Annual McNair Scholars Symposium to be held on April 8th from 12-3:30 in Student Center Ballrooms B, C, and D

SSU’s McNair Scholars Program is pleased to announce its annual symposium, taking place this year on April 8th. All Sonoma State faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.

The symposium is a multi-disciplinary presentation of undergraduate research. At the symposium, 25 McNair Scholars will be presenting research on topics covering a range of disciplines from within the social sciences, science and technology, and humanities, including:

Humanities: The Moche: A Process of Sacrifice, Burial and the Afterlife; "I Still Dream Of Orgonon": The Cultural Transmission of Wilhelm Reich

Social Sciences: No More Invisibility: The Role of Resilience on Children of Incarcerated Parents; The Latino Vote in 2008; Military Sexual Trauma: A Judicial Perspective; Mentoring Relationships: The Perspectives of Former Foster Youth; Low Income Student Parents: Bridging from Welfare Participation to College Graduation; Fostering Multicultural Competence through Inter-Group Dialogues: Process, Outcomes, and Reflections; "It Wasn't Rape, She Wanted It": Masculinity Threat's Role in Rape Blame; Student Veterans: A Comparative Analysis of Reintegration Experiences; The Experience: An Analysis of the Retention and Graduation Rate of Black Students at Sonoma State University; Early Childhood Education: Benefits for Children from Low-Income Families; Support Programs for Underrepresented Students: Providers of Social and Cultural Capital; How Well Do You Think You Know Yourself? The Undeniable Connection between Your Emotions and Your Body; “A Waste of Time”: Attitudes Toward Foreign Language Education

Science and Technology: The Effects of Nitroxyl (HNO) on the Selenoprotein Thioredoxin Reductase; Righting Time Comparison between Two Western Pond Turtle Cohorts; Analysis of the Reduction Potentials of the Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases CD45, CD148, and SHP1; Mighty Morphin Backwards Walking: The Momentous Effects of Backwards Walking on an Individual's Hamstring Flexibility; A Comparison of the Redox Regulation of the Enzymes CD45 and CD148; Carnobacteriocin BII Bactericidial Assay; Calcification and Corrosion of a Coralline Seaweed; Isolation of a Chromium(III) Binding Protein After Exposure to Chromium(VI); Change in Stream Conditions after Removing Livestock

These projects have been conducted under the guidance of SSU faculty members as part of the McNair Scholars’ participation in the McNair Scholars program. The McNair Scholars program assists students from groups underrepresented in graduate education in preparing for and getting accepted into graduate school programs through workshops, individual advising, and research experiences. Over the past six years, 96% of SSU McNair Scholars who have applied to graduate school programs have gotten accepted. The research experiences that culminate in the annual symposium presentations contribute significantly to that rate of success. For more information about the McNair Scholars program, please visit