Outstanding McNair Faculty and Graduate Student Mentors


Dr. Hollist (left) and Tony Kelly

For his mentoring and support of our scholars and his commitment to
the McNair Program, Dr. Cody Hollist received the 2009 McNair Faculty Appreciation Award. Dr. Hollist has served as a McNair faculty mentor for three years working with Corey Minchow, Chelsea Rivera, and Brittany Sznajder-Murray. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Hollist has a deep understanding of McNair scholars and the challenges they often face. Dr. Hollist serves as proof positive that with a lot of hard work and some great mentoring, you can compete with the best. Last fall, Dr. Hollist shared his experiences as a first-generation college student with the incoming scholars and described his journey to becoming a faculty member at UNL. In presenting his award, Dr. Laurie Bellows quoted Sir Isaac Newton, “If our scholars are able to ‘see further’, it is because they’re able to stand on the shoulders of giants, like Cody Hollist.”

The Graduate Student Appreciation Award recipient was Tony Kelly II, a doctoral student in physics and a former McNair scholar from California State University-Bakersfield. Tony has served as a panelist at the annual New Scholar Orientation, promoting the benefits of being a McNair Scholar, and speaking about the joys of being a graduate student. He is a talented and engaged graduate student, a promising scholar of high-energy physics, and a recognized outstanding teacher of physics. In 2007, he received his department award for the outstanding graduate teaching assistant. Dr. Bellows noted, “Tony represents what the McNair Program is all about.”

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