McNair Scholars

The UNL McNair Program is serving 28 Scholars during the 2016-17 academic year. To follow are the Scholars served in the Graduating, Senior, and Junior cohorts.

McNair Graduating Scholars

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Jazmin Castillo Fisheries and Wildlife

Jazmin Castillo is a fisheries and wildlife major from South Sioux City, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. John Carroll from the School of Natural Resources.
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Amanda DalePsychology and Women's & Gender Studies

Amanda Dale is a psychology and women's and gender studies double major from Central City, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Sarah Gervais from the Department of Psychology on prejudice and sexual objectification. She plans to attend graduate school to receive a Ph.D. in social psychology and become a faculty member at a university.
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Shimin DengMathematics

Shimin Deng is a mathematics major from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He is working with Dr. Yu Jin from the Department of Mathematics.
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Jaquelin Garcia-Castorena Biochemistry

Jaquelin Garcia-Castorena is a biochemistry major from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Wayne Riekhof from the Department of Biological Sciences, and their research focuses on the genes involved in the cellular lipid trafficking system. Jaquelin’s future plans are to pursue a Ph.D. in cancer biology or biochemistry, and then work as an industrial or world health researcher.
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Jackie HernandezBiological Systems Engineering

Jackie Hernandez is a biological systems engineering major from Grand Island, Nebraska. Jackie conducted her McNair Summer Research project with Dr. Carl Nelson from the Department of Mechanical and Material Engineering. After graduation, Jackie plans to pursue graduate studies in biomedical engineering.
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José LemusEconomics and Global Studies

José Lemus is an economics major from Lincoln, Nebraska. He conducted his McNair research with Dr. Hendrik Van den Berg, formerly with UNL's Department of Economics. José plans to pursue a Ph.D. in development economics and become a researcher for a non-governmental organization.
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Brianna McKayNutrition Science

Brianna McKay is a nutrition science major from Grand Island, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Joel Cramer from the Department of Nutrition & Health Sciences.
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Jarold McWilliamsEconomics

Jarold McWilliams is an economics major from Norfolk, Nebraska. He conducted his McNair summer research project with Dr. Xia Hong from the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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Andreas Miles-Novelo Psychology & English

Andreas Miles-Novelo is a psychology and English dual major from Des Moines, Iowa. He is working with Dr. Sarah Gervais, Department of Psychology. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in either social or law psychology and hopes to become a faculty member at a university.
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Zully Perez Sierra Chemical Engineering

Zully Perez Sierra is a chemical engineering major from Norfolk, Nebraska. She is conducting research with Dr. Hendrik Viljoen from the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Zully’s future plans are to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, focusing on environmental sustainability or agriculture.
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Sara ReyesPsychology

Sara Reyes is a psychology major from Norfolk, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Rebecca Brock from the Department of Psychology.
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Alicia Michelle RogersBiological Sciences

Alicia Michelle Rogers is a biological sciences major from Boelus Nebraska. Her mentor is Dr. Charles Wood, School of Biological Sciences and Nebraska Center for Virology, and their current research is a longitudinal study of the role of antibodies on Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus replication in recently infected children from the HIV endemic region of Zambia.
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Kimberly RuizChild, Youth and Family Studies

Kimberly Ruiz is a child, youth and family studies major from Grand Island, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda from the Department of Psychology.
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MaLeaha SemeradChild, Youth and Family Studies

MaLeaha Semerad is a child, youth and family studies major from Dodge, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Gilbert Parra from Child, Youth, and Family Studies.
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Megan Smith Biochemistry

Megan Smith is a biochemistry and microbiology major from Frisco, Texas. She is working with Dr. Nicole Baun from the Department of Biochemistry, and their research involves understanding the physiology of methanogens. Megan’s future plans are to pursue a Ph.D. in microbiology, and then work in either an industrial or environmental microbiology field.

McNair Senior Scholars

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Myrianna BakouPsychology

Myrianna Bakou is a psychology major from Bennington, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Sarah Gervais from the Department of Psychology.
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Kyly BaxterPsychology

Kyly Baxter is a psychology major from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Debra Hope from the Department of Psychology.
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Catelyn EvansBiological Systems Engineering

Catelyn Evans is a biological systems engineering major from Omaha, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Yuguo Lei from Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.
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Daniel RicoElectrical Engineering

Daniel Rico is an electrical engineering major from Omaha, Nebraska. He is working with Dr. Francisco Muñoz-Arriola from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Dr. Yongfeng Lu from the Department of Electrical Engineering. Daniel's graduate school plans are to pursue a Ph.D. in engineering at a research one university.
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Brandi RussellBiological Anthropology

Brandi Russell is a biological anthropology major from Aberdeen, South Dakota. She conducted her 2016 summer research project under the guidance of Dr. Nicole Buan from the Department of Biochemistry. For summer 2017, Brandi will conduct research in Africa with Dr. Mary Willis, Nutrition & Health Sciences, where they will explore vitamin A deficiency and its effects on children and pregnant women.
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Elliot SandfortComputer Engineering

Elliot Sandfort is a computer engineering major from Lincoln, Nebraska. He is working with Dr. Leen-Kiat Soh from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering.

McNair Junior Scholars

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Cole DempseyMechanical Engineering

Cole Dempsey is a mechanical engineering major from Lincoln, Nebraska. He is working with Dr. Carl Nelson in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering.
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Lizeth FrairePsychology

Lizeth Fraire is a psychology major from Grand Island, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Rich Wiener from the Department of Psychology.
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Daisy Guiza BeltranBiochemistry and Microbiology

Daisy Guiza Beltran is a biochemistry and microbiology major from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Limei Zhang in the Department of Biochemistry.
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Colton HarperComputer Science and Mathematics

Colton Harper is a computer science and mathematics major from Hutchinson, Kansas. He is working with Dr. Massimiliano Pierobon from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering.
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Grecia MaciasBiology and Sociology

Grecia Macias is a biology and sociology major from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Bridget Goosby from the Department of Sociology.
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Sonoor MajidBiochemistry and Microbiology

Sonoor Majid is a biochemistry and microbiology major from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is working with Dr. Concetta DiRusso from the Department of Biochemistry.
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Amanda MillerChemistry

Amanda Miller is a chemistry major from Palos Park, Illinois. She is working with Dr. Liangcheng Du from the Department of Chemistry.
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Brady WilkersonMathematics

Brady Wilkerson is a mathematics major from Humboldt, Nebraska.

McNair Alumni

Alumni photos may not be current; some are from our scholars' time at UNL.

2015 McNair Cohort

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Jazmin Castillo earned her bachelor's degree in fisheries and wildlife in May 2017. She is pursuing a master’s degree in natural resource sciences with a specialization in applied ecology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is working with Dr. John Carroll.

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Brianna McKay earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition sciences in May 2017. Brianna is enrolled in the nutrition & health sciences master’s program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is working with Dr. Joel Cramer. Brianna was awarded a Chancellor’s Fellowship.

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Sara Reyes earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2017. She has accepted a research coordinator position working with Dr. Ricardo Muñoz at the Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health) at Palo Alto University and will apply for graduate school in the fall.

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Kimberly Ruiz earned her bachelor's degree in child, youth and family studies in May 2017. Kim is enrolled in the marriage and family therapy master’s program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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MaLeaha Semerad earned her bachelor's degree in child, youth and family studies in August 2017. MaLeaha is pursuing a marriage and family therapy master’s degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

2014 McNair Cohort

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Brittney Bridger-Burton earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in May 2015. She is currently an associate mechanical design engineer at Valmont Industries in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Amanda Dale earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and women's & gender studies in May 2017. She will continue to work with the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium (SBSRC) and will apply to graduate school in the fall.

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Jaquelin Garcia-Castorena earned her bachelor's degree in biochemistry in August 2017. Jackie has accepted a research tech position at UNL and will apply to graduate school in the fall.

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José Lemus earned his bachelor's degree in economics in May 2017. He will be studying abroad this summer and then applying for graduate school in the fall.

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Andreas Miles-Novelo earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and English in May 2017. Andreas is enrolled in the social psychology Ph.D. program at Iowa State University and will begin his program in the fall. Andreas received the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Fellowship.

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Alicia Michelle Rogers earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in December 2016. She is pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center before applying to graduate school.

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Zully Perez Sierra earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in May 2017. Zully is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical & biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She has been awarded the Sloan Fellowship.

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Megan Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and microbiology in December 2016. She is enrolled in the microbiology, immunology, and cancer biology Ph.D. Program at the University of Minnesota. Megan was awarded the DOVE Fellowship, the MICaB Diversity Excellence Award, a Medical School Graduate Fellowship, and a Biomedical Graduate Research, Education, and Training Career Development Award.

2013 McNair Cohort

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Kaylor Caldwell earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in December 2015. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Kassie Guenther earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2015. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Colorado-Denver.

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Marco Gullickson earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2015. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Bryan Hermosillo earned his bachelor's degree in geology in May 2015. He is enrolled in the geological sciences master’s program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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William Lambert earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in May 2015. He is enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Delaware Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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Jarold McWilliams earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in December 2016. He plans to open a startup company in the near future.

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Jennifer (Milliman) Andersen earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2015 and earned her master's degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2017. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at the UNL.

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Adrienne Ricker earned her bachelor's degree in geology and biological sciences in May 2016. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was awarded the prestigious Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship.

2012 McNair Cohort

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Janeigh Castillo-Barraza earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2014. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in school psychology at the University of Georgia and is working with Dr. Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett.

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Mary Jacqueline Hernandez earned her bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering in December 2016. She plans to gain experience in the medical device industry before pursuing graduate education.

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Erandi Herndon earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2015 and earned her master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Colorado State University in May 2017. She is currently working as a family therapist at La Cocina, which provides Spanish-speaking therapy services for the Latino community as well as services to therapy groups.

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Dina Morales earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2016.

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Ivan Moreno earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in May 2014 and he is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Ivan was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

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David Pacheco earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics in May 2015 and is pursuing a master’s degree in systems engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. He is currently an aerospace engineer at Northrop Grumman in Melbourne, Florida.

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Olivia Reinert-Gehman earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2015.

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Eric Reiss earned his bachelor's degree in geology in August 2014.

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Elia Soto earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2015. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Florida State University.

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Jason Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering in August 2014. He is enrolled in the plant biological sciences doctoral program at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Jason received the Diversity of Views and Experience (DOVE) Fellowship and the Monsanto Fellows Graduate Assistantship, which will support his second through fourth years of graduate school.

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Alyssa (Yeates) Hachiya earned her bachelor's degree in biological sciences in May 2015. She is enrolled in the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

2011 McNair Cohort

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Bridget Agnew earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology in May 2013.

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Emmilie Baker earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and women's & gender studies in May 2014. She is currently assisting in several labs at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, including the Subtle Prejudice Lab under Dr. Sarah Gervais, the Child Maltreatment Lab under Dr. David Hansen, and also in Dr. Debra Hope’s Clinical Lab.

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Benes Ross is a journalist who has worked for Esquire magazine and Deadspin.com. He's also been published by The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Salon, Quartz, and Business Insider. He currently is the platforms reporter for Digiday.

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Maggie Gossard earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2013 and earned a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology at the University of Nebraska–Omaha (UNO) in May 2015. She is currently a project evaluator at the Center on Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Eric Harmes earned a master’s degree in counseling from Doane University in May 2016. He is currently employed at St. Monica's Behavioral Health as the primary counselor for the Channels program, working with female adolescent youth with mental health and substance use issues.

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Kenneth Herron earned his bachelor's degree in English in December 2013 and earned a student affairs in higher education master's degree from Colorado State University in May 2016.

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Brooke Micek earned her bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering in May 2014. She is a project engineer at Becton, Dickinson and Company Pharmaceutical Sciences in Columbus, Nebraska.

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Moses Pacheco earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in May 2014 and earned a master's of science in civil engineering from Michigan State University in May 2016. He is currently an assistant structural engineer position from Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Nina Quiñones earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2014 and earned a master’s of social work degree from The Ohio State University in May 2016. Nina is currently the social media manager for Drone Think Tank, LLC in Marietta, Georgia.

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Joseph Tran earned his bachelor’s in biological systems engineering in December 2013. He is a support analyst for Cerner's retail pharmacy division in Lincoln, Nebraska.

2010 McNair Cohort

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Reinaldo Alcalde earned a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2014. He is pursuing a civil and environmental engineering Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the W.M. Keck Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

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Misam Ali earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder Law School in May 2015. Misam is a Presidential Management Fellow at the United States Department of Labor in Washington, D.C.

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Mollie (Dittmer) Topil earned a master’s degree in counseling from Doane College in December 2014. She is currently a licensed mental health practitioner (LMHP) and licensed professional counselor (LPC) at the Lincoln Regional Center.

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Brittany Jones earned a master's degree in counselor education and a graduate certificate in marriage, couple, and family counseling from the University of Central Florida in December 2014.

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Nathan Lilienthal earned his bachelor's degree in geology in May 2013.

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Alyssa Lundahl earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2014 and earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from UNL in May 2016.

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Christian Padilla earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in May 2013. He is currently a project manager engineer at Mubea, Inc., in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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Karina Pedroza earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in December 2012. She is currently employed as a career navigator and admissions advisor at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa. Beginning Fall 2015, she’ll pursue a higher education master’s degree through the University of South Dakota.

2009 McNair Cohort

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Karise (Carrillo) Curtis earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University at Albany–SUNY in December 2012. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in criminal justice at Albany, with a focus on comparitive criminology of violence.

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Justin Escamilla earned a master's degree in criminology, law, and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in May 2013 and earned a Ph.D. in criminology, law, and justice at UIC in May 2017.

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Melissa Garfield earned a master’s degree in anthropology from Washington State University (WSU) in May 2015. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology at WSU.

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Zachary Garfield earned a master’s degree in anthropology from Washington State University (WSU) in May 2015. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology at WSU.

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Alex Goldstein earned his M.D. degree from Paul Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University in December 2015.

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Alan Goyzueta earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2013. Alan is currently working as a mechanical engineer with Rockwell Collins in Irvine, California.

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Katie (Haferbier) Bailey is enrolled in the Eppley Cancer Institute Ph.D. Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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Michelle Haikalis earned a master's degree in clinical psychology in May 2014 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at UNL. In 2015, she was granted a 3-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award.

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Arianne Holland earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and women's & gender studies in May 2012.

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Kaitlin Leslie earned a bachelor's degree in forensic science in May 2012.

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Jeff Lopez earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University in June 2014 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Stanford. Jeff was awarded a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

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Tyler Scherr earned his Ph.D. in pathology and microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in December 2016. Dr. Scherr is currently working as a Licensing Intern at UNeMed, the technology transfer arm of UNMC and UNO.

2008 McNair Cohort

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Morgan (Conley) McCain earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2013 and earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from UNL in August 2017.

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Michael Gubbels earned a master’s degree in computer science, focused on human-computer interaction, from the University of Maryland-College Park in August 2015.

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Michael Harpster earned a M.Arch degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2013. He is currently working with Sinclair Hille Architects in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Drew Nelson is a senior exploration geoscientist at Concho Resources in Midland, Texas.

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Beth Ridling is a certified clinical research professional and is currently employed as a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Medical Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Andrea Rieger

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Jeanette Samuels earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in May 2013. She established her own law firm, Samuels & Associates, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois.

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Brian Shreck earned his Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University in December 2015. Dr. Shreck is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Political Science and National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University.

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Sherri Sklenar

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Brittany (Sznajder-Murray) Brakenhoff earned a master’s degree in human development and family science from Ohio State University in December 2012 and is pursuing her Ph.D. in couple and family therapy at OSU.

2007 McNair Cohort

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Joshua Alvarez earned a master’s degree in higher education at the University of Maryland in May 2011. He is currently the Coordinator of Support and Safety Assessment at Colorado State University. Joshua is pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education leadership at Colorado State University.

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Rebecca Beals earned a master’s degree in sociology in May 2011 from the University of New Mexico and earned her Ph.D. in sociology from UNM in May 2016. Dr. Beals has accepted an assistant professor of sociology position at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Jeff Belmont earned a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University in May 2014. He is currently enrolled in the M.D. program at Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

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Khoa Chu is a senior mechanical engineer for Woodward HRT, Inc. in Duarte, California.

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Tara (Cossel) Morton earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis in August 2012. She is currently a data scientist at Data Systems International in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Kyle Jackson

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Willie Novotny earned his M.D. degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in May 2013. Dr. Novotny is engaged in a family medicine residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

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Chelsea (Rivera) Augustine

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Adrian Soltero earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in December 2011. Adrian is employed as an analog field applications engineer for Texas Instruments in the California bay area and is responsible for several top tier Silicon Valley tech companies.

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Mo Wax earned a master's degree in student affairs at Central Missouri University in Warrensburg in May 2011. He’s currently the Assistant Director for Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio.

2006 McNair Cohort

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Juan Cangas is a talent advisor at the Avenue Scholars Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Acacia Caraballo earned a master's of teaching degree from Willamette University in June 2014. She is currently the Mathematics Program Chair at Sheridan Japanese School in Sheridan, Oregon.

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Martin Diaz earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware in December 2011, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the area of high performance solar cells at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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Emily (Haferbier) Trotter earned a master's degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2009. She is currently working for the Nebraska Supreme Court as a Lancaster County Specialized Juvenile Probation Officer.

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Sahar Hasim achieved a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2013. Dr. Hasim is a research assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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Yaravi Lopez-Wilson earned a master of architecture degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2010.

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Masoud Mahjouri Samani earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2013. Dr. Mahjouri Samani is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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Corey Minchow

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Maegan Stevens-Liska earned a master’s degree in information science and learning technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2013. Maegan is currently the Director of the Office of International Engagement at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Abby Visty is currently a building automation system and intelligent services account manager for Trane–Ingersoll Rand in Lincoln, Nebraska.

2005 McNair Cohort

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Lorene Beaudette

LaToya Benally

Justine Buffalo Calf

Orlando Cariaga

Amy Castro

Sara Khalil

Andrea Lowe earned a master of public administration degree from the University of Missouri–Kansas City in May 2013.

Stephanie Matejka

Phuoc Nguyen earned a master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2011.

Amanda Ponce is currently the Assistant Director of Diversity and Community Outreach for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of Admissions.

MinJeong Schneider earned a master's degree in chemical engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2011.

Jenna Valadez earned a master's degree in native American history from Southern Methodist University in May 2010.

Azure Wall is enrolled in the public administration master's program at the University of Nebraska–Omaha. She is also currently working as an independent project manager to design and implement the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area's coordinated entry system for federally funded emergency shelters and housing providers serving people experiencing homelessness.

Todd Whitehill is currently a regional manager for Ameritas Life in Seattle, Washington.

2004 McNair Cohort

Dulce Clarence earned a master's in human services from Bellevue University in May 2008, and a clinical counseling master's degree from Bellevue University in May 2012.

Enriqueta Dailey

Danielle (Deschene) Leeper earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August 2008.

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Erica (Ginn) Holley earned a Ph.D. degree in management from the University of Washington in 2012. Dr. Holley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Central Washington University.

Brandon Levander earned a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2014.

Danielle (Luther) Luebbe earned a master's degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2009. She is currently a writer and social media producer at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, as well as an adjunct instructor at Southeast Community College.

Anitra (Mallory) Warrior earned her master’s degree in educational psychology in December 2007 and earned her Ph.D. in psychological studies in education in August 2015 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Dr. Warrior is currently working with the Minority Health Disparities Initiative and, together with the Nebraska Indian Center, is coordinating activities for the Nebraska Intertribal Health and Research Coalition.

Nathan Palmer earned a master's degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2008 and earned a Ph.D. in sociology from UNL in May 2017. Dr. Palmer is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Georgia Southern University.

Lindsey (Richters) Chizinski earned a master's degree in natural resource sciences in May 2012 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently a fish and wildlife biologist with the Nebraska Games and Parks Commission.

Erica Rogers earned a master's degree in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2012 and earned her Ph.D. in the English at UNL in May 2017. She is currently a visiting associate professor-lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Ruth (Standeven) Friedman

Hope (Van Houten) Bleckwehl completed a master's degree in School Counseling at the University of Northern Iowa, May 2008. She is currently an elementary school counselor in Waukee, Iowa.

Jessica Wall earned a master's degree in History in May 2009. She is currently the Children's Librarian at Wilson Public Library in Cozad, Nebraska.

2003 McNair Cohort

Olabode Alabi earned a master's degree in industrial and management systems engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2010, and is currently enrolled in a second master’s degree program in community and regional planning at UNL.

Tia Cole earned a master's degree in English from the University of Nebraska–Omaha in May 2010.

Tony Gorman II earned a master's degree in public media from Ohio University in August 2015. He is currently the general manager of KDLL 91.9 FM, a public radio station in Kenai, Alaska.

Shaneice Hicks earned a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska–Omaha, August 2007 and a second master’s in educational leadership in June 2012 from Doane College. She is currently Dean of Students for Omaha Public Schools.

Natasha Luepke earned a masters in English from Oregon State University, with a specialization in literature and culture.

Arlo McKee earned a master's degree in anthropology at the University of Kansas-Lawrence in December 2009. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in geographic information systems at the University of Texas at Dallas and received a 2015-16 Pioneer Graduate Fellowship, funded by Pioneer Natural Resources. He is also employed as a consulting geoarchaeologist.

Camilo Ramirez earned a master's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is currently an events manager for The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Kacie (Rehder) Schrader is enrolled at the University of Phoenix in the marriage, family and child therapy masters program.

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Melissa Tehee earned a master's degree in psychology from Western Washington University in June 2007, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona in May 2012, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, policy, and law at the University of Arizona in August 2015. Dr. Tehee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Director of the American Indian Support Project at Utah State University.

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2002 McNair Cohort

Olamide Alabi earned an M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May 2010.

Brett Avila earned a master's of public health degree from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health in July 2006. In 2013, he established Harvest of Dreams, L.L.C., a public health consulting business. He is also currently teaching high school Spanish, psychology, and human development in Sidney, Nebraska.

Tara (Boren) Blesh earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in May 2014. She is currently a critical care pharmacist at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Potso Byndon earned a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University’s School of Law in May 2011.

Uyen Chu earned a Ph.D. degree in pharmacology, with a specialization in molecular and cellular pharmacology, from the University of Wisconsin in May 2011. Dr. Chu is an active duty officer and scientist in the United States Army. She is currently working in the clinical lab at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

LuAnne Cook is a high school special education teacher in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Heather Flores earned a Ph.D. in the genetics and development from Cornell University in May 2012. Dr. Flores is a postdoctoral fellow at Monash University in Clayton (Melbourne), Australia.

Marlene Grayer earned a master’s degree in 2009 and is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in educational studies with a specialization in teaching, curriculum and learning at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Frederick Grizzard

Leng Hua

Toni Leija-Wilson earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2008.

Donald McCauley III

Hung Nguyen earned a master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in August 2006, and attained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas-Austin in December 2013. Dr. Nguyen is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Montreal Institute of Geriatrics in Montreal, Canada.

Le Thi Hong Nguyen earned a master of architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in December 2008.

Sandra Potter earned her master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2008, and she earned her Ph.D. in human sciences from UNL in August 2012. Dr. Potter is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education at Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, North Carolina.

Darryle (DJ) Todd, Jr., earned a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services at the University of Louisville in May 2006. He is currently the Coordinator for Multicultural Affairs at Marquette University.

Dana Tran

2001 McNair Cohort

Lawrence Chatters earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2004, and is currently enrolled in the counseling psychology Ph.D. program at UNL.

Tuan Dao earned a master’s degree in management from Bellevue University in August 2009.

Chabria Dorsey-Easter earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota in May 2016. She is currently working as a program specialist for It’s My Community Initiative in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Tessa Durham Brooks earned a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2009. Dr. Durham Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Doane College, and teaches Introductory Cell Biology, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and a course in Cadaver Dissection.

Tricia (Echtenkamp) Foley earned a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Cornell University in May 2009. Dr. Foley is an adjunct instructor at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.

Carmen Gonzalez earned a master’s degree in literature from the University of Northern Colorado in May 2006.

Eric Henning earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Temple University in January 2005, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in August 2009. Dr. Henning is engaged in private practice in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Lorena Hernandez

Curtis Johnson

Marcella Johnson

Malay Khammaly earned a master's of professional accountancy degree from Georgia State University in January 2009.

Tamara Marisett earned a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska–Omaha in August 2005.

Plesence McKinney

Tauheedah Najeeullah

Erin Nguyen

Erin Nicholson

Craig Peters

Magdala Rice earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in December 2006.

Sallie Rinkol

Molly Ruhlman earned a Ph.D. in political science from Temple University in May 2013. Dr. Ruhlman is an Adjunct Professor in Political Science at Towson University and teaches courses in global governance, international law, and human rights.

Sheriece Sadberry earned a master's degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) in May 2006, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from MU in August 2010. Dr. Sadberry is employed as a counseling and sport psychologist for the University of Kansas Athletics Department. She also maintains a private practice in Lawrence, Kansas, and facilitates the Rookie Success Program for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Melissa Saddler earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Missouri in May 2004.

Misty Thomas earned a master's degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2006.

Larry Voegele

Amy Wettstead

2000 McNair Cohort

Jennifer BearEagle earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law in May 2008.

Corey Hahn earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in May 2005. He is an electrical engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

Alphonso Mayfield

Katherine Morgan earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in May 2005.

Yen Nguyen earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May of 2004.

Latasha Partlow earned a master's degree in community and regional planning from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2003.

UNL McNair Ph.D. and Ed.D. Alumni

Rebecca Beals, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in sociology in May 2011 from the University of New Mexico and earned a Ph.D. in sociology from UNM in May 2016.

Uyen Chu, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. degree in pharmacology, with a specialization in molecular and cellular pharmacology, from the University of Wisconsin in May 2011.

Morgan (Conley) McCain earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2013 and earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from UNL in August 2017.

Tessa Durham Brooks, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2009.

Justin Escamilla, Ph.D. earned a master's degree in criminology, law, and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in May 2013 and earned a Ph.D. in criminology, law, and justice at UIC in May 2017.

Tricia (Echtenkamp) Foley, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Cornell University in May 2009.

Heather Flores, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in genetics and development from Cornell University in May 2012.

Deonna (Foster) Wilemme, Ed.D. earned a M.Ed. at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999 and her Ed.D. in instruction and curriculum from the University of Memphis in August 2011.

Farrah Gafford, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Tulane University in December 2008.

Michael Garcia, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in English in May 2003 and a Ph.D. in English in August 2007 from Cornell University.

Erica (Ginn) Holley, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. degree in management from the University of Washington in 2012.

Lindsay Ham, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology in May 2001 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in August 2004 from University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Sahar Hasim, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2013.

Eric Henning, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University in August 2009.

Eve (Hererra) Rosno, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas in May 2005.

Alyssa Lundahl, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2014 and earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from UNL in May 2016.

Masoud Mahjouri Samani, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2013.

Anitra (Mallory) Warrior, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in educational psychology in December 2007 and earned a Ph.D. in psychological studies in education in August 2015 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Colette (Mast) Polite, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in educational studies, with a specialization in teaching, curriculum, and learning from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2014.

Jane Meza, Ph.D. earned her master’s degree in mathematics and statistics in August 1998 and her Ph.D. in mathematics and statistics in August 2000 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Kacie (Moore) Blalock, Ph.D. earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Southern University in May 2000 and her Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2005.

Cuong Nguyen, Ph.D. earned his Ph.D. in immunology in May 2006 from the University of Florida.

Hung Nguyen, Ph.D. earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in August 2006 and attained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2013.

Melissa Norberg, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in August 2006.

Olatoyosi (Ola) Olude-Afolabi, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in systems science concentrating in systems engineering in December 2003 and her Ph.D. in systems science specializing in Artificial Intelligence Systems in May 2010 from SUNY Binghamton.

Nathan Palmer, Ph.D. earned a master's degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2008 and earned a Ph.D. in sociology from UNL in May 2017.

Daralyn Plains, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology in May 2000 from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in school psychology from Texas Woman’s University in May 2007.

Sandra Potter, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in educational psychology in August 2008 and a Ph.D. in human sciences in August 2012 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Erica Rogers, Ph.D. earned a master's degree in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2012 and earned a Ph.D. in the English from UNL in May 2017.

Molly Ruhlman, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in political science from Temple University in May 2013.

Sheriece Sadberry, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in education in May 2006 and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology in August 2010 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Tyler Scherr, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in pathology and microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in December 2016.

Brian Shreck, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University in December 2015.

Melissa Tehee, J.D., Ph.D. earned a master's degree in psychology from Western Washington University in June 2007, her J.D. degree from the University of Arizona in May 2012, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, policy, and law from the University of Arizona in August 2015.

David Vu, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering in December 1999 and a Ph.D. in December 2005 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.