McNair Scholars Program Staff


Daniel Smith, Ed.D.

Program Director

Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Northeastern University

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

B.A., English/Creative Writing, 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., 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.

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.

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.