McNair Scholars

The UNL McNair Program is serving 28 Scholars during the 2017-18 academic year. To follow are the Scholars served in the Graduating, Senior, and Junior cohorts.

McNair Graduating 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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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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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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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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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. Daniel's graduate school plans are to pursue a master's degree in computer science and engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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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 conducted research in Africa with Dr. Mary Willis, Nutrition & Health Sciences, where they explored 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 Senior 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.

McNair Junior Scholars

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Taylor BillingtonPhysics

Taylor Billington is a physics major from Bellevue, Nebraska. Taylor will be conducting her McNair summer research project with Dr. Martin Centurion from the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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Mikaela CooperMicrobiology

Mikaela Cooper is a microbiology major from Omaha, Nebraska. Mikaela will be conducting her McNair research with Dr. Deborah Brown from the School of Biological Sciences.
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Trevor FellbaumComputer Science

Trevor Fellbaum is a computer science major from Bellevue, Nebraska. He is working with Dr. Benjamin Terry from the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering on virtual reality-assisted tele-robotic surgery.
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Darius FoxNutrition & Dietetics

Darius Fox is a nutrition and dietetics major from Bloomington, Illinois. Darius will be conducting research on the effect of caloric restriction on the musculoskeletal system under the guidance of Dr. Karsten Koehler from Nutrition and Health Sciences.
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Kiley Gilbert Psychology

Kiley Gilbert is a psychology major from Pacific Junction, Iowa. She is working with Dr. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda from the Department of Psychology on decisions concerning Latino defendants in the face of extra-legal information.
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Ashleigh HerreraChemical Engineering

Ashleigh Herrera is a chemical engineering major from San Antonio, Texas. She will be working with Dr. Chris Cornelius from the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering on the structure dynamics and assembly of ionomers and the relationships between composition and transport.
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Carolyn HerreraPsychology

Carolyn Herrera is a psychology major from Raymore, Missouri. Carolyn will be conducting research on campus sexual assault and help-seeking barriers under the guidance of Dr. Kathryn Holland from the Department of Psychology.
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Maham JavaidBiological Sciences

Maham Javaid is a biological sciences major from Papillion, Nebraska. She will be working with Dr. Colin Meiklejohn from the School of Biological Sciences on the X chromosome regulation during Drosophila spermatogenesis.
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Mahnoor JavaidBiological Sciences and Psychology

Mahnoor Javaid is a biological sciences and psychology double major from Papillion, Nebraska. Mahnoor will be working with Dr. Rick Bevins from the Department of Psychology on behavioral and neuropharmacology processes underlying the effects of abused drugs.
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Mark NailMechanical Engineering

Mark Nail is a mechanical engineering major from Leawood, Kansas. He is working with Dr. Sebastian Elbaum from the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering on an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for sensor placement in remote areas.
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Elizabeth OttoPsychology

Elizabeth Otto is a psychology major from Lincoln, Nebraska. Elizabeth is conducting research on sexual objectification and sexual assault among African American college students under the guidance of Dr. David DiLillo from the Department of Psychology.

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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 this fall.

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

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José Lemus earned a bachelor's degree in economics in May 2017. He is currently employed by Nebraskans for Civic Reform as a community organizer.

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Andreas Miles-Novelo earned a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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) Flewelling earned a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2016.

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Ivan Moreno earned a 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 a 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 a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2015.

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

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Elia Soto earned a 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 a 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 a 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 earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and journalism in May 2013 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is a journalist who has worked for Esquire magazine and Deadspin.com, and has 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) Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2013 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2013 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Doane University in May 2016. He is 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 at Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Nina Quiñones earned a 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 a 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 bachelor's degree in civil engineering in May 2013 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and earned a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering in December 2014 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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 bachelor's degree in finance in May 2012 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and 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 bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2012 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and 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, Ph.D. earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2012 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from UNL in May 2014. Dr. Lundhal attained 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, 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. Dr. Escamilla is a research analyst for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

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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, M.D. 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, Ph.D. earned a doctoral degree from the Eppley Cancer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in May 2017. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow conducting pancreatic cancer research in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at UNMC.

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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, Ph.D. earned his doctoral degree 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, Ph.D. 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. She is currently a psychologist at the University of Houston’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

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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 earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2010.

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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, Ph.D. earned a doctoral degree 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 earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2011.

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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, Ph.D. 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 is currently an assistant professor of sociology 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 senior business consultant at Tableau Software.

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Kyle Jackson earned his bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2009.

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Willie Novotny, M.D. 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 earned a bachelor's degree in child, youth, and family studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2009.

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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, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware in December 2011 and a Ph.D. in photovoltaic engineering from the University of New South Wales in March 2017.

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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, Ph.D. achieved a doctoral degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2013. Dr. Hasim is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Plant Pathology at Auburn University.

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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, Ph.D. earned a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2013. Dr. Mahjouri Samani is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Auburn University.

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Corey Minchow earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2007.

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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 Global Strategies 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

Joshua Avila earned a bachelor’s degree in textiles, clothing, and design from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2008.

Lorene Beaudette earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2006.

LaToya Benally earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2007.

Justine Buffalo Calf earned a bachelor’s degree in child, youth, and family studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2007.

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Amy Castro earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2008.

Sara Khalil earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2007.

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

Stephanie Matejka earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2008.

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

Amanda Ponce earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2008. She is currently an 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 degree in human services from Bellevue University in May 2008, and a clinical counseling master's degree from Bellevue University in May 2012.

Enriqueta Dailey earned a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2008.

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

Tadiyos Gebre earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2006.

Erica (Ginn) Holley, Ph.D. earned her doctoral 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, Ph.D. 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, 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. 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, Ph.D. 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.

Eric Shepard earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2006.

Ruth (Standeven) Friedman earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2007.

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.

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.

Randi Strope earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2005.

Melissa Tehee, J.D., Ph.D. 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.

Kristy Theilen earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2004.

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, Ph.D. earned a doctoral 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, Ph.D. earned her doctoral degree in genetics and development from Cornell University in May 2012. Dr. Flores is a research manager with the Eliminate Dengue World Mosquito Program at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria, 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 earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2003.

Leng Hua earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2006.

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

Donald McCauley III earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2003.

Hung Nguyen, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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 earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2006.

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, Ph.D. earned a doctoral degree 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, Ph.D. earned a doctoral degree 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, Ph.D. 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 earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2001.

Curtis Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2002.

Marcella Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2002.

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 earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska–Omaha in December 2003.

Tauheedah Najeeullah earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Arizona State University in December 2005.

Erin Nguyen earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2002.

Erin Nicholson earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2003.

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

Sallie Rinkol earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2003.

Molly Ruhlman, Ph.D. earned her doctoral degree 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, Ph.D. 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 earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2002.

Amy Wettstead earned a bachelor’s degree in university studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2002.

2000 McNair Cohort

Jennifer BearEagle, J.D. 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 earned a master's degree in mass communications from Jackson State University in May 2004.

Katherine Morgan, J.D. 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 and a master's of business administration from Texas Woman's University in December 2009.

1999 McNair Cohort

Myesha Albert–Applewhite earned a master's degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2003. She is enrolled in the criminology Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Dallas.

David Baker earned a master’s degree in anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington in May 2005.

Amy Bearskin earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2002.

Naomi Bowlin–Hernandez earned a master's degree in education, with a specialization in curriculum and instruction, from the University of Maryland–College Park in May 2004.

Michael Carl earned a bachelor’s degree in classics and religious studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2011.

Yolando Castellanos earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 1999.

Farida Ebrahim earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in December 2011.

Karen Frizzell earned a master's degree in English from Creighton University in May 2002 and also earned a master’s degree of information sciences and learning technology from the University of Missouri–Columbia in May 2005.

Rye Hicks–McIntosh earned a master’s of public administration and master’s of social work from the University of Nebraska–Omaha in May 2006.

Lori Kreifel earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, political science, and English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 1999.

Carl Libby earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in May 2006.

Daniel Pelham earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Morehouse College in May 2000.

Marco Ramirez earned a master's degree in counseling, with a specialization in marriage & family therapy from California State University–Fullerton in December 2010.

Barbara Shamburg earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2002.

1998 McNair Cohort

Lindsay Ham, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2001, and earned a Ph.D. in psychology from UNL in August 2004. Dr. Ham is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arkansas, and the Director of the Laboratory for Anxiety and Substance Abuse Research.

Cuong Nguyen, Ph.D. earned a doctoral degree in immunology in May 2006 from the University of Florida. Dr. Nguyen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Josh Wiehn earned a master’s degree in engineering mechanics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 2001.

1997 McNair Cohort

Fredrick Cham earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1998 and a master’s degree in electronic commerce from Creighton University in 2002.

Jennifer Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology in 1998. She earned a master’s degree in communication disorders for Auburn University in 2001 and a second master’s degree in communicative disorders from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in 2007.

Farrah Gafford, Ph.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1999, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of North Texas in 2001, and earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Tulane University in December 2008.

Shoshana Herman earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999 and a master’s degree in information science and learning technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2014.

Jessi Kerl earned a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology in May 2000 and earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2002.

Kenneth Lantz earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2000.

Nixon Marroquin earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2000.

Susan McCollum-Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 1998.

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

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Dzuan Nguyen earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics in December 2000 and a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May 2012.

Melissa Norberg, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2002 and attained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the UW-M in August 2006. She is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University.

Thao Pham earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 1999.

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. Dr. Plains is a Behavioral Health & Social Service Providers Psychologist at Prestige Evaluation and Consulting Services, LLC.

Marianna (Richardson) Burks earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2000 and earned a master’s degree in animal science from UNL in December 2002. Marianna is a Science Learning Specialist and biology instructor for the Student Support Services Program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Deborah Roelfs earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2000.

Steve Stephens earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in August 2003 and earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2006.

Camille Torok earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2001.

1996 McNair Cohort

Phe Bach, Ed.D. earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from California State University-Sacramento in May 2005. Dr. Bach attained an Ed.D. in educational leadership and management from Drexel University in March 2014.

Beverly Howard earned a master’s degree in agricultural education from North Carolina A&T State University in May 2004.

Sharon Hubl earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 1997.

Quang Le earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in May 1998 and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2003.

Flora Murillo earned a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology in 1998 and earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2001.

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1995 McNair Cohort

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Judith Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 1995.

Ngoc Cao earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 1998.

Amy Dickey-Malander earned a bachelor’s degree in education in May 1998, a master’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in August 2000, and an Ed.S. degree from UNK in August 2002.

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Colleen Flores earned a bachelor’s degree in university studies in December 1999 and a master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 2006.

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

Clayton Friesen, M.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in May 1998 and an M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May 2002.

Michael Garcia, Ph.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in English in December 1999, a master’s degree in English language and literature from Cornell University in January 2003 and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from Cornell University in August 2007. Dr. Garcia is an Associate Professor of Literature at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Jeffrey Garza earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in May 1998 and a master’s degree in statistics from Texas Tech University, Lubbock in August 2000.

Danielle Hamilton earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in May 1999 and a master’s degree in social work from Rutger’s University in January 2008.

Mark Hankla earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology August 1996 and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 1998.

Eve (Hererra) Rosno, Ph.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 1998, a master’s degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas in May 2000, and attained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from KU in May 2005. After 12 years of practicing psychology at a local non-profit, Dr. Rosno has begun working online to bring her experience as a psychologist and a mother to help other moms find more peace, joy and purpose in their lives.

Amy Jimenez earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in December 1999 and a master’s degree in nursing from the Walden University in November 2015.

Ericka Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 1997 and a master’s degree in educational psychology from Louisiana Tech University in May 2003.

Jill Krause earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 1996.

Colette (Mast) Polite, Ph.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in May 2000, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2003, and attained a Ph.D. in educational studies, with a specialization in teaching, curriculum, and learning from the UNL in December 2014. Dr. Polite is an academic counselor for Student Support Services at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

David Mather earned a bachelor’s degree in geology in May 1996 and earned a master’s degree in geography from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in May 1999.

Jane Meza, Ph.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in May 1996, a master’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 1998, and attained her Ph.D. in mathematics and statistics from UNL in August 2000. Dr. Meza is the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Global and Student Support, and the Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Sheila Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in May 1996 and earned a master’s degree in sociology from Texas Southern University in May 2000.

Anh Nguyen earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in May 1998 and a master’s degree in technical management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in November 2008.

Phong Nguyen earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and exercise science in May 1997 and a master’s degree in health and human performance from UNL in August 2000.

Brittawni Olson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in August 1996 and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in May 1999.

Olatoyosi Olude-Afolabi, Ph.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science in May 1998, a master’s degree in systems science from SUNY Binghamton in January 2004, and attained a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton in May 2010. Dr. Olude-Afolabi is a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark’s Artificial Intelligence Unit and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Software Design at Northern Virginia Community College.

Karen Pinkelman earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in December 1996 and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Doane University in August 2009.

Letha Pugh earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 1997.

Brian Ramirez earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 1998, a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Wright State University in September 2003, and a master’s degree in nursing, with a focus on psychiatric-mental health from Vanderbilt University in August 2009.

Rachel Ramirez, J.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 1998 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2004.

Robyn Seals earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 1997 and a master’s degree in educational administration from UNL in May 1999.

Margaret Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and the family in December 1996 and a master’s degree in counseling from Doane University in August 2003

Michelle (Stone) Kiel earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 1998, a master’s degree in educational psychology from UNL in December 1999, and an educational specialist degree from UNL in August 2001. Michelle is a school psychologist working at Omaha Public Schools.

Matthew Swain earned a bachelor’s degree in drafting design technology in May 1998.

Rafael Vigil earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in May 1999 and master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2002.

David Vu, Ph.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in August 1997, a master’s degree in chemical engineering from UNL in December 1999, and attained a Ph.D. in engineering from UNL in December 2005.

Tasha Wade earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 1998 and a master’s degree in community counseling from Chicago State University in December 2000.

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

Phe Bach, Ed.D. earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from California State University-Sacramento in May 2005 and attained an Ed.D. in educational leadership and management from Drexel University in March 2014.

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, Ph.D. 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.

Martin Diaz, Ph.D. earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware in December 2011 and earned a Ph.D. in photovoltaic engineering from the University of New South Wales in March 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 an 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 language and literature from Cornell University in January 2003 and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from Cornell University in August 2007.

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

Katie (Haferbier) Bailey, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. from the Eppley Cancer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May 2017.

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 master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in August 2003 and attained a Ph.D. in educational studies, with a specialization in teaching, curriculum, and learning from the UNL 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 master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2002 and attained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UW-M in August 2006.

Olatoyosi 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 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 1999 and attained a Ph.D. in engineering from UNL in December 2005.