UA McNair Scholars to Present Annual Research Conference

TUSCALOOSA, Ala — The fifth annual University of Alabama McNair Scholars Research Conference will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Smith Hall on the UA campus.

The McNair Program is a national academic program offering qualified students the chance for faculty mentoring and participation in research projects.

The research conference begins at 6 p.m. with an introduction by Dr. Samory Pruitt, UA vice president for community affairs. Student presentations will take place from 6:15-8 p.m. The schedule of presentations is as follows:

College of Arts and Sciences

Basirat Alabi, Psychology and Economics
“Effects of Parent-Teacher Expectation on Academic Self-Concept”
Room 205, 7:05 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Joan Barth

Desiree Adams, Psychology
“The Influences of Defendant Age and Victim Impact Statements on Sentencing in Juvenile Capital Cases”
Room 201, 6:15 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Carl Clements

Christina Corley, Interdisciplinary Studies
“Strengthening Community in Higher Education: Different Approaches among Living-Learning Communities”
Room 205, 7:30 p.m.
Mentors: Dr. Marysia Galbraith and Dr. Hobson Bryan

Allie Esslinger, International Relations
“Community Leaders’ Communication Networks and Views of Public Participation in Civic-Decision Making”
Room 201, 7:05 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Robert McKenzie

Grace Shelby, Psychology
“Race and Sex Differences in Pain Catastrophizing and Responsivity”
Room 200, 6:15 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Beverly Thorn

Adam Townes, History
“The History of Attitudes Regarding the Curability of Breast Cancer”
Room 200, 7:30 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Maarten Ultee

Michael Townley, Interdisciplinary Studies
“Conscription or Consequence: Intolerance of Conscientious Objectors in Modern History”
Room 201, 6:40 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Jerome Rosenberg

College of Education

LeAnn Glover, Secondary Education: Language Arts
“The Utilization of Young Adult Literature in High School English Classrooms”
Room 205, 6:15 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Natalie Adams

Chantell Smith, Secondary Education: Language Arts and Spanish
“Literature, Dialogue, and Learning in the Second Language Classroom”
Room 205, 6:40 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Miguel Mantero

College of Human Environmental Sciences

Nicole Varnado, Food and Nutrition
“Food Choices and Dietary Knowledge: Low Carbohydrate Dieting among College Students”
Room 200, 6:40 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Olivia Kendrick

Capstone College of Nursing

Alex Salvador, Nursing
“HIV Testing among College Students”
Room 200, 7:05 p.m.
Mentor: Dr. Susan Gaskins

Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration

DeAndre Howard, Accounting
“Taxing Internet Sales: Analysis of States’ Implementation of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project”
Room 201, 7:30 p.m.
Mentors: Ms. Lisa McKinney and Dr. William Samson

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