Westminster’s Debbie Samaniego Named College’s First-Ever Marshall Scholar – Westminster College News
Dec. 5, 2016 Honors Program student to pursue prestigious graduate study in the United Kingdom SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster senior Debbie Samaniego has received the 2017 Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom. This marks the first time a Westminster student has been selected for this prestigious award.
Ten Westminster McNair Scholars traveled to Berkeley, CA early in August to present their summer research projects at the 24th Annual McNair Scholars Symposium. They were able to network with and attend the presentations of hundreds of McNair Scholars from across the country, visit either Stanford or UC Davis, and speak with recruiters at the graduate school fair. The symposium offered a number of cultural performances, and ended with a dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay. This event was the culmination of a busy summer full of research, graduate preparation seminars, and GRE Prep classes. One of our students commented, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with other scholars and share research ideas….The sense of community at this conference was really wonderful.”
2016 Graduates Entering Graduate School in Fall 2016 (10/11 will attend graduate school this fall = 91%)
Abby Steven Arellanes will enter the PhD program in sociology at North Carolina State University.
Brianda De Leon (U of U) will begin the master’s program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. Her emphasis will be Student Affairs.
Elizabeth Gamarra (U of U) will begin her Master of Social Work at the University of Utah.
Quan Le (U of U) will earn his MS in civil engineering at the University of Utah.
Katherine McLean will enter the PhD program in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Katie was also a recipient of the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship, as well as a Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan.
Kevin Martinez will enter the master’s program in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah.
Lisa Molina will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she will earn a master’s degree in Social Justice Education.
Giulia Soto (U of U) will pursue the MSEd in International Educational Development at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Stephen Tahan will earn his PhD in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Stephen also received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation GRFP.
Tashelle Wright will earn a PhD in public health from the University of California at Merced.
Additionally, we’d like to congratulate Karissa Killian; she will work for the U.S. Forest Service after graduation.
We are so proud of the McNair Scholars’ accomplishments, and delighted to see them achieve their academic goals!
Congratulations to all!
The Westminster College McNair Scholars Program would like to introduce you to Dr. Lara Chatman, our new program coordinator. She joined the director, Dr. Jo Hinsdale, at the beginning of October and jumped into providing services for our students.
As a product of both Upward Bound and UB Math-Science, she operates out of her knowledge, passion, and commitment to TRIO. Her primary goal is to provide holistic support to her scholars while helping to create new first-generation, low-income and underrepresented minority Ph.Ds. who will diversify professorship and research in higher education.
Dr. Chatman received her BA in political science and psychology from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s in Education from Freed Hardeman University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Miami University. She speaks at conferences and events on a range of topics, including: student retention, minority student success, career decision-making, and thriving and surviving at predominately white institutions as a minority student. She also does SAT/ACT preparatory workshops for STEM high school students.
As a researcher and scholar, Lara studies African American women and mentoring, multicultural and diversity education, minority student retention, and critical race storytelling. She has published a chapter on the 10 Great Curricula and Navigating Inhibited Spaces: Black Female Scholars’ Re-Articulation of Knowledge Production in the Academy; she also has several works in progress. Lara is known for her abrasive and sassy talks on African American students thriving in inhibited college environments and Uncourageous Talks on Diversity and Race.