Newsmakers from the McNair Scholars Program

Posted on 9/23/2013 6:29:06 PM

The IUP McNair Scholars Program is thrilled to announce the Ph.D. completion of two alumni of the program. Adam Crain completed his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the Montana State University in May 2013, and Shane Moulton completed his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nevada-Reno in August, 2013.

Crain’s dissertation was titled “Interactions and Electron Transfer Involved in Pyruvate Formate-Lyase Activation.” He has accepted a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Washington Medical Center conducting research on visual problems in primates.

Moulton’s dissertation was titled “In-group and Out-group Members’ Laughter and its Influence on Appraisals of Humor on Aging and Attitudes toward Older Adults.”

Both Crain and Moulton participated in the IUP McNair Scholars Program in 2006 and graduated in 2007 from IUP. They were both accepted directly into their doctoral programs with full funding. They are the first graduates of the IUP McNair Program to earn their Ph.D. degrees. As McNair scholars at IUP, Crain and Moulton were mentored by Heba Abourahma and Maureen McHugh, departments of Chemistry and Psychology, respectively. Crain and Moulton also maintain a close friendship that was forged during their experience with the IUP McNair program.

The McNair program is one of the seven federal TRIO programs authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965 and reauthorized in 2008 to assist low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority Americans to persist in their education with the ultimate goal of attaining a doctoral degree. In so doing, they become faculty members and/or researchers who give back to society through teaching and mentoring. Congratulations to Drs. Crain and Moulton on their fantastic success and achievement!