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McNair Scholars

University of Oklahoma
McNair Scholars

Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Achievement Program:
OU McNair Scholars


Former Astronaut, Dr. Robert E. Mcnair

 

The McNair program provides encouragement, guidance, and mentorship to underrepresented juniors and seniors in preparation for graduate school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens/permanent residents, have 60 undergraduate credit hours, and overall/OU GPAs of 3.25 or higher.

Scholars receive a $2,800 stipend for program participation, which includes conducting an undergraduate research project, applying to graduate programs, and other scholarly activities.   

Additional benefits include:

  • Participation in academic conferences
  • Graduate application workshops, support, and incentives
  • A national network of like-minded scholars

Who are Underrepresented Students?

Students currently underrepresented in higher education are those who are first-generation ( those whose parents have not earned a bachelor's degree (an associate's or some college) AND receive the maximum Pell grant.

 

 In addition, students from African American/Black, Chicano(a/x), Hispanic, Latino(a/x), Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Native Pacific Islander backgrounds are recognized as underrepresented.


McNair Scholars Application

The program is currently full.

Apply to be placed
on our waitlist.


Meet the McNair Scholars
Program

Jose Aguilar Escamilla, Computer Science

Saramarie Azzun, Neuroscience

Cecil Ehirindu, Health and Exercise Science

Kayla Jenkins, Psychology

Angel Karloh, Community Health

Rachael Owens, Psychology

Miguel Payan, Structural Engineering

Tania Ramirez, Sociology

Gaylan Randle, Health Exercise and Science

Noelia Rodriguez, Communication

Yamilet Samaniego, Political Science

Asa Samuels, Biology & Native American Studies

Josue Soto, Anthropology

Mackenzie Thompson, Community Health

Karen Valdivia, Anthropology

*Andrea Benjamin, Ph.D., Clara Luper Department of African & African American Studies
Christian Grant, Ph.D., School of Computer Science
Karlos Hill, Ph.D., Clara Luper Department of African & African-American Studies
*Eddie Malone, Ph.D., First-Year Composition
Heather Shotton, Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
*Sarah Trabert, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology
Mirelsie Velazquez, Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
*Natalie Youngbull, Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

*McNair scholars

The McNair mission would be impossible without the mentorship provided by these outstanding faculty!

Christopher Black, Ph.D., Health and Exercise Science
Mauricio Carvallo, Ph.D., Psychology
Joshua Chitwood, M.D., College of Medicine
Iona Cionea, Ph.D., Communication
Sharri L. Coleman, D.P.M. African American Studies
Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Ph.D., English & Latinx Studies
Lauren Ethridge, Ph.D., Psychology^
Doug Gaffin, Ph.D., Biology^
Suzette Grillot, Ph.D., International and Area Studies
Martha Groom, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington
Kurtis Gurley, Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Florida
Christopher Hill, Ph.D., Sociology
Jonathan Kujawa, Ph.D., Mathematics*^
John Masly, Ph.D., Biology^*
Lara Mayeux, Ph.D., Psychology^*
B. Mitchell Peck, Ph.D., Sociology^
Hugo Pereira, Ph.D., Health and Exercise Science
Racquel Sapien, Ph.D., Anthropology
Mirelsie Velazquez, Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies*^
Michael Wenger, Ph.D., Psychology^
Wilson Merchán-Merchán, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering^

*Mentoring more than one scholar
^Returning mentor

Participant

Highest Degree

Current Activity

Dr. Sean Abbott

MD, OU HSC

Residency

Courtney AbsherMA, NaropaConsultant & Editor, Long Natural Health

Akanimoh Sanmi Adeleye

MS, UC San DiegoEnrolled in PhD, UC San Diego

Leah Agers

JD, OU

Law

Chelsee Aguirre

MEd, UNT

JLD & Off-Campus Work Study Coordinator, University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Kwame Agyemang

PhD, TAMU

Associate Professor, Sports Management, Ohio State

Jenny Ahlers Rudolph

MPA, PSU

Associate Professor of Practice, Oregon State University

Lorenzo Alferos, III

MEd, UCO

Assistant Principal, Norman North High School

Christian AllenMA, TennesseeArchaeologist, Midwest Archeological Center

Dr. Fernando Alonso

MD, Case Western

Neurosurgery Resident, University Hospitals

Juan Diego Alonso

JD/MBA, Cornell

Senior Compliance Auditor, Pfizer
Jimmy AndradeMA, IndianaEnrolled in second masters, UT

Lester Asamoah

MA, American

Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State

Teresa Avery

MAcc, OU

Field Auditor, Oklahoma Tax Commission

Charles Bailey

MA, UC-Irvine

Director of Research & Data Operations, OU Development

Stephanie Barnes

MEd, CWM

Education

Dr. Brian Barnett

PhD, Rochester

Philosophy Adjunct SUNY Geneseo & St. John Fisher College

Miranda Barnett Mills

MA, SUNY-Buffalo

Photographer

Julio BarronMS, OUEnrollment Services Advisor III, Zovio
Skyler BastowMAcc, OUEnrolled in PhD, Sociology, Florida State
Caroline BennettMA, WGS, Ohio StateInstructional Faciliator, The King Art Complex
Tiffany Hawkins BerryMA, SNULicensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist

Dr. Chase Bollig

Ph.D., Ohio State

Assistant Professor, English Gonzaga

Miranda Bond

MHR, OU

Director of Patient Experience, Parkland

Elizabeth Brand Dugan

MS, OU

User Experience Researcher, Amazon

Marcus Briggs

MDiv, Harvard

Enrolled in Ecology PhD, Florida

Bradley Brooks

MEd, USC

Success Coach, George Mason

Shawntal BrownMA, WGS, TexasEnrolled in PhD, Higher Education, UT and Student Program Coordinator, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT

Sheyda Zakerion Brown

MSW, OU

Program Associate, Tulsa Grantmaking, Schusterman Family Foundation

Matthew Bruenig

JD, Boston

Reporter, The Capitol Forum
Grace BuckmanMS, Colorado StateStatistician

David Burney

MM, UNM

Music educator

Raymond Campbell

JD, ASU

Compliance Officer and Attorney

Savannah Campbell

MHR, OU

Geriatric Outpatient Counseling

Jonathan Campos

MS, Drexel

Water Treatment Process Specialist, Colorado

Michael Carlock

MA, Arkansas

Archaeologist, Montana Department of Transportation

Dr. Talia Kay Carroll

PhD, Penn State

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Oklahoma City University

Jace Cearley

JD, Columbia

Attorney at Kirkland & Ellis

Solana CevilleMA, DenverCounselor

Dr. Shawn Chambers

M.D. Wisconsin
MPH, Johns Hopkins

Psychiatry, Dallas

Dr. Audry Claghorn Almengor

PhD, UT

Microbiologist, JES Tech

Melinda CoburnMS, Kansas StateEducational Leadership

Dr. Holly Cole

PhD, Arkansas

Assistant Professor, Psychology, Wesleyan

Noah CollinsMA, OUFulbright Scholar

Dr. Dinah Cloud

PhD, OU

Private practice

Jan Conder Kraft

MS, Arizona U.

Geosciences

James Davis

MS, OU

Engineering

Felix De La Cruz

MS, OU

Manufacturing Engineer, Cameron

Paul DelgadoMS, Johns HopkinsEnrolled in medical school, Oklahoma State

Kristina Diamond Martin

MS, OU

Mechanical Engineer

Natalie Dickson

MPH/MA, UCLA

Enrolled in PhD, Sociology, OU
Academic Advisor, College of Arts & Sciences

Yvonne Dinehdeal

Dual MEd, NAU

Interim Director, American Indian Institute, Mesa Community College

Rashida Douglas

MA, OU

Director for Academic Services & Registrar, UT Law

Lindsay Dowell

JD, OU

Law

Jeana Driver

MS, UCSD

Earth Sciences

Frances Ekwerekwu

JD, DePaul

Attorney

Covenant ElenwoMPH, SLUEnrolled in medical school, Oklahoma State

Yolanda Emerson

MS, UCO

June 11, 1961 - October 21, 2021

Fanny Enriquez Rojas

MS, South College

Physician Assistant 

Jamie Erazo Jr.

MS, OU

Engineering

Lucinda Eskamire-Myers

MSW, OU

Social Work

Dr. Brooke Esteves

DO, OSU

Oncologist/CEO, Pinnacle Medicine

Jessica Ezika

MSN, Duke

Nurse Practitioner

Rajaee Fatihah

MA, Penn State

Public Administration

Suzette Felton Chang

MA & MLIS, OU

Executive Director, Guthrie Public Library

Dr. Baranda Fermin Sawyers

PhD, MSU

Writer, Author, Personal Coach

Nathan Ferraro

MS, OU

Project Coordinator Diver, COWI North America

D’Andre Fisher

MEd & MHR, OU

 

Monique Gaines

MS, OSU

Industrial Engineer

Jahangir GhassemiMA, AmericanAssistant Manager, Bain & Company

Mariam Gates Robin

MA, UCF

LPC and Realtor, Keller Williams Realty Elite

Caleb Gayle

MS, Oxford
MBA, Harvard

CEO, National Conference on Leadership
International Journalist

Royal Ghazal

MA, Chicago

Enrolled in PhD, University of Chicago

Ashley Gibson

MHR, OU
MEd, Dallas Baptist

Invoicing & Billing Specialist, RectorSeal

Hilary Gibson Sanchez

MS, OSU

International Agriculture

Kaylee Gilbert TerrellMSN, South AlabamaNurse Practitioner

Filoteo Gómez-Martínez

MS, OU

Research Fellow, SERVIR Global

Jose Gonzalez

MEd, OU

Military

James Gordon

MS, OSU

CMCA, AMS

Ronald Grant, Jr.

MPA, OU

Enrolled in PhD, OU
Principal/Realtor

Dominique Hall

MBA & MS, OU

1st Lieutenant, USAF

Gregory Hallman, Jr.MEd, ColumbiaCEO, Ocupath

Dr. Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison

PhD, Purdue

Director, OU Writing Center and Assistant Professor of Writing

Dr. Rhiannon Hardwick

PhD, Arizona

DABT Research Scientist, Theravance Biopharma

Noetta Harjo

MEd, OU

GeoCarb Mission Collaboration, OU

Katherine HarrisJD, MinnesotaGeneral Counsel, Red Rock Behavioral Health Services
Lori Hasty SantosMA, OUMathematics Teacher

Tiffany Hawkins Berry

MA, SNU

Marriage & Family Therapy

Dr. S. Konnar Hodges Ansell

MD, OUHSCResident, Naval Medical Center

Blayze Hembree

MA, Kansas

English Teacher, Casady School

Joseph HerreraMA, UTResearch Associate, Public Policy Institute of California

Juan Herrera

MS, OU

Engineering

Dr. Heather Hernandez Andrzejewski

PhD, CMU

Clinical Psychology

Dr. Kimberly Hester Nei

PhD, OU

Director, Talent Analytics, Hogan Assessment Systems

Dr. Alyssa Hill

PhD, OU

Post-doc, ETH Zürich

Christine Hoaglund

MIS, TdM

Social Worker, University of Minnesota

Dr. Jessica Horvath-Williams

PhD, UCLA

Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota

Rachel HurtadoMSW, WUSLGovernment and Community Relations Coordinator, Beyond Housing

Blessing N. Ikpa

MA, American

Program Analyst, US Department of Defense

Dr. Ruth ImosePhD, Northern IllinoisResearch Science Specialist, McKinsey & Company

Amber Jackson

MHR, OU

OU Physicians

Dr. Chris Jackson

EdD, UNT

Director of Secondary Curriculum

Dr. Reggie Jackson

DPT, OUHSC

Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Dr. Ephraim Jobickson

PharmD, OU

Trainer, Blue Muscle Fitness

Dr. Rebekah JohnDO, Oklahoma StateResident Physican, Baylor, Scott & White Health

Meredith Johnson

MA, Chicago

Social Scientist

Naqueshaq Johnson

MA, Howard

Counseling

Andeneshea Kemp

MA, USF

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Laura KincaideMS, LSEPre Doctoral Fellow, Opportunity Insights

Dalenesia Kendrick

MEd, OU

Learning Specialist, UNT Health Science Center

Andrew LeGrand

JD, Columbia

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Adjunct Professor, UNT

Tonya B. Lewis

MA, Baylor

Media Communications, Baylor

Johnathon LoeraJD, OUFedericks Peebles & Patterson, LLP

Dr. Esme Lopez

DPT., OUHSC

Oklahoma Physical Therapy

Elizabeth Marhanka

DVM, Oklahoma StateVeterinarian, Hillside Veterinary Clinic

Sara Marin

MEd, OU

Teacher, OKCPS

Onisia MartinMSW, MichiganLMSW, Farmington Public Schools

Francisca Martinez Jensen

MEd, OU & UCO

Teacher, Norman Public Schools

Dr. Juanita Martinez Oritz

PhD, OU

Dean of Social Sciences, Rose State

Charles MaysMA, DelawareEnrolled in Rabbinical Ordination at Hebrew Union College
Owen McDevittMA, OUEnrolled in PhD, Economics, Vanderbilt

Elizabeth McFayden

MA, North Carolina

Enrolled in PhD, UIC

Matthew Mead

MA, American

International Security & Operations Coordinator, American Red Cross

Tarricke Mills

MHR, OU

Associate Director, Human Resources, Collins Airspace

Dr. Nicholas Molleman


PhD, Kentucky

Assistant Professor, Economics, Winthrop

Hannah MorganMS, OUEnrolled in PhD, Colorado School of Mines

Aisha Muhammad Owusu

MA, Columbia

Assistant Dean, OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences
Hannah MusselmanMA, NYUInternational Student Programs Coordinator
Daisy MuñozMRCP, OUCapital Access Manager, Progress OKC

Klint Neal

MHR, OU

Store Director, Target

Sabrina Nettles

MBA, OCU

Accountant & Accounting instructor

Alvin NgoMS, Okahoma StateEnrolled in Mechanical Engineering PhD, OSU

Dr. Christopher Nguyen

PhD, OU

Data Scientist, LMI

Tina NguyenMA, Ohio StateEnrolled in PhD, Ohio State

Tuan Nguyen

PhD, Vanderbilt

Education

Chad Niemann

MBA, OU

Manager of Events & Sponsorships, Cox Communication

Jennifer NunezMEd, TempleCounselor & Program Director, Educational Equity, Penn State

H. Tyler Nunley

MHR, OU

US Department of State

Terri Okotoghaide Reed

MPH, Kansas

 

Brandon Oldham

MEd, OU

Programs Assocate, George Kaiser Family Foundation

Chad Osburn

MA, Missouri

Journalism

Dr. Andrea Zainab Omidy

PhD OSU

Licensed Psychologist, San DIego

Pamela OrtegaMA, UC San DiegoInstructor, UC San Diego

Shauna Osborn

MFA, NMSU

Founder & Director, Puha Hubiya

Nathan Osburn

MA, Missouri

Public Relations & Communications

Marisol Palomino

MHR, OU

Victim Advocate, Dallas County District Attorney

Dr. Adam Parks

PhD, SLU

Clinical Neuropsychologist, University of Kansas Health System

Jaytonious Perkins

JD, OU

Entertainment Lawyer, Hewitt & Rogers

Jermaine Peterson

MEd, OU

Leadership Development, OCCC

Dr. Oanh Pham

MD, OU

Pediatric Surgeon

Dr. Tom PhamMD, OUHSCMedical Resident

Andy Phan

MS, OU

Biochemist

Adam Pinkney

MA, OU

Water Transfer Tech, New Wave Energy

Amy Posey Quinn

MPH, OUHSC
MPAS, North Dakota

Hospitalist, Wichita

Corazon PradoMSW, OU
Family & Children Services, OU Physicans-Tulsa

Stephanie Prado

MS, OU

Assistant Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

Dr. Jameca Price

MD, Nebraska

OB/GYN, Oregon Health & Science

Randall Proctor

MS, Duke

Enrolled in MD, University of Florida

Dr. Lance Ramos

DPT, OUHSCPhysical Therapist
Terrance Ramsey

MS, Embry-Riddle

Aeronautics

Dr. Timothy Rhyker Ranallo-Benvidez

PhD, Johns Hopkins
MDiv, Harvard

Postdoctoral Fellow at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Kenneth Reed

MD, Kansas

 
Dr. Rachel RenbargerPhD, BaylorResearch Director, ACSN

Justin Reyes

MEd, TAMU

Assistant Principal, Texans Can Academy

Dr. Eli RhoadesMD, OUHSCFamily Medicine

Madison Richardson

MA, UW-Madison

Registered Nurse

Jasmin Salgado Rivas

MSW, OU

Behavioral Health Rehab Specialist

Rachel Roberts

MA, OU

Enrolled in PhD, Houston

Michelle Schuller Craig

MOT, OU

Habilitation Training Specialist

Amelia SchwartzMA, WashingtonCity Planner, City Of Chehalis, OR

Dr. Erika Serrato

PhD, Emory

Assistant Professor, French, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dr. Jeticia Sistrunk

PhD, Maryland, M.P.H., Texas

Assistant Professor, Biology, Spelman College

Jeremy Smith

MS, OU

Enrolled in PhD, Virginia Polytechnic

Dr. William “Billy” Smith

PhD, Notre Dame

Academic Advisor, Oklahoma State

Vanessa Smith

MA, American

US Department of State

Dr. John Sosanya

DPT, WUSL

Outpatient Physical Therapist

Dr. Cameron SteeleMD, OU HSCFamily Medicine, Integris

Kristina Stempf

MEd, OU

Licensed Play Therapist

Michael Stewart

MEd, OU

 

Brett Stidham

MEd, Columbia

Enrolled in PhD, TAMU
Principal, IDEA Public Schools

Dr. Corey StillPh.D., OUDirector, Scholarship Operations, American Indian Graduate Center

Kayla Storrs

MPH, Kentucky

Enrolled in PhD, OU
Director of Equity and Inclusion at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Dr. Christine StrongPh.D., OUAssistant Professor, Economics, Old Dominion University

Dr. Sheleatha Taylor

MD, OU

 

Tyler Tennant

MA, Chicago

Enrolled in PhD, Emory

Cory TerrellMS, OUSCOOP Resource Development Team Lead, Gulfport Energy Corporation

Joe Thomas

MS, SOSU

Executive Officer, Chickasaw Nation

Dr. Kimberly Thomas James

PhD, OU

Adjunct professor, OU Microbiology

Dr. Patrick Thomas

PhD, Arizona 

Visiting Assistant Professor, Central Arkansas

Angela Tilley

MBA, Phoenix

 

Matthew Tischer

MLIS, UW-Madison

Graduate Assistant, OU

Taneesha Torres-McDade

MHR, OU

LPC-I, LCDC
Dr. Benjamin TrabingPhD, Colorado StateResearch Associate, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atomsphere

Dr. Ashlee Tziganuk

PhD, Arizona State

Office of the Arizona Auditor General

Lindsey Vandeventer

MSW, OU

Early Childhood Therapist

Rita VelascoMA, ArizonaEnrolled in PhD, History, Northwestern

Loan Vu

MA, SDSU

Product Specialist, Dell

Dr. Jumesha Wade

PhD, Kansas

Parent Educator

Stephen WaldropMA, OUAuthor and Actor

Dr. Henry Oliver Ware

PhD, Northwestern


Assistant Professor, NC State
Braylon WarriorMS, OUEnrolled in DPT, Langston

Dr. Tracy Washington

PhD, MIT

Postdoctoral Scholar, Tufts School of Medicine

Dr. Erin Weese GarciaPhD, Virginia CommonwealthPostdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Anthony Williams

MD, Minnesota

Pediatrics, Childrens Hosptial Minnesota

Dr. Leslie Williams

DO, OSU

Family Medicine Specialist, St. Anthony’s Hospital Mustang

Royline Williams-Fontenelle


MA, OU
JD, Houston

Legal Intern, Solugen

Adam Wilmoth

MBA, OSU

Business Editor, The Oklahoman

Derrick Rhys Wilson

MRCPL, OU

Planning Associate, White & Smith, LLC

Kevin Windham

MS, OU

Senior Intraoperative Neurophysiologist

Dr. Chance Woods

PhD, Vanderbilt

Lecturer, English, Vanderbilt

Justin Woody

MBA, Utah

COO, Hefner Energy, LLC

Ke’Yonna Wynn

MEd, OU

Feed the Children

Dr. Natalie Youngbull

PhD, Arizona

Assistant Professior, Educational Policy & Leadership Studies, OU

Sophia Bolin-Dills
Sophia Bolin-Dills, Ph.D. (She/Her/Hers)

Title: Director 

Emailsmorren@ou.edu

 Scheduling: Schedule an Appointment

Location:

Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall
1005 Asp Ave, Suite 215
Norman, OK  73019

McNair Scholars banquet group photo.