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McNair Scholar 2016Kee Vang

Kee Vang My dream is to attain duel master’s in Public Policy and Public Health so that I can become an agent of change to serve and advocate for my community. I believe that everyone has the power to change their life situation when one can achieve a healthy balance in mind, body and soul.

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As a registered nurse, I will address the ways in which
poverty-induced hardships impact health in underrepresented communities.

Research project

The effect of minority faculty representation on McNair program success rates, 2010-2014

Abstract: The goal of the research is to examine the effects of underrepresented faculty members on the success rate of the McNair Scholars. Using data from the Department of Education, Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and IPEDS database, the researchers used linear regression to estimate the impacts of increases in minority faculty representation on McNair Scholar success rates. Among the 143 institutions examined, the researchers found no significant effects of underrepresented minority faculty members had on the success rate of the McNair Scholar success rate. At 39 Research 1 institutions, the researchers found there is a strong positive relationship between increases in the percentage of minority faculty and McNair Scholar Success rates. R-Square = 0.09; F=3.65, p=.06). Ample opportunities exist for further research in this area, particularly as it relates to underrepresented minorities persistence in the STEM field and a more systematic approach that incorporates socio economic data. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Samuel L. Myers, Jr. is the Director and Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and also serves as a faculty member for the Applied Economics Ph.D. program. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Morgan State University and his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Myers focuses on the impact of social policies on the poor and is highly regarded for his use of applied econometric techniques to examine racial disparities, disproportionate crime rates, assessing the impact of welfare on low income families, and how effective the government is in reducing poverty. Dr. Myers has served on several editorial boards which include, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and Social Science Quarterly, Southern Economic Journal, Review of Black Political Economy, and Evaluation Review. Myers has been a McNair faculty mentor for 45 undergraduates since 1994.