McNair Scholars: 2009-2010

Maritza Diaz

Maritza DiazMaritza Diaz transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills in 2009 from Pasadena City College. She is a junior pursuing a major in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Maritza’s research interests are community studies revolving around adolescent crimes in relation to the structure and involvement of their communities. Maritza’s goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology and pursue a career as an instructor at the university level. In her pursuit of gaining a revolutionary understanding to help empower our most vulnerable youth, Maritza has served as a tutor and mentor for “at risk” youth for the last four years. She also serves as an active officer in the Sociology Club in order to gain a holistic perspective of our communities.


Ricco Garrett, Jr.

Ricco Garrett, Jr.Ricco Garrett, Jr. is a junior at California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in Africana Studies. Ricco intends to pursue a doctoral degree in Christian Theology with a concentration in Christian Ministry. His research interests include selected early nineteenth century African American writers and activists using the Christian text to raise questions and explanations regarding the enslavement of Africans and their use of gospels as a reference to guide them towards freedom and development. Ricco presented this research at the 2009 Student Research Day at California State University Dominguez Hills and the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference. He has also participated in the California State University Dominguez Hills Mentoring Program assisting incoming freshmen. In 2009, Ricco was awarded the Black Faculty Scholarship. In his spare time, Ricco enjoys volunteering at Takeover Youth Ministry (Faithful Central Bible Church).


Talia Gomez

Talia GomezTalia Gomez is a junior at California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in Chicana/o Studies. Talia’s ultimate goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Chicana/o Studies and become a university professor. In the summer of 2009, Talia was accepted to a UCLA travel abroad program where she conducted research in Juchitan Oaxaca, Mexico. The resulting presentation of this research “Blurring the Lines in Dual Gender Systems Among Zapotec Communities in Juchitan, Mexico” was presented at the annual Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies (PCCLAS) conference.

 

 


Kimberly Hinson

Kimberly HinsonKimberly Hinson transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills in Spring 2009 from San Francisco State University, and received two A.A. Degrees in English (Creative Writing, Literature) from Long Beach City College in 2008. Kimberly is currently a junior pursuing a B.A. degree in Anthropology, Archaeology Concentration, with a minor in Geography. Kimberly’s research interests are focused in the field of archaeology and ethnoarchaeology focusing primarily on marine adaptations among costal populations and how different variables, such as environmental change and human population pressures, might be understood in prehistoric societies through their material remains. Kimberly’s goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Archaeology and pursue field work and a career as an instructor at the university level. She is currently conducting research with Dr. Jerry Moore in Archaeology. In addition, she is also an active member of the CSUDH Anthropology Club. Kimberly received a scholarship from the Bougess-White Scholarship Foundation in 2008 and has been on the Dean’s list since 2003. Aside from her studies, Kimberly is a part -time educator at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and an avid photographer, traveler, and snowboarder.


Celso Jaquez

Celso JaquezCelso Jaquez is a junior at California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in Anthropology with a minor in History. Celso is honored to be the first in his family to pursue a graduate degree. He graduated from El Camino College with an A.A. degree as a double major in Anthropology and History. It is Celso’s intention to pursue research in the religious and symbolic traditions of the pre-Classic Maya Indians of the Peten valley of southern Mexico. Ultimately, it is his goal to teach at the university level, inspiring a new generation of Mesoamerican scholars. Celso was awarded the Presidential Scholar’s Award for the Social and Behavioral Sciences at El Camino College, was the 1st place recipient at the 2008 El Camino College Student Research Symposium, and has been the organizer of the school’s annual intertribal Pow Wow for the past five years. He is currently the Vice President of the California State University Dominguez Hills Anthropology Club.


Bianca Knight

Bianca KnightBianca Knight transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills in 2009 from Long Beach City College. Bianca is a junior pursuing a major in Anthropology, with a minor in Sociology. She is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology. Bianca is interested in researching single mothers who are from gang families or have children in gangs in the Los Angeles area. One of her goals for the future is to create a gang prevention program for children, especially those who have family members in gangs. Bianca aspires to eventually become a university professor. Bianca is a member of the Student Support Services (SSS) and has been on the Dean’s List since 2009. Aside from her studies, Bianca enjoys watching reality shows and movies. She also enjoys Disneyland in the rain.


Angela Magarro

Angela MagarroAngela Magarro transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills in 2009 from Santa Ana College with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts. Angela is a junior pursuing a major in Sociology with an emphasis in community and social inequalities, and a minor in Psychology. Angela’s research interests are in technology and family dynamics. Angela’s goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology and pursue a career as an instructor at the university level. She is currently conducting research with Dr. Pinto on domestic duties and families. Aside from her studies, Angela enjoys cultural Tahitian dancing and has traveled to Tahiti to study the different styles of dance.

 


Claudia Maravilla

Claudia MaravillaClaudia Maravilla is a junior at California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in Chicana/o Studies. She is interested in pursing a Ph.D. in Chicana/o Studies with an emphasis in Education, Social and Community Development. Claudia is interested in studying Mariachi music and how it has become a forum where women break away from tradition male dominant roles. Claudia aspires to become a professor at the university level. One of her goals for the future is to teach in low income communities where young teens need guidance and mentorship from people they can identify with. Aside from her studies Claudia enjoys photography, biking, hiking and attending plays.


Michael Martinez

Michael MartinezMichael Martinez is a junior at California State Dominguez Hills University pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in English/Literature. His research interests include such movies and books as JFK and The Doors by director Oliver Stone, Libra and White Noise by Don De Lillo, and Killer Instinct by Jane Hamscher. He is currently discussing a research topic with Dr. Roderick Hernandez, but plans to use literary analysis and film interpretation as his methodology. Michael’s long term goal is to earn a Ph.D., be a writer, and become a professor at a University or Community College. In addition, Michael has been an instructional aide at El Camino College for the EOP&S program for two and a half years where he frequently assists other students with their grammar and thesis. Aside from his studies, Michael is always trying to enhance his ability to write creatively and experience new things.


Saira Rab

Saira RabSaira Rab is a junior at California State University Dominguez Hills pursuing a major in psychology and with a minor in biology. Saira is the first in her family to follow her dreams of becoming a neuropsychologist and will be the first in her entire family to graduate. She is interested in becoming a researcher with a focus on the brain and its physiological responses. She is currently conducting research with Dr. Rosen and Dr. Carrier on 3D technology and its physiological effects. In addition, she is also an active officer in the GSA club, anime club, and Pacific Islander club. Saira is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has won first place for her poster presentation at the 2009 Student Research Day at California State University Dominguez Hills. Aside from her studies, Saira enjoys dancing, socializing, cooking, and volunteering her time to organizations.


B.B. Isaiah Rush

B.B. Isaiah RushB.B. Isaiah Rush transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills in 2009 from Orange Coast Community College with an A.A. degree in Psychology. B.B. is currently a junior pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Music. B.B.’s research interests include the healing potential that music has on cognitive disorders and brain injuries, with a focus on how technology affects cognitive behavior. B.B.’s goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology and pursue a career as an instructor at the university level. He is currently conducting research with Dr. L. Mark Carrier on the immersion level technology has on our behavior compared to reality. In addition, he is also an active officer in the Psychology club. B.B. has also acquired an extensive music background to assist in his research endeavors, and plays guitar. With this unique background B.B. will be able to pursue his goals of conducting independent research and becoming a university professor.


Moises Santos

Moises SantosMoises Santos is a junior at California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in Chicana/o Studies. Moises plans to obtain a Ph.D. in Chicana/o Studies and teach at the university level to be able to mentor and work with other students from his community. Currently, Moises has begun to conduct research on the Battle of Chavez Ravine. He is interested in exploring the effects the Battle of Chavez Ravine had on Mexican American/ Chicana/o politics and how that connects to the Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Moises is also interested in studying eminent domain cases in Los Angeles County that have negatively affected underrepresented communities.

 


Iliana Ycute

Iliana Ycute Iliana Ycute is a junior at California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in Health Science with a minor in biology. Iliana will become the first of her family to ever graduate from college. Iliana is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Science with emphasis in health research. Iliana aspires to be involved with developing new technology that facilitates the treatment of diseases. One of her goals is to contribute to healthcare literature and become a source of knowledge for future students conducting research.