Undergraduate Research

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a federally-funded TRIO program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. McNair Scholars are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education (e.g. Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Native American Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native).  McNair Scholars participate in unique programming and educational activities designed to give them a competitive edge when applying to graduate school and to prepare them for success in their pursuit of a Ph.D. degree.  

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2019 UNH McNair Scholars 

  Simfora  Bangasimbo 

   University of New Hampshire

   Major: Political Science & International Affairs 
   Mentor: Dr. Alynna Lyon 
   Research Title: The United Nations Implementation of Resolution 1325 and  Its Impact on       Female Peacekeepers 

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  Veronica Bodge 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Wildlife & Conservation Biology 
    Mentor: Dr. Matthew Tarr 
    Research Title: How Vegetation Composition & Timing Of Haying The  Previous Year Influence

Bobolink Occurrence In Fields In Southern NH

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  Adrian Cea Cruz 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Neuroscience & Behavior  
    Mentor: Dr. Jack Mayer 
    Research Title: ​Is Personal Intelligence Related To Maladaptive Interpersonal Behavior? 

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  Jonathan Cooper  

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Bioengineering 
    Mentor: Dr. Edward Song 
    Research Title: Graphene Based Biosensor For The Selective Detection Of Lysozyme And Thrombin 

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  Tan Dao  

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Physics 
    Mentor: Dr. Shawna Hollen 
    Research Title: The Effects Of Strain  And Suspension On The Electronic Properties Of Molybdenum Disulfide 

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  Alexis Efraimson  

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Equine Science 
    Mentor: Dr. Andrew Conroy 
    Research Title: The Prevalence Of Cryptosporidium Amongst Commercial Dairy Cattle Farms In 
​    New Hampshire And Farmer Perceptions Of Related Signs Of Illness 

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  Kimberly Gravlin 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Political Science & French  
    Mentor: Dr. Andrew Smith 
    Research Title: From White Majority To A Minority Majority: Analyzing The Changing Population
​    Demographics In California And Arizona 

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  Peter Haber 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Earth Sciences 
    Mentor: Dr. William Clyde 
    Research Title: Using Magnetostratigraphy To Find The Cretaceous- Paleogene Boundary In La Colonia Formation, Patagonia, Argentina 

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  Curtis Linton 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Mechanical Engineering 
    Mentor: Dr. May-Win Thein 
    Research Title: Computerized Exercise Platform

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  Julian Maduro 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: English 
    Mentor: Dr. Laura Smith 
    Research Title: The Relationship Between Multicultural Representation In Children's Literature And Reading Practices Of Young Adults 

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  Anupreet Saini 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Accounting & Finance 
    Mentor: Dr. Stephen Ciccone  
    Research Title: Investigating The Relationship Between Background And Risk Immigrant Vs. Native-Born CEOs 

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  David Temeng 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Mechanical Engineering 
    Mentor: Dr. Marko Knezevic   
    Research Title: An Investigation Into The Amount Of Springback From A B-Pillar Beam With Varying Steel Microstructure

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  Clio Walsh 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Philosophy  
    Mentor: Dr. Charlotte Witt
    Research Title: Essentializing Others 

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  Biyu Wang 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Marketing 
    Mentor: Dr. Michael Swack
    Research Title:An Investigation Of Risk Factors And Prevention Methods Of High School Dropouts: A Case Study On Citizen Schools 

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  Kaylan Williams 

   University of New Hampshire

    Major: Neuroscience & Behavior 
    Mentor: Dr. Robert Ross 
    Research Title: The Effect Of Aerobic Exercise On Alpha And Beta Oscillations During Recognition Memory

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2018 UNH McNair Scholars

  Julissa Freund

    University of New Hampshire

    Major: Environmental Engineering 
    Mentor: Dr. Jim Malley 
    Research Title: Evaluating the Societal, Economical, and Environmental Aspects of Providing Clean Safe
​    Drinking Water to Small Communities--Case Study Rollinsford, NH Water and Sewer District   

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   Angelique Georges 

     University of New Hampshire

      Major: Sociology 
      Mentor: Dr. Catherine Moran 
      Research Title: The Communicative  Adaptation In The Face Of Microagressions: A Focus On Minorities
​      In Post-Secondary Institutions 

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   Francis Gesel 

     University of New Hampshire

      Major: ​ Kinesiology and Exercise Science 
      Mentor: Dr. Dain LaRoche 
      Research Title: Quantifying The Relationship Between Passive Muscle Properties And Maximal Muscle  
​     Strength And Power 

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   Juan Gomez-Rivadeneira

     University of New Hampshire

     Major:  Neuroscience and Behavior 
     Mentor: Dr. Aruturo Andrade 
     Research Title: Dissecting Cell-Specific Roles Of  α2δ-Proteins In Seizure-Like Activity Of Drosophilia
​     Melanogaster (fruit fly)  
     

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    Hamida Hassan 

      University of New Hampshire

      Major: Social Work and Women's Studies 
      Mentor: Dr. Vernon Carter 
      Research Title: Kindergarten to Prison 

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     Faith Heredia 

       University of New Hampshire

       Major: Sociology 
       Mentor: Dr. Semra Aytur 
       Research Title: The Effect Of Varying Social Identities On The Experience Of Menstruation 

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      Nelson Idahosa 

        University of New Hampshire

        Major: Political Science 
        Mentor: Dr. Andrew Smith 
        Research Title: Did Gerrymandering Affect The Congressional Elections of 2016? And Did  
       Gerrymandering Suppress The Minority Votes In The Elections of 2016?                                                                                                

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      Stephanie Lo 

         University of New Hampshire

         Major: Electrical Engineering
         Mentor: Dr.  May-Win Thein 
         Research Title: The Design And  Development Of A Modular Robotic Control Board For Multiple  
​                                            Applications                                                     

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      Brian Nguyen 

         University of New Hampshire

         Major: Mathematics 
         Mentor: Dr. John Gibson 
         Research Title: Examining The Periodic Orbit Of The Lorenz Systems And Double Pendulum System 

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    Hannah Nordstrom 

       University of New Hampshire

       Major: Psychology 
       Mentor: Dr. Victoria Banyard 
       Research Title: Investigating How The Perception Of Peer, Parental And Community Norms Influences
       Bystander Behaviors Of High School Students        

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    Jaylene Velasquez 

      University of New Hampshire

      Major: Health Management and Policy 
      Mentor: Dr. Barbara White 
      Research Title: The Use Of Stimulant Medication And Opioid Medication By College Students 

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Past Scholars

 

2015 UNH McNair Scholars

Steven Arias

Steven Arias

University of New Hampshire

Major: Physics
Mentor: Dr. Karsten Pohl
Research Title: Syntheses of Novel Two Dimensional Materials: Graphene and Beyond

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Thanh Dinh

Thanh Dinh

University of New Hampshire

Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Kyung Jae Jeong
Research Title: Dopamine-modified Bioadhesive to enhance the Biointegration between Tissues and Medical Implants

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Ashley Gonzalez

Ashley Gonzalez

University of New Hampshire

Major: Sociology and International Affairs
Mentor: Dr. Charlie Putnam and Dr. Barbara White
Research Title: Determining how Women of Color Perceive Interactions with the Police

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Rhiannon Jacobs

Rhiannon Jacobs

University of New Hampshire

Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Harish Vashisth
Research Title: Computational studies of RNA structure and dynamics

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Chris Leipold

Chris Leipold

University of New Hampshire

Major: Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. John Gibson
Research Title: Relative Periodic Orbit Solutions of Plane Couette Flow

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Debora Magalhaes

Debora Magalhaes

University of New Hampshire

Major: Occupational Therapy
Mentor: Dr. Shelly Mulligan and Dr. Barbara White
Research Title: Test Retest and Inter-rater Reliability of the Sensory Processing 3- Dimensions Scale

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Michael Mignanelli

Michael Mignanelli

University of New Hampshire

Major: Classics
Mentor: Dr. Harriet Fertik and Dr. Stephen Trzaskoma
Research Title: Understanding Athenian Sentiments towards Democracy: A Study of Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae

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Michael Sales

University of New Hampshire

Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Michelle Leitchman
Research Title: The Effect of Mother-Child Conversation on Science Learning in Kindergarten Age Children

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Suraj Sangroula

Suraj Sangroula

University of New Hampshire

Major: Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Foster
Research Title: Genomic Assessments of Fungi on Bats

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Denyelle Surrell

Denyelle Surrell

University of New Hampshire

Major: Wildlife Conservation
Mentor: Dr. Adrienne Kovach
Research Title: A comparative analysis of the nest structure of Saltmarsh, Nelson’s, and Saltmarsh-Nelson’s hybrid sparrows

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Valeiru Tomescu

Valeiru Tomescu

University of New Hampshire

Major: Business Administration
Mentor: Dr. Karen Conway and Dr. Bruce Elmslie
Research Title: Investigating the Economic Impact of Immigration on Output-Mix: The Case of Italy

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Stephanie Yee

Stephanie Yee

University of New Hampshire

Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Ellen Cohn
Research Title: The Effect of Racial Bias on Witness Credibility and Juror Decision-Making 

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2014 UNH McNair Scholars

Tien Dang

Tien Dang

University of New Hampshire

Major: Biology
Mentor: Dr. Paul Tsang
Research Title: Characterizing the angiogenic properties of brain cancer cells using the Glioma U-373 cell line

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Aguedo DeLos Santos

Aguedo DeLos Santos

University of New Hampshire

Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Dale Barkey
Research Title: The Chemical Resistance of Anodic Coating for Medical & Food Processing Applications

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Janice Disla

Janice Disla

University of New Hampshire

Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Samuel E. Paul and Dr. David Pillemer
Research Title: Overparenting: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

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Melissa Dongo

Melissa Dongo

University of New Hampshire

Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Michelle Leichtman
Research Title: Evaluating Episodic Memory in Children Using a Science-Learning Event

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Mitchell Gates

Brianna Hartford

University of New Hampshire

Major: Occupational Therapy
Mentor: Dr. Shelly Mulligan
Research Title: A Criterion-Validity Study of the Sensory Processing 3- Dimensions Measure

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Adrienne Hill

Martha Kelly

University of New Hampshire

Major: Medical Laboratory Science
Mentor: Dr. Sandra Rehan
Research Title: Bee Abundance and Biodiversity in Southern New Hampshire

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Keshav Nepal

Keshav Nepal

University of New Hampshire

Major: Biomedical Science
Mentor: Dr. David Townson
Research Title: The Influence of OmniGen AF on neutrophil activation, ovulation rate and fertility in the female rat

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Briah Parchment

Briah Parchment

University of New Hampshire

Major: Biomedical Science
Mentor: Dr. Paul Tsang
Research Title: Determining the effects of therapy dog interaction on a human patient's blood pressure and salivary stress hormone concentration

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Stephanie Parisi

Subha Singh

University of New Hampshire

Major: Anthropology and Biology
Mentor: Dr. Natalie Porter
Research Title: HIV Knowledge among Muslim University Women

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Herbie Smith

Puskar Siwakoti

University of New Hampshire

Major: Medical Microbiology
Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Whistler
Research Title: Investigation of virulence of emergent vibrio parahaemolyticus

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Ram Subedi

Ram Subedi

University of New Hampshire

Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Gonghu Li
Research Title: The effect of Morphology on Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysis

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Sean Thoel

Sean Thoel

University of New Hampshire

Major: History and Russian
Mentor: Dr. Cathy A. Frierson and Dr. Ronald D. LeBlanc
Research Title: Socialist Industrialization: Engineering Soviet Mythology Through the Arts and Sciences During the Early Stalin Era, 1928-1941

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