2009 McNair Recognition Reception

McNair Scholars 2009

The McNair Family!

On Friday, April 24, the McNair Scholars Recognition Reception was held at the Lied Center. In addition to celebrating scholar accomplishments, faculty and graduate student mentors were recognized for their support of the program. Over 80 faculty and graduate student mentors, friends, and family members attended the dinner reception.

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Master Scholars graduating in May 2009: Maegan Stevens-Liska (top left), Martin Diaz (top right), Acacia Caraballo, and Juan Canagas.

Honored guests for the evening were the May 2009 graduates, including: Joshua Alvarez, anthropology; Rebecca Beals, sociology; Acacia Caraballo, chemical engineering; Juan Cangas, psychology; Martin Diaz, electrical engineering; Kyle Jackson, environmental studies; Willie Novotny, biochemistry; Chelsea Rivera, child, youth and family studies; Maegan Stevens-Liska, history; and Mo Wax, business administration.

Senior Scholars (those graduating in May 2009 listed in bold): Joshua Alvarez, Willie Novotny,  Mo Wax, Jeff Belmont, Khoa Chu, Kyle Jackson, Tara Cossel, Rebecca Beals,  Chelsea Rivera, and Adrian Soltero.

Senior Scholars (* indicates May 2009 graduates): Joshua Alvarez*, Willie Novotny*, Mo Wax*, Jeff Belmont, Khoa Chu, Kyle Jackson*, Tara Cossel, Rebecca Beals*, Chelsea Rivera*, and Adrian Soltero.

The graduating seniors shared their post-graduation plans, and were awarded a dictionary embossed with their name and McNair Scholars Program. The graduates also received a sky blue honor cord, in memory of Dr. Ronald McNair’s flight suit, to wear for the commencement ceremony in May. Congratulations to all of our graduating scholars!

Senior Scholar Willie Novotny receives his blue honor cord from Dr. Bellows.

Senior Scholar Willie Novotny receives his blue honor cord from Dr. Bellows. Willie was accepted to the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and will begin an M.D. program in August 2009.

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