McNair Research Symposium

About the Symposium

2017 Research Symposium

Wednesday, February 15

Every February, the University of Oregon celebrates the research achievements of its McNair Scholars during the McNair Symposium. These achievements are made possible by faculty mentors who guide Scholars through scholarship activities and help prepare them for the challenges and culture of graduate school.

McNair Scholars participate in paid summer research internships in their fields of study. During the internships, students are involved in original research culminating in a presentation of their findings. Held winter term, the McNair Symposium provides a public forum for students to share their work with peers, mentors, faculty and staff, family members, and the general public.


Wednesday, February 15


Gumwood Room, EMU, 12:00pm

Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Lynn Stephen, Anthropology

Dr. Lynn Stephen

Dr. Lynn StephenDr. Lynn Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) at the University of Oregon. As a cultural anthropologist, Stephen has carried out fieldwork in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and the US. Her interdisciplinary research has been at the forefront of illuminating major challenges facing Mesoamerican indigenous peoples—out-migration, tourism, state assimilation programs and nationalism, economic development, violence and low-intensity war—and of analyzing their local and global responses, including social movements, unique educational and knowledge systems, innovative forms of media and governance, and rights claiming. Gender’s intersection with race, class, ethnicity, and nationalism has been the primary lens for much of this work. Her research over three decades has anticipated the ways that globalization is creating new forms of transborder social and political organization. Her theoretical concept of transborder communities has been widely adopted by scholars of migration in many fields, as has her research on gender in indigenous populations. Stephen has also brought her research to a broad audience through innovative public education and multi-media projects.

Stephen has authored or edited 11 books, three special journal issues and has published more than 80 scholarly articles. Her most recent books include: We are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements (2013, Duke University Press) with an accompanying website:; Otros Saberes: Collaborative Research on Indigenous and Afro-Descendent Cultural Politics (co-edited with Charles R. Hale, School for American Research Press, 2013,) and Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon (2007, Duke University Press). Her newest projects include a book on renowned Mexican author Elena Poniatowska, a film on citizen children of undocumented parents, a team project documenting health challenges and solutions for farmworkers in Oregon, and a comparative research project on gender and Mexican and Central American refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers in the U.S. The last project is carried out in collaboration with colleagues in Mexico, Guatemala, and other parts of the US.

Symposium Presentation Schedule


Oak Room, EMU

David M. Lee, Biochemistry, Biology

Leafcutter Ants Inside the Nest Have Sharper Mandibles than Ants Outside the Nest

Maple Room, EMU

Kristina Lowney, Psychology

Feelings of Belonging and Future Persistence in STEM


Aaron Nelson, Biology

Transfer of Fungal Endophytes from Leaves to Woody Substrates

Tonya C. Hansberry, Psychology

Sequelae of Maternal Trauma: Attachment Relationships and the Development of Empathy in the Next Generation


Thalia Padilla, Biology

Molecular genetic studies in C. elegans

Megan Carson, Psychology

Age Differences in a “Short Long-term Memory” System for Visual Information?


Lindan Comrada, Biochemistry

Markers of Cardiovascular Health in Chronic Marijuana Smokers

Bradley M. Boyce, Psychology

Passive Carry over and Conflict Triggered Regulation: Differences in Early Visual Components


Trenton M. Peters-Clarke, Biochemistry, Biology

Increasing the Efficiency of a Biotin-Streptavidin Pull Down for An Investigation of Pt(II)-Protein Interactions

Benjamin Hinde, Sociology

Fluid Borders: Neo-Liberal Displacements: Current Push and Pull Factors Driving Latin American Migration


Michelle Bynum, Art History

Pioneers of Planning: An Urban Planning Analysis of the Castro since 1985

Stefani Paige Evans, Psychology

Mother-Preschooler Interactions Measured Using the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior