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CU Students Present Research at National McNair Scholars Research Competition

October 30, 2013

Travonya Kenly (top) and Julianne Lewis (bottom) presented their research at the University of Delaware National McNair Scholars Research Competition and Graduate School Fair

Travonya Kenly (top) and Julianne Lewis (bottom) presented their research at the University of Delaware National McNair Scholars Research Competition and Graduate School Fair

Two Cheyney University (CU) students, Julianne Lewis and Travonya Kenly, recently presented their research at the University of Delaware National McNair Scholars Research Competition and Graduate School Fair. Focusing on developing excellence in academia and beyond, the University of Delaware's 11th National McNair Scholars Research Competition and Graduate School Fair offered an opportunity for scholars to experience a simulated professional research competition as well as an opportunity to network with scholars and faculty from across the country. The event provided a lively forum for intellectual exchange, networking and an occasion to develop scholarly excellence.   

Lewis, a senior psychology major, presented her paper in the form of a poster titled "College Students' Desire for Money and Professional Success and Students' Subjective Well-Being."  Her research was completed during the Fall 2012 semester for her Social Research Methods course under the mentorship of Dr. Janet Manspeaker.  In addition, Julianne completed two internships this past summer where she conducted quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

Kenly's paper, also made into a poster, "Size at Settlement of Mytilis Californianus and Mytilis Galloprovincialis," was based on research conducted this past summer during an internship at the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. Her project involved investigation and data analysis of size at settlement of two different types of mussels.  While at the Scripps Institution, Kenly, now a junior, presented her research, attended symposia by renowned researchers in the field, and conducted field research around Mexico and California. 

Both Lewis and Kenly are Keystone Honors Academy Scholars who have been active in research projects and internships off campus. Recently, Lewis worked as a research assistant for the Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music under the direction of Joyce Drayton. The primary goal of the internship was to analyze the perspectives of students, parents, and instructors about the effectiveness of the music program and to measure the development of musical skills among the students. Her project involved creating coding schemas for two qualitative surveys, input, managing and running descriptive analyses of the survey data. After analyzing that data, she will prepare a report for the school.  

Lewis currently works as an intern research assistant for the Fair Housing Rights Center (FHRC) in South Eastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) under the direction of Angela McIver. After creating a database and summarizing 12 months of intake data, she will prepare an annual report of the findings for the FHRC. 

Kenly recently participated in the Black College Quiz Bowl, which will be televised nationally in February. Dr. Hazel Spears,  CU Adjunct Assistant Professor, served as her coach. In addition, Kenly was accepted into the spring 2014 semester at Duke University Marine Laboratory Program. She received a full scholarship, and is one of only two students in the nation selected to participate in this program. As an undergraduate fellow, Kenly will enroll in four Duke courses taught in Beaufort, NC where there is emphasis on the biology and physiology of marine organisms, marine molecular biology, marine policy, and coastal socio-ecological issues. She will then extend her studies abroad in Singapore, Southeast Asia. In summer 2012, Kenly attended the DOW-MIT Access Symposium in Cambridge, MA.

The University of Delaware has hosted the McNair Scholars Program for the past 11 years.  The winners, all from the University of Delaware, shared $1000 in cash prizes. Fifty-seven students from Delaware State University, Cheyney University and Wesley College participated in this year's competition.