Eleven students have been selected as McNair
Scholars for the summer of 2005, enabling each to conduct research
with a faculty mentor. One student in St. Lawrence's Collegiate Science
and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP) is participating in a program
paralleling the McNair Scholars.Akintunde Akinmade '06, of Salt
Lake City, Utah; Alan Draper, government
McNair Scholars, and their faculty mentors, are:
Emily Bordeau '07, of Champlain, New York; Peter FitzRandolph, economics
Meagan Frazier '06, of Rowlett, Texas; Catherine Crosby-Currie, psychology, and
Steven Horwitz, economics
Kelly Garcia '07, of Abilene,
Texas; Christopher Watts, music
Diana Gotham '07, of Canton, New York; Pamela Thacher, psychology
Kendall Landers '06, of Central Point, Oregon; Robert DeGraaff, English
Ryane Lokey '07, of Williamsville, New York; Kenneth Gould, sociology
Eddie Molina '07, of Elmhurst, New York; Larry Boyette, First-Year Program
Mikinee Moses '06, of New York, New York; Andrea Nouryea and Randall Hill, speech
April Rolfe '06, of Ogdensburg, New York; Jenna Torres, modern languages
Alena Severin '06, of Bronx, New York; Bob Cowser, English
Candina Harmer '07, of Phoenix, New York, is in the parallel C-STEP program,
and will work with Carol Budd, biology; Neil Cifuentes, athletics; and
Lynette Sumpter, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
St. Lawrence was awarded a grant in 2003 through the Ronald E. McNair
Postbaccalaureate Achievement Award Program, which is aimed at encouraging
students in underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies and is one of
the U.S. Department of Education Federal TRIO Programs. Named for Astronaut
Ronald E. McNair, who died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion,
the program was launched in 1989 and exists at more than 150 colleges and
universities across the country. St. Lawrence's McNair Program, titled
"Exploration, Nurturing and Commitment to Excellence on the Way to the Ph.D.,"
is designed to increase the number of talented students from under-represented
groups in continuing their education, with the goal of achieving the doctoral
degree. Among the groups considered underrepresented in doctoral programs are
African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; and those from
economically disadvantaged families who are first-generation college students.
The St. Lawrence McNair Program will encourage the pursuit of graduate study
leading to the Ph.D. by involving students in multiple research-intensive
experiences and extensive advising by faculty mentors. In addition, students
named McNair Scholars receive grant-funded stipends for their research work
and increased opportunities to visit graduate schools and attend professional
conferences, among other benefits.
Federal TRIO Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act
of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs).
While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers
to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and
cultural barriers to higher education.
Posted: July 7, 2005