Westminster Graduates Eight McNair Scholars in 2015

Jun 3, 2015

June 3, 2015 Seven students to attend graduate school next fall SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster is pleased to announce the following Class of 2015 McNair Scholars:
  • Jessica Bustamante has been accepted into the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Westminster College.
  • Hailey Edwards received a fully funded offer to the University of Alabama and will begin her Ph.D. in the neuroscience theme, graduate biomedical sciences program.
  • Kailey Kornhauser will earn her Master of Arts in environmental humanities at the University of Utah. She was named a Diversity Fellow and will perform research in the American West Center. Her degree will be fully funded.
  • Katie Mullin will begin her Master of Science/Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Utah. She is one of two students selected for this dual-degree program, and received a competitive funding package.
  • Chrono Nu will embark on his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan. In additional to his departmental funding, Nu was awarded a Rackham Merit Fellowship.
  • Willy Palomo will pursue two degrees at Indiana University: a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing as well as an MA in Latin American and Caribbean studies. In addition to his departmental assistantships, he is a recipient of IU's Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship for the first year of his program.
  • Martin Puga, Jr. (U of U) will pursue his Ph.D. in sociology at Texas A & M. He received the Vision 2020 Graduate Fellowship as well as a teaching assistantship.
Additionally, Westminster congratulates Charity Jessop, who graduated from Westminster College in December 2014 after returning from her travels in Central America. 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. "We are so proud of the McNair Scholars' achievements, and excited about what the future holds for them," said Jo Hinsdale, Westminster's McNair Scholars program director. "Our 2015 graduates join an accomplished group of alumni, who attend such institutions as the University of Arizona, Stanford University, Georgetown University and the University of Washington." Since the inception of the Westminster College McNair Scholars Program in 2003, 77% (86/112) of graduates have attained an advanced degree or are currently in graduate programs. All students entering doctoral programs as full-time students receive funding, including outstanding fellowships or assistantships and tuition waivers. Nine of our alumni have attained Ph.D.s. Six of these students have become tenure-track professors, which fulfils the program's mission of diversifying academia.

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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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