McNair Scholars Participate in Research Journal Article Signing Event

Published: October 16, 2015

McNair Scholars Participate in Research Journal Article Signing Event

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The second McNair Scholars Research Journal article signing was held Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This unique event allowed the 2014 McNair scholars to publicly sign their research articles for interested students, staff and faculty.

“McNair Scholars are among the brightest and most motivated students anyone could ever imagine,” said Dr. Patricia Spaniol-Mathews, the McNair Scholars Program Director. “It is a great accomplishment to be accepted for publication in the McNair Journal.”

The following Texas A&M-Corpus Christi McNair scholars participated in the signing:

  • Marlena Bush, "Project Read 3: The Effects of a Family Literacy Project on the Early Reading Skills of Three-and Four-Year-Olds." Mentor: Dr. Corinne Valadez, Associate Professor of Education
  • Correy D. Miller, "Do Parents Pick More Than a Name? First Name Phonemes and Personality Traits." Mentor:  Dr. Amy Houlihan, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Amarissa Vera, “The Representation of Latinas in America’s Most Watched Shows.”  Mentor: Dr. Isabel Araiza, Associate Professor of Sociology

Twelve articles were published in the 2014 McNair Scholars Research Journal. You can find all articles here.

The McNair Scholars program memorializes Dr. Ronald Ervin McNair, a physicist and NASA astronaut. He died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. The program’s goal is dedicated to the high standards of achievement inspired by McNair’s life. It motivates low-income and first-generation college students, and historically underrepresented students in higher education, to broaden their educational opportunities by enrolling in a Ph.D. program and ultimately pursuing an academic career. The program is federally-funded.

For more information on the McNair Scholars Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, go to