2014 McNair Scholars
A. Akintomiwa Akinlabi is a senior at Carleton College, Northfield, majoring in Chemistry. His research interest includes the synthesis of nanoparticles using hydrothermal means and the use of nanoparticles in solar cells. Mr. Akinlabi plans on getting his Ph.D. in Material Chemistry. Read more.
Nicholas E. Baird is acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, studies quantitative measurement and latent human factors, and will pursue a graduate program--further specializing into quantitative measurement. After graduate studies, Nicholas will research virtual user environments to improve psychological benefits associated with use. Read more.
Luc Desroches is a junior at the University of Minnesota – Duluth, majoring in mechanical engineering. His research interests are in advanced structural materials and material physics in order to push for the design of more efficient and structurally stable aircrafts. He aims to earn his master’s in Materials Science. Read more.
Mariah K. Geiger is a senior at Macalester College majoring in International Studies with a minor in Anthropology and a concentration in Community and Global Health. Her interests in-clude health promotion and policy, mental health, noncommunicable diseases, and elimination of health disparities. Ms. Geiger will pursue graduate work in public health. Read more.
Amanda E. Geldert is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in child psychology. Her research interests revolve around understanding how to help children improve their lively-hood and meet their goals. Ms. Geldert plans on obtaining her Master of Social Work, here in the Twin Cities. Read more.
Amber Z. Jones is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, majoring in African-American & African Studies with a minor in Political Science. Her research interests include 20th-century African-American history and public history, focusing on intersections of race, class, and gender. Ms. Jones intends to earn her Ph.D. in History, African-American Studies, or American Studies. Read more.
Jason C. Jones is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Biochemistry. Mr. Jones served two combat tours in Iraq. He plans on getting a Ph. D. in Biochemistry. His research interests revolve around investigating the complexity of function in eukaryotes. Read more.
Lawrence Karongo is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in applied economics and minoring in political science. His research interests include the analysis of social disparities, the assessment of impacts of policy implementation, the causes of income and racial inequality, the study of urban economic development, as well as the determinants of economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Karongo plans to pursue a Masters in Public Policy, and eventually a Ph.D. in economics. Read more.
Jade Mathre is an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is a double major in genetics, cell biology and development, and in plant biology. After attaining a Ph.D. in genetics, he aspires to develop novel plants through genetic engineering technologies. Read more.
Mulki Naleye is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, pursuing a double major in Business & Marketing Education and Human Resource Development, with a minor of Teaching English as Second Language. She will also receive a certificate in Adult Education. Her research interest is in the role that school choice plays in improving the life chances of recent immigrants. She hopes to obtain a master’s degree in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning (PsTL) at the College of Education and Human Development. Read more.
Evita M. Sanchez is a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Chicano and Latino Studies. Her research interests are on understanding motivation among ethnic youth, and adolescent unhealthy relationships life impact. She plans on getting her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Read more.
Ambrosia Smith is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in Biology, Society and The Environment. She anticipates pursuing a dual MD/Ph.D. degree after graduation. Her current research interests include neurodevelopment, sex differences in addiction and the effects of environmental toxins on the brain. She enjoys running and volunteering outside of the lab. Read more.
Mara M. Stommes is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Family Social Science with minors in Leadership and Communication Studies. Her research interests include mental health and resiliency, parent-child relationships, attachment styles, and family systems. Ms. Stommes plans to pursue graduate work in a counseling related degree. Read more.
Redeat A. Tibebu is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in horticulture with an emphasis in plant biotechnology. Her research interests revolve around understanding biotic and abiotic stress in plants. Ms. Tibebu plans on getting a Ph.D in Applied Plant Sciences. Read more.
Joe Vang is a 5th year senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Biology, Society, and Environment. His research interests include Pharmacy Practice Experience, Pharmacy Informatics, and Medication Therapy Management. Mr. Vang plans on getting a Pharm.D. in order to become a leader in today’s changing HealthCare. Read more.
JaLeesa Wright is a senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in family social science and minoring in gender, women, sexuality studies. Her research interests include parental incarceration and incarceration-related experiences. Ms. Wright plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies and licensure in family therapy. Read more.
Crystal Yang is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, enrolled in the individualized studies program with a focus in public health, anthropology, and leadership. She is currently the co-president of ViivNcaus- Hmong Women’s Group at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests revolve around understanding the influence of culture on health practices and behaviors, and examining the cultural gap between medical practitioners and communities. Ms. Yang plans on getting her Ph.D. in public health. Read more.