McNair scholar from Eastern Michigan University presents research project at national education conference

by Debra Johnson, Published October 30, 2013


YPSILANTI  – Jazmin Rodgers, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, was one of only 12 students in the nation to present her research at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s annual conference, held in Chicago this fall.

In her abstract “The Influence of Early Life Experiences on the Perceptions of Women in Managerial Positions,” Rodgers examined how early life experiences and upbringing correlate to the perceptions of women’s roles in the workplace. Her research factored in how both men and women perceive themselves and how others perceive them as well.

Rodgers’ project considered variables such as family, environmental structure, parental roles and how the economy might influence a woman’s performance. Other hurdles such as gender stereotypes, exclusion from male networks and the pervasive glass ceiling were factored into her research.

“I have a striking interest in businesses and how organizations change and develop to become more competitive, as well as more innovative,” said Rodgers. “And, I believe women are very important leaders in helping corporations thrive, so I wanted to study the elements of leadership that are ingrained in a woman, from early life experiences to assuming leadership positions.”


EMU professor Natalie Dove (left) with Jazmin Rodgers

Rodgers, from Romeo, MI, is majoring in psychology and human resources at Eastern Michigan. She is also a member of the Honors College.

She joined the McNair Program in 2012, and presented her research at the 2013 Undergraduate Symposium, held at Eastern in March, and also presented at the National McNair Conference, held in Atlanta this July.

The McNair Scholars Program is named after the late Ronald McNair, an astronaut on the Challenger Space Shuttle. The program provides advising, faculty mentoring, research training and experience through a Summer Research Institute to low income and first-generation students, veterans and students with disabilities who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree in any discipline.

“The conference provided a platform for me to share my ideas and my passion about organizational behavior and development,” said Rodgers. “I also had an opportunity to talk with corporate leaders, and listen to stories about McNair alumni and became more inspired to be a part of change in corporate relations and mentality.”

Rodgers also received a 2013 Provost’s Undergraduate Research Stimulus Award, a $2,000 fellowship given to support research efforts. The program is designed to facilitate research partnerships between undergraduate students and Eastern Michigan University faculty. To read more, visit the Undergraduate Research Stimulus Award homepage.

Natalie Dove, associate professor in the psychology department at Eastern Michigan, has been Rodgers’ mentor and supporter of her efforts and research.

"Jazmin is a hard-working, professional scholar and I am extremely happy that she is receiving all of these accolades,” said Dove. “Her project makes both theoretical and applied contributions to the field in this area, and she is highly deserving."

The Council for Economic Opportunity in Education is a non-profit organization that focuses on the economic and financial education of students in grades K-12 by providing professional development and support to teachers. For nearly 65 years, the organization’s mission has been to instill in young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance. Through economic and financial literacy, it is hoped that children can learn that there are better options for a life well lived, and, ultimately grow into successful and productive adults. Please visit the Council for Economic Opportunity in Education homepage for more information.

For an application or additional information, please visit the McNair Scholars Program homepage.

Debra Johnson

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