Current Scholars

McNair Scholars Program-Preparing Undergraduates for Graduate Study

Elizabeth Apala

Academic Major and Classification:  Junior; Physics
Graduate School Interests:  Ph.D. in Astrophysics
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Physics Society, Chickasaw Learning Community
Honors:  McNair Scholar

 

Maranda Clymer

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Medical Physics
Graduate School Interests:  University of Oklahoma Medical Physics Program, Oklahoma State University Medical Physics Program
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Society of Physics Students, ECU GSA/Pride
Honors:  Sigma Pi Sigma, Treasurer of Society of Physics Students, ECAMP, ECU Honors Student, McNair Scholar

 

Sarah Cole

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Biology, Chemistry (minor)
Graduate School Interests:  University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, OSU Center for Health Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Tri - Beta
Honors:  President’s Honor Roll, McNair Scholar

 

Kimberly Condry

Academic Major and Classification:  Senior; Biology
Graduate School Interests:  University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Chemistry Club, Tri-Beta/Bio-Med Club
Honors:  Tri-Beta National Honor Society, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, McNair Scholar
Research Activities:  Research of fungal physiology with Dr.Biles (August 2014 – May 2015)

               

Aly Cunningham

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Biology
Graduate School Interests:  University of California (Berkeley), University of Colorado Denver, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences University of Oklahoma
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program
Honors:  McNair Scholar, Tri-Beta

 

Joshua Duncan

Academic Major and Classification:  Senior; 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

 

Carlee Henderson

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Biology (PreMed)
Graduate School Interests:  Physician’s Assistant (Pediatrics), BSN to RN Accelerated Nursing OU
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, East Central Softball, Presidential Leadership Class, Tri-Beta, Baptist Student Union
Research Activities:  Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (Summer 2011)

 

Ashley Huhman

Academic Major and Classification:  Junior; Applied Mathematics
Graduate School Interests:  Ph.D., Washington State

Organizations:  Presidential Leadership Class, ECU Honors, McNair Scholars Program, Math Club, Computer Science Club
Research Activities:  REU at the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University, Presenter at MathFest 2013 at East Hartford Connecticut

 

Sean Jesse

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Physics
Graduate School Interests:  University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Pride of Tigerland Band, ECU Honors, Physics Club, Society of Physics Students

 

Amanda Kramer

Academic Major and Classification:  Freshman; Physics
Graduate School Interests:  University of Oklahoma
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, ECU Society for Physics Students Honors: ECU Honors Program, McNair Scholar

 

Eric Loucks

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore, Biology
Graduate School Interests:  OUHSC Neuroscience Program, Johns Hopkins University Department of Neuroscience
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Tri-Beta
Research Activities:  STEP-Bridge Program (Summer 2013); Currently researching effects of Melatonin on C. elegans nervous system with Dr. Fields

 

Dakota Morgan

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Biology
Graduate School Interests:  University of Oklahoma, Langston University
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program
Honors:  McNair Scholar

 

Morgan Mackey

Academic Major and Classification:  Senior; Molecular Biology
Graduate School Interests:  Medical School
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Chemistry Club, Tri-Beta, Presidential Leadership Class, Alpha Chi
Research Activities:  Environmental Research Apprenticeship Program (ERAP); NASA Summer Internship; NASA fellow at ECU 2015-2016 with Dr.Howard

 

Brittney Newman

Academic Major and Classification:  Senior; Biology, Chemistry (minor)
Graduate School Interests:  University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Tri-Beta
Honors:  Tri-Beta, McNair Scholar

 

Kylee O’Dell

Academic Major and Classification:  Junior; Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Graduate School Interests:  University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Master’s Degree in Medical Engineering
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Tri-Beta
Honors:  McNair Scholar

 

Melissa Penton

Academic Major and Classification:  Junior; Physics
Graduate School Interests:  Pathology or Immunology
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Tri-Beta
Honors:  Tri-Beta, Alpha Chi, McNair Scholar

 

Tanner Rippee

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Chemistry and Physics, Theatre (Minor)
Graduate School Interests:  PhD in Quantum/Theoretical Physics, John Hopkins, Buffalo
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Baptist Student Union, Math Club
Honors:  McNair Scholar

 

Tyler Rowsey

Academic Major and Classification:  Junior; Biology
Graduate School Interests:  Medical School
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Chemistry Club, Sigma Tau Gamma
Honors:  Tri-Bets, Alpha Chi National Honor Society

 

Talor Stewart

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Biology
Graduate School Interests:  University of Oklahoma, Baylor University, University of Arizona
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Spanish Club, Rotaract Club, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Tri-Beta/Bio Med
Honors:  McNair Scholar

 

CJ Taylor

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Biology, Chemistry (Minor)
Graduate School Interests:  Zoology; PhD/DVM
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, ECU GSA/Pride, Silent Friends Club
Honors:  McNair Scholar, ECU Honors Program

 

Charles Russell

Academic Major and Classification:  Senior, Pre-Pharmacy (Chemistry)
Graduate School Interests:  Phar.D.; OU, SWOSU
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Chemistry Club, Zeta Pi Lambda Service Club, Habitat for Humanity, Tri-Beta/Bio Club
Honors:  Alpha Chi Honor Society, President’s Honor Roll- Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society

 

Ashley Schadegg

Academic Major and Classification:  Sophomore; Chemistry/Biology
Graduate School Interests:  PhD Biochemistry; University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of California – Berkeley, OU, Baylor University
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, ECU Rotaract Club, Chemistry Club

 

Kirstin Shields

Academic Major and Classification:  Senior; Biology
Graduate School Interests:  Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences; George Washington University, Emory University, OSU Health Science Center
Organizations:  Young Democrats Club, McNair Scholars Program, GSA/Pride
Honors:  Alpha Chi Honors Society, Alpha Chi Chapter Vice President
Research Activities:  STEP Bridges Summer Research Participant/Mentor, Presenter at National Research Day (2011), McNair Internship with Dr. Cluck (2013/2014)

 

Hannah Taff

Academic Major and Classification:  Junior; Biology
Graduate School Interests:  OU
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Alpha Chi
Honors:  McNair Scholar, President’s Honor Roll

 

Linzi Thompson

Academic Major and Classification:  Senior; 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

 

Chase Tillar

Academic Major and Classification:  Junior; Physics
Graduate School Interests:  OU, CU, UH
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Honors Program, Math Club, Society of Physics Students, ECU Soccer Club
Research Activities:  Astrophotography with Dr. Karen Williams (Summer 2014)

 

Jonathan Ward

Academic Major and Classification:  Senior; EHS
Graduate School Interests:  University of North Texas, Texas State
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, Vice President Shotgun Club, the National Society of Leadership and Success
Honors:  Dean’s List

 

Hunter White

Academic Major and Classification:  Junior; Biology, Chemistry (minor)
Graduate School Interests:  OU Medicine, OSU Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Columbia Medicine\
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, ECU Honors, ECU Golf Club, Alpha Chi honor society
Research Activities:  Step Bridges Program under Dr. Cluck and Dr. Biles

 

Page Young

Academic Major and Classification:  Junior; Chemistry
Graduate School Interests:  Pharmacy (Pharm. D.); OU, SWOSU
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program, FCA

 

Julie Wilson

Academic Major and Classification:  Senior; Biology
Graduate School Interests:  University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health
Organizations:  McNair Scholars Program
Honors:  McNair Scholar
Research:   McNair Scholars Research: tentatively with Dr.Cluck during Fall 2015 semester.