August 3, 2007
We help McNair Scholars achieve their dreams
The Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education in memory of the African American physicist and astronaut, Dr. Ronald McNair, who was killed in the space shuttle Challenger mission of 1986. Additional funding is provided by the Health Science Center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Miller Brewing’s REACH community investment program. The McNair program is one of 13 successful initiatives conducted by the Health Science Center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences throughout the year that encourage minority and disadvantaged students from the elementary school level through graduate school to pursue futures in medicine and science.
On the curriculum for our 19 McNair scholars this year were the Texas Conference on Health Disparities, distinguished visiting speakers, graduate courses in physiology, the Kaplan Graduate Record Examination prep course, and seminars on subjects ranging from laboratory animal medicine to money management. Each scholar also worked full-time with a faculty mentor on a research project, the results of which will be published in the McNair Scholars Journal.
Where do McNair Scholars come from?
Where do McNair Scholars go?
Courtney Lockhart – now at Harvard Medical School. Her mentor: Dr. Peter Koulen.
April Newsome – now in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University. Her mentor: Dr. Peter Koulen.
Brandon Kirby – now a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University. His mentor: Dr. Ming-Chi Wu.
Dr. Eric Gonzales – a 2005 graduate of our own Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences now at the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health and Science University. His mentor: Dr. Glenn Dillon.
Dr. Greg Hibbets – a 2006 graduate of our own Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Quinton Barnes – now a master of science student and SCORE fellow here at the Health Science Center.
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