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UTSA McNair Scholars attended 24th Annual McNair Symposium at UC Berkeley

The UTSA McNair Scholars program attended the 24th Annual McNair Symposium at the University of California at Berkeley August 3-8, 2016. The 2016 symposium theme was “Decolonizing the Academy.” UTSA McNair scholars presented research completed during the 2016 UTSA McNair Summer Research Institute. McNair Scholar Linda McNulty was invited to serve as a plenary speaker and Nicholas Herrera presented orally during concurrent sessions. Richard Giddens Jr. and Erika Ortega both presented their research at the poster session.

The national research symposium provided a forum for McNair scholars from over 45 colleges and universities, to present their summer research topics, engage in scholarly dialogue and to network. During the symposium, students had the opportunity to participate in additional activities including workshops and presentations by Deans representing the nation’s top universities, who led panel sessions on the graduate school process.

While in California, the UTSA McNair Scholars visited Stanford University and learned about the different graduate programs and fellowships available to McNair Scholars participants.

The research titles for each UTSA McNair Scholar who presented at this year’s symposium were:

Linda M. McNulty – The Spatial Metaphorics of Ambiguity in Greek Culture – Dr. Willam Short – Faculty Mentor

Nicholas Herrera – Mechanisms Involving the Tuning of Emission Wavelength of Colloial Carbon Quantum Dots – Dr. Arturo Ayon – Faculty Mentor

Erika Ortega – Ciencia para todos/ Science for everyone – Dr. Jorge Solis- Faculty Mentor

Richard Giddens Jr. – (Re)viewing & (Re)membering Violence: Testimonios of Queer & Trans Tejan@/x Sexual Assault Experiences – Dr. T. Jackie Cuevas – Faculty Mentor

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRiO program named in honor of Ronald E. McNair, an African-American engineer, scientist and astronaut who died in the 1986 Challenger shuttle explosion. Through his legacy, students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education receive academic opportunities that will enable future enrollment in doctoral studies or other scholarly activities. For more information about the UTSA McNair Scholars Program, please visit the program page.

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