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McNair Scholars


Melinda Nagle

Mindi Nagle is an undergraduate, first generation student at Southern Oregon University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Writing with an emphasis in Professional Writing and minoring in Literary Studies. She anticipates graduating cum laude in June of 2016.

Mindi is interested in human interactions and social research within our national and local parks and how communities can utilize social research to solve complex problems within the park system. She is specifically interested in park visitor demographics and how administrators can utilize social research to improve park visiting rates, especially in underrepresented demographic areas. She is also interested in social research methodologies, women’s literature and autobiography, grant proposal development, and narrative oral histories. Her past research has included gender related policy research, social and demographic research, women in literature, feminist readings, and linguistic research. She is also interested in Ethnography and how communities can benefit from making their stories public.

After completing her undergraduate degree at SOU Mindi is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Forestry, Sociology, or Public Policy. She hopes to contribute her love of research and action within a program that can help her to achieve her goals of becoming a post-secondary educator and professional researcher.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Edwin Battistella, Professor of English and Writing

Scholar Curriculum Vitae

Poster Presentation: "Beautification & Community Engagement at Madrone Trail Public Charter School

Poster Presentation: "Harvesting Wild Mushrooms on National Forest Land in Oregon”

2014 McNair Summer Research Symposium Presentation: "Oregon Speaks: A Sociolinguistic Study of Vernacular Diversity"