Category Archives: 2006

February 19, 2015

Esther Lopez

LopezMajor and Classification
French, Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Franklin Manis, Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

McNair Project
Contribution of Spanish Reading Comprehension
The Simple View of Reading (Hoover and Gough, 1990) suggests that reading comprehension is the product of two developing clusters of skills; word decoding accuracy and oral language comprehension ability. The model is well supported by data on monolingual English-speaking children, but more research is needed to confirm this development in English Language-Learners

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February 19, 2015

Chase King

CKingMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Stanley Huey, Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

McNair Project
Perceived Discrimination and Academic Achievement
Research has shown that students from disadvantaged U.S. minority groups tend to do less well academically than dominant-group students. This study examined the relationship between perceived discrimination and academic performance in a sample of African American and Latino high school students. Participating youth underwent a one-time survey assessment in a group setting. Correlational analyses

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February 19, 2015

Andrea Gleaves

GleavesMajor and Classification
History, Political Science
Faculty Mentor

Alison D. Renteln, Ph.D.

Department

Political Science

McNair Project
Shattering the Silence: The Criminal Prosecution of Rape as a War Crime
In early 2003, Sudanese government forces and ethnic militias known as “Janjaweed” commenced war crimes begun “ethnic cleansing” in the Darfur region of Sudan. Part of the “ethnic cleansing” prominently included rape and sexual assault. Women and girls as young as seven years-old

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February 19, 2015

Angela Esquivel

A EsquivelMajor and Classification
Music
Faculty Mentor

Brian Shepard, Ph.D.

Department

Music

McNair Project
Music at the Speed of Light: Emerging Issues Surrounding Distance Learning in Music Education
Distance learning is becoming an effective tool at the university level, but does not yet have a prominent place in collegiate music education. The emergence of high-bandwidth networks such as Internet2, and the advancement of audio-visual codec technologies are now making distance learning a

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February 19, 2015

Candise Chen

ChenMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Franklin Manis, Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

McNair Project
The Critical Period Hypothesis
The current study attempted to confirm that the critical period for second language acquisition occurred around puberty and examined the differential effects of the critical period on three aspects of language acquisition, phonology, grammar, and vocabulary. This study took on a cross-sectional design in which scores over from a standardized English proficiency level test were

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February 19, 2015

Christopher Bravo

CBravoMajor and Classification
Classics
Faculty Mentor

Daniel Richter, Ph.D.

Department

Classics

McNair Project
Race Relations in the Seleucid Empire:The Case of the Phoenicians
Though the academic study of race relations has only been established fairly recently in modern scholarship, the social phenomenon of race relations has existed for thousands of years. This paper will examine race relations in the Seleucid Empire, an empire that spanned from the coasts of Turkey, to the

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February 19, 2015

Ehte Bahiru

BahiruMajor and Classification
Neuroscience
Faculty Mentor

Albert Herrera, Ph.D.

Department

Neurobiology

McNair Project
Using DiI to Label Motor Axons in Embrionic Developmental States of Xenopus Laevis
Experiments on learning and memory acquisition in human beings have confirmed the importance of experience as a critical modulator of synaptic circuitry. Neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) of frogs are very essential to study the anatomical changes involving synapses, since synapses at NMJs are easy to access and

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February 19, 2015

Arlene Afshangol

AfshangolMajor and Classification
Theatre
Faculty Mentor

David Roman, Ph.D.

Department

English

McNair Project
Politics and Pride: Contemporary Latin Identity on the Los Angeles Stage
As the Latin@/Chican@ movement began to gain momentum in the late sixties and seventies, many Latin@ theatre groups began to emerge across the U.S. Among the politically-charged troupes, El Teatro Campesino, or Farmworker’s Theatre, was considered one of the most influential. Luis Valdez formed the group in 1965

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February 19, 2015

Jeanette Acosta

Acosta-thumb-250x187-4956Major and Classification
Political Science, Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Ricardo Ramirez, Ph.D.

Department

Political Science

McNair Project
Latino This, Latino That: The Role of Race in the Villaraigosa Mayoralty
For the first time in over 130 years, a Mexican-American served as mayor in the major metropolitan center of Los Angeles with the election of Antonio Villaraigosa. However, the question of whether or not such ethnic representation translates into ethnic policy in a city with more than 1.7 million Latinos remains unanswered.

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