Westminster's 2013 McNair Graduates are Set for Success

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 (Westminster). 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: Guadalupe Aguilera received full funding to attend the Ph.D. program in sociology at the University of Utah. Duke Cruz will work and continue to study music and philosophy, in preparation for applying to graduate programs for fall 2014. Yv Francis will enter the MS program in communication at the University of Utah. She is excited to pursue the emphasis in critical/cultural studies. Nick Gailey 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. Hail Ipaye 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. Faith Martinez 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. Robin Smith 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. Dexter Thomas 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.  

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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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