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McNair Scholars

Meet current and past student scholars who have received doctoral degrees from some of the most prestigious institutions in the nation.

Meet Our Current McNair Scholars

Tyshana Campbell HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: The Impact of Disasters Among Latinx Undergraduates in California

Faculty Mentor: Nichole M. Garcia, Ph. D.

Saidy Cedano
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Civic Engagement for African American and Latinx Youth: Obstacles for ‘Students Taking Action Together’ in Urban School Districts

Faculty Mentor: Maurice Elias, Ph. D.

Georgina Duker HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Approaches to Social-Emotional Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Faculty Mentor: Maurice Elias, Ph. D.

Jonathan Freire HS
School of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers Business School, Class of 2022

Research: Economic Development in Latin America: Ecuador and the Exporting of Commodities 

Faculty Mentor: Jacquelynn Duron, Ph. D., LCSW

Aldazia Green HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Racial biases in the treatment of pregnant women
Faculty Mentor: Lori S. Hoggard, Ph. D.

Amalia Jimenez HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Restoring Justice: A Paradigm Shift of Disciplinary Measures in Urban Schools
Faculty Mentor: Anne Gregory, Ph. D.

Amina Meky HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Impact of COVID-19 on Undergraduate Rutgers Students 
Faculty Mentor: John R. Aiello, Ph. D.

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School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: The Consumption of Black Death 
Faculty Mentor: Kim Butler, Ph. D.

Jassie Morcos HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Constitutional Myths and Miseducation
Faculty Mentor: Lisa L. Miller, Ph. D.

Sundus Reshid HS
Rutgers Business School, Class of 2022

Research: Reducing Implicit Racism Among Future Healthcare Providers 

Faculty Mentor: Devin English, Ph. D.

Jenika Scott HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Teenage Problematic Sexual Behaviors 

Faculty Mentor: Jacquelynn Duron, Ph. D., LCSW

Wen Shao HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Inq-ITS: Developing Microworlds for Virtual Simulation Learning

Faculty Mentor: Janice Gobert, Ph. D.

Henry Velasquez HS
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: The Diversity and Role of Microbes in Degradation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

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School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Post-Emergency Remote Instruction: Relationships Between Adolescents' Social-Emotional Learning, Extracurricular Activities, and School Connectedness

Faculty Mentor: Maurice Elias, Ph. D.

Devin Williams HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Politically Repressing the Proletariat: The Struggle Between the U.S. Government and Black Nationalist Organizations
Faculty Mentor: Willie J. Wright, Ph. D.

Mohammad Wiswall HS
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Decision-Making Under Risk & Uncertainty: How Bangladesh Can Inform Behavioral Economics About Risk

Faculty Mentor: Mary Rigdon, Ph. D.

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School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Class of 2022

Research: Identification of Regulators in Neuronal Differentiation and Induction through CRISPR Gene Activator Screening

Faculty Mentor: Nan Yang, Ph. D.

McNair Cohorts

McNair Scholars have attended, accepted, and received full funding and doctoral degrees from some of the most prestigious institutions in the nation including Rutgers University, Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, Cornell University, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Massachusetts.

  • 2019 McNair Cohort

    Group photo of 2019 McNair scholars cohort

    Front Row: Cassandra Gonzalez, Danielle McCarthy, Siris Rodriguez, Favour Imhomoh, Destiny Morales, Rachelle Rivera, Eliana Mercedes
    Back Row: Janiya Peters, Zenaida Rosario, Ibraheem Ahmad, Julian Acevedo, Jeffrey Garcia-Sanchez, Yenny Tavarez

     

     

     

     

    2018 McNair Cohort

    Group photo of 2018 McNair scholars cohort

    Front Row: Channel Jordan, Janibell Encarnacion, Olivia Baker, Toyosi Dickson, Alyssa Rodriguez, Ashlee Belgrave
    Back Row: Bashir Herbert, Mateo Arango, Takondwa Musa, Joshua Cox, Andrew Cruz, Michael Edwin, Kierra Pean, Destiny Boynton, Alyssen Rivers, Uchenna Achebe, Renatta Fordyce

     

     

     

     

    2017 McNair Cohort

    group photo of 2017 McNair scholars

    Front Row: Loriana Hines, Misty Branch, Samantha Lanni, Jessica Dufort, Laniquah Demps, Aleah Bailey
    Back Row: Salman Hoque, Amelo Bacchus, Wai-Kit Chia, D'Ajanai Lee, Ja'wana Wilson, Jonathan Vides

     

     

    2016 McNair Cohort

    group photo of 2016 McNair scholars

    Front Row: Kelly Hannavi, Tanla Ayik, Kayla Fowler, Cindy Le, Diego Atehotura, Jing Wang, Jada Anderson
    Back Row: Chrystal Spencer, Nicole Ramos, Michael Satterfield, Andres Villegas, Andrew Cannon, Gregory Tomaini, Melissa James, Alice Cooper, Alexis Clavijo, Kelsie Thorne

     

    2015 McNair Cohort

    group photo of 2015 McNair scholars

    Front Row: Amanda Autore, Kadeem Pratt, Maegan Kae Sunaz, Dr. James H. Whitney III (staff), Michelle Arias, Isamar Hernandez, Daniela Silva, Valeria Montoya, Melisa Dennis, Jinalben Parikh, Lindsey Williams, Jakora Holman (staff), Madeline Hernandez
    Second Row: Miguel Vivar Lazo, Monica Torres, Katherine Wright, Mercedez Ruiz, Wanda Quintanilla, Jhanna Jean-Louis (staff)
    Third Row: Victor Gatica, Joshua Tedesco, Tracey Lattimer, Kesia Sommerville, Jackasha Wiley (staff)

     

    2014 McNair Cohort

    group photo of 2014 McNair scholars

    Front Row: Jackasha Wiley (staff), Anastasia Groce, Gabriella Estevez, Jessie Davis, Marie Callahan, Mark Lockwood, Ashley Garner, Ismelka Gomez, Kamaria Guity, Jennifer Beaugris (staff)
    Back Row: Maria Hernandez, Nathali Arias, Nicolas Holt, Tiffany Weems, Dr. James H. Whitney III (staff), Kristine Baffo

     

    2013 McNair Cohort

    group photo of 2013 McNair scholars

    Front Row: Dennis Sholler, Solangel Troncoso, Aya Sakar, Amanda Mammas-Rodriguez, Eden Mesfun, Ashley Mena, Colin Annand, Gurneet Sangha, Shifan Li, Sherif Ibrahim, Naima Chowdhury, Shantae Bedassie
    Back Row: Drs. Mark West, Paul Poast, Kathe Newman, Melanye Price, Ronald Miskoff

     

    2012 McNair Cohort

    group photo of 2012 McNair scholars

    Front Row: Tiffany Mayers, Nadia Schuman, Kevin Dahaghi, Lucille Gardner, Aisha Van Pratt, Minna Sabbahi, Wendy Flores, Ayodele Adegbola, Irene Hseih, Shanee Smith, Faith Kyeremateng, Kenya Graham, Vanessa Sirmans, Banan Adelrahman, Amarilis Rodriguez