Category Archives: 2004

February 20, 2015

Sophia Thompson

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentors

Professor Stan Huey

Department
McNair Project
“Maintaining Resilience: Decision Making Skills as an Important Internal Protective Factor for African Americans in Higher Education”
The purpose of this paper was to review the current literature focusing on external and internal protective factors involved in the resiliency process and combine it with the current literature focusing on African American academic achievement and mental health in college. Specifically, the paper highlights the lack of research dedicated

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February 20, 2015

Monica Sepulveda

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Major and Classification
Chicano/Latino Studies & French Sociology
Faculty Mentors

Professor Ricardo Ramirez

Department

Political Science

McNair Project
“The Influence of Children on Immigrant Parents’ Political Behavior: The Legacy of IRCA”
What kinds of influences do children make on their parents’ political behaviors? To answer this primary research question, data were obtained from the Legalized Population Survey which interviewed immigrants before and after they applied for legalization. The participants were Latino immigrants who became legal residents through the Immigration Reform

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February 20, 2015

Ninive Sanchez

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentors

Professor Laura Baker

Department
McNair Project
“Social Risk Factors for Externalizing Behavior in Children: Ethnic Differences Within a Community Sample”
This study examined the social risk factors for externalizing behavior in children and how these relationships differ across ethnic groups. The participants included 550 male and female twin pairs aged 9-10 years and their primary caregivers (91.4% biological mothers). The data were derived from the Southern California Twin Project, an ongoing twin study

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February 20, 2015

Margaret Rhee

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Major and Classification
Creative Writing
Faculty Mentors

Professor Walter Williams

Department
McNair Project
“Attitudes Towards Homosexuality: Examining GLBT Media Portrayal in Korean American Media”
Understanding cultural attitudes regarding homosexuality in the Korean American community provides insight into how individuals are welcomed into or are left on the periphery of an ethnically defined society. The media has long been defined as that which transmits the social heritage of one generation to the next. Moreover, ethnic media has been formed to

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February 20, 2015

Anita Page

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Major and Classification
Communication
Faculty Mentors

Professor Deborah MacInnis

Department
McNair Project
“Understanding Messages of Guilt and Shame Communicated in Advertisements”
Previously, researchers focused almost exclusively on understanding the concept of guilt as an effective tool in advertising. However, guilt and shame are two separate emotions with distinguishing factors. This study explores messages of guilt and shame in contemporary advertisements in an effort to formulate a typology of the characteristics in guilt- and shame-inducing ads through qualitative, textual analysis.

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February 20, 2015

Sarita Michaca

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Major and Classification
Chicano Studies, Psychology
Faculty Mentors

Professor Joann Farver

Department

Chicano/Latino Studies & Psychology

McNair Project
“What Factors Affect Parent Involvement in Latino Family Households?”
To understand how early child literacy can evolve at an earlier age, experiments need to be conducted to see which interactions are effective. Although the effectiveness of parent interactions have been the main target in current research, very little research has been done to see what affects parent interactions. In this study, I

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February 20, 2015

Miranda Love

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Major and Classification
Business, Mathematics
Faculty Mentors

Professor Mitchell Earleywine

Department

Business & Mathematics

McNair Project
“The Role of Implicit and Explicit Alcohol Consumption Expectancies in Predicting External Aggressive Behavior”
This study measured implicit and explicit alcohol expectancies for aggression, their relationship to self-reported aggressive behaviors and their potential link to dispositional aggression. This study focused specifically on physical and verbal dispositional aggression in relation to those aforementioned variables. A sample of 185 participants, the majority of whom were undergraduates

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February 20, 2015

Jack Lam

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Major and Classification
Political Science
Faculty Mentors

Professor Alison Renteln

Department

Political Science

McNair Project
“Class-Based Equal Protection for Same-Sex Couples: Sex and/or Sexual Orientation Discrimination?”
Previous research reveals that it may be fundamentally problematic to utilize sex-based equality arguments in courts when discussing laws that classify individuals based on sexual orientation. Sex-based equality arguments fail to address current discrimination based on sexual orientation. The purpose of this study is to address patterns in the interpretations of judges upon the

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February 20, 2015

Takeia Johnson

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Major and Classification
English, Political Science
Faculty Mentors

Professor Carla Kaplan

Department

English & Political Science

McNair Project
“Self-Revelation from Douglass to Morrison: African American Writers’ Distrust of the Reader”
Zora Neale Hurston writes in Their Eyes Were Watching God that self-revelation is the oldest human longing. Self revelation is especially important for African Americans because their people’s history in America reveals how they have been marginalized, subjugated, and made to feel inferior. This history of marginalization and subjugation produces

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February 20, 2015

Claudia Irving

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Major and Classification
Business
Faculty Mentors

Professor Rakesh Niraj

Department

Business

McNair Project
“The Disproportionate Marketing Effort Made by Major Cosmetic Corporations in Targeting African American Females”
This study explores the disproportionate marketing efforts made by major cosmetic corporations in targeting African American females. The economic and social development of African American females is studied to examine how this audience could be better incorporated into the health and beauty business sector. The sources examined include press releases, marketing journals, books,

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