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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

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

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IMG 7971    Nikole Gomez is currently working on completing her Baccalaureate of Science degree in Biochemistry with a pre-pharmacy focus at Southern Oregon University. Nikole anticipates graduating cum laude in June 2018. She is honored to be McNair scholar at Southern Oregon University, and has been on the Provost’s List for two terms.

    Nikole is interested in a variety of academic topics including pharmaceutics and genetics, and after completing her undergraduate studies she hopes to have the opportunity to continue her education at graduate school to study pharmaceutical sciences focusing on synthesizing new forms of medications for those who suffer with chronic pain.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hala Schepmann, Professor of Chemistry

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Myers    Jeffrey Myers is currently a senior at Southern Oregon University (SOU), earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Choral Conducting. He anticipates graduating magna cum laude in June 2017.

    Jeffrey is interested in vocal music and communal singing as a bridge of communication between peoples of varying backgrounds, spiritual practices, and cultural ideologies. This is particularly relevant in today’s climate of growing global awareness and understanding of current issues facing our society and the global community as a whole. Jeffrey further seeks to explore those elements of choral and group singing that serve in a religious or spiritual capacity and to study the unifying principles contained in those diverse practices. Jeffrey will spend the summer of 2016 researching the significance of spiritual and devotional singing among participants in 3 different types of religious observance. Jeffrey plans to compare and contrast these experiences through a general list of questions regarding feelings and personal interpretations of these events and to quantify that research in an academic paper to be published in the fall of 2016. Jeffrey is also interested in the history of Western music and the role that choral music continues to play in contemporary compositions. As part of this, Jeffrey plans to study World music and its growing representation within the realm of the choral repertoire.

    Jeffrey is proud to be a McNair scholar at SOU and is also involved in many activities on and off campus. He is a member of both the broader based University Concert choir and the more specialized Chamber choir, in which he serves as bass section leader. He was also recently appointed as choral master at Ascension Lutheran Church, a distinction in that it is rare to be appointed a professional position of this nature while still earning an undergraduate degree. Jeffrey has also interned as a grant writer for the Jackson County Library Foundation, and serves as Assistant Programming Director at Southern Oregon’s Jefferson Public Radio.

Mentor: Dr. Paul T. French, Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Southern Oregon University and Creative Director and Conductor for Southern Oregon Repertory Singers

TaylorEmily Paige Taylor is currently working towards a Baccalaureate of Arts in History with a minor in Anthropology.  She anticipates graduating magna cum laude from SOU in June of 2018.  Emily is working towards a specialization in Public History and aspires to a career in museum curation and research.  Within the field of Public History Emily has a broad range of research interests.  Her topics of research interest include the Oral History of rural American towns, Comparative History, Early Modern History, the roles of women in society, and the cultural exchange brought on by immigration.

Emily is a first-generation college student and was raised in rural areas in Northern California and Southern Oregon.  Her research interests have largely been shaped by her experiences volunteering with various historical institutions. Emily first developed an interest in Oral History while volunteering with the local historical society in her hometown and in Public History while working as a volunteer docent at the Baldwin Hotel Museum in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  Most recently she has been expanding her knowledge of Public History by engaging in volunteer work with the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the SOU Anthropology Lab.

She will also be doing an internship at Brown University in the summer of 2016, where she will be participating in research on the Nightengale-Brown House and the development of a self-guided tour curriculum for the historic mansion.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sean McEnroe

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