McNair Scholar Profiles

Current Scholars

Claudia Alegre
Majors: Sociology & Political Science
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentors: Dr. Erika Arenas and Dr. William Nomikos
Mentors' Department: Sociology and Political Science
Research Interests: Mental Health and Latinx Political Participation
Xochitl Briseño
Major: Political Science
Hometown: South Gate, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios
Mentor's Department: Education
Research Interests: Educational Equity, Retention of Black and Latinx Students, Bilingual Education
Eduardo Cardenas-Torres
Major: Statistics
Hometown: Lompoc, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Michael Nava
Mentor's Department: Statistics and Applied Probability
Research Interests: Disease Surveillance, Biomedical Analysis, Data Mining
Steven Castro
Major: Linguistics
Hometown: La Mirada, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Marianne Mithun
Mentor's Department: Linguistics
Research Interests:
Endangered Languages, Documentation, Morphology, Phonology,
Conservation
Roberto Chavez
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Tijuana, Mexico
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Craig Hawker
Mentor's Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research Interests: Photochemistry, Molecular Machinery, Environmental Chemistry
Zheng Chen
Majors: History and Global Studies
Hometown: Rosemead, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor:
Dr. Xiaowei Zheng
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: Chinese Ethnicity and Diaspora, Asian American Identities
Israel Chora
Majors: Economics and Political Science
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Kelly Bedard
Mentor’s Department: Political Science
Research Interests: Political Attitudes of Latinx Students
Jose Delgado
Major: Biology
Hometown: Denver, CO
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor:
Dr. Javier Read De Alaniz
Mentor's Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: New Methods for the Asymmetric Aza-Piancatelli Rearrangement
Lexxus Coffey Edison
Major: English
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Felice Blake
Mentor's Department: English
Research Interests: African American Literature, Post-Colonialism, Afrofuturism
Zingha Foma
Major: Black Studies
Hometown: Bafoussam, Cameroon
Graduation Date: June 2018
Mentor: Dr. Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
Mentor's Department: History
Research Interests: African Cultural Art, Fashion, Traditional Dress for Power and Resistance

Brian Galaviz-Sarmiento
Major: Biology
Hometown: Turlock, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Zach Ma
Mentor's Department: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Research Interests: Identifying Host Proteins of the Measles Virus Inclusion Bodies and their Creation Process
Gabrielle Grafton
Major: Economics
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Shelly Lundberg
Mentor’s Department: Economics
Research Interests: Inequalities, Education, Wealth Disparities, Demographics, Discrimination
Jordan Mitchell
Major: CCS Music
Hometown: Stockton, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Leslie Hogan
Mentor's Department: Music Composition Research Interests: Mariachi, Jazz, Mexican Boleros
Jasmin Morales
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentors: Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios, and Dr. Anthony Jack
Mentors' Department: Sociology and Education
Research Interests: Diversity, Access, and Persistence in Higher Education with an Emphasis in STEM
Johanna Najera
Major: Anthropology and History of Art & Architecture
Hometown: South Gate, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentors: Dr. Claudia Moser and Dr. Gerardo Aldana
Mentors’ Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: Archaeology, Material Culture, Museum Studies, Classics
Bryant Pahl
Major: Earth Science
Hometown: Yucca Valley, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Syee Weldeab
Mentor's Department: Earth Science
Research Interests: Isotopic Fractionation applied in Paleoclimate
Brandon Quintana
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Lynwood, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Hunter Lenihan
Mentor's Department: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Research Interests: Ecology, Conservation/Restoration, Climate Change
Jesse Ramirez
Major: Religious Studies
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Jose Cabezon
Mentor's Department: Religious Studies
Research Interests: Medieval Religion in European Contexts

Zenzile Riddick
Major: Sociology and Black Studies
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Victor Rios
Mentor’s Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Systemic Punitive Control, Black and Latinx Youth Identity, Dignity and Culture.

Ryan Rodriguez
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Hollister, CA
Graduation Date: June 2019
Mentor: Dr. Mattanjah de Vries
Mentor’s Department: Chemistry
Research Interests: Excited State Dynamics of Indigo

Raymond Thicklin
Major: Physics
Hometown: Inglewood, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Song-I Han
Mentor’s Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: Bio-Physics, Spectometry, Radiation-Oncology, Physics, Machining

Veronica Torres

Major: CCS Biology
Hometown: Norwalk, CA
Graduation Date: June 2020
Mentor: Dr. Armand Kuris
Mentor's Department: Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
Research Interests: Parasites, Ecosystems, Food Webs, Interconnection