Category Archives: 2014

February 13, 2015

Vong Nyugen

Student Roster

Major and Classification: Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Jane Junn, Ph.D.

Department: Political Science

McNair Project: Discrimination Against Latina Students within the California Community College Board of Trustees

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February 13, 2015

Roxana Ontiveros

Student Roster
Major and Classification
Political Science
Faculty Mentor
Jane Junn, Ph.D.
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McNair Project
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Abstract
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February 13, 2015

Angel Njenga

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Major and Classification
International Relations
Faculty Mentor
Carol Wise, Ph.D.
Department
International Relations
McNair Project
Sino-Angolan Relations, 2002-2012: A New Age of Imperialism?
Abstract
Since the early 2000s, China has committed over $210 billion to trade throughout the African continent – the majority of which has been dedicated to resource extraction. China’s rising level of economic engagement with resource rich African countries, such as Angola, has sparked much debate over Beijing’s intentions.

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February 13, 2015

Carnissa Lucas Smith

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Major and Classification
Philosophy, Policy, and Law
Faculty Mentor
Douglas Becker, Ph.D.
Department
International Relations
McNair Project
Well-Founded Fear: An Exploration of U.S. Refugee Laws
Abstract
Refugee and asylum laws are a hot topic within American politics at the moment, especially considering the current crisis at the border concerning unaccompanied minors. This research project investigates the origins and evolution of the definition of refugee in connection to the concept of “well-founded fear”,

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February 13, 2015

Sandra Zaragoza

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Major and Classification
Neuroscience
Faculty Mentor
Genevieve Dunton, Ph.D.
Department
Keck School of Medicine, Preventative Medicine
McNair Project
Analyzing the Effects of Air Pollution on Cognition and Behavior on Elementary School Aged Children Residing in East Los Angeles
Abstract
A growing body of research points to air pollution as being much more toxic and harmful to the brain than previously thought. Studies have linked chronic exposure to high levels of air pollution

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February 13, 2015

Natalie Santizo

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Major and Classification

Sociology and Psychology

Faculty Mentor
George Sánchez, Ph.D.
Department
American Studies and Ethnicity
McNair Project
Fusing Asian and American: The 626 Night Market
Abstract
“Fusing Asian and American: The 626 Night Market” develops new terminology for the relationship between space and place in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Space and place is evaluated in relation to ethnic and cultural identity, which is explored via the 626 Night Market of

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February 13, 2015

Alexis Sandoval-Uribe

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Major and Classification
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
Faculty Mentor
Jane Figueiredo, Ph.D.
Department
Keck School of Medicine, Preventive Medicine
McNair Project
Gender-Specific Differences in the Prevalence of Malignant Polyps: A Study focused on Diabetic and Non-Diabetic Hispanics with Colorectal Cancer
Abstract
Incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) has been attributed to racial differences where Hispanics have been found to experience higher incidence rates when compared to non-Hispanic whites (Ortiz, et al.,

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February 13, 2015

Joshua Ramirez

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Major and Classification
Fine Arts
Faculty Mentor
Suzanne Hudson, Ph.D.
Department
Art History
McNair Project
Visual Art Therapy as an Early Intervention Tool for Addressing Mental Illness
Abstract
The current study examines whether Visual Art Therapy can be an early intervention tool for addressing mental illness. Important issues regarding art therapy, including community outreach programs and qualitative analysis were incorporated into this study. Over 30 articles and books were reviewed in order

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February 13, 2015

Karen Arcos

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor
Kimberle Kelly, Ph.D.
Department
Psychology
McNair Project
Teachers Think Too: The Relationship of Teacher Metacognition to Student Learning
Abstract
The current study explored the relationships between three principles of learning (content knowledge, metacognition, and access to prior knowledge; Bransford et al., 2000) among eighth grade public school teachers enrolled in a professional development course. First, the relation between teachers’ chemistry content knowledge and metacognition (i.e., self-assessed

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February 13, 2015

Jaylyn Greer-Jones

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Major and Classification
Sociology
Faculty Mentor
TBA
McNair Project
Rooted in Oppression: The Growth of the Natural Hair Movement
Abstract
Black women in America have straightened their hair for hundreds of years in an effort to appeal to Eurocentric beauty standards. Throughout history, natural hair has acted as a barrier to spheres of power such as higher education and the corporate world. However, over the past five years relaxer sales

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