Category Archives: 2007

February 19, 2015

Dione Surdez

SurdezMajor and Classification
English, Creative Writing
Faculty Mentor

Joan Weibel-Orlando, Ph.D.

Department

Anthropology

McNair Project
So Long As the Grass Shall Grow: How Indians Are Winning the Argument Against the Federal Government
It is the contention of President George W. Bush that the [2005] Reauthorization of the [1974] Indian Health Care Improvement Act is not necessary. The Native American Indian response to this contention is that the Reauthorization is necessary and should

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February 19, 2015

Jonathan Solis

Major and Classification
Communication
Faculty Mentor

Kristan Venegas, Ph.D

Department

Education

McNair Project
Ballin’: Representation of Reproductive and Resistant Urban Ethnic Male Identities in Hip-Hop Discourse
Because a preposterous number of urban students continue under-achieving academically, some educators have turned to an alternate pedagogy that has proven to resonate with inner-city youth: hip-hop music. Research on the teaching potential of music videos, specifically, has shown that videos help students retain more information. Thus, the purpose of this study is to analyze the lyrical and visual messages that popular

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February 19, 2015

Blanca Silva

blanca.silvaMajor and Classification
Political Science and Minor in Business
Faculty Mentor

Ricardo Ramirez, Ph.D.

Department

Political Science

McNair Project
Linking Social Life to Political Life: The Role of Media and Religion in Immigration Mobilization
In 2006 when millions of marchers took to the streets of over 150 cities nationwide, the church was highlighted as a playing a leading role in mobilizing people attend in the pro-immigration demonstrations. The Catholic Church, for instance,

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February 19, 2015

Regina Pritchett

Regina PritchettMajor and Classification
Public Policy, Management and Planning
Faculty Mentor

Tridib Banerjee, Ph.D.

Department

Policy, Planning and Development

McNair Project
Highly Publicized: Does Public Space Play a Role in the Generation of Social Capital?
In the face of widespread declines in the amount of space available for public use due to privatization, we must ask, “What happens to public life as the public realm wanes?” Theorists and observationalists alike have written

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February 19, 2015

Amaka Okechukwu

OkechukwuMajor and Classification
Sociology
Faculty Mentor

Lanita Jacobs-Huey, Ph.D.

Department

Anthropology

McNair Project
Stakes is High: Exploring Social Activism within the Hip Hop Generation
This study examines “Hip Hop Activism” during a 2-month, pilot ethnographic study of Hip Hop culture and the Hip Hop Generation. Who is the Hip Hop Generation? Can Hip Hop culture, which has immense market power and influence on popular culture, make a socio-political impact in disenfranchised communities?

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February 19, 2015

John Nelson

NelsonMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Cecil Murray, Sc.D.

Department

Religion

McNair Project
Religious Sexism: The Leadership Role of African American Women in Contemporary Black Churches
African Americans have had a leadership role to empower one another politically, socially, and the like; however, as it pertains to the black church, they themselves have not supported the feminist cause. There is a disparaging difference between the leadership role of men and women within

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February 19, 2015

Danielle Mascarenas

danielle.mascarenasMajor and Classification
Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor

Albert Herrera, Ph.D.

Department

Biological Sciences

McNair Project
Use It or Lose It: Synapse Elimination and the Plasticity of the Nervous System
By studying fundamental mechanisms of the nervous system, one can better understand experience-dependent learning, paralysis, and recovery from disease and injury due to the long-term alterations of activity on synaptic efficacy. Each muscle fiber is innervated by several axons that are collaterals of

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February 19, 2015

Gina Gillum

gina.gilliumMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Lars Perner, Ph.D.

Department

Business

McNair Project
Online Peer Recommendations and Their Effects on Consumer Decision-Making
The current study focused on the effects different peer recommendations have on consumer decision-making. Participants were sent an email with a link to an online survey. The researcher created a website with a list of movies and movie reviews from a peer recommender. The main hypothesis was that participants who

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February 19, 2015

Valerie Flores

valerie.floresMajor and Classification
Gerontology and Minor in Natural Science
Faculty Mentor

Albert Herrera, Ph.D.

Department

Biological Sciences

McNair Project
Taking a Closer Look: Developing an Effective Method for Fluorescent Staining of the Neuromuscular Junction
Upon birth, mammals contain numerous synaptic connections throughout the nervous system. These synaptic connections are used to carry a multitude of signals and information to different areas of the body. During development, some of the synaptic connections are

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February 19, 2015

Johnson (Tho) Do

johnson.doMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Ann Renken, Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

McNair Project
Group Performance: Involvement in Decision-Making Mediated by Autonomy, Competency, and Relatedness
This study examined group members’ involvement in participative decision-making (PDM) and its effect on group performance and satisfaction, as well as, possible mediating variables of perceived intrinsic need satisfaction (autonomy, competency, and relatedness). Ninety-seven students enrolled in a marketing course at the University of Southern California participated in

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