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

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).

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

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
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 will be attending Texas A&M University in the Fall.

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

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 will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in the Fall.

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