Student Spotlights

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
Cindy Le, a current McNair Scholar, tells her experience at NOVUS Summit. "I had the privilege of attending the first NOVUS Summit at the United Nations on July 17, 2016. The purpose of the NOVUS Summit was to promote the collaboration between the fields of technology and humanity to pursue the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that the United Nations hopes to achieve by 2030. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. ending poverty everywhere) seemed like a daunting global task to accomplish. However, my perspective changed to see the goals as attainable, as I listened to agents of change like Shiza Shaid, the former CEO of the Malala Fund, speak about her... Continued
On September 19, 2016, Miguel Vivar Lazo, senior at Rutgers University- New Brunswick, published his research article, entitled, “Network simulations of optical illusions,” alongside long-term faculty member & mentor, Dr. Troy Shinbrot (Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University). Miguel is a current McNair and LSAMP scholar majoring in Biomedical Engineering with hopes to pursue his doctorate upon baccalaureate degree completion in May 2017. To read this article, visit here.
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