Kierra Pean, SSS & Paul Robeson Scholar.
My name is Kierra Monique Pean and I am the daughter of two Haitian immigrant parents. I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood and was in the Catholic school system for the entirety of my elementary, middle and high school careers. I was used to being one of the few, if not the only person of color in my classes. It was never something that bothered me, but I was aware that I was different from the majority of my school, and sometimes people found a need to make that painfully clear. I was often called an “Oreo” and any other name that conveyed surprise that I did not act like the stereotyped image that some people associate with black people. Of course I had experienced diversity... Continued
It was only about a year ago December 2015, then Sophomore, Cindy Le, accepted an interview before the McNair  Interview Committee stating her promise, drive, and motivation to pursue doctoral studies in the field of Public Health. Upon her acceptance, and successful completion of the Summer Research Institute 2016, she sought her next opportunity - Study Abroad. "Transitions to Recovery" Winter 2016 study abroad program, offered by the School of Social Work, aligned with Le's academic and research pursuits. It was not only the chance broaden her cultural capital, but to go beyond the limits. The study abroad program was only meant for graduate and doctoral students, thus not... Continued
McNair Scholars: Jada Anderson, Alice Cooper, Kayla Fowler, Melissa James, Nicole Ramos, and Kelsie Thorne, accompanied by Dr. Jenice Sabb, Driector of SEBS EOF and Dr. Jacqueline Moore, Manager of SEBS EOF, were afforded the opportunity to attend the 4th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference 2016 in Atlanta, GA. The scholars expressed their appreciation for the experiences and knowledge gained by attending valuable workshops and hearing prominent scholarly lectures, specifically Dr. Patricia Hill Collins on the topic of forming intersectional coalitions as forms of activism, as well as Dr. Joy DeGruy, who discussed her life’s most significant work... Continued
Joshua Tedesco, current McNair Scholar (Cohort 2015) & LSAMP Scholar, shares his experience at Materials Science and Technology Conference 2016 - “Thanks to financial assistance provided by the McNair program, I was able to attend Materials Science and Technology Conference 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is one of the biggest conferences in the world, for a materials engineer like myself, and I made a ton of amazing connections. After winning the local contest (at Rutgers University- New Brunswick), I was able to compete in the Material Advantage National Student Contest against America’s top Materials Science Engineering schools. After winning the... Continued
Rutgers University McNair Scholars, Andres Villegas and Alexis Clavijo attendend, The University of California at Berkeley 24th Annual California McNair Scholars Symposium in California from August 4 to August 7, 2016. It was a phenomenal opportunity for these scholars to present their research projects in an academic venue over a course of four days before an audience of academics and graduate program representatives. Read the scholars' experiences below. Andres Villegas, Rutgers University McNair Scholar, Cohort 2016 states: "My trip to the University of California, Berkeley served not only as the location for my presentation but affirmed the mission I have set... Continued