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Current McNair Scholars (2013)


Solomon Adu Solomon Adu

Solomon Adu is a rising senior at West Virginia University from Ghana (West Africa). He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He was a participant in Emerging Scholar Program (ESP) from the year 2012 to 2013. He is an active member of the Math club. Solomon’s McNair research will focus on using model analysis to study individual/community understanding of pre-calculus. He intends to pursue a master’s and Ph.D. in Mathematics. Solomon enjoys playing pool, bike riding, soccer, weight lifting, and playing with numbers.


Brittany Bailey Brittany Bailey

Brittany Bailey, from Herndon WV, is a rising senior in the West Virginia University Honors College. She is receiving a bachelor of arts in Psychology with a minor in Theatre. Brittany’s McNair research focuses on the effects of parenting style and disease severity on adolescent responsibility for disease management in individuals with Cystic Fibrosis. She is a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi), and, upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she intends to pursue her Ph.D. in Pediatric Psychology. In her free time, Brittany enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with friends.


Kabir Barker Kabir Barker

Kabir Barker is a rising senior at West Virginia University with expectations of graduating in May 2014. Hailing from Belington, WV, he is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family Studies. Upon graduation from WVU, he intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology to be able to teach at a college or university. With a research interest in adolescent psychology, Kabir’s McNair research project will examine how different parenting styles and communication affects aggression in adolescents. In his free time, Kabir enjoys seeing concerts, biking, sports, and spending time in the mountains.


Sharrell Barnes Sharrell Barnes

Sharrell Barnes is a senior from Williamson, WV. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s of science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology with minors in International Studies and Communications. She is the President of the Paul Robeson-Mahalia Jackson Gospel choir, and is involved in NSSHLA and Sigma Iota honorary fraternity on campus. Sharrell works as a tour leader at WVU’s Visitors Center. Sharrell’s research, under the guidance of Dr. Michelle Moore, will focus on the function of the Broca’s area of the brain, and the effects of Broca’s aphasia on reading deficits. Upon completion of graduation, Sharrell would like to pursue her master’s degree in Speech Pathology, and eventually her Ph.D. in the same field.


Adam Betman Adam Betman

Adam Betman is from Northwest Washington, D.C. He majors in World Languages with a focus in Spanish and a minor in American Politics and Policy. Upon graduation, Adam intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Policy and hopes to conduct research on immigration and education policy. He is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, Educational Student Governance Association, and a student teacher at North Marion High School. Adam offers tutoring services for students studying Spanish at WVU.


Dipendra Bhandari Dipendra Bhandari

Dipendra Bhandari is a rising senior from Pokhara, Nepal. Prior to attending WVU, Dipendra received a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, but currently, majors in Biochemistry. Dipendra hopes to conduct research on HIV/AIDS and Type 2 diabetes in graduate school. His current research will focus on Fibroblast growth factor 21(FGF21), a growth factor which has a lot of potential to control the blood glucose level during the underfeed and overfeed condition, and the metabolic regulation of FGF21 in the body. Dipendra enjoys reading philosophical books and watching movies.


Derek Burns Derek Burns

Derek Burns is a rising senior pursuing his undergraduate degree in Psychology. After graduation, he intends to pursue a Ph.D. in either Social Psychology or Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Derek is a member of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and has served on its executive board for three semesters. He volunteers for the local Hospice Care organization and has volunteered at numerous events including the Bingo Hall games and the annual golf tournament. In his free time, Derek plays the guitar, sings, and produces his own music.


Ekanem Eyoita Ekanem Eyoita

Ekanem Eyoita is a rising senior from Raleigh, NC. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Nutritional Sciences. She is a volunteer advocate for the Rape and Domestic Violence Center in Morgantown. She is also a member of the WVU English Equestrian team. She intends on pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Health upon graduation. Her McNair research project will be assessing if marcellus shale gas drilling increases the prevalence of asthma in areas where it is performed. In her spare time she likes riding, traveling, and volunteering.


Whitney Garton Whitney Garton

Whitney Garton is a senior from Jane Lew, West Virginia. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture along with a Pest Management minor. Her McNair project will focus on waste-wool, burlap, and newspaper as an organic mulch alternative in tomato production. Her goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Horticulture and pursue a career in research and teaching. Her interests include gardening, being outdoors, fishing, and music.



Ryann Hart Ryann Hart

Ryann Hart is a rising senior from Springfield, VA. She is receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Ryann served as Risk Management Chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma and currently serves as the Vice President of Standards. Her personal interests include being adventurous and trying new things, exercising, and hanging out with friends. Ryann has a strong passion for helping others and plans on going to graduate school and attaining a Ph.D. in social work.


Lillian Hill Lillian Hill

Lillian Hill, from Mill Creek, WV, is a rising senior in the West Virginia University Honors College majoring in Biology and minoring in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. She plans to attend graduate school in the fall of 2014 in an ecology and evolutionary biology program. Her research interests include nitrogen interactions in soil and the affects with the microbial communities, ecology and nutrient cycling and soil microbiology. Lillian is currently working on her Honors thesis and doing independent study in the microbiology department. Lillian enjoys reading, cooking, and volunteering. For her McNair Scholars research project, she will work with Dr. William Peterjohn and his graduate students on a study of microbial enzymes and their interaction to nitrogen addition.


Jordan Lovejoy Jordan Lovejoy

Jordan Lovejoy is from Pineville, West Virginia and is a senior in the West Virginia University Honors College. She is majoring in English, Spanish, and Women’s & Gender Studies. Jordan is currently a research assistant on NSF-funded projects at the West Virginia Dialect Project and is an Eberly Scholar. Her research interests include the impact that literature can have on environmentalism and anti-mountaintop removal activism. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in English. In her free time, Jordan enjoys reading and being outdoors.


Sunita Mahat Sunita Mahat

Sunita Mahat is a senior Biochemistry major from Nepal. In Nepal, Sunita received her first bachelor’s degree in Medical Microbiology. Sunita’s current research under the guidance of Dr. Peter Gannett and doctoral student Emily Despeaux will focus on regulation of survivin expression with an antisense DNA coupled SPION. She is very interested in pharmaceutical sciences and hopes to conduct more research in the same field in graduate school. Sunita enjoys cooking, travelling, blogging, and working out in her free time.


Past McNair Scholars

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