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Andrea Martinez

Major and Classification Political Science,Chicano Studies and Psychology Faculty Mentor Ricardo Ramirez, Ph.D. Department Political Science and American Studies & Ethnicity Graduate School Admission Status Admitted to Stanford University, Ph.D. Program in Political Science McNair Project A Los Angeles, California Electorate Case Study: Investigating the Effect of Framing on Group Emotions and Group Policy Opinion as it Relates to Politicians’ …

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Karina Ledezma

Major and Classification Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Faculty Mentor Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Ph.D. Department Keck School of Medicine McNair Project AbstractStudies show that the level of physical activity of Latinas is lower than their white counterparts, consequently, predisposing them to obesity and diabetes. Concerned with the physical inactivity in Latinas, this study sought to identify and analyze the barriers and …

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Keyaira Kelly

Major and Classification Communication and English Faculty Mentor Lanita Jacobs-Huey, Ph.D. Department Anthropology/American Studies & Ethnicity McNair Project AbstractAs the use of e-mail and cell phones becomes more frequent, one must consider if these devices create intimacy, or an illusion of intimacy. American youth use technology as a daily means of communication, therefore, it is important to understand how these …

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Shamell Bell

Major and Classification American Studies & Ethnicity Faculty Mentors Lanita Jacobs-Huey, Ph.D. Robin Kelley, Ph.D. Shana Redmond, Ph.D. Department Anthropology, American Studies & Ethnicity, History McNair Project The Jerk ‘Movement’: Aesthetics and Identity in an Emergent Youth Dance Form AbstractThis project explores, Jerkin’, a street dance form that has grown from modest beginnings by inner city Black youth in Los …

2010 Graduate School Admission Offers!

We are delighted to share with you an update on 2010 offers of admission for USC McNair Scholars. In the months ahead we’ll be completing our latest annual report and we anticipate learning about former USC McNair Alumni that were admitted to postgraduate programs this year. We’ll post these admission offers as we learn about them. For now, please join …

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Thaimi Fina

Major and Classification Psychology Faculty Mentor Stephen Madigan, Ph.D. Department Psychology McNair Project Some Wounds Never Heal: A Gender-Specific Analysis of Bullying Effects Bullying is a serious form of harassment that negatively affects victims long after the incident occurs. Victims can suffer from a lifetime of loneliness, depression, and low self-esteem (Olweus 1978). This study aims to provide a deeper …

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Stefanie Gopaul

Major and Classification Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Faculty Mentor Jean Richardson, Ph.D. Department Keck School of Medicine McNair Project HIV Vaccine Preparedness: A Qualitative Analysis of Motivations and Barriers for Invitation into Vaccine Studies in Order to facilitate Effective Use of the Social Network Model in HIV Vaccine Trial Recruitment Recruiting participants that engage in high-risk behaviors is essential …

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Nicole Grant

Major and Classification Psychology Faculty Mentor Thomas Lyon, J.D., Ph.D. Department Law and Psychology McNair Project Are We There Yet?: Preschool Children’s Understanding of Approximation Using the Word “Almost” Language acquisition becomes more refined with age, but no research to date addresses about children’s ability to approximate (i.e. how children use language to distinguish between multiple items which differ in …

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Whitney Griffin

Major and Classification Cinema Critical Studies Faculty Mentor Ellen Seiter, Ph.D. Department School of Cinematic Arts McNair Project The People’s Champion: Positioning the Multiracial Actor in the Action Genre Film stars embody contemporary ideals of racial, ethnic and gender identity. The star image of multiracial actor Dwayne Johnson and his performances in Hollywood action films demonstrates Hollywood’s attempt to reach …

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John Kim

Major and Classification Anthropology Faculty Mentor Dorrine Kondo, Ph.D. Department Anthropology McNair Project Reading Koreatown Coffeehouses: Hybridity and Heterogeneity in Korean American Cultural Space The concept of assimilation is significant in the discussion of immigration in the United States. Ethnic neighborhoods, specifically insular enclaves, have been described as detrimental to the full assimilation of immigrant groups into American culture (Portes …