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McNair Scholar 2017Chen Vue

Chen Vue is a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Family Social Science. His research interests are within immigrant parents and the acculturation of immigrant families into western culture. Mr. Vue will enter graduate school right after his undergraduate and get his MA/Ph.D. in Family Social Science.

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My dream is to carry on the torch that have been passed to me from people who I call family. To these people, Ellen, Catherine, Zha, Bai, Anthony, Amani, Sheri, Veronica, and Eskender, I thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart.

Research project

Does Parental Involvement Matter?: Children Reporting About Their Parents

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine what predicted parental involvement based on children’s report and whether parental involvement serves as an advantage to children’s academic performance. The sample were from five Hmong-focused charter schools in Minnesota that have agreed to partner with this study for five years. 522 (231 boys and 291 girls) students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades took the longitudinal survey. The majority of these students are U.S. born (81%), and most come from two-parent families (79%) with at least four siblings. It was found that paernt involvement at home had a significant impact in Hmong children’s learning. Although there was a significant finding, there are still very few research on Hmong parental involvement report. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Zha Blong Xiong is currently an associate professor in the School of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Xiong attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Ph.D. in Family Social Science in 2000. His research interest is in the field of engaging institutional and family practices to enhance child development. Dr. Xiong have published and received many awards for his contribution towards his research for family. Dr. Xiong have been a part of McNair as a faculty member for many years. His past scholars in McNair have become very successful graduate students and faculties.