Major: Psychology & Spanish
Minor: Human Development
McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paul Kwon
Research Project Title: The Role of Hope in Academic Perseverance among Ethnic Minority College Students
My research interests include factors that enhance resilience, retention rates in college, stress reduction, and disparities among underrepresented populations in college.
I have currently put my research on hold while I am applying to graduate school, but my McNair faculty mentor and I are working on getting my McNair project published in a journal.
I am applying to Ph.D. programs in Counseling Psychology this semester, and I am hoping to start graduate school in the fall of 2016.
As a McNair Scholar:
My experience as a McNair Scholar in the program has been rigorous and rewarding. I would not know what to expect from graduate school without the McNair program. I feel prepared to take-on the challenge of graduate school because of the various writing assignments, panels, conferences, presentations, advising, and completion of my own undergraduate research. Although all of these tasks posed different challenges, I benefited immensely from these experiences. Without my experience in the McNair program I would not be nearly as prepared for graduate school as I am, and my goals would not be nearly as ambitious as they are.
LinkedIn: Maira Birrueta