McNair Scholars shine at “Private College Scholars at the Capitol”

Amineh Safi ’14 talks with Ted Grindal ’76, Augsburg College Regent Emeritus and former chair of the Board of Regents.On Tuesday, April 8, Augsburg TRIO McNair Scholars* Amineh Safi ’14 and David Fowler ’14 participated in the 11th annual Private College Scholars as the Capitol event. Each private college in Minnesota selects two students for the Private Scholars at the Capitol event annually to present their research using professional quality posters, wherein they lay out the scope of their projects, including the methods, sources, findings and implications of their work.

“The Capitol event gives our students another opportunity to refine their presentation skills,” says “Tina” Maria Tavera, Director of the TRIO McNair Scholars Program at Augsburg. “Plus, students get the chance to connect with their district representatives and highlight the tremendous quality of research being completed at Augsburg.”

Both Amineh and David were well prepared to discuss their work and answer questions from the dozens of people who milled around the rotunda space, reviewing individual projects. Amineh’s research topic, “Racializing Islam: Newspaper Portrayal of Crime Involving Muslims and Islam,” is a descriptive content analysis examining how crimes involving Muslims are portrayed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Continue reading