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McNair Scholars to present research

RELEASED: Nov. 22, 2010

EAU CLAIRE —The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a series of senior McNair Scholar presentations in November and December.

The McNair scholars, their mentors and presentation schedule are as follows:

Nov. 22, 5-6:50 p.m.

  • Senior Audrey Mohr, New Ulm, Minn., will present "Ground Penetrating Radar Modeling of Soil Water Content Distribution in Agricultural Zones." Her mentor is Dr. Katherine Grote, assistant professor of geology.
  • Senior Charern Lee, Green Bay, will present "Law Enforcement Orientations Toward, and Responses to, Cyber-Bullying Among Adolescents." His mentor is Dr. Justin Patchin, associate professor of criminal justice.

  • Senior Gina Malagold, Madison, will present "An Analysis of Social Critique Expressed in the Writings of 20th-Century Uruguayan Feminist Authors." Her mentor is Dr. José Valero, associate professor of foreign languages.

Nov. 29, 5-6:50 p.m.

  • Senior Kaitlin Snider, Rice Lake, will present "The Effects of Light on Circadian Rhythm in Mice." Her mentor is Dr. Daniel Janik, associate professor of biology.
  • Junior Bret Meier, Oshkosh, will present "Exploration of the Growth of Silicon Carbide Nanostructures on Silicon." His mentor is Dr. Douglas Dunham, professor of physics and astronomy.

  • Senior Shilo Bender, Ridgeway, will present "Chemical Analysis of a Likely Pre-Columbian Artifacts Collection." Her mentor is Dr. Robert Barth, associate professor of geography and anthropology.

Dec. 6, 5-6:50 p.m.

  • Senior Heather Sommer, Eau Claire, will present "The Effects of African American English on the Slam Poetry of Non-African American Performers." Her mentors are Dr. Erica Benson, associate professor of English, and Allyson Loomis, associate professor of English.
  • Senior Brittany Henn, Appleton, will present "Analysis of Consensus and Disagreement in Instructor Evaluations Submitted to On-Line Evaluation Sites." Her mentor is Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, associate professor of psychology.
  • Senior Cheryl Sandoval, Eau Claire, will present "Analysis and Characterization of Bacterial Efficacy in Bio-Remediation of Water Contamination and Pollution." Her mentor is Dr. Sasha Showsh, associate professor of biology.

Dec. 13, 5-6:50 p.m.

  • Senior Andrew Polzin, Amberg, will present "Characterization and Mapping of Cil-5 (my-13) Recessive Mutation in Flatworm C. elegans." His mentor is Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich, assistant professor of biology.
  • Senior Eric Rohland, Green Bay, will present "Exploration of Portuguese Language Comprehension and L2/L3+ Acquisition Among Spanish and Non-Spanish Speakers." His mentors are Dr. Maria Ciriza, assistant professor of foreign languages, and Dr. Jessica Miller, assistant professor of foreign languages.

The presentations, which are free and open to the public, will take place in the lounge on the second floor of McIntyre Library. Each presentation will be about 30 minutes, with time for questions and answers.

Each year faculty recognize a number of talented undergraduates' academic achievements by nominating them as McNair Scholars. McNair Scholars are students who plan to enter graduate school and pursue doctoral degrees. They engage in two years of collaborative research with faculty and publish and present scholarly work in their respective disciplines.

For more information, contact Dr. Antonio Freeman, McNair research coordinator, at



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