On October 11th, 2019, the UNT McNair scholars and staff hosted a research assembly to showcase the scholars' summer research projects and recognize our McNair mentors. We had family, friends, alumni, and university personnel come out to support our scholars and learn more about the groundbreaking research our scholars perform.
Our 2019 Friend of McNair Award went out to Ms. Judy Campbell this year, for her dedication and outstanding commitment to helping the McNair staff schedule and plan all of our events on campus each year. Thank you Judy!
On October 3rd-4th, 2019, the UNT McNair staff travelled to the beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico for the annual University of New Mexico McNair Conference. They attended oral and poster presentations by McNair Scholars from all over the country, a staff workshop with invaluable discussion, and an extensive graduate school fair with over 90 representatives.The staff highlighted their experiences on the UNT McNair Facebook page.
Current UNT McNair scholar Marcela Leon and UNT McNair alumnus Justin Litvin received top awards at UNT's 2017 Psychology Research Fair. First place for posters went to Justin for his research with Dr. Patricia Kaminski, Development and Validation of a Self-Report Measure of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD) According to the Proposed ICD-11 Domains: The Complex Trauma Inventory (CTI). Marcela's research with her faculty mentor, Dr.Chiachih Wang, and doctoral student Andrew Shelton received third place recognition. Congratulations to our McNair scholars!
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.