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Southern Miss McNair Scholars Present Research at National Conference PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Eight University of Southern Mississippi students who participate in the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, also known as McNair Scholars Program, made presentations on a variety of research topics at the 18th annual National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair in Delavan, Wisc. Nov. 6-8.

The conference is a platform for McNair Scholars from across the country to come together to present research, network, visit graduate school representatives and hear from the experts on how to be successful in graduate school.

The Scholars have been conducting research over the past year and the conference presentations are the culmination of their efforts. Each student worked with a faculty mentor who guided them through the research process. The students represent a variety of disciplines and the research covers a wide range of topics. 

Students who presented at the conference, their research topics and mentors include:

• Sarah Daley, “The Ramifications of Solid State Drives on Computer Forensics”
            Mentor: Dr. Randy Buchanan

• Marauo Davis, “Spectroscopic Analysis of a Fluorescent Sensor Designed for the Detection of Chemical Warfare Agents”
            Mentor: Dr. Karl Wallace

• Denise DeSadier, “Walking the Subtle Paths of Change: The Development of an Ethnographer”
           Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Kaufmann

• Samone Faulkner, “Media Portrayals of Urban School Districts: A Content Analysis”
           Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Jenkins

• Christina Gladney, “Missing Fathers: Sexual Behaviors and Intimate Relationships of Daughters with Absent Fathers”
            Mentor: Dr. Charkarra Anderson-Lewis

• Kaycie Hall, “Ecocriticism in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis”
            Mentor: Dr. Jameela Lares

• Joshua Rogers, “Imperial Ideology in Laudatio Turiae”
            Mentor: Dr. Mark Clark

• Chiquila Thompson, “The Effects of Welfare Programs on Single Mothers and Children”
           Mentor: Dr. Daniel Monchuk

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare first generation college students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The Southern Miss McNair Scholars Program was established in 1999 and honors Dr. Ronald E. McNair, an astronaut killed in the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986. For more information about the program, online visit

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