2021 McNair Scholars Fall Research Assembly

The 2021 McNair Fall Research Assembly will take place on Friday September 17th, 2021, from 2 - 4:00 pm, in the Jade Ballroom of the Union Building. 

The event may be adjusted, rescheduled or canceled based upon the current community health concerns. 

The purpose of the assembly is for McNair Scholars to present their final research project presentations to faculty, staff, guests, friends and family in a formal setting, gaining valuable experience, highlighting the skills, knowledge, and expertise gained alongside their mentors. This summer they were expected to conduct research under the guidance of UNT faculty.  Though both the scholars and the faculty have had to overcome many obstacles due to COVID-19 and its impact on their lives, they have not only met the program’s expectations despite the difficulties, but have in fact exceeded them.  

The scholars could not have done the excellent work they did this past summer without the guidance and support of their faculty mentors. Under difficult circumstances, the mentors guided their students’ research and provided the training that is essential for success in graduate study applications. Sincere thanks go to the following 17 faculty members:





Dr. Brenda Barrio


Alia Jones

Dr. April Becker

Behavior Analysis 

Ilena Persaud

Dr. Daphne Harris

Educational Psychology 

Mariah Razo

Dr. Daniel Heiman

Teacher Education and Administration

Maria Ortega

Dr. Pudur Jagadeeswaran

Biological Sciences 

Anthony De-Maria

Dr. Martinique Jones


Alia Jones

Autumn Underwood

Dr. Kimi King

Political Science

Esmeralda Lopez

Dr. David Molina


Tyson Rodriguez

Dr. Karisma Morton

Teacher Education and Administration

Sumaya Mohammed

Dr. Brooke Nodeland

Criminal Justice

Genesis McGrue-Johnson

Dr. Anthony Ryals


Madison Card

Dr. Elizabeth Skellam


Nancy Dankwah

Dr. Danica Slavish


Elisa Valentine

Dr. Chetan Tiwari

Geography and the Environment

Dayani Davilla

Dr. Michael L. Thompson

Philosophy and Religion

William Zamudio

Dr. Chiachih DC Wang


Olivia Gorena

Dr. Tao Zhang

Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation

Antavion Jones


We invite you to view the 2020 McNair Scholars’ presentations through the gallery link below. Each poster is available via pdf, and the recorded presentation is on our YouTube channel.  New 2021 posters will be uploaded after the event.

2020 Fall Research Assembly Poster Gallery