Jun 3, 2013
June 3, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY
- Westminster is pleased to announce this year's McNair Scholars Program graduates: Guadalupe Aguilera
(University of Utah), Duke Cruz
(Westminster), Yv (Clark) Francis
(Westminster), Nick Gailey
(Westminster), Hali Ipaye
(Westminster), Faith Martinez
(Westminster), Robin Smith
(Westminster) and Dexter Thomas
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 105 students, resulting in more than 85 bachelor's degrees earned.
This year, the program graduated eight students who will embark on a variety of academic endeavors. Below is a list of what they will be doing upon graduation:
received full funding to attend the Ph.D. program in sociology at the University of Utah.
will work and continue to study music and philosophy, in preparation for applying to graduate programs for fall 2014.
will enter the MS program in communication at the University of Utah. She is excited to pursue the emphasis in critical/cultural studies.
will attend the Department of Experimental Psychology at Washington State University. He is fully funded to pursue his Ph.D., and received a Distinguished Research Assistantship for Diverse Scholars for the first year of study.
accepted a fully-funded offer to earn her master's degree in the Textile and Apparel Management Department at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
will attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she will pursue a dual-degree program. She will earn a master's degree from the Department of Energy and Earth Resources and a policy degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Faith received the Graduate School's McNair Fellowship.
will pursue a dual degree at Loyola University in Chicago; she will earn an MS in child development from the Erikson Institute and an MSW at the Loyola School of Social Work.
received an NIH Undergraduate Scholarship for the current academic year; he will fulfill the terms of this award by performing research in an NIH lab for one year, beginning June 2013. He will work in a lab that studies adolescent risk behaviors.