2015 McNair Scholars
Sahaam Abdi is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in linguistics and double minoring in neuroscience and speech language hearing sciences. Her research interests revolve around the neuroscience of language and how a person’s speech and language is impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders or traumatic brain injury. Ms. Abdi plans on getting her M.A. in speech pathology and her Ph.D in neuroscience. Read more.
Noussaiba Ayour is a junior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in biology, society, and environment and minoring in public health. Her research interests focus on the impact of psychosocial stress on the development of obesity. Ms. Ayour plans on attaining her M.P.H. in Community Health Promotion. Read more.
Karimatou Bah is a junior at the University of Minnesota majoring in biochemistry and minoring in neuroscience. Her research interests revolve around understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease. Ms. Bah plans on attaining her Ph.D. in the field of neuroscience. Read more.
Wendy Chu is a junior at Macalester College majoring in Psychology. Her background as a first-generation, low-income intellectual has propelled her to seek ways in which she can contribute to the knowledge of psychopathology. She maintains her desire to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Science at a renowned university. Read more.
Kayla Cory is a junior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Public Health. Her research interests include a focus on yoga, physical activity, children and adolescent obesity prevention. Ms. Cory intends to earn her Master in Public Health degree in Epidemiology. Read more.
Bailey M. Galloway is a senior at St. Catherine University, and is majoring in American Sign Language Interpreting. Her research interests include creating more ethnic diversity in the interpreting field and how students can better prepare for the national interpreting certification exam post graduation. Bailey plans to obtain her Ph.D. in American Sign Language/ English Interpretation. Read more.
Raúl Guzmán Ayala is a junior Latin American Studies with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Spanish at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. His research interests include educational equity for Latina/o students and Latina/o Critical Theory. Mr. Guzmán plans to pursue graduate studies in Educational Psychology. Read more.
Eileen Lee is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, majoring in Health & Wellness, with a focus in Public Health. Her research interests include mindfulness, well-being, multicultural identity, and career development in ethnic minority populations. Ms. Lee plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Read more.
Lanmin Manjang is studying health and wellness through the Inter College Program. Read more.
Hamza A. Musse is a senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in in Political Science. He is part of the BA/MPP in Political Engagement Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. His research interests revolve around exploring how public-private partnerships can eliminate barriers for small businesses and reduce economic inequality. Hamza plans on receiving his Master’s in Public Policy in 2017 and eventually a Ph.D. in Economics. Read more.
Sonia V. Paredes is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, pursuing a major in Family Social Science and a minor in Social Justice. Her research interests revolve around investigating equitable intervention programs that support first-generation college students. Ms. Paredes plans on getting her Ph.D. in Higher Education. Read more.
Shanel Perez is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, double majoring in business marketing education and human resource development. Her research interests revolve around youth, race, institutional inequalities, and access to higher education. Ms. Perez plans on getting her Ph.D. in either higher or urban education. Read more.
Bryan M. Polkey is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Nursing with a Spanish Studies minor. His research interests include understanding the ways policies affect health, and developing/evaluating programs that promote health. Mr. Polkey plans on earning a doctoral degree that allows him to pursue these interests. Read more.
Azira Rivera is a junior at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, obtaining a B. S. in mathematics with an emphasis in mathematical biology-physiology. She is interested in modeling biological systems to gain a deeper understanding of the physical world. Rivera plans to obtain a Ph. D. in mathematical biology while researching the mathematics of the brain. Read more.
Dave A. Sukharan is a junior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in microbiology with a minor in public health. From the South American country of Guyana, he is interested in how indigenous or minority populations interact with the health system. Read more.
Jonathon Swan is a senior at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and is majoring in nutrition science. His research interests involve learning more about the human gut microbiome and exploring the connection between both gut health and overall dietary habits and risk for chronic disease. Mr. Swan’s goal is to pursue a master’s in public health (MPH) before becoming a physician. Read more.
Julie Vang is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in family social science with a minor in Asian American studies. Her research interests include cultural identity, community engagement, understanding family dynamics, and diverse and social justice issues. During her spring semester of 2015, Ms. Vang studied abroad in Kenya to broaden her global competency. She plans to attain her master's degree and Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs. Read more.
Gaozouapa Vue is a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is majoring in Youth Studies in the school of Social Work. Ms. Vue will continue with higher education and pursue a Master’s in Development Practice with a concentration in Women’s Studies. Ms. Vue hopes to have an experiential education abroad with the Humanity in Action and Princeton in Asia. Read more.
Hany Wahila is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, double majoring in political science and sociology with a minor in public health. She hopes to pursue a PhD in international affairs that focuses on understanding the global conflict of countries attaining democracy. In addition her research interests also include immigration and relations between the African-American and African Diaspora communities. Read more.
Aaryn J. Wilson is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in plant science with a minor in sustainability studies. His research interests revolve around organic nutrient management, creating sustainable food systems, and agricultural education. He enjoys biking, cooking, and volunteering outside of the lab. Read more.