McNair Fellows

Wesleyan McNair Fellows are Juniors and Seniors who conduct funded research with a faculty mentor, and participate in program activities as a cohort. The central component of the Fellows' experience is the 9-week Summer Research Program in residence on the Wesleyan campus combining the mentored research experience, workshops on professional and academic skills, graduate school visits and other cohort building activities. 

McNair Fellow activities include:

  • Weekly meetings with McNair staff and/or McNair faculty mentor covering:
    • Writing a research proposal and abstract, and outlining a thesis or research paper
    • Research project updates
    • Fitting research time into a busy semester
    • Presenting research at lab meetings and conferences
    • Writing a personal statement
    • Graduate school admissions and funding
    • Preparation for grad school interviews
    • Academic and personal advising.
  • Fellow peer review -- giving and receiving useful feedback
  • Graduate school admissions workshops/panels and visits
  • GRE Preparation
  • Fall Wesleyan Faculty Research Talks
  • Spring Senior Research Talks
  • Pathways to Inclusive Education (PIE) events/activities
  • Various co-sponsored events with the Gordon Career Center, NSM Coalition, Office for Equity & Inclusion, and other departments/organizations that pertain to preparation for, entering, and progressing successfully through doctoral programs. 

McNair Fellows are eligible to receive a $2,800 stipend if, they:

  • have Junior standing at the university, which means the student has satisfactory completed at least 14 credits and been accepted into a department/program major
  • secured a research position with a faculty member and engaged in at least 8 hours of research per week during the academic year and 35 hours of research per week during the 9-week Summer Research Program
  • completed a Research Proposal with the assistance of their McNair faculty mentor (Fellow & faculty mentor signature required)
  • completed bi-weekly Activity Logs recording research activities and McNair services engaged in (Fellow & faculty mentor signature required)
  • attended all semester or summer workshops/meetings
  • submitted an end of semester or summer program research project that is a synthesis of the research conducted during the semester or summer
  •  additionally, Seniors are required to enroll and participate in the Senior Professional Development & Graduate School Preparation Seminar in the fall and give a McNair Senior Research Talk in the spring.

Current Fellows

Name  Class Year Research Lab & Mentor Department Recent Projects

Sammi Diep

2020

Sleep and Psychosocial Adjustment Lab

Mentor: Prof. Royette Tavernier

Psychology

Balancing Time, Social Life, and Stress at University: Associations with Sleep Behaviors

Gilberto Garcia

 

2020

Moran Lab

Mentor: Prof. Edward Moran

Astronomy

Honey! Where Is My Super...Massive Black Hole?

Ivy Lam

2020

Coolon Lab

Mentor: Prof. Joseph Coolon

Biology

Investigating the Molecular Basis of Pesticide Resistance in Drosophila

Rachel Marino

2020

Hughes Lab

Mentor: Prof. Meredith Hughes

Astronomy

HD106906 Debris Disk Morphology and Origin of an External Perturber 

Melisa Olgun

2020

Schizophrenia Cognition Lab

Mentor: Prof. Matthew Kurtz

Neuroscience and Behavior 

A Pilot Study Comparing the Methods of Cognitive Remediation via the Five Factor Model of the Positive and Negative Scale in Psychosis-Spectrum Disorders

Tenzin Ngodup

2020

The Personick Research Group

Mentor: Prof. Michelle Louise Personick

Mukerji Lab

Mentor: Prof. Ishita Mukerji

Chemistry & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

Enhancing Disease Diagnosis: Fingerprinting Disease Markers Using Surface-Enhanced Resonance Raman Spectroscopy

Lupita Sanchez 

2020

Coolon Lab

Mentor: Prof. Joseph Coolon

Biology 

Investigating the Role of the Drosophila Immune System in Octanoic Acid Resistance

Elizaveta Atalig

 

2021

Shai Lab

Mentor: Prof. Saray Shai

Mathematics, Computer Science

A Data Driven Approach to Transparency in Political Ads on Social Media

Camille Chossis

2021

O'Neil Lab

Mentor: Prof. Alison O'Neil

Neuroscience & Behavior and Chemistry

Cell Non-autonomous of Glia on Neurodegeneration in C90RF72 Dependent Frontotemporal Dementia and Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis

Abdelrahman Elsayed

2021

Weir Lab

Mentor: Prof. Michael Weir

Computer Science Molecular Dynamics of the Ribosome Decoding Center

Abrar Habib

2021

The Personick Research Group

Mentor: Prof. Michelle Louise Personick

Chemistry Plasmonic Approach to Synthesizing Bimetallic Nanoparticles as Functional Catalysts

Chaltu Rashid

2021

Cognitive Development Lab 

Mentor: Prof. Anna Shusterman

Psychology Research Translation of Developmental Science: Application in Preschool Classrooms

Sarah Shehreen

2021

Devoto Lab

Mentor: Prof. Stephan Devoto

Biology Effect of Heat Sensitization in Somite Segmentation

SeArah Smith

2021 TBD TBD TBD

Gabriel Snashall

2021

Poulos Lab

Mentor: Prof. Helen Mills Poulos

Environmental Studies Do Socio-Ecological System (SES) Analyses of African Oil Palm (Eliaes guineensis) Plantations Inform Borean Oil Palm Projections?

Ekram Towsif

2021

Ellis Lab

Mentor: Prof. Fred Ellis

Physics Electronic Spin PT System Dynamics