Collaborative Research Showcased on National McNair Scholars Website

Beginning in early March 2012, Tonya Hutto, December 2011 graduate from our CJ undergraduate program and 2011 McNair Scholar, and Dr. Rebecca Howell, Tonya’s McNair Faculty Research Mentor, were featured on the homepage and research section of the national McNair Scholars website ( The focus of the research showcase is Tonya’s McNair study, entitled, “The Direct Effects of Race on the Adult Court Sentences of Waived Youth: A Replication and Extension,” which was one of 74 studies (out of a total of 850 studies) selected by the Council of Undergraduate Research for presentation at the 2012 Posters on the Hill event. To be held on April 24, 2012, this special research event on Capitol Hill will provide Tonya and Dr. Howell with an opportunity to present their research findings to members of the Congressional Black Caucus, several Alabama state representatives, and a number of policymakers and administrators from the U.S. Department of Justice. Their collaborative research study is forthcoming in the University of Alabama McNair Scholar’s Journal and it was recently accepted for publication, pending minor revisions, in Behavioral Sciences and the Law.