McNair Scholars Cohort Announced at Trinity University

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Susie P. Gonzalez
Sep. 14, 2012

McNair Scholars Cohort Announced at Trinity University

SAN ANTONIO - Eight students at Trinity University have become the latest McNair Scholars as part of a prestigious program that prepares participants for doctoral studies through research and related scholarly activities.

Named after the late physicist and Challenger shuttle astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair and funded by Trinity and a U.S. Department of Education grant, the McNair Scholars Program offers academic counseling, financial aid assistance, mentoring, research opportunities, seminars, paid summer internships, and graduate admissions guidance.  

"Being selected as a McNair Scholar is a true honor.  It speaks to the students' academic achievements and to their bright promise," said Michael Soto, associate professor of English and McNair Scholars director at Trinity.

Since its inception at Trinity in November 2007, the program has served a total of 69 first-generation, low-income, and/or under-represented students.  The new Scholars who began participation this fall are: 

Ambreen Hooda

Junior, English


Anthia Xiao Yu Liu

Sophomore, business administration

Richmond, Texas

Rosa Olivares

Sophomore, chemistry

San Antonio

Vanessa Ortiz

Junior, anthropology

Laredo, Texas

Alyssa Parra

Sophomore, economics and environmental studies

San Antonio

Tae-Hyun Sakong

Sophomore, Biology

University Place, Washington

Christian Tovar-Vargas

Sophomore, psychology

San Antonio

Ashley Williams

Junior, psychology and sociology

Missouri City, Texas

Faculty tutors for the program are Amy Stone, associate professor of sociology; Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, associate professor of modern languages and literatures, fall 2012, and Rocio Delgado, associate professor of education, spring 2013; and Jack Leifer, associate professor of engineering science. For more information, contact Trinity's McNair Scholars Program at 210-999-7194 or