CMU McNair Alumni

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CM​U McNair Scholar ​Ph.D. Recipients​

Dr. Asher Pimpleton (2001 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Education Psychology from Southern Illinois University in 2011.

Dr. Theresa Walker (2003 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida in 2015.

Dr. Stephanie Pierce (2003 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Iowa in 2010.

Dr. Jon Brege (2004 Cohort) received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University in 2009.

Dr. Isabel Montemayor (2004 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Socio Cultural/Medical Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2014.

Dr. Sarah Karl (2005 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Boston University in 2014.

Dr. Laura Daniels (2006 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from East Carolina University in 2014.

Dr. Tiffany Jones (2006 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Southern California in 2013.

Dr. Rebecca Thornton (2007 Cohort) rec​eived her Ph.D. in Communications from Ohio University in 2012.​


Dr. Heather Minkel (2008 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Alabama in 2014.

Dr. Caitlin Demsky (2009 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology at Portland State University in 2015.

CMU McNair Alumni Currently Enrolled in Ph.D. Programs

2001 Cohort
Tiffany Cobb - Ph.D. student in Speech Pathology at Wayne State University

2002 Cohort
Shawna Patterson - Ph.D. student in Higher Education at Florida State University

2005 Cohort
Autumn Johnson - Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at Wayne State University

2006 Cohort
Benjamin Machar - Ph.D. student in Political Science at Howard University

2007 Cohort
Maureen Harke - Ph.D. student in Experimental Psychology at Central Michigan University
Ryan Kostaneki - Ph.D. student in Political Science at Wayne State University

2008 Cohort
Angela Lentz - Ph.D. student in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science at the University of Kansas
Charmane Thurmand - Ph.D. student in Education Leadership at the University of Conneticut

2009 Cohort
Cyrus Azizi - Ph.D. student in Sociology at University of Kansas
John Brooks - Ph.D. student in English at Indiana University
Kyle Eveleth - Ph.D. student in English at the University of Kentucky
Kerry Lepley - Ph.D. student in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan
Rebecca McRae - Ph.D. student in Biomedical Sciences at Vanderbilt University

2010 Cohort
Freddy Lee - Ph.D. student in Microbiology at Indiana University
Helena Lucente - Ph.D. student in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Utah

2011 Cohort
Maame Adomako - Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Donnesha Blake - Ph.D. student in Women's Studies at the University of Maryland - College Park
Justin Cramb - Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Georgia
Eric Denby - Ph.D. student in History at University of Illinois - Champagne Urbana
Jennifer Garner - Ph.D. student in Community Nutrition at Cornell University
Melissa Hanell - Ph.D. student in School Psychology at Indiana University
Masani McGee - Ph.D. student in English at the University of Rochester
Carissa Schmidt - Ph.D. student in Health Behavior & Health Education at University of Michigan

2012 Cohort
Katelyn Blair - Ph.D. student in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Ke'Ara Brown-Smith - Ph.D. student in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at Georgia State University
Jared Seymour - Ph.D. student in English at the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Darnell Wims
- Ph.D. student in Polymer Science at Akron University

2013 Cohort
Amanda Clark - Ph.D. student in Chemical Biology at Harvard University

Nicole Lynn-Bell - Ph.D. student in Microbiology at University of Georgia
Jayson Smith - Ph.D. student in Genetics at Stony Brook University

2014 Cohort
Blair Baker - Ph.D. student in School Psychology at Indiana University
Allison Moore - Ph.D. student in Neuroscience at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

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