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

Tamare V. Adrien

2019

Sleep and Psychosocial Adjustment Lab

Mentor: Prof. Royette Tavernier

Psychology

Concurrent Associations between General Coping Styles and Psychological Adjustment among Youth from Dominica Following Tropical Storm Erika

Mukshud Ahamed 

2019

Taylor Lab 

Mentor: Prof. Erika Taylor

Chemistry & 

Biochemistry 

Investigating Putative tRNA Modifying Enzymes

Christina Arlia

2019

Schizophrenia Cognition Lab

Mentor: Prof. Matthew Kurtz

Psychology & Neuroscience and Behavior  

Pilot Study Comparing the Effectiveness of Two Therapeutic Models of Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia 

Jaquelin Aroujo

2019

Calter Lab 

Mentor: Prof. Michael Calter

Chemistry

The Enantioselective Synthesis of an Anticancer Reagent

Gabriella Castorena  

2019

CAPS Lab 

Mentor: Prof. Charles Sanislow

Psychology

Caption This: Distracting Negative Emotion

Eduardo Centeno

2019

O'Connell Lab

Mentor: Prof. Suzanne O'Connell

 

Earth and Environmental Sciences

 

Diatoms of the Atlantic- Environmental Interpretation of Middle Pliocene

Taylar Clark

2019

Cognitive Development Lab 

Mentor: Prof. Hilary Barth

Psychology

Gender Differences in Number Line Estimation Tasks

Michael Henderson

2019

Redfield lab 

Mentor: Prof. Seth Redfield

Astronomy 

A Telescope is a Terrible Thing to Waste: A Photometric Tool to Analyze Crowded K2 Fields

Jordan Legaspi 

2019

Stemler Lab

Mentor: Prof. Steven Stemler

Psychology

The Purpose of Schooling: A Longitudinal Assessment

Leslie Maldonado

2019

Sleep and Psychosocial Adjustment Lab

Mentor: Prof. Royette Tavernier

Psychology

Tropical Storm Erika: Associations between Rumination and Psychological Adjustment among Caribbean Youth

Hely Rodriguez

2019

Robinson Motivation Lab

Mentor: Prof. Mike Robinson

Neuroscience & Behavior

Optogenetic Stimulation of the Central Amygdala Prolongs Internal Consequences of Sodium Depletion 

Kaila Scott

2019

Cognitive Development Lab 

Mentor: Prof. Anna Shusterman

Psychology

Can Multi-Ethnic Dolls Reduce Children's Pro-White Bias?

Rong (Chloe) Qiu

2019

Mukerji Lab 

Mentor: Prof. Ishita Mukerji 

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

Thermodynamic Stability of J3 Holliday Junction with 6-MAP Probing at Different Positions

Ivy Lam

2020

Coolon Lab

Mentor: Prof. Joseph Coolon

Biology

Investigating the Molecular Basis of Nicotine Resistance in Drosophila

Melisa Olgun

2020

Loui Lab 

Mentor: Prof. Psyche Loui

Schizophrenia Cognition Lab

Mentor: Prof. Matthew Kurtz

Psychology & Neuroscience and Behavior 

Perceptual Magnet and Hysteresis Effects in the Laurel-Yanny Illusion

Tenzin Ngodup

2020

The Personick Research Group

Mentor: Prof. Michelle Louise Personick

Mukerji Lab

Mentor: Prof. Ishita Mukerji

Chemistry & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

Fingerprinting Biomolecules and the Detection of Disease Markers Through the Use of Rhodium Nanocubes for 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