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.

Alumni Panel
Every year, McNair alumni participate in a Skype panel or come in person to shaire their experiences in graduate school or to answer questions for current scholars about personal finances, self-care, finding faculty to work with, how to build supportive communities for themselves, and finding funding for their academic pursuits.

Our alumni who participated last year were Kelly-Kate Crossland, who is currently in a Ph.D. program in Philosophy at Baylor University; Dominique Salas is at University of Wisconsin at Madison in a doctoral program in Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture; Eryn Lee is working toward her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; and Beth Pelser, who is a fourth year Ph.D. student in neuroscience at the UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas. The information they provided was not only useful, but invaluable as well!

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McNair alumnus Kristina Rodriguez speaks to scholars about her Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of North Texas. McNair holds an annual reception to celebrate the successess of our scholars and give much-deserved recognition to our faculty mentors.

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Daisy Izaguirre talks about how McNair helped to prepare her for rigorous studies in her Cancer Biology doctoral program at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston.

We're grateful to our McNair alumni who every year generously share their time and experiences with current scholars in order to encourage them on their paths to attain PhDs!

We appreciate the time they take away from their busy schedules in order to support our undergraduate scholars.

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

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

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

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

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
M.A. (2012) Liberal Arts, 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

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
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.A. (2013) Liberal Arts, St. Edward’s University

Regina Portillo

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

Joelynn Avendaño

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

Mirna Garza

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

Rocio Rangel

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

Katherine Najera

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

Vanessa Neutzler

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

Rogelio Ortiz

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

Beatrice Tiago

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

Jessica Lee

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

Iman Ortiz

B.B.A. (2015) Accounting, St. Edward’s University
M.A. (2016) Accounting, 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

Monica Rivas

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

Leslie De La Rosa

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

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

Dellea Copeland

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

Currently in Doctoral Programs

Kristina Rodriguez

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

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

Leon A. Venegas

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

Amalia Martinez

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

Isavannah Reyes

B.S. (2017) Bioinformatics
Ph.D. Computer Science, University of California Riverside

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
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Minnesota

Scholars in Master’s Programs

Marina Solis

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

Linda Martinez

B.S. (2006) Biology, St. Edward’s University
M.A. Biomedical Visualization, University of Illinois at Chicago

Karla Barrera

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

Andrea de Luna

B.A. (2008) Psychology, St. Edward’s University
M.S., Excelsior College

Veronica Villa

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

Miguel Angel Delgado

B.A. (2010) Kinesiology, St. Edward’s University
M.S. Physical Therapy, New Mexico State University

Ankit Babber

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

Tiffany Begley

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

Maria Cordova

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

Genesis Granados

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

Nicholas Tafacory

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

William Haynes III

B.A. (2015) Global Studies, St. Edward’s University
M.A. Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Eryn Lee

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

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

Monica Saldivar

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

Gilbert Rivera

B.S. (2017) Mathematics
M.S. Physics, California State 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