McNair Scholars List Graduate School Plans

Posted on 5/11/2018 12:23:21 PM

The IUP McNair Scholars Program is delighted to announce the future plans of our 2018 McNair graduating class. This fall, 10 students from this cohort will be in master’s or doctoral programs. They are:

  • Nick Dzuricky is graduating from the Department of Physics. Nick has been accepted to the Materials Science and Engineering PhD program at the University of Maryland, College Park, with full financial support through an assistantship and tuition waiver, and has also been awarded a McNair Fellowship. Nick was mentored at IUP by John Bradshaw.
  • Kiera Estes, a two-year participant in the McNair program, has been accepted with full funding support to pursue her PhD in chemistry at Purdue University. She is graduating with a degree in chemistry in May. Kiera’s faculty mentor was Avijita Jain.
  • Jason Goulding is graduating with his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and has been accepted to Gannon University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program this upcoming fall. Jason’s research was guided by faculty mentor Joshua Castle.
  • Lauren LaMar is graduating with her BA degree in Child Development and Family Relations. To date, she has been accepted at Florida Gulf Coast University to pursue a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Lauren awaits word of acceptance at several other institutions before making a final decision on graduate school. Her McNair mentor was Daniel Puhlman.
  • Megan Lydic graduated in fall 2017 with her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has been accepted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program here at IUP. Megan was mentored by Kalani Palmer. She is also an alumna of the IUP Upward Bound Math and Science program.
  • John Michael Mihalek, a nutrition and psychology double major, graduates in May and has accepted a slot in Springfield College’s MA program in psychology. John Michael completed two research projects while in the McNair program. The first was guided by faculty mentor Robert Alman, and the second by faculty mentor Stephanie Davis.
  • Marina Seamans graduates this May with her bachelor’s degree in English. She has accepted a full funding package to attend the University of Maryland, College Park, where she will pursue a PhD in TESOL. Marina’s McNair research was directed by faculty mentor Ben Rafoth.
  • Jakyra Simpson is graduating with her BS degree in chemistry this May. Jakyra has been accepted to Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine to pursue her MD degree in Natural Medicine. Jakyra completed research under the direction of Charles Lake.
  • Elecia Smith earns her BA degree in psychology and has been accepted to Pfeiffer University’s MA program to study marriage and family therapy. Elecia was mentored at IUP by Maureen McHugh.
  • Samantha Soto earns her BS degree in Biology this May. Samantha has been accepted to Clark University’s MS program in Environmental Science and Policy. She completed research at IUP under the guidance of Josiah Townsend.

The superb performance of these scholars also underscores the overall success of the IUP McNair program. With an institution average of approximately 13 percent of graduating bachelor degree holders who enter graduate programs in the fall immediately following graduation, 50 percent of McNair students now have accomplished this goal. Congratulations, McNair scholars! Thank you for fond memories, and a hearty thank you to faculty mentors for a job well done.