A Note from the Collaborative Director
Undergraduate Research: Adjusting to Life at a Liberal Arts College
2012-2013 McNair Scholars
Fall-Summer Collaborative Grants
- Kaela Gedda
- Jens Paasen
- Gretchen Panzer
- Hannah Schmitt
- Luanne Spence
- Sarah Titus
Collaborative Research Stories
May 4, 2012 Student Academic Travel Grant and Attendee Grant applications due
McNair Scholars 2012-2013
Sociology with a
Concentration in Human Services and Spanish Double Major with a Minor in
I was raised in
Mundelein, Illinois my entire life. Mundelein is a northern suburb of Chicago.
I love the state of Illinois. Even though I decided to go to college in
Wisconsin, I still have a huge heart for my Chicago sports team. Go Bears!
Another passion of mine, besides my Chicago sports teams is dancing. I’ve been
dancing since I was three years old. I dance a variety of styles, which
include: ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, modern and pom. I’m having a
delightful college experience so far with so many more memories to come my way.
I’m involved in quite of few different areas: I’m on the St. Norbert College
Dance Team, I’m a Student Ambassador for the Office of Admissions, I’m a First
Year Experience Mentor, I’m a tutor through the Connections Program, I went on
a service trip that focused on HIV/AIDS in New York City through the TRIPS
(Turing Responsibility Into Powerful Service) Program, I’m a leader through Campus
Crusade for Christ, also know as Cru, and volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club
through Michel’s Service.
personally like to do an independent research project on children’s education.
What I mean by this is I want to see how much of an influence of their parents’
backgrounds effect their children’s education, in other words how the
children’s home background effects their education. The reason why I would like
to pursue an independent research project on this particular topic is because I
want to find answers to recommendations
for parents on how to overcome their personal and economic challenges and to
help their children with school, based on the influence of parents’
educational backgrounds and influence of parents’ economic background.
topic means a lot to mean because education is something that is very dear to
my heart. I feel that an education in a child’s life is very crucial. Children
are fundamental to society because they are our future; they hold the key to
change, and in turn a successful future, in their hands. Therefore, it is
society’s duty to provide them with a complete education that teaches them how
to work together successfully and how to question what is in front of them.
This education starts with what children learn from their parents and from what
they learn in the first few years of their lives. This initial education
impacts the rest of their lives.
to being asked to attend an information session about the McNair Scholars
Program, I had no idea of what this program consisted of. The first thing I did
when I heard about this program was to go on the Internet to see what this
program was all about. Once I learned more about it, I started to become
fascinated with this program and here is why. Right away I knew that this
program was the right way to go because I knew that if graduate school was on
mind, I would need encouragement to continue that route after receiving my
undergrad. Being accepted to this program will help me evaluate
my life and support me to continue my education after my undergrad. I hope for
it to prepare me for graduate school. My desire is to go to graduate school to
get my masters in social work, however with this program I have high hopes for
it to give me strength to pursue doctoral studies through involvement in
research and other scholarly activities. I have the chance to go to different
conferences to different schools and that would be a great experience. Not only
do I think this program would be very helpful, but it will help me in my areas
of growth; which include being
able to get out of my comfort zone.