year, the McNair at IUP program encourages scholars to apply for
research opportunities outside of IUP. Several undergraduate research
opportunities/experiences are offered by research in universities where
scholars benefit from a diversity of research experiences enhanced by
opportunities to interact, network, and be mentored by faculty, post
docs, and PhD and MA candidates in laboratory environments. This year,
three McNair scholars have been accepted into three distinct and
Mary Chey, a junior
cell and molecular biology major, has been selected to participate in
the University of Michigan’s Summer Research Opportunity program (SROP)
for summer 2016. The program runs May 31 through August 2. The
University of Michigan’s SROP offers outstanding undergraduates who are
underrepresented in a variety of disciplines to undertake intensive
research in their field of study. The goal of the program is to prepare
students for PhD programs at UM.
The program offers the following
benefits: a paid stipend of $4,000, round-trip airfare or mileage, room
and board, GRE preparation, weekly graduate school prep seminars,
networking and professional development, access to campus facilities,
including labs, and application fee waivers to the Rackham Graduate
School for doctoral programs.
Mary currently is conducting research
under the mentorship of N. Bharathan in the IUP Biology Department. Her
research is titled “Optimization of Double-stranded (ds) RNA Cloning in
Rhizoctonia solani Isolate,” which she recently presented at the IUP
Undergraduate Scholars Forum. Congratulations Mary!
Lopez Sosa, a junior applied anthropology major, has been selected for a
highly competitive research opportunity in the Maternal Child Health
Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement–Undergraduate
Program (MCHC/RISE-UP), sponsored by the Kennedy Krieger Institute under a
grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control. The
MCHC/RISE-UP is a 10-week summer program beginning May 30, 2016. The
program is housed at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University’s School
of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.
During the program, Nancy will work with a
research mentor(s) on public health prevention, treatment, and
epidemiological studies. She will receive training in conducting
community-based participatory research which engages communities that
are underserved by traditional systems. Program benefits include a $3,500
stipend, room and board, and round-trip travel.
As a McNair scholar,
Nancy is being mentored by Victor Garcia of the IUP Anthropology
Department and director of MARTI. Nancy recently presented her McNair
research proposal titled “The Heterogeneous Latino Community Regarding
Healthcare Coverage: A Case Study of Guatemalan Immigrants in Southern
Chester County, Pennsylvania.” Congratulations Nancy!
McClain, a junior nursing major and recent recipient of the prestigious
Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, has secured a summer research
opportunity at the University of Pittsburgh to conduct research in the
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology Program. The program begins May 23
and ends July 29, 2016. During the program, Kara will conduct an
independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member or
senior researcher. She will have the opportunity to interact with fellow SURP
scholars through educational sessions to become familiar with
biomedical research and to receive information to aid her in making
future career decisions.
Program benefits include a stipend of $3,500,
campus housing, and a travel allowance.
Kara’s current McNair research is
titled “Spatial variation in the prevalence of Anaplasma
phagocytophilum, Babesia microti and Borrelia burgdorferi in Ixodes
scapularis ticks from Northeast and Midwest United States” and is
directed by her faculty mentor, Vida Irani of the IUP Biology
Department. Kara has presented this work at local symposiums, the UB
National McNair Research Conference, and the Allegheny Branch of the
American Society for Microbiology. Congratulations Kara!