Friday, May 23, 2014

McNair Scholar Spotlight: Alice Neira

alice_neiraAlice Neira was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the United States at the age of six. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, while earning a minor in Education, and a certification in Leadership Studies. Alice’s goal is to combine her knowledge of education policy and passion for community service to positively impact students in public school systems in the United States, especially in lower socio-economic classes, and provide equal access to education. She plans to attend graduate school and acquire her Ph.D. in Education Policy.

Friday, May 23, 2014

McNair Scholar Spotlight: Brittany Murphy

108Brittany Murphy is a Florida native, hailing from a small town in South West Florida. She is a Humanities major as well as Religious Studies with a minor in Mass Communications. Brittany’s research interests are concerning how marginalized bodies are depicted in US. popular culture, specifically focusing on queer bodies and persons with disabilities. Brittany dreams of obtaining her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, with the goal of working in academia and pursuing non-profit work for students with disabilities.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

McNair Scholar Spotlight: Natalia Sepúlveda

NataliaNatalia Sepúlveda was born in San Germán, Puerto Rico. In 2001, she moved to Florida with her parents and brother. Natalia is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Spanish. Her research interest resides in the value of education from a global perspective and teaching Don Quixote.  Sepúlveda is constantly involved in her UCF community and promotes campus organizations.  Her ultimate goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Spanish literature and teach at the university level.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

McNair Scholar Spotlight: Christy Clarke

Christy was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is currently an early childhood development major with a minor in child life. From a young age, she had a strong passion for working with children. Her ultimate goal is to provide counseling to families and children. She is intrigued by research thatinvolves mother & infant interactions as well as early intervention methods, and plans to tackle such issues, among others, with the help of her faculty mentors Dr. Anne Culp and Dr. Tara Saathoff-Wells. She is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in early childhood development, geared toward the health development of children and adolescents.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

McNair Scholar Spotlight: Raven Cokley

Raven K. Cokley was born and raised in the beautiful city of Sarasota, Florida. In 2009, she graduated from Riverview High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. She is a psychology major with a Spanish minor and a certificate in leadership studies. Raven has always had a passion for working with and mentoring troubled youth, by helping them to grow, develop, and ultimately find their place in society. Her research interests include all facets of multicultural counseling: self-esteem issues in teenage girls, addressing minority high school retention, adolescent pregnancy rates, and exploring spiritual concerns. Upon graduation with her bachelor’s degree, she plans to earn a Ph.D. in adolescent counseling psychology.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

McNair Scholar Spotlight: Jennifer Walsh

Jennifer Walsh is from Daytona Beach, Florida. She is currently studying psychology and is a member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society of Psychology. For years she has had a deep curiosity for the differing personalities of those around her and always had an interest in their interactions. Her research interests include children, marriage, and the intricate relationships within a nuclear family. After obtaining her B.S., she aspires to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, so that she may, later on, open her own private practice.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

McNair ISI Scholar Spotlight: Alma Zavala

Alma is the oldest of four sisters. Although her family originated from Michoacan and Guererro, Mexico, Alma has always lived in Indiantown, Florida. She graduated with a bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma from South Fork High School. Currently, Alma is majoring in psychology with a minor in French. Her goal is to focus on clinical psychology in the areas concerning the prison system and the effects of rape on minority men’s sense of self. She is involved in the LEGACY Leadership & Mentoring Program, and Future Minority Leaders. Alma is passionate about learning new languages, literature, and the spoken word.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

McNair ISI Scholar Spotlight: Esteban Santis

Esteban was born in the coastal town of San Antonio, Chile. He is currently studying literature, with a minor in language arts education. Influenced by the synthesis of Hispanic and American cultures, Esteban’s research interest is in the analysis of literature by underrepresented groups; these groups include the writings of Latinos—specifically in the Southern Cone—and women. Through his research, Esteban hopes to reinforce the connection between himself and his Hispanic roots. He aspires to earn a Ph.D. in comparative literature and move on to become a professor.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

McNair ISI Scholar Spotlight: Lucie Rincher

Born in the French Virgin Island of St. Martin, Lucie Rincher has spent the majority of her life in Orlando, Florida. Despite starting her career at the University of Central Florida in another major, Lucie fell in love with communication science and disorders. Her current research interests include methods of prevention and intervention of speech and language disorders amongst bilingual children. Upon obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Lucie hopes to attain her doctorate in the area of communication and culture.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scholar Spotlight: Stephanie Parenti

Stephanie Parenti graduated high school in Spring Hill, Florida and received her A.A. from  Valencia Community College. She is currently working on her B.A. in International Relations. Her research interests include constructivist theory, rational-choice theory, and historical analysis. She is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. David Houghton. Her research explores Neocolonialism and alternative development ideas for low-income countries. Stephanie is an officer in Amnesty International, currently working on her Honors in the Major thesis and works at the House of Blues. Her life goal is to receive her Ph.D. and work in diplomacy. She also hopes to give back to the community of science and teach at the university level.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scholar Spotlight: Marcus Sanderlin

Marcus was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Fl. He chose to become an elementary education major based on his love for assisting his community and youth. Marcus takes an active role as a student leader at the UCF. He is the current president of the John T. Washington Honor Society, member of the President’s Leadership Council, treasurer of the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated, a Brother to Brother mentor, along with being involved in several other organizations. Marcus goal to acquire his Ph.D. in education administration.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scholar Spotlight: Lilian Milanes

Lili Milanes was born in Pembroke Pines, FL and shortly after her family moved to Indiana, PA where they lived for eight years. They then moved to Orlando, FL where Lili graduated from Winter Park high school and now attends UCF. She is majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Health Sciences. Her research interests include physical and biological anthropology with specific focus on public health, communal health and health disparities.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scholar Spotlight: Laura Adarve

Laura Adarve was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she lived until age nine. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. Her research interests include women and gender studies, juvenile delinquency, economic stratification and systems of education. Her current research project involves solidifying the assumed correlation between an immigrant’s age at arrival to the host country and their achieved levels of assimilation. Her ultimate goal is to conduct research and teach at a university level.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scholar Spotlight: Amethyst Strickland

Amethyst Strickland was born in Pensacola, Fl where she completed her high school education and received her AA degree from Pensacola Junior college (graduating Magna Cum Laude in December of 2008). She is currently working on her B.S. degree in Environmental Science. Her research interests include ethnobotany and aquatic botany.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scholar Spotlight: Candice Torres

Candice Torres was born in Silver Spring, MD. Her father from Puerto Rico and her mother is from Panama. Her research interests include human rights, service-learning and religious international studies. Under the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Sadri, Candice is currently working on her Honors in the Major topic concerning sex trafficking with a focus on Florida and Costa Rica. As a former Lead Scholar, Candice conducted research assistantships with the Service-Learning Department and the Modern Language Department. She currently works at the American Lung Association as a board management coordinator and was an intern in the summer of 2009 at the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission International Business Sector. With experience in service-learning and nonprofit management, Candice is interested in conducting research tying both of those areas with international studies.