Current Scholars

McNair Scholars Program-Preparing Undergraduates for Graduate Study

Elizabeth Apala

Academic Major and Classification: Sophomore; Physics

Graduate School Interests: Ph.D. in Astrophysics

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Physics Society, Chickasaw Learning Community

 

Laura Asaro

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; Mathematics

Graduate School Interests: Ph.D., Applied Mathematics

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Honors Student Association, Math Club, Tigers Against Human Trafficking, OKAMP

Honors: ECU Honors Program, Regents Scholarship Recipient, NASA Fellow

Research Activities: UT Tyler Summer Mathematics REU (2012), Arizona State University Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (Summer 2013), ERAP Student at Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center

 

Brent Biddy

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Molecular Biology

Graduate School Interests: Washington University in St. Louis, UT Southwestern Medical Center,

University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Baylor College of Medicine

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program

Honors: Alpha Chi Honors Society, NASA Fellow Research Assistant, Dr. Bill and Sandra Cole Scholarship in Biology (2011), Thomas J. McKnight Scholarship in Biology (2012), Fred and Mary Pfeffer Scholarship in Biology (2013)

Research Activities: SURE Step-Bridge Program, East Central University (2010); Oklahoma EPSCoR Research Experience for Undergraduates, East Central University (Summer 2011); Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, UT Southwestern Medical Center (Summer 2012); Amgen Scholars Program, Washington University in St. Louis (Summer 2013); McNair Internship, East Central University (2013-2014)

 

Jorge Carrizales

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Biology

Graduate School Interests: Ph. D., PA, OU College of Medicine

Organizations: Presidential Leadership Program, McNair Scholars Program, Tri-Beta

Honors: NASA Fellow

Research Activities: NIH Bridges, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; NASA Fellowship, East Central University

 

Joshua Crittenden

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Mathematics

Graduate School Interests: Ph.D. Mathematics

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program

 

John Dale

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; Physics

Graduate School Interests: Ph.D. Physics/Engineering

Organizations: Honors Student Association President, Society of Physics Students Vice President, Shot Gun Club, McNair Scholars Program

Honors: NASA Fellow, OKAMP, Alpha Chi

Research Activities: NASA Fellowship-Undergraduate Thesis in Chemistry, Advisor Dr. Scott (Aug 2013-present)

 

Joshua Duncan

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; Biology (Pre-Optometry)

Graduate School Interests: Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Teaching Excellence Committee

Honors: Deans Honors Roll

 

Taylor Glasco

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; Biology

Graduate School Interests: Physician’s Assistant, Medical School

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Honors Program

Research Activities: Step-Bridge Program

 

Meagan Griffin

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Biology

Graduate School Interests: PA School; OUHSC, Texas/Dallas

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Tri-Beta

Honors: NASA Fellow, Alpha Chi National Honor Society

 

Tyler Griffin

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Biology

Graduate School Interests: OSU Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program, OUHSC GPiBS, OUHSC Environmental Science

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Honors Program, GOLD Program, Tri-Beta

Honors: NASA Fellow, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Army achievement medal, Army Commendation medal, Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society

Research Activities: Research with Dr. Myers- Experiments in High Temp Chemistry

 

Chesna Henry

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Biology

Graduate School Interests: Physical Therapy; OUHSC, Langston, Texas Women’s, Kansas Univ.

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, FVA, Tigers Against Bullying

Honors: Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship

Research Activities: McNair Intern at Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center (2013/2014)

 

Ashley Huhman

Academic Major and Classification: Sophomore; Applied Mathematics

Graduate School Interests: Ph.D. in Applied Math, Washington State

Organizations: Presidential Leadership Class, ECU Honors, McNair Scholars Program, Math Club

Research Activities: REU at the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University, Presenter at MathFest 2013 at East Hartford Connecticut

 

Eric Loucks

Academic Major and Classification: Freshman, Molecular Biology

Graduate School Interests: OUHSC Neuroscience Program, Johns Hopkins University Department of Neuroscience

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Tri-Beta, ECU Honors Program

Research Activities: STEP-Bridge Program (Summer 2013); Currently researching effects of Melatonin on C. elegans nervous system with Dr. Fields

 

Desiree Lyon

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Molecular Biology

Graduate School Interests: Northeastern State University Optometry School, NOVA Southeastern University, SUNY College of Optometry

Organizations: Tri-Beta Treasurer, McNair Scholars Program, E.Y.E.S. President

Honors: Alpha Chi Honor Society, Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, 1960’s Science Scholarship, Mike Dunn Scholarship (Chickasaw Foundation)

Research Activities: Environmental Research Apprenticeship Program (2012-2013); McNair Internship (2013-2014)

 

Kelsey Mantooth

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; Biology

Graduate School Interests:  Medical School; OSU-Tulsa

Organizations: Tri-Beta, McNair Scholars Program

Honors: Alpha Chi Honors Society, Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society

 

Travis Miller

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; Chemistry

Graduate School Interests: Oklahoma State University

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, League of Extraordinary Gamers

 

Karen Myers

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Biology

Graduate School Interests: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; OSU, Ohio State, Colorado State, Kansas State

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Chemistry Club, Tri-Beta

Honors: ECU Honors, Alpha Chi National Honor Society

Research Activities: STEP-Bridge Program, OKLSAMP, Honors Thesis, McNair Internship

 

Thong Phan

Academic Major and Classification: Junior, Medical Physics

Graduate School Interests: Ph.D.; University of Oklahoma or Texas

Organizations: Society of Physics Club, McNair Scholars Program

Honors: Alpha Chi Honors Society

 

Nik Razo

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; Physics

Graduate School Interests: Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, ECU Honors

Honors: Alpha Chi National Honor Society, ECU Honors, NASA Fellow

Research Activities: NASA Fellowship-Undergraduate Thesis in Chemistry, Advisor Dr. Scott (Aug 2013-present)

 

Kyle Reeves

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; Mathematics and Physics

Graduate School Interests: MS or Ph.D. in Economics or Applied Mathematics

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Society of Physics Students

 

Charles Russell

Academic Major and Classification: Sophomore, Pre-Pharmacy (Chemistry)

Graduate School Interests: Pharm.D.; OU, SWOSU

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Chemistry Club, Zeta Pi Lambda Service Club, Habitat for Humanity, Tri-Beta

Honors: President’s Honor Roll Fall 2013, Spring 2013

 

Kirstin Shields

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; Biology

Graduate School Interests: Ph.D. in Microbiology; OUHSC, U Davis, DC

Organizations: Young Democrats Club, McNair Scholars Program

Honors: Alpha Chi Honors Society, Tri-Beta

Research Activities: STEP Bridges Summer Research Participant/Mentor, Presenter at National Research Day (2011), McNair Internship with Dr. Cluck (2013/2014)

 

Sharolyn Simpson

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Biology

Graduate School Interests: Dentistry

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program

Research Activities: Dean McGee Eye Institute at OUHSC

 

Ali Siweckyj

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Biology and Psychology

Graduate School Interests: D.O. programs, Psychiatry

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, Tri-Beta, Russian Club, Honors Student Association

Honors: NASA Fellow

Research Activities: McNair Internship with Dr. Andrews (2012-2013)

 

Linzi Thompson

Academic Major and Classification: Junior; EHS and Chemistry

Graduate School Interests: Masters/Ph. D.; Yale University, Cornell University

Organizations: American Red Cross, Environmental Research Apprenticeship Program, McNair Scholars Program, EHS Club, Society of Wildlife and Ecological Biologists, Chemistry Club, Rotaract Club

Honors: President’s Honor Roll, Fred and Mary Pfeffer Scholarship, Epsilon Nu Eta (EHS Honor Society), Tri-Beta (Biology Honor Society), Alpha Chi Honors Society, Awarded the 2013 National Women of Color Conference’s Student Leadership in Research Award

Research Activities: OK-LAMP grant recipient for independent research (Summer 2013-present), NASA Fellowship Program (Fall 2013-present), Co-Author in EPA Article, ERAP Research with Garmon Smith

 

Kaysi West

Academic Major and Classification: Senior; Chemistry

Graduate School Interests: Chemistry, Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program

Honors: Alpha Chi Honors Society

Research Activities: McNair Internship with Dr. Myers (2013/2014)

 

Hunter White

Academic Major and Classification: Freshman; Biology

Graduate School Interests: OU Medicine, OSU Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Columbia Medicine

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, ECU Honors

Research Activities: Step Bridges Program under Dr. Cluck and Dr. Biles

 

Page Young

Academic Major and Classification: Sophomore; Pre-Pharmacy (Chemistry)

Graduate School Interests: Pharmacy (Pharm. D.); OU or OSU

Organizations: McNair Scholars Program, FCA