McNair Scholars Present at Heartland Research Conference

The 10th annual Ronald E. McNair Heartland Research Conference, held Sept. 24-26 in Kansas City, Mo., showcased eight of Truman’s McNair Scholars as presenters. Participants at the conference were given the chance to present their research in a friendly yet formal academic setting, meet other McNair Scholars, explore opportunities for graduate study and become eligible for a drawing to win a scholarship.

The following Truman students presented at the conference: Ashley Adams, a junior sociology/anthropology major from Belleville, Ill., presented “The Politics of Biracial Identity: An Exploration of How Internalized Oppression Manifests in Black/White Mixed-Race People;” Christopher Peterson, a senior sociology/anthropology major from Chesterfield, Mo., presented “Patriarchal Dissidence: An Analysis of the Relationship Between the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency Until 1989;” Jerard Leverson, a senior communication major from Dolton, Ill., presented “The Tension Between Sports as Business vs. Sports as Education: An Analysis of NCAA Division II Football Programs;” Kelly Haley, a senior exercise science major from Calumet City, Ill., presented “Is Acculturation Related to Type and Amount of Physical Activity in Hispanic Adults with Type 2 Diabetes?”; Nohemi Alvarez-Landa, a senior nursing major from Greenwood, Mo., presented “The Health Impact of Industrialization on Women with Histories of Maquiladora Employment in the Ciudad Juarez Region;” Danielle Leveston, a junior art major from Riverdale, Ill., presented “Perceptions of Self-Images Among Black Children Illustrated Through Their Artwork;” Sunshine Wilson, a senior communications disorders major from Kansas City, Mo., presented “Infants Response to an Expressive Face vs. Non-Expressive Face;” and Tiffany Caesar, a senior Spanish major from St. Louis, presented “It Doesn’t Quite Translate: The Relationship Between African and African Americans on the Truman State University Campus.”

Vanity Gee, a junior economics and music double major from Belleville, Ill., also attended the conference.

Highlights of the conference included individual student research presentations, a graduate recruitment fair, speakers and panel discussions, a workshop on the graduate admissions process and opportunities to interact with graduate school faculty and staff. 
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