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Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Welcome to the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
526 5th Street
Cheney, WA 99004
Acknowledgement to Mentor:
"Andrew would like to thank and express his gratitude for the mentorship of Dr. Philip Watkins, with whom he has worked for the last three years on several important research projects and learned a great deal. He would also like to thank Dr. Jane Simoni, who spent the summer of 2012 guiding Andrew on an intensive research internship at University of Washington. With their expert guidance and wisdom, he has grown into an inquisitive and capable scholar who will never stop reaching for knowledge.."
Andrew's current research interests lay with issues surrounding the well-being of minority and underserved populations. He would like to explore issues of stigma and discrimination that many people face on a daily basis and how to best thrive in the face of such adversity using positive psychological frameworks. He is also interested in understanding factors that either promote or antagonize safe sex behaviors, especially amongst populations at high risk for sexually transmitted infections.
Dr. Philip Watkins, Professor, Department of Psychology, EWU
Dr. Jane Simoni, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
2011 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Gratitude Toward God: An Exploration of Religiosity, Gratitude and Happiness
His McNair summer research internship examines the hypothesis that individuals with a strong God concept as expressed by their gratefulness to God find it easier to maintain positive affect in their life's events. This prediction stems from the theory that someone's belief in and gratitude towards God increases the amount of events a person could feel grateful about as well as an increased availability of grateful expression.
2012 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Brief Literature Review on Sexual Norm Formation in Men Who Have Sex with Men
Results: Participants reported that SEOM normalized their sexual behaviors, inspired them to try new sex acts, and influenced their standards of physical attraction for sexual partners, as well as the sex acts they thought they should engage in. Participants also reported that seeing UAI in SEOM increased their desire for UAI, normalized UAI, and set the expectation that their partners will desire UAI. While participants reported feeling influenced by SEOM, they claimed it had a much stronger influence on other MSM in the community.