Kevin Acquah, from Wappingers Falls, NY, is a senior and majors in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. His McNair research project is on the introduction of nanoparticles in drilling fluids and will be supervised by Dr. Ilkin Bilgesu. In his free time, Kevin likes to hang out with friends. He hopes with his major and future career, he gets to travel a lot which is something he loves to do.
Hanah Conlan is a rising junior, majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Child Development. Though she loves the wild and wonderful West Virginia, New Hampshire is her home. There, she is a Licensed Nursing Assistant at a home for disabled children. Hanah is passionate about behavioral psychology with special needs children. For her McNair research project, she will be working under the supervision of Dr. Regina Carroll on comparing different techniques for Instructive Feedback on children with Autism. Other research interests of hers include studying differential reinforcements to decrease self-injurious behaviors in Autistic children. Hanah enjoys spending her time hanging out with her family and friends, as well as wake boarding, kayaking, running and just enjoying the outdoors! She hopes to get into a child clinical graduate program. At WVU, Hanah is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success and TRiO Student Support Services, and volunteers her time at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.
Rebecca Hagedorn, is a senior from Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. She is majoring in Human Nutrition and Foods through Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design at West Virginia University. Her passion for nutrition was sparked from a desire to improve the health of others, especially in the Appalachian region. Rebecca’s McNair research will focus on implementation of the iCook 4-H program through partnership with the HSTA program under the direction of Dr. Melissa Olfert. She has been an active member of the Olfert Research Lab for the past year and will be starting her Ph.D. in the lab following graduation. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, reading, cooking, and spending time with her cocker spaniel, Motley.
Collin Hinton is a rising senior from Ellenboro, WV. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts’ degree in Biology in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and is also enrolled in the Honor’s College. Collin’s expected graduation date is May 2016. His McNair research will focus on determining the influence of the circadian rhythm on serotonin production and release in the olfactory system of Drosophila. He will be conducting his research under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Dacks in the Biology department. Upon graduation, Collin intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and hopes to conduct research on pharmaceuticals for preventing and curing Alzheimer’s disease. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and watching movies in the theaters.
Elizabeth Janeiro is a rising junior from Ashburn, Virginia, majoring in Sport and Exercise Psychology and minoring in Spanish. She is a first-generation college student and a daughter of both a Colombian immigrant and Spanish immigrant. She is interested in helping those with substance addiction because she believes they can recover and contribute to society. For her McNair research project, she will work with Dr. Karen Anderson, Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology, on the relationship between impulsivity and substance use. After graduating with her B.S. degree, she plans on earning her Ph.D. and working in a rehabilitation facility. She enjoys reading, live music, and the outdoors.
Roger Jennette is a rising senior from Wheeling, West Virginia. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from West Virginia University with minors in Geography and Religious Studies. Roger will be conducting his McNair research under Dr. Daniel Renfrew, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, on gaining a better understanding of organizations dedicated to the ending of human trafficking. His goal after achieving a Bachelor’s degree is to pursue a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology with an emphasis on infectious disease and how cultures adapt in response to them. Roger enjoys reading, painting, watching movies, talking with interesting people, and listening to stories.
Jamea Kidrick is a rising senior from Martinsburg, WV. Her major is Animal and Nutritional Sciences and she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Animal Science. Her McNair research is guided by Dr. Kimberly Barnes about finding methionine alternatives in chickens that are permitted on organic farms. Her research interest are in nutritional biochemistry in animals. In her free time, she likes to read, watch movies, and cook.
Kelsey McCoy is a senior from Lewisburg, WV. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Kelsey intends to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology. Kelsey’s current McNair research is focused on investigating Staff-Child Interaction Therapy’s ability to generalize behavioral management skills into basic behavioral knowledge under the supervision of Dr. Cheryl McNeil. Her primary research interests include child psychopathology, risk and resilience, and parent-child relationships. Kelsey has been working in Dr. Cheryl McNeil’s Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Lab (PCIT Lab) since 2014. In her free time, she enjoys music, watching movies, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Courtney McDonald, a Psychology major and a Sociology (Criminology) minor, is honored to be a West Virginia University McNair Scholar. She is a first-generation college student from Inwood, West Virginia. She is Vice President of the Psychology Club at WVU, and enjoys conducting research on adversities, traumas, and mental health. For her McNair research project, she is working with Dr. Nick Turiano on investigating how childhood misfortune may predict mental health issues for an individual as an adult. Her hobbies include playing guitar, hiking, and spending time with friends or family.
Bobby Moore is a senior from Pomona, California, majoring in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program in the areas of sociology, communication and psychology. He is the first person in his family to achieve this level of education and wants to attain his Ph.D. in Criminology. Together with his faculty mentor, Dr. Rachael Woldoff, his McNair research examines the ways non-college residents normalize deviant behavior in a college town environment. He plans on conducting future research on why individuals desist from crime. His interests include spending time with family, traveling, meeting new people and learning more about himself each day.
Ryan North is a senior from Herndon, Virginia. He is currently pursuing a dual degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Certificate of Global Competence. Under Dr. Marvin Cheng, Ryan’s project will focus on assisting in the design of a robotic arm to help stroke patients regain some motion. He will specifically be looking at what degrees of freedom are most important in arm motion. After completing college, Ryan plans to enroll in a Ph.D. program in either Biomedical or Biomechanical Engineering. In his free time, Ryan is a goalkeeper for a club soccer team, and likes to hang out with friends. Ryan is funded by LSAMP this summer to participate in the McNair internship.
Lauren Pizzurro is a rising junior from Hancock County, West Virginia. She is currently pursuing a degree in Multiple Disciplinary Studies, with an emphasis on creative writing, painting, and psychology, with an additional minor in theatre. After finishing undergraduate studies, she plans to obtain a Ph.D. in Creative Arts Therapy or Developmental Psychology, where she will do copious amounts of research. Her interests include reading, writing, painting, and meeting interesting people. For her McNair research project, she will be studying the effect of depression on help-seeking in elderly men under the guidance of Dr. Amy Fiske.
Samantha Shimer is a junior from Parkersburg, WV. She is currently pursuing a double major in International Studies and Gender Studies, with an emphasis in international development. Samantha currently serves as a governor to the WVU Student Government Organization, focusing on the improvement of sexual assault prevention and awareness on campus. In conjunction to this, she also serves on the Student Conduct Board and Council for Women’s Concern. Sam is also an executive member of the WVU Young Democrats, Chimes, and Triota (Gender Studies honorary). Under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia Gorman, Samantha’s McNair research will focus on the relationship between Twitter and the modern perpetuation of African stereotypes. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Global Human Development or Development Economics. In her free time, Samantha enjoys running, traveling, watching documentaries, and laughing with friends.
Regan Summers is currently a senior at WVU graduating in December. She is a WVU Peer Advocate for RDVIC and also a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society, Psychology Club, H.E.L.P. Suicide Prevention, and The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement (SCLA). She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family Studies. Her research interests are in the area of Clinical Child and Developmental Psychology. Her current McNair research focuses on parental influences on personality development, and is guided by Dr. Nick Turiano. Her plans after completion of her bachelor’s degree is to pursue a joint clinical-development doctoral program with a focus on children.
Nicole Young is a rising senior from New Castle, Pennsylvania, currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology with minors in Africana Studies and History. Nicole is currently the president of the WVU Gospel Choir and a Peer Advisor for the Sport and Exercise Psychology program. Her research interests focus on the various psychological and social effects of oppression on minorities. Nicole is researching with Dr. Natalie Shook on how media influences non-black individuals’ perception, stereotype formation, and inter-group interaction with African Americans. Her interests outside of academics include painting, reading, exercising, enjoying nature, and modeling. Upon graduation, Nicole would like to pursue a Ph.D. in African American & Diaspora studies and Psychology.