Help students explore
careers – spend time with
one and learn. Sign up for
the traditional experience
one day) or mini-intern-
ship (3-7 days):
Bailey Airoldi ’13 credits the Ron-
ald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate
Achievement Program for her success
in applying to graduate schools. She
calls it “a great opportunity for first-
generation college students and minori-
ties to discover a new career route that
includes academia that they might not
have known was an option.” Airoldi,
who is pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical
and biological sciences at Vanderbilt
University, with a full scholarship and
stipend, says, “I feel more confident
in my ability to travel, interview, write
and present research, all useful skills for
graduate school.”
The program (
is intended for students who are under-
represented in graduate education and/
or meet income requirements, and
are the first in their families to pursue
bachelor-level study. McNair Scholars
receive assistance in all areas of career
development and academic achieve-
ment, from attending conferences to
filling out graduate school applications,
all with the ultimate goal of pursuing
doctoral degrees.
A critical aspect of the program is
attending workshops throughout the
year designed to prepare students to
complete a faculty-mentored research
project. Each summer, McNair Scholars
reside on campus and pursue research.
The projects culminate in written
reports to be presented at a national
undergraduate research conference
where, says Program Coordinator Katie
Kennedy, "Our students realize their
abilities and potential.”
Being in the McNair program helps
you figure out who you are and what
you want to do,” says Shaneequa Castle
’13. “
The program directors reminded
me that I was doing important things,
and it’s really inspiring to hear that.”
Castle, who is pursuing a master's
degree in African and African diaspora
studies and global and sociocultural
studies at Florida International Univer-
sity, had two jobs and two majors, and
started a club on campus. She says that
the McNair program added to her col-
lege experience by making her an even
more well-rounded student.
It definitely kept me focused, remind-
ing me that I am here for a purpose,”
said Castle last spring. “It also intro-
duced me to other students who were
on the same path and were interested in
doing research.”
Graduates of the program can con-
tinue the cycle by one day teaching Mc-
Nair Scholars themselves. Airoldi says,
I look forward to becoming a college
professor so I can help others achieve
their dreams.” —Jasmine Wallace ’13
Another St. Lawrence Sighting
St. Lawrence has turned up in Leuven, Belgium. Associate Professor of Statistics Michael
Schuckers found proof last spring on the foundation of the Katholieke Universiteit
Leuven Library. In the 1920s, St. Lawrence faculty and students, along with those from
many other American colleges and universities as well as schools, donated money to
help rebuild the library, a hub of learning since the 15th century, after it was destroyed
during WorldWar I.
McNair Scholars: Dream Achievers