2016 McNair Scholars Scholars

2016 McNair Scholars Scholars

Ysidra Camarena UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Ysidra Camarena
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major: Cell Biology
Mentor: Professor Sergi Simó
Mentor Department:
Research Interest: Studying the Role of CRL5 during Adult Neurogensis

Jacquline Carranza UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Jacqueline Carranza
Hometown: Los Banos, CA
Major: Spanish
Mentor: Professor Diana Cassady
Mentor Department: Public Health
Research Interest: Public Health Collaborations for Chronic Disease Prevention in California
Update: Jacqueline was accepted to UCLA Masters of Public Health program.

Jacquline Colin UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Jacqueline Colin
Hometown: Long Beach, Ca
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Professor Jonathan Eisen
Mentor Department: Biological Science
Research Interest: Building immunity Aginst Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis using skin-associated Microbiota from Rana Sierrae

Joel Jenkins UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Joel Jenkins
Hometown: Berekely, CA
Major: Linguistics
Mentor: Professor Robert Bayley
Mentor Department: Linguistics
Research Topic: Entering the Mainstream: "On Throwing Shade" 
(To read the article Scholarships Support Stellar Students featuring Joel please click on his name and turn to page 24). 
Update: Joel was accepted to Indiana University Bloomington's Ph.D. program in Linguistics.

Jeanette Martinez UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Jeannette Martinez
Hometown: Richmond, CA
Major: Chicana/o Studies
Mentor: Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz
Mentor Department: School of Nursing
Research Topic: Mother-Scholar Dischotomies: Examining the trajectories of Mexican-Orgin Postdoctoral Fellows Navigating Academia and Motherhood in STEM fields

Gakpe McKenzie UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Gakpe McKenzie
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Major: Animal Biology
Mentor: Professor Diana Beckles
Mentor Department: Plant Science
Research Topic: Developing a Rapid Screening Method to Modify Starch in Potatoes 
Update: Gakpe was accepted to University of California, Berkeley's Law School.

Cassandra Mendoza UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Casandra Aguilar Mendoza
Hometown: Blythe, CA
Major: Animal Science
Mentor: Professor Kassandra Ori-McKenney
Mentor Department: Biological Sciences
Research Topic: Dissecting the Upstream Regulatory Pathway of Tau in Neurodegeneration

Brittni Ming-Whitfield UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Brittni Ming-Whitfield Andrew Ramirez
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Major: Animal Science
Mentor: Professor Carrie Finno
Mentor Department: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Research Topic: Genome-Wide Association Study Investigating Juvenile Idiopathic Epilepsy in Arabian Foals
Update: Brittni is pursuing her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University Genetics and Genomics program.

Jasmine Osei-Enin UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Jasmine Osei-Enin 
Hometown: Ontario, CA
Major: Evolution, Ecology & Biodiversity 
Mentor: Professor Michael Turelli
Mentor Department: Evolution and Ecology
Research Topic: Understanding Reproductive Manipulation Effects of wAna Genome Integration
Update: Jasmine is pursuing her Ph.D. at University of California, Irvine Evolution Ecology Biodiversity program.

Walter Parker UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Walter Parker  
Hometown: El Cajon, CA
Major: Mechanical Engineering  
Mentor: Professor Vinod Narayanan
Mentor Department: Mechanical Engineering
Research Topic: The Implementation of Water Loop Analysis for Concentrated Solar Thermal Application
Update: Walter is pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Vanessa Talavera UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Vanessa Talavera  
Hometown: Elk Grove
Major: Human Development   
Mentor: Professor Nancy Erbstein
Mentor Department: Human Ecology
Research Topic: Student Attendance Barriers and Promising at Three Elementary Schools with Comparatively Low Chronic Absenteeism
Update: Vanessa will be attending University of Michigan in the Fall.

Julio Zamora UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Julio Zamora  
Hometown: San Fernando, CA
Major: Chemical Engineering    
Mentor: Professor Jesus Velasquez
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Research Topic: Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Oxides Mesoporous Monoliths for Water Remediation

Update: Julio was accepted to Washington State University Material Science and Engineering Ph.D. program.