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Cody Sharp is currently pursuing a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Mathematics and a minor in Statistics. He anticipates graduating in June of 2017. He is honored to be a McNair Scholar and to have been on the Provost’s List for two terms

In the field of mathematics Cody is interested in representation theory, specifically lie groups and how they are used to solve non-linear partial differential equations and further our understanding of the physical world.  To further develop his mathematical skills Cody has worked as a Teaching Assistant for multiple SOU mathematics professors.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Cody plans to continue his education with a focus in pure mathematics through attending a doctoral program.  He is also interested in finding new, useful, and meaningful ways to apply abstract mathematical ideas within science and industry.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Curtis Feist, Professor of Mathematics


Scholar Curriculum Vitae

2016 McNair Scholar Symposium: Lie Theory and its Applications in Differential Equations

WhiteNathan White is a first generation undergraduate student at Southern Oregon University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Political Philosophy and a minor in Philosophy. He is anticipating graduating magna cum laude in June of 2018. 

Nathan is interested in the history of western intellectual thought and how it has inspired collective political action among and in favor of marginalized groups.  He is also interested in the history of social revolutions which have advanced gender equality and social justice. He is particularly interested in incorporating gender relations into the manner in which political, economic, and cultural history is understood.  Other topics Nathan would like to research include: the historical social constructs used to manage or interact with the mentally ill; the history of sexuality, and the history of intellectual life within convents.

After completing his undergraduate studies and graduating from SOU Nathan is looking forward to continuing his academic journey and refining his knowledge of History by attending a History doctoral program which has the possibility of an emphasis on philosophically contextualizing gender relations with regards to political, cultural, and social history. Upon completion of a doctoral degree he hopes to have the opportunity to use his post-baccalaureate education in service to the education of others by becoming a faculty member teaching at a community college or university and to continue to engage in applied research projects.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dustin Walcher, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History & Political Science


Scholar Curriculum Vitae 

2016 McNair Scholar Symposium: Becoming Who You Are: Friedrich Nietzsche and Simone de Beauvoir on Transcending Societal Constructs

GarloffBronson F. Samel-Garloff is a Biochemistry major here at Southern Oregon University. His primary interest is the brain, and how neurochemical pathways that govern synaptic processes influence genetic expression or are influenced by genetic disposition. He plans to graduate from Southern Oregon University in June 2017, with an ACS certified B.S. Biochemistry degree.

Bronson’s disciplinary focus is neurochemistry, and possibly neuropharmaceuticals. His specific research interests are the effects of miRNA on gene expression, synaptic regulation and optimization, intercellular communication between neural cells, and circadian rhythms. He has two years of experience with genetic research due to his work on the Y-Discovery Wolf Chromosome Project at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, and it is thanks to this experience that he has found the discipline which he is most passionate about.

His campus and extracurricular activities include rock climbing, ballroom dance, employment at the SOU IT Department, and participating in the SOU Jazz Ensemble as a Baritone Saxophone player. He volunteered at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory for two years, and has been a volunteer performer at the Rogue Valley Dancing with the Stars Sparrow Club benefit several times. He is also a member of the Ford Family Leadership Program 2011, Ashland, Oregon Cohort, and voluntarily assisted in the construction of the Jefferson Nature Center bee pollination garden which was that cohort’s group project.

Bronson aspires to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience once he has completed his undergraduate studies at SOU, and hopes to involve himself in the professional field of neuroscience as a researcher of neurodegenerative diseases. As a researcher he hopes to help conduct conclusive experiments which will produce data elucidating methods for more effective treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Steven C. Petrovic, Ph.D.; Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Enology.


2016 McNair Scholar Symposium: Determination of the Diffusion Coefficients of Tannin Monomers 

Proksch 01 smallDaisy Proksch is earning a Baccalaureate of Science degree in ACS Certified Biochemistry with a minor in Biology. She anticipates graduating magna cum laude in June 2017. Daisy is an academic who delights in learning about the complex interworking of the human body. She also loves and admires mathematics, especially the mathematical modeling of biological systems.

As part of a two-year capstone project, Daisy is currently working with Dr. Hala Schepmann on the isolation and characterization of secondary metabolites from Mahonia aquifolium and investigating whether these compounds are effective cyclooxygenase inhibitors. Daisy is also working on an independent research project with a fellow undergraduate student to characterize oomycete species diversity across a wet to dry soil gradient in the Wind River Forest of Washington State.

Since 2008, Daisy has been both a volunteer and a staff member of the Grants Pass Family Y.M.C.A. Through her time as a birthday party coordinator, a rock wall belayer, and youth activities staff member, her commitment to serving and directly connecting with the community has been solidified. She has also served as a tutor for Rogue Community College’s Student Support Services—providing academic support and guidance to students who are low income, or first-generation, or those with documented disabilities. Daisy thoroughly enjoyed tutoring fellow students in subjects such as mathematics, biology, chemistry, and writing.

 Daisy plans to pursue an M.D. /Ph.D. to become a physician-scientist, with the Ph.D. portion in Medical Computational Biology, so that she can meld her two academic interests of medicine and mathematics with her love for directly connecting to her community into one satisfying career.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gregory Miller, Professor of Chemistry


Scholar Curriculum Vitae

2016 McNair Scholar Symposium: A Review of the Effective Elements of Medical College Admission Test Study Materials 

Kahawai Photo 4Nicole Kahawai is pursuing a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Elementary Education at Southern Oregon University. She is also working towards minors in both Psychology and Interpersonal Communications, and a certificate in Conflict Resolution. She anticipates graduating cum laude in June 2017.

Nicole is interested in the development and evaluation of curriculum. Coming from the state of Hawai’i she is interested in seeing how curriculums affect areas of underrepresented groups and less resourced areas. Nicole’s research interests include: Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Practice, and Educational Foundations.

Nicole is a proud McNair scholar as well as a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary Siskiyou Chapter. She has been on both the President’s honors list and Provost’s honors list for five terms and plans on graduating with honors. Nicole is also the President of the Residence Hall Association for Southern Oregon University.

After completing an undergraduate degree at Southern Oregon University, Nicole is interested in pursuing a doctoral education in curriculum development and evaluation. She has a strong passion for research and education, especially in research that can be used to improve conditions for minorities. Upon completion of a doctoral program Nicole would like to be a university professor so that she can help bring awareness and knowledge to underrepresented groups.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. William Greene, Professor of Education, Education Department


Scholar Curriculum Vitae