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Faculty Mentors

College of Agriculture

Shelton Murinda

Dr. Shelton E. Murinda is an associate professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Animal & Veterinary Sciences Department. Past research he has been involved with dealt with the detection of foodborne pathogens which affect the food industry in the US and world‐wide. (More Info [PDF])

Dr. Murinda mentored Cohort 16’s April Aquino in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

Dr. Murinda's Students on Bronco Scholar

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College of Business Administration

Please contact the College of Business Administration to find a Faculty Mentor.

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College of Education and Integrative Studies

Jose Hernandez

Dr. Jose Aguilar-Hernandez is an adjunct professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Ethnic & Women’s Studies department. His research interests include social movements, critical race theory, educational history, Chicana feminisms, and queer people of color.

Dr. Aguilar-Hernandez mentored Cohort 16’s Daniel Grajeda in conducting his own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

 


Christina Reyes

Dr. Christina Chavez-Reyes is a professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Liberal Studies department. Her research interests include higher education, at-risk youth, service learning, community engagement and participation, liberal arts education, undergraduate teacher candidates, undergraduate teacher education, family/parent involvement, Mexican American students, liberal studies, and interdisciplinary.

More information about her past works and experience can be found here: http://www.drchavezreyes.com/index.html. Dr. Chavez-Reyes mentored Cohort 16’s Anne Pham in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

 


Anita Jain

Dr. Anita Jain is an assistant professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Ethnic & Women’s Studies department. Her areas of interest include the feminine experience, queer theory, diasporic trauma, and migration.

Past research that Dr. Jain has been involved with studied performative masculinity (PDF).

Dr. Jain mentored Cohort 16’s Ryan Hall in conducting his own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

Dr. Jain's Students on Bronco Scholar


Jocelyn Pacleb

Dr. Jocelyn Pacleb is an assistant professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Ethnic & Women’s Studies department. Her areas of research involve Asian American contemporary issues.

Past research she has been involved with can be found here: http://www.pepperdine.edu/sccur2010/content/Abstracts.pdf (PDF). Dr. Pacleb mentored Cohort 16’s Kimberly Vongnalith in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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College of Engineering

Dr. Yong X. Gan is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. His areas of expertise are in nanotechnology, solid mechanics, energy conversion, photochemical fuel cells, and structure and mechanics of materials. His research interests include energy generation with biophotofuel cell; photovoltaics, thermoelectric behavior of composites; strengthening and toughening of glasses; structural assessment of materials; energy conversion system design; and fracture, fatigue, and structural assessment.

A list of Dr. Gan’s publications can be found here: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_ylo=2000&q=%22yong+x+gan%22

Dr. Gan’s Student on Bronco Scholar

Dr. Gan mentored Cohort 18’s Christopher Calle in conducting his own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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Mikhail Gershfeld

Dr. Mikhail Gershfeld is a professor within Cal Poly Pomona's Civil Engineering department. His expertise lies in structural engineering, and his current interests involve the design of wood structures.

Dr. Gershfeld mentored Cohort 16's Carlos McEniry in conducting his own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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College of Environmental Design

Please contact the College of Environmental Design to find a Faculty Mentor.

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Collins College of Hospitality Management

Please contact the Collins College of Hospitality Management to find a Faculty Mentor.

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College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Jack Fong

Dr. Jack Fong is an associate professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Sociology department. His areas of expertise are in Sociology/Ethnicity-Race, and his research interests include Ethnopolitics, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Development, Nationalism, Social Movements and Southeast Asian Geopolitics.

Some of his past work may be found here: http://www.csupomona-fong.org/publications.php.

Dr. Fong's Student on Bronco Scholar

Dr. Fong mentored Cohort 17’s Berenice Monarrez in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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Mary Danico

Dr. Mary Danico is a professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Psychology & Sociology department. Her areas of expertise are in race relations and family, and her research interests include Asian American studies, Korean American family and community formation, ethnic identity, 1.5 and second generation issues, immigration, diaspora and reverse migration, and LGBT communities.

Some of her past work may be found here: https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_asian_american_studies/v004/4.3yu_danico.html.

Dr. Danico mentored Cohort 16’s Dominic Lozano in conducting his own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers

Dr. Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers is an assistant professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Geography & Anthropology department. Her areas of study include Mesoamerica (esp. Central Mexico & Pacific Coast of Chiapas), art and archaeology, religion, trade and interaction, and identity and material culture. Past research of hers can be found here: http://csupomona.academia.edu/ClaudiaGarciaDesLauriers.

Dr. Garcia-Des Lauriers mentored Cohort 16’s Cheyennedra Bourne and Jessennya Hernandez in conducting their own independent research projects as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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Nicholas Glahn

Dr. Nicholas Von Glahn is an associate professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Psychology & Sociology department. His areas of research include cognitive, behavioral, and experimental psychology, memory, memory judgments, false memory, cognitive aging, courtroom psychology, and human and animal learning. He has previously worked on research involving imagination inflation (http://www.jstor.org/stable/4148993).

Dr. Von Glahn mentored Cohort 16’s Jimena Jaramillo in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

 

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Noel Houck

Dr. Nöel Houck is an associate professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s English department. Her areas of interest include applied linguistics, cross-cultural pragmatics, and classroom discourse analysis. Past research of hers involved language acquisition between non-native English speakers (http://www.jstor.org/stable/3586061).

Dr. Houck mentored Cohort 16’s Brittany Kemp in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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Dennis Loo

Dr. Dennis Loo is a professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Psychology & Sociology department. His research interests include media and crime, social movements, social problems, and social theory. A detailed catalogue of his past work can be found here: http://dennisloo.com/. Dr.Loo mentored Cohort 16’s Daniel Gomez in conducting his own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

Dr. Loo's Students on Bronco Scholar

 

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Stacy McGoldrick

Dr. Stacy McGoldrick is an assistant professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Psychology & Sociology department. Her areas of study include criminology, stratification, urban sociology, social theory, policing, homeland security, political culture, and political violence.

Past research she has been involved with dealt with media framing on environmental issues and race in relation to environmental racism (PDF). Dr. McGoldrick mentored Cohort 16’s Erica Brown in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

Dr. McGoldrick's Students on Bronco Scholar

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Alejandro Morales

Dr. Alejandro Morales is an assistant professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Psychology & Sociology Department. He received his Ph. D. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with specialties in counseling psychology, Latina/o psychology, immigration, language brokering, sexual orientation and gender identity, diabetes prevention and intervention, and research methods. Past research that he has been involved with dealt with the importance of culturally targeted interventions for Latinos with diabetes (PDF).

Dr. Morales mentored Cohort 16’s Stephanie Bañuelos in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

Dr. Morales' Students on Bronco Scholar

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Eileen Wallis

Dr. Eileen Wallis is a professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s History department. Her research interests include California and the American West, the Progressive Era, public history, U.S. women's history, and agricultural and environmental history. More information about her work can be found here: http://www.cpp.edu/~evwallis/.
Dr. Wallis mentored Cohort 16’s Adrienne Jaime in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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College of Science

Dr. Jamie Snyder is an assistant professor in Cal Poly Pomona’s Biology department. Her areas of expertise are in Virology and Environmental Microbiology, and her research focuses on the role of viruses in the evolution and ecology of microbes inhabiting natural environments.

Some of her past work can be found here: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=jamie+snyder&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=2002&as_vis=0

Dr. Snyder’s Student on Bronco Scholar

Dr. Snyder mentored Cohort 18’s Veneese Brown in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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Dr. Chantal Stieber is an assistant professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Chemistry and Biochemistry department. Her expertise lies in Inorganic Chemistry and her research focuses on solving problems through complementary efforts in synthetic inorganic chemistry, spectroscopy and computational chemistry.

Information about Dr. Stieber’s research and publications can be found here: http://www.cpp.edu/~sestieber/index.shtml

Dr. Stieber’s Student on Bronco Scholar

Dr. Stieber mentored Cohort 18’s Hector Alarcon in conducting his own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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Sepehr Eskandari

Dr. Sepehr Eskandari is a professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Biology department. His areas of interest are molecular physiology and pharmacology of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) transporters.

A detailed catalogue of his research goals and experience can be found here: http://www.cpp.edu/~seskandari/. Dr. Eskandari mentored Cohort 16’s Renee Estephan in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

 

 

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Ioana Mihaila

Dr. Ioana Mihaila is an assistant professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Mathematics department. Her research area is analysis.

Past research that she has been involved with can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02781070500323013#.U7xhlrFUMpo.

Dr. Mihaila mentored Cohort 16’s Roxane Mehrassa in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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Ertan Salik

Dr. Ertan Salik is an associate professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Physics & Astronomy department. His academic specialties include fiber optics, fiber gratings, fiber lasers, microwave photonics, optical sensors, physics and optics education.

More information about Dr. Salik’s current research ventures can be found here: http://www.cpp.edu/~esalik/research.html.

Dr. Salik mentored Cohort 16’s Christian Garrido and David Vega in conducting their own independent research projects as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

Dr. Salik's Students on Bronco Scholar

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Andrew Steele

Dr. Andrew D. Steele is an assistant professor within Cal Poly Pomona’s Biology department. His research interests involve the impact of feeding on circadian rhythms. More information about the Steele lab’s research can be found here: http://www.cpp.edu/~adsteele/

Dr. Steele mentored Cohort 16’s Natalie Garcia in conducting her own independent research project as part of the McNair Scholars Program.

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