2018 McNair Scholars Program

Jonathan Do UC Davis McNair Scholars Program
Jonathan Do
Hometown: Upland, CA
Major: Environmental Toxicology
Mentor: Dr. Ken Kaplan
Research Interests: Is Replication Stress-Induced Nucleophagy Controlled by Multiple Pathways?

Sabrina Mederos UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Sabrina Mederos Andrew Ramirez
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
Major: Animal Science Minor: Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Tony Buffington
Research Interest: Orphaned Neonatal Kitten Sucking Behaviors and the Implications for Activity Levels & Sleeping Patterns
Update: Sabrina was accepted to UC Davis Animal Behavior Ph.D. program. 

Rebecca Rafique UC Davis McNair Scholars Program
Rebecca Rafique
Hometown: Lodi, CA
Major: Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Dylan Murray
Research Interests: Probing the Hydrogen Bond Networks of FUS Fibril Assemblies
Update: Rebecca was accepted to UC Davis Chemistry Ph.D. program.  

Andrew Ramirez McNair Scholars Program UC Davis
Andrew Ramirez Andrew Ramirez
Hometown: Beaumont, CA
Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Alyssa Panitch
Research Interests: Angiogenic Therapeutics for the Treatment of Peripheral Ischemia in Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Update: Andrew was accepted to UCLA Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program.  

Sarina Rodriguez UC Davis McNair Scholars Program
Sarina Rodriguez
Hometown: Roseville, CA
Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior & Chicano/a Studies
Mentor: Dr. Natalia Deeb Sossa
Research Interests: Knights Landing, CA: A study of rural representation on community health assessments

Daniel Rivas McNair Scholars Program UC Davis
Daniel Rivas
Hometown: Davis, CA
Major: Chicano/a Studies 
Mentor: Dr. Natalia Deeb-Sossa
Research Interests: Testmonios Y Platicas: Our Experiences as Graduate Student-Parents of Color at a Research Institution
Update: Daniel was accepted to UC Davis Education Ph.D. program.  

Victoria Rubio UC Davis McNair Scholars Program
Victoria Rubio
Hometown: Ukiah, CA
Major: Sociology & Psychology 
Mentor: Dr. Michal Kurlaender
Research Interests: How Understanding University Student Challenges Can Help Facilitate Degree Completion 

Diana Santoyo UC Davis McNair Scholars Program
Diana Santoyo
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Major: Psychology & Human Development 
Mentor: Dr. Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich
Research Interests: Bilingualism and Executive Function: Emerging Bilinguals in Head Start

Rachelle Stowell McNair Scholars Program UC Davis
Rachelle Stowell
Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA
Major: Chemical Physics
Mentor: Dr. Dylan Murray
Research Interests: Structural and Thermodynamic Characterization of TIA1 Protein Fibrils
Update: Rachelle was accepted to University of Washington Chemical Physics Ph.D. program.  

Debbie Sulca McNair Scholars Program UC Davis
Debbie Sulca
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Environmental Toxicology
Mentor: Dr. Clare Cannon
Research Interests: Using Mobile Air Sampling to Measure Potential Exposure Hazards to Kettleman City's Residents

Monica Valazquez McNair Scholars Program UC Davis
Monica Velazquez
Hometown: Laton, CA
Major: Chicano/a Studies & International Relations
Mentor: Dr. Susy Zepeda
Research Interests: A Preliminary Study of Latin American Traditional Medicine in Northern California
Update: Monica was accepted to UC Davis Public Health (M.P.H.) program.  

Dawn Warfield McNair Scholars Program UC Davis
Dawn Warfield
Hometown: Sonora, CA
Major: Philosophy
Mentor: Dr. Emily Merchant
Research Interests: How Genome-Wide Association Studies of Educational Attainment Reify Eugenic Ideologies
Update: Dawn was accepted to Cornell University Science & Technology Ph.D. program. 

Tiana Williams UC Davis McNair Scholars Program
Tiana Williams
Hometown: Corona, CA
Major: Cinema & Digital Media & African American Studies
Mentor: Dr. Jesse Drew
Research Interests: Forgotten Radicals: The Legacy of the United States Prisoners' Rights Movement
Update: Tiana was accepted to University of Southern California Cinema & Media Studies Master's program.