McNair Scholars Program Will Showcase Student Research Projects at Summer Symposium

McNair Scholars Program Will Showcase Student Research Projects at Summer Symposium
Deb Burbridge, a Cal Poly Pomona graduate student in Biology from Aliso Viejo, answers questions about her research into cannabis and its effects on the immune system during rehearsal for the Third Annual McNair Scholars Program Summer Symposium.

Students in Cal Poly Pomona's Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program will present their months-long research projects during a Summer Symposium on Thursday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. at Cal Poly Pomona.

The McNair Program is a federally funded TRIO program serving low-income, first generation and traditionally underrepresented students. Its goal is to prepare students for graduate and doctoral study as well as encourage them to pursue careers in higher education.

Research projects to be presented include a physics demonstration of sonoluminescence (emission of light through sound), an investigation of how horses and mules acclimate at high altitude and what barriers exist in college students' use of condoms.

Completion of the research project is an important facet of the program, which offers participating students an opportunity to study areas of academic interest with the help of faculty mentors. Students are also required to present their projects at a national convention. Organizers hope the projects will help inspire and prepare students for continued learning.

Media representatives and the general public are invited to attend the Summer Symposium. There is no admission charge for the presentations. Parking on campus is $1.50.

The participating McNair scholars are:

  • Barbara Brennan, Inglewood, Animal Science
  • Diep Burbridge, Aliso Viejo, Biology
  • Richard Coto, Paramount, Mechanical Engineering
  • Glenn de Claro, Laguna Niguel, Agricultural Biology
  • Daniela Guilliam, Fontana, Microbiology
  • Maria Guzman, Salinas, Sociology
  • Charity Heman, Crestline, Physics
  • Christine Holland, Glendale, Psychology
  • Tracey Hoover, Pomona, Behavioral Science
  • Brooke Komure, Yorba Linda, Biology
  • Harold Morales, Rialto, Agricultural Biology
  • Matthew Pieratt, Monterey Park, Electrical Engineering
  • Robin Saunders, Ontario, Psychology
  • J. Morgan Sims, Pomona, Behavioral Science
  • Ayesha Sirajuddin,Claremont, Biology
  • Shelly Spencer, Covina, Biology
  • Brooke Stepp, La Mirada, Animal Science
  • Sopheap Tang, Upland, Biology
  • Rami Wehbe, Alhambra, Mechanical Engineering