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. Shawna Patterson (2002 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Higher Education at Florida State University in 2015​.

Dr. Theresa Walters (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. Benjamin Machar (2006 Cohort) received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University in 2016.

Dr. Maureen Harke (2007 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Central Michigan University​ in 2016.

Dr. Rebecca Mercado-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.

Dr. Kerry Flegel (2009 Cohort) received her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology at University of Michigan in 2016.

Dr. Freddy Lee (2010 Cohort) received his Ph.D. in Microbiology at Indiana University in 2016.

CMU McNair Alumni Currently Enrolled in Ph.D. Programs

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

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

Charles Terry IV (2005 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Adult & Higher Education at University of Oklahoma

Ryan Kostaneki (2007 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Political Science at Wayne State University

Charmane Thurmand (2008 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Education Leadership at the University of Connecticut

John Brooks (2009 Cohort) Ph.D. student in English at Indiana University

Kyle Eveleth (2009 Cohort) Ph.D. student in English at the University of Kentucky

Rebecca McRae (2009 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Biomedical Sciences at Vanderbilt University

Helena Lucente (2010 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Utah

Maame Adomako (2011 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Donnesha Blake (2011 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Women's Studies at the University of Maryland - College Park

Justin Cramb (2011 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Georgia

Eric Denby (2011 Cohort) Ph.D. student in History at University of Illinois - Champagne Urbana

Jennifer Garner (2011 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Community Nutrition at Cornell University

Melissa Hanell (2011 Cohort) Ph.D. student in School Psychology at Indiana University

Masani McGee (2011 Cohort) Ph.D. student in English at the University of Rochester

Carissa Schmidt (2011 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Health Behavior & Health Education at University of Michigan

Katelyn Blair (2012 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Ke'Ara Brown-Smith (2012 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at Georgia State University

Jared Seymour (2012 Cohort) Ph.D. student in English at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Darnell Wims (2012 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Polymer Science at Akron University

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

Nicole Lynn-Bell (2013 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Microbiology at University of Georgia

Jayson Smith (2013 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Genetics at Stony Brook University

Blair Baker (2014 Cohort) Ph.D. student in School Psychology at Indiana University

Samantha Bent (2014 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Anthropology at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Christian Burns (2014 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Materials Science & Engineering at University of Virginia

Allison Moore (2014 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Neuroscience at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Brady Hasse (2015 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Neuroscience at University of Arizona

Taylor Morgan (2015 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Education and Psychology at University of Michigan

Holly Sucharski (2015 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University

Thomas White (2015 Cohort) Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science & Engineering at University of Michigan


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