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McNair Scholars - Class of 2013

McNair Scholars

Class of 2013

McNair Scholar Mentor Title of Research
Hugo_Aguinaga  Prof. Jeffery Casebolt  “Efficiency Analysis of Shod and Unshod Running” Mentor: Jeffrey Casebolt, Sports & Exercise Science Department
 Humberto_Bedoy  Prof. Lorna Strong  “Cyro-Stretching vs Thermo-Stretching: Is There a Difference In Function, Flexibility and Perceived Soreness After Volitional Fatigue”
 Vanessa_Buckles  Dr. Gary Byrd  “A Comparative Analysis: Self Report measures of Lateral Preference and Behavioral Measures of Lateral Preference”
 Rebecca_Melot  Prof. Lesley Meeks  “Emotional Benefits of Christian Worship Dance”
 Mariela_Mendoza  Dr. Kristina Gill  “Effective Teaching Methods for Middle School Math Learners in Multicultural Classrooms”
 Gabriel_Miranda  Dr. Nabarun Ghosh  “The Effects of Global Warming on Aeroallergens and Allergies in the Texas Panhandle”
 Casey_Nelson  Dr. Tim Atchison  “Visual Attention of Athletes to the Idealized Body”
 Martin_Puga  Prof. Lorna Strong   “Optimizing Middle Distance Running: Training, Nutrition, Techniques, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation”
 Nathan_Slaughter  Dr. Butler Cain  “The Effect Mass Media Has on Athletic Performance”
 Eric_Sosa  Dr. Tim Atchinson  Developing an Egalitarian View of ‘American’
Jessica_Taylor  Prof. Kennth Denton  “Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky: A Theoretical Analysis and Application to Early Childhood”
Jared_Wesley  Dr. Robert DeOtte  “Ogallala Aquifer: Measurement Methods for Estimating Water Levels”

 

 Hugo Aguinaga

Major(s):Sports Exercise Science

Classification: Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2014

Mentor: Professor Jeff Casebolt

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Career Aspirations:I plan on becoming a high school track and field coach as well as a cross country coach. Apart from coaching I plan on teaching Spanish at the high school level.

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 Humberto Bedoy

 Humberto Bedoy

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 Vanessa Buckles

 Vanessa Buckles

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Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:December 2013

Mentor:Dr. Gary Byrd

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How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience?

 Rebecca Melot

 Rebecca Melot

Major(s):Dance Major

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2014

Mentor:Leslie Meek

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Career Aspirations:To become a professional dancer.

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience?Being a McNair Scholar has opened my eyes to the very real possibility of being a graduate student. I have made new friends and have also become self-disciplined in daily setting aside time to work on my research. The entire McNair experience has been wonderful. I would highly suggest this program to any eligible WT student interested in expanding their education.

 Mariela Mendoza

 Mariela Mendoza

Major(s):Math Education

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2014

Mentor: Dr. Kristina Gill

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 Gabriel Miranda

 Gabriel Miranda

Major(s):Biology with Certification in Secondary Science

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:August 2015

Mentor:Dr. Nabarun Ghosh

Title of Research:The effects of global warming on aeroallergens and allergies in the Texas Panhandle

Conferences Attended and/or Publications:McNair Conference in Wisconsin, UNT McNair Conference, SACNAS, TEXAS Microcopy Conference

Career Aspirations:I aspire to attain my Ph.D in cellular and molecular biology and work in the research field. I would also like to become a professor and mentor other first generation, underrepresented students who also want to attain their Ph.D’s.

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience?The McNair Scholar program has enhanced my academic experience in many ways. By becoming a McNair Scholar my horizons have expanded and new opportunities have become available to me. Before the program, I never considered a career in research and felt like I did not have the proper tools to succeed in such a career. After becoming a McNair scholar, I was given the tools and skills to be successful in graduate school. These skills I attained were transferred into my undergraduate studies, and because of it I flourished in my bachelor’s degree.

 Casey Nelson

 Casey Nelson

Major(s):Psychology

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2014

Mentor: Dr. Tim Atchison

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Career Aspirations:After obtaining a masters degree and possibly a doctorates degree in psychology I aspire to become a sports psychologist and eventually work with professional athletes.

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience?

Being a McNair Scholar has equipped me with skills that have prepared me for my senior year and eventually graduate school. I believe I am now an all round better student because of this experience. This program has made me more conscious of what I need to do in all aspects of my education in order to be successful.

 Martin Puga

 Martin Puga

Major(s): Sports Exercise Science/Math Education

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2014

Mentor: Professor Lorna Strong

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Career Aspirations:I hope to attain a Master’s degree or Doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology after receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. I hope to teach or coach at the collegiate level while being part of organizations such as USA Track & Field or holding NCAA office position to focus on helping young students and student-athletes get the most of their educational opportunities.

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience? Being a McNair Scholar has opened my mind to seeing that I can go beyond “average” and thrive in higher levels of education through the challenges and opportunities it has brought to me. I believe that I am already a better student and love and respect education and its value toward my future. It is a blessing to be part of such a great organization and represent it today and hopefully to share my experiences and accomplishments from it later on to others who may become McNair Scholars.

 Nathan Slaughter

 Nathan Slaughter

Major(s):Mass Communication: Broadcast Journalism

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2014

Mentor:Dr. Butler Cain

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Career Aspirations:I aspire to be an influential media professional in sports communication (broadcast or print media).

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience?

As a member or the McNair Scholar program, my academic experience has been enhanced due to the standard that comes along with being a part of the program. My goals have heighted, my expectations have risen and being a part of the program gives me the added tools to fulfill any aspirations I may have.

 Eric Sosa

Eric Sosa

Major(s):Psychology

Classification:Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2014

Mentor:Dr. Timothy  Atchison

Conferences Attended and/or Publications:Presented at 16th Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference, Presented at Southwestern Psychological Association 2014 Conference, Awarded “Best Research Paper” at WT’s Student Research Conference 2014

Career Aspirations:Master’s degree in Psychology, Licensed Professional Counselor & Private Practice, PhD in Clinical Psychology, Expanded Practice & Academic Professor

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience?The skills and encouragement that Mike, Victoria, Dr. A, and all the other McNair supporters have given me enhanced my understanding that I can take today’s teachings and create new knowledge for tomorrow.

 
 Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

Major(s):Psychology

Classification:Junior

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015

Mentor:Professor Kenneth Denton

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Career Aspirations:To earn a Licensed Specialist Degree in School Psychology, where I will perform tests and assessments on children and their classroom environments that will explore new findings on how certain activities or behaviors affect their learning.

How has being a McNair Scholar enhanced your academic experience?

Being a McNair Scholar has allowed me to have an introduction to the academic work load and experience of a graduate student, which has equipped me for what I will have to take on for Graduate School. After enduring this opportunity, I am now motivated to go beyond my own expectations and create more challenging ones. The program and its directors have definitely been the key factors in my academic growth and maturity that I have obtained during this summer experience.

 

 
 Jared Wesley

Jared Wesley

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