McNair Scholars Present Research Nationally

for immediate release Aug. 29, 1997

Nine McNair Scholars from Abilene Christian University presented papers pertaining to their summer research projects during the National Ronald E. McNair Research Symposium Aug. 14-17 at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Gordon Dowell, McNair Scholars program director; Paul Pollard, academic coordinator; and Dr. Jeffrey Hobbs, summer research specialist, accompanied the students.

The students, their research projects, majors and hometowns follow:

* Francisca Ortiz, "A Comparison of Suicide Ideation in College Students and Older Adults"; psychology, Abilene.

* Barbara Power, "Comparison of Ceremony and House Made of Dawn" (two books); education/English, Breckenridge.

* Candace Hunter, "Implementing the Use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to Complement the Instruction of Geography at the Secondary and College Level"; social studies/history, Abilene.

* Maleika Fitzgerald, "The Affects of Freshman Frustration on Wellness"; biology, Abilene.

* Wendy Flores, "Augumentation and Alternative Communication: The Liberator Applications"; speech pathology, Port Isabel.

* Jerry Cox, "The Relationship Between Sports Participation, Parental Encouragement, Influence of Coaches, and Self Esteem"; applied studies/sociology, Trinity.

* Christopher Byrd, "Performance and Historical Analysis of Beethoven"; music education and vocal performance, Austin.

* Lupe Chapa, "Family Self-Sufficiency"; social work, Stanton.

* Stephanie Summers, "Health and Nutrition Messages in Food Ads: A Comparative Content Analysis"; food, nutrition and dietetics, Abilene.

The federally funded McNair Scholars program enriches the academic and research skills of 25 low-income and first-generation ACU students or students from groups under-represented in graduate schools. The ultimate goal is to prepare them for doctoral degrees and possible faculty positions in higher education. Students enter McNair Scholars on a one-year or two-year track. The cornerstone summer research internship, which they complete under the guidance of a faculty mentor, helps earn them a $2,400 stipend. But they also participate in skill-building seminars, attend classes on research methodology and receive help with graduate school admissions procedures.

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