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McNair Scholars

Ripon College has been awarded a five year grant for the McNair Scholars Program, a federally funded United States Department of Education TRIO program. The McNair program is designed to encourage students often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue doctoral degrees. However, this opportunity is not just reserved for Ripon College students. The program at Ripon College extends the opportunity to students at St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, and Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, through a collaborative participation initiative.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares students for graduate school who meet federal income guidelines and whose parents have not earned an undergraduate degree; or students who are from groups underrepresented in graduate education, including African American, Native American and Hispanic. The purpose of the program is to provide enriching experiences that prepare eligible students for doctoral study.

One of the most exciting aspects of the McNair Scholars Program is the opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in summer research experiences. Students team up with faculty mentors who have similar academic interests to develop their research plan. Upon completion of the research, McNair Scholars present their research to faculty, staff and peers at the McNair Symposium and/or other conferences.

Additionally, McNair Scholars receive guidance in learning about the opportunities associated with graduate study, complete GRE preparation courses and visit graduate schools that offer programs in their area of interest.

To apply for the McNair Scholars Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at Ripon College, Lawrence University or St. Norbert College, as a Sophomore standing or above;
  • Have a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA;
  • Hold U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency;
  • Come from a low-income family (as determined by Federal TRIO Programs guidelines) and be the first generation to complete a baccalaureate degree (neither parent having completed a four-year college degree) or be a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, Native American, or Hispanic/Latino); and
  • Intend to enter a graduate program and pursue a Ph.D. after earning a bachelor’s degree.

McNair Scholars and Mentors

Current McNair Scholars & Mentors

Ripon College McNair Scholars

Stephanie Alvarez '16 | Ripon College
Placement: Studying for Master of Social Work at University of Southern California
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Kimber Wilkenson
Summer Research: University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Current Attitudes in School Systems-Teacher Perceptions" (2015)


Garrison Anderson '16 | Ripon College
Placement: Studying for Master of Science in Communication at Colorado State University
Major: Communication
Mentor: Dr. Steve Martin (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

“ Archetypal Characters Exposed: An Exploration and Analysis of characters within Hip Hop Music” (2015)


Emily Connovich '16 | Ripon College
Placement: Ph.D. at Rowan University
Major: Psychology and English
Mentor: Dr. Kristine Kovack-Lesh (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

“Adults’ Expectations of Elementary School-Aged Students’ Mathematical Abilities” (2013)


Will Crist '16 | Ripon College
Placement: Studying for Master of Arts in History at Missouri State University
Major: Politics and Government
Mentor: Dr. Martin Farrell
Summer Research: Ripon College

"An Investigation into Voting Patterns, Voter Turnout and Minority Access to Voting" (2015)


Colleen Elzinga '18 | Ripon College
Major: Chemistry-Biology
Mentor: Dr. Memuna Khan (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"Androgen Metabolite Measurements in Droppings from Adult and Nestling Eastern Bluebirds" (2016)


Holly Erickson '18 | Ripon College
Major: History
Mentor: Dr. Brian Smith (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"Toward Tomorrow: Surviving in the Absence of Humanity- Analysis of the Survival Techniques, Perspectives and Strategies of Jews in Concentration Camps" (2016)


Nayely Gonzalez '16 | Ripon College
Placement: Studying for Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University
Majors: Psychology and English
Mentor: Dr. Gini Lester
Summer Research: Community Alliance and Action Network in Joliet, Illinois

Working on a collaborative community project for increasing safety for people of varying orientations and identities (2015)


Alana Green '18 | Ripon College
Major: Biology
Mentor: Dr. Barbara Sisson (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"Genetic Conservation of the Regulatory Region of the col2a1b in Lake Sturgeon and other Teleosts" (2016)


Courtney Green '17 | Ripon College
Major: Politics and Government
Mentor: Dr. Lamont Colucci (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"How people form political beliefs and orientation" (2015)


Ricardo Jaimes '17 | Ripon College
Majors: Environmental Studies and Religion
Mentor: Dr. Bob Wallace (Website)
Summer Research: University of Michigan

"The Chemical Composition of Lake and Sea Spray Aerosol, Climate Change and Particle Impact on Human Respiratory Systems" (2016)


Stephanie Lopez '18 | Ripon College
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Joe Hatcher (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"The Effects of Assertiveness and Race on the Reactions to Female Speakers" (2016)


Brittany Mangin '17 | Ripon College
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Kristine Kovack-Lesh (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"How Technology Affects Parent-Child Relationships" (2015)


Megan Marema '16 | Ripon College
Placement: Studying for Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics at University of Washington
Majors: Mathematics and Physics
Mentor: Dr. Leah Simon
Summer Research: Ripon College

Mechanical engineering as related to the technology involved with prosthetics and orthotics (2015)


Christine Nguyen '17 | Ripon College
Major: Chemistry-Biology
Mentor: Dr. Colleen Byron (Website)
Summer Research: Medical College of Wisconsin

"Flushing Rat Kidneys through Surgery, Isolating Glomeruli from Kidneys using the Confocal Scanning Microscope" (2016)


Emily Stanczak '18 | Ripon College
Major: Chemistry-Biology
Mentor: Dr. Mark Kainz (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"The Gastrointestinal Microbiome of Eastern Bluebirds in Adults, Nestlings, Males, Females and Eggs" (2016)


Elizabeth Thompson '16 | Ripon College
Placement: Studying for Doctorate in Pharmacy at UW-Madison
Major: Biology
Mentor: Dr. Barbara Sisson (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"Zebra Fish and the Frequency of Skeletal Malformations after Exposure to Varying Levels of Retinoic Acid" (2015)


Maddison Vega '18 | Ripon College
Major: Sociology
Mentor: Dr. Marc Eaton (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"Autism and Gender Determination: How Gender is Constructed in Autistic People and the Effects Gender and Autism Have on Each Other" (2016)


Carmen Zapata '18 | Ripon College
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Joe Hatcher (Website)
Summer Research: Ripon College

"The Arousal Effects of Opened and Closed Postures When Matched with or not with the Posture of Another Person" (2016)

McNair Scholar Alumni

McNair Scholar Alumni

Lawrence University McNair Scholars

Lawrence University McNair Scholars

Megan Conley '16 | Lawrence University
Placement: Studying for Master of Social Work at UW-Madison
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Lori Hilt
Summer Research: Lawrence University

"Early Life Stress and Depression" (2015)


Megan DeCleene '17 | Lawrence University
Major: Spanish
Mentor: Dr. Madera Allen
Summer Research: Lawrence University

"Translation of Syntax in early modern theater" (2016)


Satvir Kalsi '18 | Lawrence University
Major: Biology
Mentor: Dr. Peter LaViolette
Summer Research: Medical College of Wisconsin

Medicine/Biomedical Research (2016)


Samantha Knott '16 | Lawrence University
Major: Biology-Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Frietag
Summer Research: University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine

"Investigating Protein Interactions of Angiongenin" (2015)


Guilberly Louissaint '17 | Lawrence University
Major: Anthropology
Mentor: Dr. Carla Daughtry
Summer Research: Lawrence University

"Exploring control and monitoring of sexualities by nation states of refugees from Africa and the Middle East" (2016)


Woodlynn Pierre '17 | Lawrence University
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Terry Gottfried
Summer Research: Lawrence University

"Musical training improves the recognition of vocoded speech in children" (2016)


Cody Poole '17 | Lawrence University
Major: Physics and Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. M. Picket
Summer Research: University of Arizona

Optics (2016)


Cathryn Wood '17 | Lawrence University
Major: Biology
Mentor: Dr. Leigh Torres
Summer Research: Oregon State University

Whale Foraging (2016)


Kaitlyn Yorde '17 | Lawrence University
Major: Linguistics
Mentor: Dr. Terry Gottfried
Summer Research: Lawrence University

"Categorical Perception of Mandarin Speakers: English Vowels are Affected" (2016)


St. Norbert College McNair Scholars

St. Norbert College McNair Scholars

Christine Chen '17 | St. Norbert College
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Raquel Cowell
Summer Research: St. Norbert College

"Prevalence of Mental Illness and Stigmas in the Green Bay Area" (2016)


Eva Finke '18 | St. Norbert College
Major: Biology
Mentor: Dr. Zach Pratt
Summer Research: St. Norbert College

"Gut bacteria growth in the presence of SCFAs and trans fats" (2016)


Morgan Lanahan '17 | St. Norbert College
Major: Sociology and Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jamie Lynch
Summer Research: UW-Stevens Point

"The Impact of U.S. Dept of Education Upward Bound Programs on College Enrollment" (2016)


Riley Hacker '17 | St. Norbert College
Major: Geology
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca McKean
Summer Research: St. Norbert College

"Identification of Late Crustaceous Fish from the Tropic Shale of Southern Utah" (2016)


Paige VanRossum '18 | St. Norbert College
Major: Biology
Mentor: Dr. Zach Pratt
Summer Research: St. Norbert College

"Do selective serotonin reuptake inhbitors make bacteria sensitive to antibiotics?" (2016)


Colton Wiesner '16 | St. Norbert College
Placement: Studying for Medical Doctorate at Medical College of WI (MCW)
Major: Biology and Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Zach Pratt
Summer Research: St. Norbert College

"Elongation Factors in E.Coli and Salmonela under stressed conditions" (2015)


Nicole Zellner '16 | St. Norbert College
Placement: Studying for Master of Social Work at UW-Milwaukee
Major: Sociology
Mentor: Dr. Kelsy Burke
Summer Research: St. Norbert College

"Participation in youth mentoring groups will not relate positively to behavior changes" (2015)


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