McNair Scholars Program Staff


Daniel Smith, Ed.D.

Program Director

Ed.D., Higher Educaiton Administration, Northeastern University

M.A., English/Composition, San Francisco State University

B.A., English/Creative Wiritng, San Francisco State University

Research Interests: Underrepresented college students, undergraduate research, first generation college students, mentorship, academic support programs.

Dissertation title: Undergraduate Research Experiences for Underrepresented Students: A Strengths-Based Perspective.

Mariana G. Martinez

Research Coordinator

Ph.D., (ABD) Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A., Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of the Pacific

B.A., Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies/Spanish, Sonoma State University

Research interests: Access and retention, higher education, doctoral education, gender equity, first generation, low income, Latina/o students

Dissertation title: Mujeres Mexicanas in the Academy: Narratives from the Midwest.

Scott Miller, Ph.D.

Humanities Faculty Liaison

Ph.D., English, The Ohio State University

M.A., English, Humboldt State University

B.A., English, Humboldt State University

Research Interests: Writing Centers, the liberal arts tradition, Renaissance rhetorical history and theory

Title of my Dissertation: Parallel Worlds: Vernacular Rhetorical Traditions in the English Renaissance.





Karin Jaffee, Ph.D.

Physical/Life Sciences Faculty Liaison

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Davis

M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Davis

B.A., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

Research interests: Primate behavior and ecology, Applied ethology, Evolution of human behavior

Dissertation title: Behavioral Ecology of Perceived Risk of Predation in Sympatric Patas (Erythrocebus patas) and Vervet (Cercopithecus aethiops) Monkeys in Laikipia, Kenya.