Scholar Spotlight on Juan Cangas

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Juan Cangas grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska where he attended Grand Island Senior High. Juan’s uncle gave him a CD from the motivational speaker Anthony Robbins that got him interested in what drives human behavior. He knew then that a career in the social sciences was right for him.

After high school, Juan pursued a college education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln because he loved the Huskers and wanted to stay close to home. His interest in human behavior lead Juan toward a major in psychology. His stellar academic achievements did not go unnoticed and Juan was awarded both the Davis and Peter Kewitt Legacy Scholarships.

Under the guidance of Dr. Richard Wiener throughout the summer Juan had the opportunity to conduct research focusing the effects of gender in predicting levels of fear and anger among jury members. The results of his study contradicted popularly held assumptions about the connections between gender, fear, and anger. This experience bolstered Juan’s interest in both law and psychology.

Juan has two younger brothers, Ricky, age 15, and Eric, age 2. He also has a 5 year-old son named Christian. Juan says, “The most influential person in my life had been my mother Sulia.” He says he loves to learn, especially things that can help him grow and expand as a human being.

Juan plans to graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in May 2009. After graduation he plans on pursuing a Ph.D/J.D. degree. Juan’s love of learning has led him to where he is today and will surely see him through his graduate career.

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