phylogeny of Aigarchaeota, A Novel Phylum of Archaea, Gisele Braga Goertz and Brian P. Hedlund

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Ketamine Induced Deficits in Working Memory with Relevance to Schizophrenia, Michael A. Langhardt and Jefferson Kinney

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Evolution of the Human Diet: What We Can Learn From Hunters and Gatherers, Kara Osborne and Alyssa Crittenden

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Are Incomplete Denitrification Pathways a Common Trait in Thermus Species from Geothermal Springs in China?, Julienne J. Paraiso and Brian P. Hedlund

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American Influence in the International Financial Institutions, Shawn Rosen and Jonathan R. Strand

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To txt, or not to txt: SHKSPR.mobi and Academia, Bella Victoria Smith and Ed Nagelhout

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Predictors of Smoking Behavior and Readiness to Quit in Addiction Treatment, Arturo Soto-Nevarez and Joseph Guydish

Submissions from 2012

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School Program Planning to Increase Active Transport to School, Brenda Aguilar

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Health Status Effects On Human Female Mate Preferences and Sociosexuality, Tiffany Alexandra Alvarez

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Predictors of Parental Involvement in Immigrant Chinese American Families, Pamela Cornejo, Cathy Anicama, and Qing Zhou

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Evaluating the Convergent Validity of the Measure of Emotional Connotations, Daniel N. Erosa

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Creating New Stories, Creating New Lives: Applying Narrative Therapy to Survivors of Human Sex Trafficking, Paige Espinosa

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The Effect of Spiritualism on the Cognitive Functions on Learning and Memory, Carla Antonieta Farcello

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Utilizing Technology in a Randomized Pilot Study for a Smoking Cessation Intervention: An Innovative Approach Using SMS Messaging Systems, Elise Garcia

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Transcriptome Analysis of Glue Secretion in Drosophila, William McCurdy, Pawel Parafianowicz, and Andrew Andres

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Survey of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs) in Nevada and California hot springs and selected thermophiles, Julienne J. Paraiso, Amanda Jean Williams, Brian P. Hedlund, and Chuanlun L. Zhang

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An American Mess: How Colorblind Racism Prevents an Enlightened Conversation on Race in Television Media, Nathaniel Phillipps

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DNA secondary structures and their contribution to mutagenesis in B. subtilis stationary phase cells., Carmen Vallin, Holly Anne Martin, Christian Ross, Ronald Yasbin, and Eduardo Robleto

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Look into the Cause, Gender Differences, and Treatment, Barbara Wallen

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She’s a Survivor: Post-Operative Counseling and Its Importance to the Recovery of a Woman Victimized by Female Genital Mutilation, Jacent Wamala

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Using Image Processing Techniques to Estimate the Air Quality, Ernesto Zamora