Westminster Announces 2014 McNair Scholar Graduates

May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014 SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster is pleased to announce the following McNair Scholars will graduate as part of the class of 2014. The following students have been accepted into graduate programs beginning in the fall of 2014: Jasmin Alves - University of Southern California Ph.D. in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (PIBBS) Merima Beganovic - Washington University in St. Louis Ph.D. in the Department of Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering Katrina England - SUNY Binghamton Ph.D. in the Department of Social, Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy Courtney Hammond - The Ohio State University Master's degree program in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies James Domingo Madrigal - University of Texas at Austin MFA and will attend the New Writers Project Helen Makhdoumian - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign MA/Ph.D. program in literature Paige Martinez - University of Connecticut Doctoral program in Social Psychology Wendolens Ruano (U of U) University of Utah Master's Degree at the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Carolina Silva - Washington State University Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education   Additional 2013-14 McNair graduates include: Leslie Brown, Ethel Tackie-Yarboi, Dina Sage and Valeri Tua'one (U of U). Tackie-Yarboi will be employed at Nelson Labs in Salt Lake City. Two 2013 Westminster graduates will enter graduate school in the fall of 2014: Duke Cruz - Ohio University Master's degree in philosophy Dexter Thomas will return from his year of research at NIH to begin his doctoral program in psychology at the University of Utah.   The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who go on to graduate study. The ultimate goal of the McNair program is to increase faculty diversity in colleges and universities across the country. Westminster's program is the only one in the state and serves students at Westminster, the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. Westminster's McNair Scholars Program began serving its first cohort of students in January of 2004, and has since served more than 123 students, resulting in more than 100 bachelor's degrees earned. "All students entering graduate school received competitive funding packages," added Jo Hinsdale, McNair Scholar Program director. "We are so proud of the McNair Scholars' accomplishments and delighted to see them achieve their academic goals."    

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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