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Ten students have been selected as McNair Scholars at St. Lawrence for the summer of 2007, enabling each to conduct research with a faculty mentor.

The Scholars, their faculty mentors, and descriptions of their projects as possible, are:

Nazeema Baboolall Economics/psychology major from Bronx, NY

The impact of government subsidies on poverty in New York City compared to rural poverty in New York State

Faculty sponsor: Peter FitzRandolph, economics
Cornelia DeLee
Psychology/French major from Syracuse, NY

Determining Juvenile Delinquency through Sociological and Psychological factors in the Household

Faculty Sponsor: Cynthia Lonsbary, psychology
Axel Galeano
Sociology/Spanish major from Woodhaven, NY

Business negotiations and trading policies being established between the United States and Latin American countries (proposal under development)

Faculty Sponsor: Evelyn Jennings, history
Animesh Giri
Economics major from Montgomery Village, MD

A Critique of Foreign Aid as a Tool for Development: A Case Study on Nepal

Faculty Sponsor: Brian Chezum, economics
Tiye Gordon
Religious studies major from Knoxville, TN

The Ritualistic Behavior of Lynching

Faculty Sponsor: Kathleen Self, religious studies


Darrell Hemsley
Speech/theater and English major from Landover Hills, MD

The fashion industry and its relation to gender issues (proposal under development)

Faculty Sponsor: Kirk Fuoss, performance and communication arts
Zelda Martinez
Sociology major
from Bronx, NY

International Development Through a Cultural Perspective: An Account of the Garifuna People

Faculty Sponsor: Robert Torres, sociology
Juan Medina
Biology and psychology major from Bronx, NY

Analysis of Multiple Behavioral Measures Measures of Anxiety in Mice

Faculty Sponsor: William DeCoteau, psychology
Danielle Sagor
Psychology major from Liverpool, NY

The Initiation of the Higher Education Opportunity Program

Faculty Sponsor: Elizabeth Regosin, history

Richard Torres
Mathematics major from Brooklyn, NY

Knot Theory or the Theory of Black Holes (proposal under development)

Faculty Sponsor: Maegan Bos, mathematics


St. Lawrence was awarded a grant in 2003 through the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Award Program, which is aimed at encouraging students in underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies and is one of the U.S. Department of Education Federal TRIO Programs. Named for Astronaut Ronald E. McNair, who died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion, the program was launched in 1989 and exists at more than 150 colleges and universities across the country. St. Lawrence's McNair Program, titled "Exploration, Nurturing and Commitment to Excellence on the Way to the Ph.D.," is designed to increase the number of talented students from under-represented groups in continuing their education, with the goal of achieving the doctoral degree. Among the groups considered underrepresented in doctoral programs are African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; and those from economically disadvantaged families who are first-generation college students. The St. Lawrence McNair Program will encourage the pursuit of graduate study leading to the Ph.D. by involving students in multiple research-intensive experiences and extensive advising by faculty mentors. In addition, students named McNair Scholars receive grant-funded stipends for their research work and increased opportunities to visit graduate schools and attend professional conferences, among other benefits.

Posted: April 30, 2007

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