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Publication Date

Fall 2022

Digital Publisher

Digital Commons at St. Mary's University


This is the fifteenth journal for the McNair Scholars Program at St. Mary's University.


Research is the process to discover new knowledge and, arguably, the major endeavor associated with earning a doctoral degree. While undergraduates are busy acquiring a foundation in their specific disciplines, all are in some measure focusing on the history of those areas- studying what is already known. Summer research is an opportunity for McNair Scholars to engage in the work that will comprise a majority of their doctoral experience- exploring new topics, collecting data, and building their disciplines. One might say that after many years of living in a house, now these scholars are building a house. This is an exciting experience for scholars and thrilling for their mentors and the McNair program staff to observe. This year’s journal includes offerings from scholars of different majors utilizing a variety of methodologies and exploring various unique topics. What these projects all share is the building- pushing the boundaries of what is known and opening new vistas to inquiry. We are excited to welcome you along on this journey." Jennifer Zwahr-Castro PhD - Director & Joshua A. Dunn PhD - Assistant Director




Cuevas, Azucena; Duplechain, Charlyssa; Escobedo, Lauren; Garcia, Kayla; Garza, Paul; Herrera-Miramontes, Omar; Ibarra, Grace; Martinez, Melanie; Mejia, Victorianna; Price, Jean Kallisto; Quetzeri, Vanessa; Reyna, Joel; Saldivar, Carolina; Sommer, Mary; Guerrero, Christian; Horta, Bridget

Table of Contents

pg. 5

Size or Duration

339 pages


St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.)


San Antonio

McNair Scholars Research Journal Volume XV