Trinity University Announces New McNair Scholars


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Sep. 12, 2013

Trinity University Announces New McNair Scholars


12 students added to cohort for prestigious program involving research, scholarship


SAN ANTONIO - Twelve Trinity University students 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 81 first-generation, low-income, and/or under-represented students. The new Scholars who began participation this fall are:

Scholar:  Leslie Cook

Class:  Junior

Major:  Biology

Hometown:  Corpus Christi, Texas

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Scholar:  Alexis Daggett

Class:  Sophomore

Major:  Biology and chemistry

Hometown:  Montello, Wis.

  Alexis Daggett
 

Scholar:  Namchi Do

Class:  Sophomore

Major:  Computer science and mathematics

Hometown:  Memphis, Tenn.

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Scholar:  Franchesca Escapita

Class:  Sophomore

Major:  Psychology

Hometown:  Haltam City, Texas

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Scholar:  Giovanna Espinoza

Class:  Sophomore

Major:  Psychology

Hometown:  San Antonio

  Giovanna Espinoza
 

Scholar:  Camry Gonzalez

Class:  Sophomore

Major:  Psychology and biology

Hometown:  San Antonio

  Camry Gonzalez
 

Scholar:  Jaferaly Hooda

Class:  Junior

Major:  Philosophy

Hometown:  Houston

  Jaferaly Hooda
 

Scholar:  Sonny Luna

Class:  Sophomore

Major:  Fine arts

Hometown:  San Antonio

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Scholar:  Ismerai Monreal

Class:  Junior

Major:  Political science and communication

Hometown:  San Antonio

  Ismerai Monreal
 

Scholar:  Gabriella Montemayor

Class:  Junior

Major:  Accounting

Hometown:  San Antonio

  Gabriella Montemayor
 

Scholar:  Maria Moscosa

Class:  Sophomore

Major:  International business

Hometown:  San Antonio

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Scholar:  Arnulfo Tunon

Class:  Sophomore

Major:  Neuroscience

Hometown:  Kirby, Texas

  Arnulfo Tunon

 

Tutorial Faculty for the Program for the 2013-2014 academic year are Rocio Delgado, associate professor of education; Jack Leifer, associate professor of engineering science; and Jennifer Steele, associate professor of physics and astronomy. For more information, contact Trinity's McNair Scholars Program at 210-999-7194 or www.trinity.edu/mcnair.