Island University McNair Scholars Present at National McNair Research Conference

Published: November 18, 2015

Island University McNair Scholars Present at National McNair Research Conference

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Six McNair Scholar students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presented their undergraduate research findings at the 24th annual National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair held October 30-November 1, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The National McNair Research Conference is designed to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research in a professional environment. In addition, workshops, panel discussions and networking activities were all introduced at the fair as a way to prepare students with important skills that will be effective for the graduate admissions application process.

“Texas A&M-Corpus Christi McNair Scholars provided excellent presentations of their valuable research at this national conference,” said Dr. Patricia Spaniol-Mathews, McNair Scholars Program Director. “The scholars’ experience was enhanced by having their posters reviewed by Dr. Carl McNair, the brother of Dr. Ronald McNair and the founder of the prestigious McNair Scholars Programs.”

The following A&M-Corpus Christi McNair Scholars gave presentations:

  • Maritza Hernandez, a senior psychology student: "Malleable Beliefs about Enjoyment Predict Exercise Attitudes and Health Outcomes"
  • Correy D. Miller, a senior psychology student: "Do Parents Pick More Than a Name? First Name Phonemes and Personality Traits"
  • Lynette Lambert, a senior education student: “Content Analysis of the Schneider Family Book Awards Children’s Division from 2004 to 2015”
  • Matthew Cruz, a senior marine biology student:Phenotypic Variations in Intertidal Limpets (Cellana sandwicensis) Along a Depth Cline in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monumen.”
  • TyEisha Lawson, a senior kinesiology student: “The Relationship between Convergence, Divergence, Recognition and Tracking Skills and Batting Performance of Professional Baseball Players”
  • Lauren M. Hernandez, a senior psychology student: “Choosing to Enjoy: The Advantages of Malleable Beliefs about Enjoyment.”

Named after NASA astronaut Ronald E. McNair, the McNair Scholars program 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