McNair Highlights

McNair Scholar Meagan Burt conducts research abroad in Tunisia
TUNISIA, Africa – Meagan Burt, a McNair Scholar and UNT senior, studied post-revolution politics abroad in Tunisia during Fall Semester 2016. More specifically, she conducted field research on the politics of LGBT non-governmental organizations (NGO) and civil society activism. 
McNair Scholar Maribel Barrera publishes new paper with UNT Mentor Dr. Bill Acree
DENTON (UNT), TX – Maribel Barrera, a McNair Scholar and UNT sophomore published, “Solubility of Sorbic Acid in Organic Mono-Solvents: Calculation of Abraham Model Solute Descriptors from Measured Solubility Data” in the journal Physics and Chemistry of Liquids in November 2016. The article was co-authored with her mentor Dr. Bill Acree, Professor in the University of North Texas Department of Chemistry. They also have another paper that is in the process of being accepted for publication for the Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data titled “Further Analysis of Correlation of the Solubility of p-Coumaric Acid: Correlations for Predicting Solubilities in Additional Organic Solvents.”
McNair Scholars represent UNT and disseminate research at conferences across the nation
DENTON (UNT), TX – Throughout Fall Semester 2016, several UNT McNair Scholars attended various conferences throughout the U.S. to represent UNT, the McNair Scholars Program, and their respective academic fields. The following Scholars presented their research in different modalities (poster or oral presentation) at the following conferences: Joanna Calvillo – 2016 University of New Mexico McNair Scholars Research Conference Stormie Garza – 2016 University of New Mexico McNair Scholars Research Conference Tosha Griggs – 34th Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Annual Conference on LGBT Health Jazmine McGill – 2016 University of New Mexico McNair Scholars Research Conference Lourdes Rodriguez – 2016 University of New Mexico McNair Scholars Research Conference Mihya Weber – American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo Joshua Yarbrough – 2016 University of New Mexico McNair Scholars Research Conference
McNair Scholar Lourdes Rodriguez Receives TASSSP Scholarship
DENTON (UNT), TX -- Lourdes Rodriguez, a McNair Scholar, was awarded the 2015-2016 Matthew W. Taylor Scholarship by the Texas Association of Student Special Services Program (TASSSP). The award letter recognized Lulu's strong academic performance, leadership ability, and community involvement. The Matthew W. Taylor Award was created in honor of  Mr. Taylor, a man who has given guidance and friendship to the TRIO community in Texas as well as to TRIO programs nationwide. We offer our congratulations to Lulu.
McNair Graduate Mario Ovalle publishes new paper with UNT Mentor Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes
Denton (UNT), TX -- Mario Ovalle, 2015 UNT McNair graduate, and currently a graduate student at Hunter College, published “Organic Activists: Undocumented Youth Creating Spaces of Acompañamiento” in the journal Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival. The article was co-authored with Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Associate Professor in the University of North Texas Department of Anthropology. Dr. Nuñez-Janes served as Mario’s mentor while a UNT McNair Scholar. The article is available electronically and can be accessed at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15595692.2016.1171209.
McNair Alumna, Jannell Robles, graduates with Juris Doctorate
Houston, TX - McNair alumna (2009) Jannell Robles recently received her Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree on May 21, 2016 from the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. While at UNT, she majored in Anthropology and worked under the guidance of Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes. After graduating from UNT in 2009, Jannell went on to work for a number of non-profits that focused on immigration advocacy and outreach. She has been the recipient of various awards and scholarships in acknowledgement of her exceptional activism and academic achievement. Jannell is currently studying for the Bar Exam and plans to pursue a career related to transactional, public interest or immigration law.
McNair Scholar Michael Young receives Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
Denton (UNT), TX - Michael Young, a McNair Scholar and UNT senior, has won a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship in recognition of his exquisite undergraduate record and love of learning.  Michael is also an Honors College student and a UNT Terry Scholar.  He has majored in English, with concentrations in Writing and Rhetoric. He plans to attend graduate school at Pennsylvania State University in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in English. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.