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D. Adam Nicholson

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Research: Inequality, Political/Economic Sociology

Faculty Mentor: David Smith, PhD & Tracey LaPierre, PhD

About Me:  Adam is a recent graduate with honors and high distinction this past May. In addition to his dedication to the McNair Scholars Program, Adam has been involved in many campus leadership positions, including founding a chapter of the non-profit called Nourish International that allowed a team of students to travel to Accra, Ghana. Adam also served as a Senator for non-traditional students advocating for students with families and outside obligations. Adam is a student that has chosen to challenge himself both in and out of the classroom.  Last summer Adam completed a summer SRI project titled “God and Mammon: Class and Religion and the Impact on Political Support for Conservatism”.  In this study he examined the role of socioeconomic status and voting behavior of Kansas residents. His outstanding research was recognized when his project was chosen for an Undergraduate Research Award and again when he was selected to be present at the Undergraduate Capitol Research Summit in Topeka. Adam's current research project (honor's thesis) looks at homelessness in Lawrence and services available to families that have been displaced.  This fall, Adam will continue his education in the Sociology Department at Indiana University, Bloomington with a McNair Graduate Fellowship.  ​