The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Student Accomplishments During the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is pleased to announce the graduation of scholars from doctorate and graduate programs, and the acceptance of several students into graduate and summer research programs.

  • Sabena Conley, a member of the inaugural McNair cohort of 2010 under the mentorship of Dr. Shirley Chao, has completed her Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal Program. Dr. Conley is currently serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
  • Shannon Gunn, a McNair Scholar in the inaugural cohort of 2010, under the mentorship of Dr. Shirley Chao, received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University.
  • Chiquanna Anderson, a 2015 McNair Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Moore, has received her Master of Arts degree in Education, Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
  • Brandon Davis, a 2014 McNair Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Eugenie Almeida, received his Master of Science degree in Communications from North Carolina State University.
  • Ashley Fowler, a 2014 McNair Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Perry Gillespie, has received her Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina A & T University. She has also been accepted as a Ph.D. student of Mathematics at Texas Tech University and will matriculate in the fall.
  • Karlesia Montague, a 2012 McNair Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Quinn, has been accepted as a Ph.D. student in the Counselor Education program at North Carolina State University; and, Counselor of Education & Supervision at University of North Carolina Charlotte. She will attend the University of North Carolina Charlotte in the fall.
  • Jonela Rogers, a 2011 McNair Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem, has been accepted into the Master of Public Health Program at Morehouse School of Medicine.
  • Chaniqua Simpson, a McNair Scholar in the inaugural cohort of 2010 under the mentorship of Dr. Heather Griffiths, is the recipient of the 2017 Esther Ngan-ling and Mareyjoyce Green Award for Sociologists for Women in Society. This is a scholarship award for $15,000 among other benefits.  She will be presented the award at the Summer Meeting Banquet in Montreal, Canada in August this year.  She is a Ph.D. graduate student and research assistant at NC State University.
  • Martina Azoro, a 2015 McNair Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Shirley Chao, has been accepted into the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. She will matriculate this fall.
  • Jancie Brown, a 2016 McNair Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Shirley Chao, has been accepted into the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology Track at Campbell University.
  • Karnella Fobbs, a 2016 McNair Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Terri Brown-Moore, has been accepted into the Master of Social Work Program at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work; The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University; and, the Dual MFT/MSW graduate program in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. Ms. Fobbs will matriculate to the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work this fall.
  • Jasmine Robinson, a member of the 2015 McNair Scholars cohort under the mentorship of Dr. Shirley Chao, has been accepted into the Western Carolina Master of Science Biology program; East Carolina University Master of Science Biology program; and North Carolina A & T University Master of Science Biology program. She has also received a position in the Summer of Learning and Research (SOLAR) program at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Ms. Robinson will matriculate to North Carolina A & T in the fall.
  • Whitney Watson, a member of the 2015 McNair Scholars cohort under the mentorship of Dr. Karen McElrath, has been accepted into the Master of Science Criminal Justice program at Fayetteville State University and will matriculate in the fall.
  • Adonia Williams, a member of the 2015 McNair Scholars cohort under the mentorship of Dr. Hsiaofen Hemstock, has been accepted into the Master of Science in Peace Operations program at George Mason University. She has also been awarded a Dean’s Fellowship from the Scholar School of Policy and Government in the amount of $5,000.  Ms. Williams will matriculate in the fall.
  • Arshay Grant, a member of the 2016 McNair Scholars cohort under the mentorship of Dr. Kristin Delaney-Nguyen, was accepted into the SURP program at the Medical University of South Carolina; and, the SROP at Pennsylvania State University. She will attend the summer research program at Penn State.
  • Ismael Hernandezvillasuso, a member of the 2016 McNair Scholars cohort under the mentorship of Dr. Kristin Delaney-Nguyen, was accepted into the North Carolina State “NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Basic and Environmental Soil Science Training (BESST)”; Louisiana State University HSC Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program; University of Georgia 2017 Summer REU program in Prokaryotic Biology; and North Carolina State University Summer 2017 USDA NIFA BeeMORE program. Mr. Hernandezvillasuso will attend the NC State BeeMORE summer research program.
  • Desiree’ Moore, a member of the 2016 McNair Scholars cohort under the mentorship of Dr. Erin White, has been accepted into the 2017 MAOP Summer Research Internship at Virginia Tech.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the second African-American to fly in space and one of the seven-person crew who died on the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986.  It is one of the TRiO programs federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide a comprehensive Ph.D. preparatory program for first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented minority college students to pursue graduate studies.

The McNair Scholars Program staff is incredibly proud of our students’ accomplishments and wishes them continued success in their educational pursuits.

For more information please contact McNair Program Coordinator, Erika Bradford, at ebradfor@uncfsu.edu  (910) 672-2043.