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McNair Scholars Presented Research in New Mexico (w/photo)

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    Wednesday, October 20 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

Concord University (CU) and Bluefield State College (BSC) were well represented at the 4th Annual University of New Mexico Ronald E. McNair Research and Leadership Conference held October 6-9, 2010.  Five McNair Scholars presented their research at the event:  Amy Dent (poster), Richard Hodges (paper), Sulayman “Saul” Njie (poster), Amanda Showalter (poster), and Melanie Taylor (paper).   Project details are noted below:

Amy Dent (BSC):  The Stockholm Syndrome, Battered Woman Syndrome, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Women Sheltered from Recent Abuse and in Undergraduates More Distant from Abuse; Mentor:  Mr. Charles Shamro, Associate Dean of Social Sciences at BSC; Visiting Professor of Psychology
Richard Hodges (CU): Physicalism vs. Dualism:  A Re-Interpretation of the Christian Scriptures;
Mentor:  Dr. Thomas McKenna, Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy at CU
Sulayman “Saul” Njie (BSC):  Post Colonial Africa (Somalia and Nigeria); Mentor:  Dr. David Haus, Assistant Professor of History at BSC
Amanda Showalter (CU):  Comprehensive vs. Abstinence-Based Sex Education; Mentor:  Dr. Sarah Whittaker, Associate Professor of Social Work at CU
Melanie Taylor (CU):  Idioblast function in leaves of Vireyas; Mentor:  Dr. Douglas Creer, Assistant Professor of Biology at CU

Over the course of the conference Scholars attended student research presentations, graduate admissions related workshops, a Graduate & Professional School Fair, and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.   Scholars also enjoyed a scenic drive to Santa Fe, riding the world’s longest tram to the top of the Sandia Mountain crest, and plenty of local food and entertainment.  According to Amy Dent, “Traveling to New Mexico was a wonderful experience!  It was exciting to get a glimpse of another culture and see what other McNair Scholars are researching.”   Richard Hodges commented, “The conference provided a great overview of academic research and the presentation process.”

The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded TRIO Program that provides academically talented college students from disadvantaged backgrounds with access to training and resources designed to make the transition into graduate or professional school smooth and successful.   Each Scholar works with a faculty Mentor to complete a research project of mutual interest.   He/she also attends a variety of graduate admissions related workshops and engages in educational travel (e.g. professional conferences, visits to prospective graduate schools, etc.).  Each Scholar earns a research stipend (up to $2800) in exchange for research progress over the course of a calendar year.  Additional funding is also available for research supplies.

Every Fall Concord’s McNair Scholars Program recruits sophomores and juniors (with at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA) from within as well as from Bluefield State College and West Virginia State University.   (U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.)  If you’d like more information on the McNair Scholars Program, please contact the McNair Office at (304) 384-5153 or