St. Edward’s University McNair Scholar alumni inspire our current scholars. 

Our alumni have worked hard to achieve their goals and truly embody the mission of the McNair Scholars Program. Each new cohort of scholars who are inducted into our program will follow in their footsteps.

Shae
Shae Jefferies, '13
WilsonWWilson Whitener, '18
Nikki
Marcela Nicole Kunkel, '17
Brianna
Brianna Collins, '17

Every year, we invite McNair alumni participate in an alumni panel in which they share their experiences getting to graduate school and navigating their time in masters or doctoral programs. They'll Skype in or they'll come in person.

We encourage our current scholars to ask any questions they may have regarding the process of applying to graduate school from selecting the right program to building a supportive community once they're on a new campus.

Our alumni who participated this year were Shae Jefferies ('13, Sociology) earned an MS in Sociology at the University of North Texas; Marcela Kunkel ('17, Behavioral Neuroscience) is in a Ph.D. program in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin; Wilson Whitener ('18, Mathematics and Religious and Theological Studies) is in an MA program in Philosophy at Northern Illinois University; Brianna Collins ('17, Chemistry) is in a Ph.D. program in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota.

The topics they covered were varied and important to our scholars whose goals include graduate school: funding, self-care, finances, networking, housing, transportation, health and wellness, mentoring, teaching, research, stress management, income tax, work, and relationships.

We're grateful to our alumni who graciously take time from their busy schedules to support their undergraduate colleagues. The information that our alumni share is invaluable to our scholars as they navigate the application procress.

Victoria
Dr. Victoria Rodriguez, '11

The McNair Scholars Program holds an annual Recognition Reception where we celebrate the successes of our scholars and give much-deserved recognition to our faculty mentors who work with our scholars throughout the duration of their time in the program.

Every year, we invite a McNair alumnus to be a guest speaker at our reception. They are our success stories. They graciously share  insights, experiences, or challenges they experienced while in graduate school, as well as how they persisted to attain their goals.

This past year, our guest speaker was Dr. Victoria Rodriguez, '11. Victoria was featured on the St. Edward's alumni spotlight, "Challenge, Triumph, and Living Her Dream." She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental and Psychological Sciences and Race, Inequality, and Language in Education from Stanford University in 2017.

She is currently a Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of San Diego, where she investigates "the college readiness procress for underrepresented youth in an effor tto better understand how schools can best support and prepare their students to persist in college."

Doctoral Degrees

Dahlia Campbell

B.S. (2006) Chemistry, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. (2012) Chemistry, Purdue University

Ilse Carrizales

B.A. (2007) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2009) Psychology, Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. (2013) Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Monica Flores

B.S. (2001) Biology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2008) Science Education, University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. (2014) Science Education, University of Texas at Austin

GiNell Elliott

B.S. (2007) Bioinformatics, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. (2015) Computational and Systems Biology, Washington University

Patricia Garcia

B.A. (2005) English Writing and Rhetoric, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. (2015) Information Studies Program, University of California at Los Angeles

Trinidad Macias

B.A. (2007) International Relations, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2010) Political Science, University of Texas at San Antonio
Ph.D. (2016) Education, University of The Incarnate Word

Daisy Izaguirre

B.S. (2006) Biochemistry, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. (2016) Cancer Biology, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston

Daniel Lyles

B.A. (2010) Sociology, St. Edward’s University
MS and Ph.D. (2016) Science and Technology Studies Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Brenda Torres

B.S. (2010) Biochemistry, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. (2016) Immunology Program, Stanford University

Danielle Jackson

B.A. (2009) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. (2017) Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Racheal Banda Rothrock

B.A. (2007) Graphic Design, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2010) Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. (2017) Education/Curriculum and Instruction Program, University of Texas at Austin

Victoria Rodriguez

B.A. (2011) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. (2017) Developmental and Psychological Sciences, Stanford University

Leon A. Venegas

B.S. (2010) Biology, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. (2018) Biological Science Program, University of Illinois

Kristina Rodriguez

B.A. (2007) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2016) Psychology, University of North Texas
Ph.D. (2018) Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas

Amalia Martinez

B.A. (2011) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2014) Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University
Dual Ph.D. (2018) Clinical and Industrial/Organization Psychology Program, Alliant International University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Lisa Montoya

B.S. (2008) Biology, St. Edward’s University
DVM (2013) Texas A&M University

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Gustavo Alonso

B.B.A. (2005) Accounting Information Technology, St. Edward’s University
DPT (2014) University of Southern California

Lorraine Ortega

B.A. (2008) Kinesiology, St. Edward’s University
DPT (2013) Columbia University

Rosemary Galvan

B.A. (2008) Kinesiology, St. Edward’s University
DPT (2014) Texas Women’s University

Doctor of Pharmacy

Anita Ramos

B.S. (2003) Biochemistry, St. Edward’s University
PHARM.D (2012) University of Incarnate Word

Megan Garcia

B.S. (2009) Biochemistry, St. Edward’s University
PHARM.D (2014) University of Incarnate Word

Master’s Degrees

Gloria Martinez-Perez

B.S. (2002) Biochemistry, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2011) Education, Sul Ross State University

April Buentello

B.A. (2003) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2010) College Student Development, St. Edward’s University

Adriana Marina Jones

B.B.A. (2003) Finance, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2009) Counseling, Prairie View A&M University

Carlos Martinez

B.A. (2003) Political Science, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2013) Library and Information Science, The Catholic University of America

Judith Razo

B.B.A. (2003) International Business, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2007) Advertising, University of Texas at Austin

Ruben Garcia

B.A. (2004) Criminal Justice, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2007) Counseling, St. Edward’s University

Ariana Hinojosa

B.B.A. (2004) International Business, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2010) Communication, University of Texas Pan-American

Jessica Alvarez

B.S. (2005) Computer Science, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2008) Information Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio

Brenda Cornejo

B.A. (2005) Social Work, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2007) Social Work, Texas State University

Roberto Dovalina

B.A. (2005) Computer Information Science, St. Edward’s University
M.B.A. (2009) Business Administration, St. Edward’s University

Maria Escareño

B.A. (2005) Computer Information Science, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2010) Educational Leadership, Western New Mexico University

Omar Garcia

B.B.A. (2005) International Business, St. Edward’s University
M.B.A. (2012) Business Administration, St. Edward’s University

Claudia Gonzalez

B.A. (2005) Social Work, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2008) Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Megan Jackson

B.A. (2005) Theatre Arts, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2007) Media Studies , The New School for Public Engagement

Clint Ortega

B.A. (2005) Communication Studies, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2008) Information Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio

Marina Solis

B.A. (2005) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2017) Counseling, St. Edward’s University

Luis Avila

B.S. (2006) Computer Science, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2013) Computer Science, University of Texas at Brownsville

Sarah Bond

B.A. (2006) English Writing and Rhetoric, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2008) Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

Jose Aaron Hinojosa

B.A. (2006) Communication, St. Edward’s University
M. S. (2012) College Student Affairs, Nova Southeastern University

Cheryl Lozano-Whitten

B.A. (2006) Organizational Communication, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2012) Communication, Texas A&M College Station;

Brian Rabalais

B.A. (2006) Graphic Design, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2008) Design Management, Savannah College of Art and Design

Samantha Swaim Moreno

B.A. (2006) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2008) Industrial/Organizational Psychology, St. Mary’s University

Marisol Vasquez

B.A. (2006) Religious Studies, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2008) Theology, University of Notre Dame

Aaron Villarreal

B.A. (2006) Education Certification in Spanish, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2012) Education/Administration and Supervision, University of Phoenix

Rocio Rangel

B.A. (2006) Liberal Studies, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2016) College Student Development, St. Edward’s University

Beatrice Tiago

B.B.A. (2006) Accounting, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2016) Accounting, American Public University

Celencia Guillory

B.B.A (2007) Management, St. Edward’s University
M.B.A. (2011) Business Administration, Webster University

Heather Bruch

B.A. (2007) Mathematics, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2011) Mathematics, Texas State University

William Jaramillo

B.A. (2007) Mathematics, St. Edward’s University
Ed. M. (2014), School Leadership, Harvard University

Shanny Merlos Lozano

B.S. (2007) Biology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2013) Nursing, Vanderbilt University

Monica Saldivar

B.A. (2007) Spanish, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2018) Education, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Calixto Balderas

B.B.A. and B.A. (2008) Accounting and Computer Information Technology, St. Edward’s University
M.P.A. (2011) Professional Accounting, University of Texas at Austin

Dagoberto Garcia

B.A. (2008) History, St. Edward’s University
Master of Liberal Arts (2012), St. Edward’s University

Julian Gonzalez

B.A. (2008) Philosophy, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2013) Applied Philosophy and Ethics, Texas State University

Johanna Torres

B.A. (2008) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2011) Clinical Psychology, University of Texas at Tyler

Veronica Villa

B.S./B.A. (2008) Computer Science and Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2015) Psychology, University of Chicago

Karla Barrera

B.S. (2008) Biochemistry, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2016) Physician Assistant Studies, University of Texas Health Science Center

Cristal Lopez

B.A. (2009) Spanish and International Business, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2012) Spanish and International Business, Saint Louis University

Mirna Lopez

B.A. (2009) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2013) School Psychology, Our Lady of the Lake University

Sandy Martinez

B.S. (2009) Biology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2014) Project Management, St. Edward’s University

Abel Nevarez

B.A. (2009) Communication, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2011) Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Flora Ortega

B.A (2009) International Relations, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2012) Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin

Tabitha Spencer

B.A. (2009) Psychology and B.S. (2009) Biology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2013) Clinical Psychology, Sam Houston University

Maura Valle

B.A. (2009) Accounting Information Technology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2013) Accounting, St. Edward’s University

Hilary Martinez

B.S. (2010) Forensic Science, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2013) Anthropology, Texas State University

Carol Filip

B.A. (2010) Religious Studies, St. Edward’s University
M.Div. (2013) Divinity, Harvard Divinity School

Eloise Montemayor

B.A. (2010) Photo Communications, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2013) Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas Pan American

Jose Vasquez

B.A. (2010) Media Communication, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2012) Mass Communication, Texas State University

Robert-Gabriel Aaron Mundine

B.A. (2011) Philosophy, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2013) Philosophy, Boston College

Anthony Perez

B.B.A. (2011) Marketing, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2013) Advertising, University of Texas at Austin

Kristin Perez

B.A. (2011) History, St. Edward’s University
M.L.A. (2013) Liberal Arts, St. Edward’s University

Regina Portillo

B.A. (2011) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2014) Education, Columbia University

Tiffany Begley

B.A. (2011) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2015) Counseling, St. Edward’s University

Lauren May

B.A. (2011) Religious Studies, St. Edward’s University
M.T.S. (2013) Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School
M.S. (2015) Social Work, New York University

Kadence Hampton

B.S. (2012) Environmental Science, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2014), Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota

Eleanor Palmer

B.A. (2012) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2014) Psychology, Wake Forest University

Shirley Green

B.A. (2012) Latina American Studies, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2014) Global Policy Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Peter Rosa

B.A. (2012) Philosophy, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2013) Humanities, University of Chicago

Leslie De La Rosa

B.A. (2012) Spanish, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2017) Student Affairs in Higher Education, Texas State University

Maria Sol Cordova

B.A (2012) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2018) Counseling, Texas State University

Katherine Najera

B.S. (2013) Biology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2016) Biomedical Science, Texas Tech Health Science Center

Genesis Granados

B.A. (2013) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A (2017) Psychology, University of Houston Clear Lake

Nicholas Tafacory

B.A (2013), St. Edward’s University
MLA (2018), St. Edward’s University

Jessica Le

B.A. (2013) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2016) Psychology, University of North Texas

Monica Rivas

B.S. (2013) Environmental Science, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2017) Architecture, University of Houston

Elvia Valle

B.A. (2013) Global Studies
Fulbright for Political Science (2014), Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria
M.A. (2017) German and European Studies, Georgetown University, Pickering Fellow

Rogelio Ortiz

B.A. (2014) Mathematics, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2016) Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Angelica Rangel

B.A (2014) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2016) Clinical Psychology, University of Texas at Tyler

Vanessa Neutzler

B.S. (2014) Biology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2016) Bioscience and Health Policy, Rice University

Joelynn Avendaño

B.A. (2014) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2015) Child Development Psychology, Kingston University

Dellea Copeland

B.A. (2014) Political Science, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2017) Political Science, Pennsylvania State University

Eryn Lee

B.S. (2014) Biochemistry, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2018) Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mirna Garza

B.A. (2015) Social Work, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2016) Social Work, New York University

Iman Ortiz

B.B.A. (2015) Accounting, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2016) Accounting, University of Texas at Austin

Vanesa Lerma

B.S. (2016) Behavioral Neuroscience, St. Edward's University
M.A. (2018) Psychology, New York University

Jennifer Rangubphai

B.B.A. (2018) Business Administration, St. Edward's University
M.S. Leadership and Change, St. Edward's University

Currently in Doctoral Programs

Julian Gonzalez

B.A. (2008) Philosophy, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2013) Applied Philosophy and Ethics, Texas State University
Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Kansas

Stefanie Torres

B.A. (2009) English Writing and Rhetoric, St. Edward’s University
M.F.A. (2013) Creative Writing, University of Kansas
Ph.D. English Creative Writing, University of Kansas

Glenn Trujillo

B.A. (2009) Philosophy, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2011) Philosophy, University of Houston
Ph.D. Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

Elba Moise

B.A. (2011) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2014) Public Health and Anthropology, Oregon State University
Ph.D. , Education, University of Washington

Elizabeth Pelser

B.S. (2013), Biology, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Shanae Jefferies

B.A. (2013) Sociology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2015) Sociology
Ph.D. Sociology, University of North Texas

Dominique Salas

B.A. (2010) English Writing and Rhetoric, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2016) Creative Writing, New Mexico State University
Ph.D. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin

Leslie Nix

B.S. (2014) Biology, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. Biology, Scripps Research Institute

Cynthia Tapia

B.S. (2014) Chemistry, St. Edward’s University
Ph.D. Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Texas Medical Branch

Kathryn Michelle Benavidez

B.S. (2014) Environmental Science, St. Edward’s University
M.S. ( 2016) Wildlife Ecology, Texas State University
Ph.D. PhD Anthropology, Indiana University

Kelly-Kate Crossland

B.A. (2015) Philosophy, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2016) Philosophy, Brandeis University
Ph.D. Philosophy, Baylor University

Austin Hestdalen

B.A. (2015) Communication, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2017) Communication, Duquesne University
Ph.D. Rhetoric, Duquesne University

Dianey Leal

B.A. (2015) Political Science and English Writing & Rhetoric, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2017) Public Service and Administration, Texas A&M University
Dual Ph.D. Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) and Chicano/Latino Studies, Michigan State University

Marcela Nicole Kunkel

B.S. (2017), Behavioral Neuroscience
Ph.D. Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Texas at Austin

Amy Ontai

B.S. (2017) Biology
Ph.D. Microbiology, Yale University

Briana Cobos

B.A. (2012) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. (2015) Psychological Research, Texas State University
Ph.D. Psychology, University of Texas San Antonio

Brianna Collins

B.S. (2017) Chemistry, St. Edward's University
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Minnesota

Alicia Torres

B.A. (2018) Psychology, St. Edward's University
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Currently in Master’s Programs

William Haynes III

B.A. (2015) Global Studies, St. Edward’s University
M.S. Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies, University of Glasgow

Lydia Rhodes

B.A (2015) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. Counseling, Prescott College

Ana Avalos

B.A. (2017) Religious and Theological Studies
MDiv Program, Harvard Divinity School

Emily Dalton

B.S. (2017) Environmental Science and Policy
M.S. Public Health, Cornell University

Crisel Suarez

B.S. (2017) Mathematics
Ph.D. Bridge Program, Physics, Fisk-Vanderbilt University

Melissa Chavarria

B.A. (2017) Political Science, St. Edward’s University
M.A. Public Administration, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Mayra Ortega

B.A. (2018) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. Mental Health Counseling, University of Texas El Paso

Erick Munoz

B.A. (2018) Philosophy, St. Edward’s University
M.A. Applied Philosophy and Ethics, Texas State University

Pablo Castro

B.A. (2018) History and Political Science, St. Edward’s University
TFA Graduate Fellows Program, Delta State University

Norma Itzel Salas

B.A. (2017) Social Work, St. Edward’s University
M.A. Social Work, Columbia University

Wilson Whitener

B.A. (2018) Mathematics and Religious and Theological Studies, St. Edward’s University
M.A. Philosophy, Northern Illinois University

Scholars in Medical Degree Programs

Rito Escareño

B.S. (2008) Biology, St. Edward’s University
M.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Karen Lopez

B.A. (2012) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
P.A. Baylor School of Medicine

Fulbright Study/Research Fellowship Recipients in Master’s programs

Elvia Valle

B.A. (2013) Global Studies
Fulbright for Political Science (2014), Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria
M.A. German and European Studies, Georgetown University, Pickering Fellow