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McNair Scholars Program Hosting Symposium

The McNair Scholars Program will hold its Summer Research Symposium beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 27.

Twelve of SLU's McNair Scholars who are currently participating in the McNair Summer Research Internship Program will present their work at this culminating event, which is free and open to the SLU community.

The symposium will take place in Busch Student Center.

Presentation Schedule

9 to 9:25 a.m. - Brandon T.M. Hughes, “Perceptions of Racial and Gender Inequality in the Video Game Industry and Community,” McNair mentor, Richard D. Harvey, Ph.D., Room 253D

  • Carissa Villanueva, “Effects of Racial and Ethnic Background on Maternal Health in the U.S.,” McNair mentor, Mary Vermilion, Ph.D., Room 253C

9:30 to 9:55 a.m. - Derek R McFarland, “The Prevalence of Babesia sp. Infections in a Population of Carolina Wren,” McNair mentor, Leticia De Souza Soares, Ph.D., Room 253C

  • Devonn Thomas, “American as Apple Pie”: Reimagining Gangs as a Representation of American Ideals” McNair mentor: Brendan Roediger, J.D., Room 253D

10 to 10:25 a.m. - Yesenia Sanchez, “Policy, Perception, Reality: Current Discourse Surrounding Migration in France,” McNair mentor, Annie Smart, Ph.D., Room 253D

  • Wendy L. Teal, “Dose Response: Effects of Caffeine and Taurine on Neuron Morphology,” McNair mentor, Alaina Baker-Nigh, Ph.D., Room 253C

10:30 to 10:55 a.m. - Ricardo Saucedo, “GayTwitter: An Investigation of Biases Toward Queer Users in Natural Language Processing Models and AI Technologies,” McNair mentor, Kevin Scannell Ph.D., Room 253C

  • Ngohile Yakubu, “Counseling Utilization by Minority Students: Race and Cultural Sensitivity,” McNair mentor, Dannielle Davis, Ph.D., Room 253D

11 to 11:25 a.m. - DelShawn Fowler, “Strategies for Treatment or Prevention of Diabetes using Exercise and Protein P70,” McNair mentor, Jon Fisher, Ph.D., Room 253C

  • Maria Garcia, “Perceptions of Racial and Gender Inequality in the Video Game Industry and Community,” McNair mentor, Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, Ph.D, Room 253D

11:30 to 11:55 a.m. - Zarek Burton, “Using Matrix Assays to Analyze the Synergistic Efficacy of Antiviral Drugs Against the Herpes Simplex Virus,” McNair mentor, Lynda Morrison, Ph.D, Room 253C

  • Taylor Robinson, “Examining the Trauma-Related Health Effects of Police Brutality on Black Men,” McNair mentor, Keon L. Gilbert, Dr.P.H., Room 253D