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McNair Scholars Program Cohort 2021-2022

Incoming Juniors and Super Seniors





Soledad Almanza

Audiology and Speech Language Sciences


How are Face Masks Affecting the Communication of Certain Populations?

Dr. Julie Hanks, Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences

Karianie Cotto

International Affairs and Mexican American Studies


Con la Iglesia Hemos Topado: An Examination on the Impact of Religion on Young Latino Voters in Presidential Elections

Dr. Richard Bownas, Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Katelyn Crawley


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Imparting Anti-Diet and Weight-Inclusive Attitudes in a University Dietetics Curriculum

Dr. Nicholas Slagel, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Evander Espinoza


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Cosmic Ray Induced Error Generation as a Model of Altitude and Atmospheric Conditions in CMOS Detectors

Dr. Charles Kuehn, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Shelby Filarski


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Emotion Regulation, Coping Styles, and College Adaptation During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Dr. Marilyn Welsh, Department of Psychology

Kayla Garza

Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Health

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Studying the Circadian Rhythm in Vitro

Dr. James Haughian & Luke Kyrnski, Department of Biology

Aijalon Martinez


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Familial Impacts and the Subsequent Perceptions on Rehabilitative Treatment for Offenders with a Substance Use Disorder

Dr. Victoria Terranova, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Katilla Osindero


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Examining the Effects of Early Menarche and Adolescent Sexualization on the Social-Sexual Development of Black Women

Dr. Janine Weaver Douglas, Marcus Garvey Cultural Center

Shukuru Rushanika

Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Health

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Utilizing Nurr77 as a Surrogate Biomarker for CD8+ T cell Activation to Assess the Immunological Effects of Berberine and Exercise

Dr. James Haughian, Department of Biology

Stephanie Vargas

Audiology and Speech Language Sciences

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Perspectives of Latinx Immigrant and Refugee Parents on Their Child’s DHH Disability

Dr. Kimberly Murza, Natural and Health Sciences

 Continuing Seniors





Nicola Anglo-Raymundo

English Secondary Education with a concentration in CLD English Education


Culturally Relevant Literature in Secondary Schools: A Study in Usage and Limitations

Dr. Stacey Bailey, Department of English

Karime (Izzy) Carrillo Rojas

Mexican American Studies & Human Services

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From the 1918 Flu Pandemic to the COVID-19 Crisis: The Impact of Racism and Health Inequity in Latino Communities across Colorado

Dr. Johnathan Alcantar, Department of Chicana/o and Latinx Studies

Jakob Coykendall

Asian Studies with minors in Japanese, Sociology, and Communication Studies

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Exploring the Impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ Intimate Communication

Dr. Darren Ilett, University Libraries

Gio Esparza

History for Secondary Education with minors in Anthropology and Special Education

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“Jorgensen Enjoys Being Christine”: Christine Jorgensen’s Public Image and How It Shaped a Movement

Dr. Joan Clinefelter, Department of History

Ricel Lopez

Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish

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El Dolor en la Cultura: Latinx Depression and Coping Strategies

Dr. Tobias Guzman, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Gisselle Lopez Hernandez

Political Science with minors in Legal Studies and Mexican American Studies

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Mental Trauma from the Migrant Journey: Mental Health Services Available to Migrants

Dr. Jonathan Alcantar, Department of Chicana/o and Latinx Studies

Abril Olivas

Mexican American Studies with an emphasis in Secondary Teaching and CLD Endorsement with a minor in Spanish

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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: An Analysis of its Presence within a Teacher Preparation Program

Dr. Dana Walker, School of Teacher Education

Chloe Parsons

Economics & Finance

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Food insecurity in an Anthropogenic Age: An Analysis into How Consumer Demand Will Shift during Crisis Events

Dr. Christina Kuchmaner, Department of Marketing

Adeleine Santos

Sociology Concentration in Institutions and Inequalities with minors in Africana Studies and Mexican American Studies

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Epistemic Violence Against Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in Education, and the Reclamation of Traditional Cultural Epistemes and Pedagogies

Corey Evans, Department of Africana Studies