SOU Announces 2016 McNair Achievement Program Cohort

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University has completed the selection process for its 2016 cohort of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The program uses federal grant funds to prepare eligible undergraduate student participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

The SOU Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program is one of just 151 such programs in the nation. It is specifically designed to ensure that the student scholars complete their bachelor degrees, enroll in graduate school, and have the knowledge, skills, and background preparation required to successfully complete a doctoral program.

The goal of the federal program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D degrees by students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented segments of society.

The 2016 cohort includes ten students: Nikole Gomez (Las Vegas, Nev.), Jensen Haebler (Rapid City, Mich.), Nicole Kahawai (Kahului, Hawaii), Cody Odell-Sharp (Reno, Nev.), Daisy Proksch (Grants Pass, Ore.), Benjamin Rangel (Yreka, Calif.), Bronson Samel-Garloff (Ashland, Ore.), Emily Taylor (Macdoel, Calif.), Annie Valtierra-Sanchez (Central Point, Ore.), and Nathan White (Ashland, Ore.).

The program’s namesake, astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair, was killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986, leaving behind a wife and two children. He earned a Ph.D in Laser Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976 at age 26.

For more information, visit www.sou.edu/mcnair.

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