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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

Victor Abril
School of Engineering, Class of 2021

Victor Abril

Research: The Development of a Miniature Smart City Platform for Connected & Automated Vehicles
Faculty Mentor: Peter J. Jin

Janiya Peters
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

Janiya Peters

Research: Examining Beginner Computer Programmers' Procedural Logic through the Escape Room Model
Faculty Mentor: Frances Trees

Siris Rodriguez
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

Siris Rodriguez

Research: Stereotype Threat and Latinx Women's Academic Performance
Faculty Mentor: John Aiello

Zenaida Rosario
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

Zenaida Rosario

Research: The Persistence Methods of African American Female Undergraduates Attending Predominantly White Institutions
Faculty Mentor: Nichole M. Garcia

Favour Imhomoh
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

Favour Imhomoh

Research: The Forgotten Women of War: The United Nations Resolutions and the Wartime Experiences of Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Faculty Mentor: Nichole M. Garcia

Julian Acevedo
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

Julian Acevedo

Research: A Cry for Social Change: Narconovela's Expression of Historical and Social Issues
Faculty Mentor: Kenneth Sebastian León

Yenny Tavarez
School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

Yenny Tavarez

Research: Social Support in Developing Purpose among Latinx Youth
Faculty Mentor: Maurice Elias

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