Category Archives: 2010

February 18, 2015

Roland Zapata

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Major and Classification
Psychology and American Studies
Faculty Mentor

Miranda Barone, Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

McNair Project
The Latino Gender Gap: Access to Higher Education
Abstract
Female college students outpace males in matriculation, retention, and graduation for the last three decades (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009). This gender gap has led to critical discussions on methods to increase gender equity without impacting female college students. A recent surge of empirical studies have focused on

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February 18, 2015

Kim Vu

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Major and Classification
Neuroscience and Human Development & Aging
Faculty Mentor

Michel Baudry, Ph.D.

Department

College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

McNair Project
The Role of Calpain in Neuroblastoma Metastasis
Abstract
Neuroblastoma causes one of the most common tumors in children, and by the time this disease is diagnosed, 70% of the patients’ cancer has already metastasized in other parts of their bodies, usually the bone marrow. Children are vulnerable to metastatic cancers

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February 18, 2015

Jonathan Troung

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Major and Classification
Political Science
Faculty Mentor

Leland T. Saito, Ph.D.

Department

College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

McNair Project
Resisting the Growth Machine: Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and the L.A. Live
Abstract
Political economists frame the city as a growth machine in which land is treated as a commodity by elites to increase population and revenue. The coalition of growth proponents includes government officials and developers who control land use and the

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February 18, 2015

Julián Tárula

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Major and Classification
Political Science
Faculty Mentor

Ricardo Ramirez, Ph.D.

Department

College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

McNair Project
Representing America: The Effects of Descriptive Representation on Political Participation
Abstract
This study examines the demographic characteristics of elected officials’ effect on the political participation of registered voters. Analysis focuses on the effects of descriptive representation (i.e. a form of representation where the legislative bodies are demographically similar to the population they represent

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February 18, 2015

Erica Silva

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Major and Classification
Political Science
Faculty Mentor

Ricardo Ramirez, Ph.D.

Department

College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

McNair Project
Is Now the Time? Examining the Naturalization Process through Citizenship Assistance Workshops
Abstract
In response to the 2006 pro-immigrant marches and growing anti-immigrant legislation emerging across the nation, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) created the Ya Es Hora ¡Ciudadanía! (It’s Time for Citizenship) campaign in an effort to

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February 18, 2015

Vannessa Sanchez-Gonzales

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Major and Classification
Psychology, Sociology, and Minor in Photography
Faculty Mentor

Amon Emeka, Ph.D.

Department

College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

McNair Project
Expressed, Externalized, and Internalized Racial Identities of Spanish Caribbeans and Afro-Latin Americans in Los Angeles
Abstract
Individuals of Spanish Caribbean and Latin American descent in Los Angeles have a difficult time identifying with one essential racial identity. Being that there is not a large Caribbean or Afro- Latino presence in

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February 18, 2015

Karolyn Sanchez

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Major and Classification
Sociology and Minor Children and Families in Urban America
Faculty Mentors

Allen Lipscomb, M.S.W.

Veronica Terriquez, Ph.D.

Department

College of Letters, Arts, & Science

McNair Project
Latino Social Workers Perspective on Cultural Competence
Abstract
This paper addresses the failure of previous research to qualitatively explore social workers perspective of cultural competence in respect to education and training. In social work, culturally competent practice is responsive to

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February 18, 2015

Michael Randolph

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Major and Classification
Business Administration Concentration Business Communication
Faculty Mentor

Naomi Warren, Ph.D.

Department

Marshall School of Business, Business Administration

McNair Project
Think for Yourself: The Effects of Myers-Briggs Thinking/Feeling Dimensions on Business Team Decisions
Abstract
According to Carl Jung (1921), business team members have their own individual cognitive judgment preferences for either Thinking or Feeling. However, the business arena is thought to be driven by a Thinker’s preference towards objective profit rational

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February 18, 2015

Victor Paredes-Colonia

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Major and Classification
Economics and International Relations
Faculty Mentor

Carol Wise, Ph.D.

Department

College of Letters, Arts, Sciences

McNair Project
China’s Courtship of Chile: Implications for the Sino-Latin American-U.S. Triangle
Abstract
China’s economic reform and opening to the rest of the world has successfully pushed it forward as a global power during the past two decades. Aside from China’s annual average 10 percent growth rate, President Hu Juntao’s official visit to

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February 18, 2015

Vladimir Medenica

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Major and Classification
Political Science and Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Jane Junn, Ph.D.

Department

College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

McNair Project
Posting Political Participation: Young Voter Political Engagement on Social Networking Sites
Abstract
This study examines the political engagement of young Americans on social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace). Social networking sites, like radio and television, alter how younger populations communicate and engage with politicians and politics. This shift necessitates better online

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