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Only a few weeks left…

My research has not been going in the direction that I intended for it to go. I particularly want to study charter schools and how they can be effective for low-income, particularly black, students. However, I have been reading books

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars


I am so proud of myself. Yesterday I completed a draft of my literature review. I read a few articles about the achievement gap and setting students up for success instead of failure. I did not realize that I could

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars

dead week…

This is dead week and have not made much progress with my research. I am now beginning to truly understand how difficult it is to be a student and a researcher at the same time. It seems as though once

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars

Charter Schools and the Lottery

I watched a documentary called “The Lottery”. It was very similar to the book I read by Paul Tough, except it made me a lot sadder. Reading about children not getting a proper education and their parents being frustrated is

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars

BUSY start to Winter Quarter!

I still cannot believe that it is the end of week four! This quarter started off quite busy because in addition to the usual stress of crashing classes and getting accustomed to them, I also had to start prepping for

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars


Hello! I am so excited because I finally made some progress over winter break. I finished the Paul Tough book and I have decided that I would like to focus my research on charter schools. Now, I still do not

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars

Deciding where to take my research next…

Over the last year in the McNair Research Program I conducted a study on the division of childcare labor in gay male partnerships, and while I did produce some interesting findings I’m unsure of where to take my research next. 

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars
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