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Carolina Regalado, is earning two baccalaureate degrees in biochemistry & psychology with an emphasis in medical research.  Anticipated graduation is spring 2017.     

Carolina has been involved with The Latina Youth Coalition and the Regional Health Coalition (SO Health- E) through Oregon Health and Science University. These coalitions are focus on minimizing minority disparities in Southern Oregon though research. Carolina is also currently a part of the Jefferson Health Information Exchange Coalition where the focus is to create an online medical database that can be utilized by medical doctors across Oregon. Carolina also participates in community service at La Clinca in Phoenix, Oregon. At La Clinica she has the opportunity to interpret for many non-English speakers during their doctor visits. Carolina is interested in medicine and research. Her focus is to in the future specialize in child medicine and biochemistry research.

Summer 2014, Carolina was selected to intern at Oregon Health and Science University Equity Summer Research Program where she had the opportunity to perform vaccine therapy research. Summer 2016 she was re-selected for the Oregon Health and Science University Summer internship where she performed research on autism awareness among minority students, she received first place in poster presentation. Carolina has also participated in “Escuchando a Nuestros Jovenes” (Listening to Youth), she had the opportunity to plan focus groups, lead youth discussions, and interpret Southern Oregon data. Carolina is a current Southern Oregon University Diversity, and Burton scholar. Spring 2015 Carolina was also selected to attend Gates Millennium Alternative Spring Break, where she performed community service in the Portland area.

After completing her degree at Southern Oregon University Carolina looks forward to enrolling into a MD/ Ph.D program. As an MD/ Ph.D, she hopes to focus her practice in rural communities that are under served or underrepresented. Summer 2017 she will be once again shadowing and volunteering at Oregon Health and Science University. Attaining these two degrees will allow her to serve both of her passions: her dedication to health care and her love for science. 

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Oline, Professor of Biology


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Adriana Alexander Scholar Photo DEC 2014

Adriana Alexander is anticipating graduation summa cum laude in June 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology. After completion of her undergraduate degree, Adriana is interested in pursuing a doctoral program in biomedicine with a focus in developmental, regenerative, and reproductive biology. Adriana is predominately interested in medical research involving developmental genetics, gene regulation, and human disease.  Specifically, Adriana is fascinated by genetic and environmental mechanisms of germline development, reproductive and regenerative medicine, molecular morphogenesis, and embryonic development.

Adriana’s dedication to scientific research is exemplified by her work at Southern Oregon University’s Biotechnology Center, University of Oregon, National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory (NFWFL), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At SOU, Adriana’s research project titled “Geographic variation in chloroplast DNA in the California red fir-noble fir species complex” was presented as a poster at the Southern Oregon Arts and Research Conference in May 2014 under the direction of Dr. Oline. Adriana also participated in an internship in the Bowerman Lab at the University of Oregon sponsored by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. Here, Adriana screened for temperature-sensitive, embryonic-lethal mutations affecting the nematode, C. elegans. Adriana presented a poster of her work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Antonio, Texas and won an award in the Cell Biology discipline. During the summer of 2015, Adriana partook in a 10-week internship in the Dean Lab at the NIH sponsored by the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Adriana’s research project involved investigating the role of zinc in regulating ovastacin, a cortical granule protease, in mouse oocytes. Adriana presented a poster of her work at the NIH Poster Day in Bethesda, MD. Currently, Adriana’s work at the NFWFL entails estimating gene flow among populations of American black bear over varying distances to characterize population structure and to test the potential of Y chromosome genotyping to resolve the geographic origin of black bears at regional and population levels.

Furthermore, Adriana is a first generation, low-income minority student who understands the importance of serving the community. Adriana is proud to be a Diversity Scholar and as part of that program to have completed 120 hours of community service volunteering at Asante Ashland Community Hospital and coaching a high school water polo team. Adriana’s undergraduate education has been supported by multiple scholarships, including the National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program Award, Sherm & Wanda Olsrud Endowed Scholarship, Ralph and Mary Herbold Scholarship, Robert R. Robinson Memorial Biology Scholarship, Soroptimist International of Ashland Grant-in-Aid/Scholarship, and Great Lakes Scholarship for STEM Majors. Adriana is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Oregon Academy of Science, and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Adriana’s passion for serving others, in addition to conducting research, fuels her motivation for earning a doctoral degree. Upon completion of a doctoral program, Adriana hopes to apply her post-baccalaureate education in service of others as a research scientist in developmental and reproductive biology.

Mentor: Dr. David Oline, Associate Professor of Biology


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John Pogue is earning a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Sociology with a focus in Social Research Methods and Teaching, and earning a minor in Philosophy. John anticipates graduatingt magna cum laude in June 2016.

John is interested in studying and reviewing education policy in reference to drug and alcohol curriculum offered at the high school level. His research focuses on how state and federal standards of education are administered at a local level. He pursued these interests by conducting a research project for the 2015 McNair Summer Research Internship which he presented at the McNair Research Symposium. The focus of the project reviewed perceived and actual drug use from a state wide survey of 11th grade high school students in Oregon. The project also included content analysis of high school websites and how informative these sites were when reviewing health education standards. John is also interested in researching media representations of masculinity and alcohol, and their implications for the socialization and actions of men. John is also interested in Oregon’s recent legalization of marijuana and the roles schools may assume in educating students about this substance. 

John has actively pursued practicum teaching assistantships for the Sociology department at Southern Oregon University. In spring 2015 John lectured on life chances and secondary school opportunities for GED recipients, and has plans for teaching a module on social media activism and gender in fall 2015. John is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Delta honor societies.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Southern Oregon University, John will be actively looking at doctoral Sociology programs that focus on sociology of education and social research methodologies. He aims to learn more about mixed method research disciplines as he believes qualitative and quantitative methodologies are an important part of the Sociology discipline. Once he has earned his doctoral degree, John hopes to continue conducting social research on education and pursue a tenured professorship at a university. 

McNair Faculty Mentor: Echo E. Fields, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Program Chair of Sociology, and Coordinator of Human Services

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Cristian Ramirez is a first-generation, low-income, Latino student whose priority is attaining a higher education. His parents never had this opportunity growing up in Mexico, and since moving to the United States at the age of ten, Cristian has been working hard to take advantage of receiving a quality education in America. Cristian anticipates graduating summa cum laude in June 2017 with a Baccalaureate of Science in computer science, a minor in business administration, and a certificate in business management information systems.

Cristian understands the importance of serving the community, in particular the Latino community. He takes great pleasure participating in programs such as Academia Latina, Cesar Chavez Conference, and Pirates to Raiders. These pre-college/youth programs at Southern Oregon University encourage Latino middle and high school students to pursue higher education, as well as assist and mentor them through the process of applying to college. Cristian’s undergraduate education has been supported by the Southern Oregon University Foundation Scholarship, the Diversity Scholarship, the Ben Evans Trust Scholarship, the William and Florence Schneider Scholarship,and the Lynnette A. Kelly Scholarship. He is also the recipient of the Southern Oregon University Laurels Scholarship.

Following completion of his undergraduate studies at Southern Oregon University, Cristian will apply for fall 2017 entry to graduate programs in computer science with a focus in information assurance. He is eager to advance his understanding in computer security through research and assist in improving the security of information. He is motivated to succeed academically and professionally to fulfill his and his parents dream of him attaining higher education.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lynn L. Ackler Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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BurnsHeadshot1My name is Thomas Burns. I am pursuing a baccalaureate of science degree in Mathematics, with minors in Computer Science and Statistics. I anticipate graduating with honors in Mathematics in June of 2016.

I am interested in Computational Mathematics, especially Computational Statistics and the propagation of uncertainty. I am especially interested in creating a mathematical software package that allows users to better work with, and analyze, data.

I am the lead math tutor in the Math and Science Tutoring Center in the Learning Commons of the Hannon library at SOU.

After completing my undergraduate studies and graduating from SOU, I am looking forward to continuing my education and furthering my understanding of computational mathematics and statistics by attending a doctoral program which will provide me with opportunities to focus on the use of computer programming and a broad understanding of uncertainty to further develop my own abilities, and the abilities of others, using all of the computational methods available to modern applied mathematicians.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kemble Yates, Professor of Mathematics and Chair of SOU Math Department.


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