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Previous McNair Scholars

Name: Michelle Vann Horton 
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Stephen Gill, Ph.D.
Research Title: The Impact of Acculturative Stress on Latino College Student's Self-Esteem
Name: Linda Thomas
Major: Social Work
Mentor:  Akbar Aghajanian, Ph.D.
Research Title: Mental Health of the Elderly in Institutions and at Home
Name: Francena Turner 
Stanley Johnson, Ph.D.
Research Title:
The Predisposition of Middle School Aged Children of African-American First Generation College Graduates towards Pursuing Post-Secondary Education
Name: Kyndreshia Stroman 
Abdennaceur Karoui, Ph.D.
Research Title: 
Optical Studies of Energy Radiation Harvesting for an Advanced Solar Oven Design
Name: Kenya Iloka  
Major: Accounting
Mentor: Amon Okpala, Ph.D.
Research Title: The Role of the Production of Tobacco, the Housing Bubble, and the Number Employed in the Service Industry
Name: Hydeia Hayes (No Photo Available)  
Political Science
Han Lheem, Ph.D.
Research Title: 
Academic Performance and Students Engagements: An Emperical Analysis
Name: Branden Elmore 
Major: Communication
Mentor: Eugenie Almeida, Ph.D.
Research Title: Mass Media's Portrayal of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community on TV Series/Sitcoms

Name: Joel Adams 
 Khalid Lodi, Ph.D.
Research Title: 
Degradation of DNA by UV Radiation and Time


Name: Genevieve Barnes 
Eugenie Almeida, Ph.D.
Research Title:
U.S. News Coverage of Military Veterans in 2013

Name: Marcus Smith
Middle Grades Education (Math) 
Political Science
Han Lheem, Ph.D.
Research Title:
Information and Mathematical Literacy: An Empirical Explanation

Name: Adrian McLean
Major: Mathematics
Mentor: Bo Zhang, Ph.D.
Research Title: Stability of Oscillators with Unbounded Damping

Name: Chaniqua Simpson
Major: Sociology 
Mentor: Heather Griffiths, Ph.D.
Research Title: Fayetteville- Fort Bragg: Aiming to Please


Name: Christopher Williams
Major: Pre-Business Administration
Mentor: Dawn Wilson, Ph.D.
Research Title: The Gap in Healthcare Administration



Name: Shannon Gunn
Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Shirley L. Chao, Ph.D.
Research Title: Acetylecholinesterase Inhibition in Muscle Tissue Following Exposure to Perfluorooctanoic and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acids in Danio rerio


Name: Christopher Darden
Major: Business Administration
Mentor: Edward P. Stringham, Ph.D.
Research Title: The Effects of Private Police on North Carolina's Economy: Good or Bad?


Name: Shante' Elliott
Major: English & Literature, Language
Minor: Philosophy
Mentor: Trela Anderson, Ph.D.

Name: Brehon Greene
Major: Psychology
Research Title: Predictors of Belief in U.S. Government Conspiracy Theories Against Citizens


Name: Uwana Idio
Major: Political Science
Mentor: Ham Lheem, Ph.D.
Research Title: An Empirical Analysis of Primary and Secondary Education Enrollment Rate in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Digital Age

Name: Nya Taylor
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Maxwell Twum-Asante, Ph.D.
Research Title: Metamemory for Information Learned Through Visual and Auditory Presentation Modes

Name: Rosslyn Ross
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Akbar Aghajanian, Ph.D.
Research Title: Exploring Factors that lead to Obesity in African Americans


Name: Tiane' Ellis
Major: Mathematics
Research Title: The Impact of the Care-giver Vaccination in Pandemic Influenza Outbreaks: Baseline Models for Public Health Monitoring in Guilford County, NC

Name: Donte Hollingsworth
Major: Computer Science
Research Title: Router Information Protocol and Open Shortness Path First: Routing Protocols Convergence Time Comparison on a Small Network


Name: Jo' nel Barnes
Major: Physical Education
Mentor: Abdul Pitre, Ph.D.
Research Title: The Phenomenological Study: Social Justice School Leaders

Name: Omar Abokor
Major: Geography
Status: Attending Post Baccalaureate Program
Research Title: GIS Cartography and Its Uses in Regional Mapping and Development


Name: Sebena Conley
Major: Biology
Research Title: Impact of Pseudomonas aerguinosa on Reducing the Toxicity of Diazinon in the Earthworm( Lumbricus terrestris)  and Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor)


Name: Yaleaka Currie
Major: Biology
Research Title:  The Developmental Toxicity of Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embroyos Exposed to Perfluorooctanoic Acid


Name: Reginald Felton
Major: Psychology
Research Title: The Relationship between Generosity, Gratitude, and Psychological Well-Being

Name: Shamma Hickling
Major: Sociology
Research Title: Fort Bragg and Fayetteville Crime Rates


Name: Ra'Vone Royster
Major: English
Research Title: An African American Vernacular Tradition: African American English and its Effects on High School Performance

Name: Sonya Worthington
Major: Sociology
Research Title:  Emotional Well Being among Divorced Women: An Analysis of the Role of Economic Status and  Religiosity

Name: Jazmin Henry
Major: Business Administration
Research Title: An Empirical Study of Factors Affecting the Extent of Online Social Network Usage


JaCoya Thompson

Name: JaCoya Thompson
Major: Math and Computer Science
Mentor:  Perry Gillespie, Ph.D.
Research Title: A Predictive Analysis on Graduation and Retention Rates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Fayetteville State University

Name: Tierra Savage
Major: Psychology
Mentor:  Marciea McMillian, Ph.D.
Research Title: Are preschool Attendance, Gender, and Home Stimulation Predictive of Achievement?

Tierra Savage

Michelle Norman

Name: Michelle Norman
Major: Psychology
Mentor:  Laura Coyle, Ph.D.
Research Title: Predictors of Resiliency in African American College Students

Name: Karlesia Montague
Major: Psychology
Mentor:  Elizabeth Quinn, Ph.D.
Research Title: Dating Violence Among College Students

Karlesia Montague

Latasia Jones

Name: Latasia Jones
Major: English and Literature
Mentor:  Phyllisa Deroze, Ph.D.
Research Title: Love Relations and Rape across Racial Lines in Early America

Name: Lashanda Hicks
Major: Psychology
Mentor:  Samantha Daniel, Ph.D.
Research Title: An Exploration of Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder in Men

Lashanda Hicks

Sherie Delaine

Name: Sherie Delaine
Major: Birth-Kindergarten Education
Mentor:  Beverlyn Cain, Ph.D.
Research Title: Teaching While Male: Factors and Negative Stigmas that Contributes to the Demise of Males in Early Childhood Environments

Name: Kurkessa Springs
Major: Sociology
Mentor:  Nicole Lucas, Ph.D.
Research Title: Informal Social Support Received by African American Men and Women within the Church

Kukessa Springs

Jonela Rogers

Name: Jonela Rogers
Major: Biotechnology
Minor: Biology
Mentor: Abdelmajid Kassem, Ph.D.
Research Title: Responses of Selected Soybean [Glycine max (L.)Merrill] Breeding Lines Under Mild Water Deficit

Name: Asia Scales
Major: Biology
Mentor: Sherrice Allen, Ph.D.
Research Title: pKOG-folP: A Mobilizable Suicide Vector for folP Chromosomal Inactivation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, PA01

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Name: Eric McLean
Major: Biology
Mentor: Shubo Han, Ph.D.
Research Title: The Impact of Copper (II)- Flavanoid Complex Formation in Preventing the Onset of Parkinson's Diseas

Name: Amber Birden
Major: Elementary Education- Biology
Mentor: Shirley L. Chao, Ph.D.
Research Title: Science Inquiry on Pre-Literacy Skills and Interest in 3-5 year old

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Lewis Williams

Name: Lewis Williams
Major: Mathematics
Mentor: Xin Tang, Ph.D.
Research Title: The Poincare-Birkhoff-Witt (PBW) Basis and Monomial Basis of U⁺ r,s,T (ѕℓ₃)

Name: George Alvarez
Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Subir K. Nagdas, Ph.D.
Research Title: Evidence for the Presence of Phosphate Groups on the Two Major Proteins of the Hamster Sperm Acrosomal Matrix and Their Potential Role in Acrosomal Hydrolase Binding Activities 

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Marcus Smith

Name: Marcus Smith
Major: Middle Grades Mathematics/ Politcal Science
Mentor: Peter M. Eley, Ph.D.
Research Title: Analysis of Mathematics Achievement Among High Schools in Cumberland County

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