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McNair Scholar Program Alumni

2019 Scholars

Angel Camacho

Major: Accounting, Spanish
Hometown: Kenosha, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2021
Research: Human Capital Development: Testing the Cornell Notetaking Method in Econ Classes
Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Artz, Economics
Angel is strongly interested in pursuing graduate school to become an accounting professor or an accountant.

 

Riley Drechsler

Major: Anthropology Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: May 2021
Research Topic: Early Iron Age Mortuary Practice
Mentor: Dr. Adrienne Frie, Anthropology
Riley’s goal is to pursue graduate school in archaeology, possibly biological anthropology. She sees herself working in the field as an archaeologist, in a museum, or as a forensic anthropologist.

 

Megan Elger

Major: Communication
Hometown: Hartford, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: May 2021
Research Topic: Family Estrangement
Mentor: Dr. Kristi Wilkum, Communications
Megan would love to find a job as a professor and continue working on research while mentoring others through their education

 

Joy Evans

Major: Environmental Health
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2020
Research Topic: Food Insecurity
Mentor: Juliana Kahrs, Health Promotion
Joy inspires to pursue a career in minority health, specifically in public health. Her passion comes from wanting to help the Black community have better access to healthcare to improve the general health of African Americans.

 

Elias Flor Martinez

Major: Biology (Healthcare Emphasis)
Hometown: Menasha, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2021
Research Topic: Plant Cell Biology – Modifying Genes to Avoid Food Shortages
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Lucas, Biology
Elias wants to pursue a career in either emergency medicine or family medicine.

 

Malykee Hall

Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Oshkosh, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: Dec 2020
Research Topic: Species Diversity Deinococcus
Mentor: Dr. Sabrina Mueller-Spitz, Biology
Malykee is very passionate about helping others. His goal after getting his graduate degree is to work as a physician assistant, and be able to travel to different countries to do clinical work in places that do not have proper medical attention

Rachel McKay

Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Jackson, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2020
Research Topic:The family of odorant binding proteins in the western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera
Mentor: Dr. Rob Mitchell, Biology
Rachel hopes to get into the medical field working as a Physician Assistant in a hospital or within a primary care facility.

 

Alicia Obermeier

Major: Human Services Leadership Minor: Women & Gender Studies
Hometown: Appleton, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2020
Research Topic: Queer Sexual Citizenship in the US Court of Appeals  
Mentor: Dr. Jerry Thomas, Political Science
Alicia is very passionate for social justice and wants to pursue a career in the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and change policies that enable discrimination in the US.

 

Daniel Obi

Major: Biology (Healthcare Emphasis)
Hometown: Madison, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2022
Research Topic: Mitosis-Apoptosis
Mentor: Dr. James Paulson, Chemistry
Daniel’s goal is to obtain a graduate degree to become a Physician Assistant. He has many interests and therefore, contemplating on what type of specialty to do.

 

Brenna Prieto

Major: Psychology Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: Dec 2019
Research Topic: False Memories for Familiar & Unfamiliar Logos
Mentor: Dr. Justyna Olszewska, Psychology
After Brenna completes a master’s degree, she is very interested in doing research or data analysis.

 

Stacey Sparks

Major: English Secondary Education
Hometown: Neenah, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2022
Research Topic: Community Socioeconomic Indicators and Intra-Head Start Student Performance
Mentor: Dr. Yoko Mogi Hein, Teaching and Learning
Stacey is passionate about English education and aspires to become a professor at the collegiate level.

 

Mia Wilson

Major: Political Science / Gender Studies Minor: Social Justice
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2020
Research Topic: How Predominantly White Institutions Create a More Inclusive Environment for Students of Color
Mentor: Dr. Heidi Nicholls, Anthropology
Mia plans to pursue a degree in higher education in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs upon graduation.

 

Aubrey Wzientek

Major: Kinesiology (Exercise & Fitness)
Hometown: Marengo, IL
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2020
Research Topic: Upper Extremity Kinematics & Lower Extremity
Mentor: Dr. Brian Wallace, Kinesiology
Aubrey is strongly interested in biomechanics and is determined to get a PhD in the field.

 

Doua Xiong

Major: Biology
Hometown: Wausau, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2021
Research Topic: Temporalis Muscles in Whales
Mentor: Dr. Morgan Churchill, Biology
Doua is very interested in the healthcare field and wants to pursue a Master’s in Anesthesia to become a Anesthesia Assistant.

2018 Scholars

Aminata Bojang

Major: Biology Minor: French
Hometown: Madison, WI
Graduation Date: May 2019
Research: “Examining White Adipose Tissue to Detect and Quantify Mast Cells”
Mentor: Dr. Courtney Kurtz, Biology 

Aminata hopes to translate her love of science and animals into a career in veterinary medicine.

 

Terrace Davis

Major: Human Services Leadership Minors: Sociology, Coaching
Hometown: Champaign, IL
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date:
December 2018
Research: “Racial Bias in Attitudes towards Drug Policies”
Mentor: Dr. James Krueger, Political Science
Terrace’s dreams are to help youth get out of impoverished communities to better their lives. He aspires to pursue a Master of Social Work degree to work with at-risk youth.

 

Monica Fieck

Major: Psychology Minor: Communications
Hometown: Appleton, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2019
Research: “The Effect of Social Factors on Child Language Acquisition”
Research Mentor: Dr. Sarah Kucker, Psychology
Monica hopes to pursue a Master of Social Work degree to help children and families.

 

Jason Lopez

Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Chicago, IL
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2020
Research: “Synthesis of (R)- and (S)-2-Methylproline”
Mentor: Dr. Brant Kedrowski, Chemistry
Jason hopes to pursue an MD, translating his fascination with the human body, the cause and effect of illness, and his own experiences of living in poverty into a career in which he can give back to those most in need.

 

Khaila Miles-Semons

Major: English Minor: African American Studies
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: December 2019
Research: “Together but Unequal: Perceptions on the White-Black Sisterhood from 1830 to 1870”
Research Mentor: Dr. Michelle Kuhl, History
Khaila is passionate about the importance of minority studies programs and hopes to be a leader in higher education in the area of African American studies.

 

Sarah Reed

Major: Sociology Minor: French
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2019
Research: “Environmental Factors and Refugee Resettlement Success in the Fox Valley”
Research Mentor: Dr. Paul Van Auken, Sociology 
Sarah is interested in pursuing a career in public health and is currently applying to Public Health graduate programs.

 

Amanda Vue

Major: Social Work Minor: Sociology & Social Justice
Hometown: Wausau, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2019
Research Mentor: Dr. Orlee Hauser, Sociology
As the older sister to six siblings, Amanda aspires to further her education in social work so that she may one day be able to give back to her community by working with children.

 

Katelyn Wulff

Major: Nursing Minor: Global Scholar Certificate
Hometown: Theresa, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2020
Research: “The Availability of Dental Care for Wisconsin’s Impoverished: Effects of the Urban-rural Divide”
Research Mentor: Dr. Michael Jasinski, Political Science 
Katelyn has a passion for helping others and aspires to pursue her Master of Nursing degree with a strong interest in going on to earn her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree.

 

Bailey Young

Major: Psychology (Pre-Medicine Emphasis)
Hometown: West Allis, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation Date: May 2020
Research: “Cranial Shape Variation Within ‘True Dolphins’ (Delphininae)”
Research Mentor: Dr. Morgan Churchill, Biology
Bailey is fascinated with the human body and hopes to pursue Medical School and plans to one day become a surgeon.

2017 Scholars

Leigh Hayes

Major: Geology & Anthropology
Hometown: Greenville, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: May 2018
Research: “Analyzing the Measurement of the Radius for the Purpose of Sexing Human Remains”
Mentor: Dr. Aaron Karsten, Anthropology
In September 2018, Leigh began graduate school at the University of California – Chico pursuing a Master of Arts in Anthropology. She was also able to receive in-state tuition! She aspires to earn a PhD in Biological Anthropology.

 

Brianna Langs

Major: Elementary Education Minor: African American Studies
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: May 2019
Research: “Proposing Alternative Standards of Fairness in Standardized Test Composition and Interpretation”
Mentor: Dr. Crystal Mueller, English
Brianna hopes to pursue her Doctorate of Education, with possible emphasis in Leadership or Higher Education.

 

Santidra Love

Major: Biology Minor: Neuroscience
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: May 2019
Research: “Modeling Human Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome & Insulin Resistance with Ground Squirrels
Mentor: Dr. Courtney Kurtz, Biology
Santidra hopes to pursue graduate school in the sciences with first gaining experience working in a lab environment.

 

Deanna Luttenberger

Major: Psychology Minor: Neuroscience
Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: May 2018
Research: “The Effect of Circadian Rhythms on False Memories in Visual and Audio Short-And-Long Term Memory
Mentor: Dr. Justyna Olszewska, Psychology
In September 2018, Deanna began her Master of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She aspires to earn a PhD and become a neuropsychologist.

 

Aimee Maher

Major: Studio Art
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: May 2018
Research: “Effects of Polymers on Viscosity and Adhesion to Nonporous Surfaces”
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Mihalick, Chemistry
Aimee aspires to earn her PhD in Sociology or a Master’s degree in Studio Art.

 

Andrew Miller

*2 Year Participation
Major: Biology Minor: Astronomy & Chemistry
Hometown: Kaukauna, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: December 2018
Research: “The Limits of Exoplanet Detection: Using a New Observatory at UW Oshkosh”2018: “Evolutionary Traps in Plants: Evolutionarily Novel Environmental Shocks in Arabidopsis thaliana”
Mentor: Dr. Barton Pritzl, Physics & Astronomy  |  Dr. Lisa Dorn, Biology
Andrew is very interested in obtaining a PhD in plants and genetics to work in a lab setting and potentially teach college level courses.

 

Holly Post

Major: Biochemistry Minor: Neuroscience
Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: December 2017
Research: “Understanding Substrate Specificity in Glycoside Hydrolase Family 5”
Mentor: Dr. Chris Bianchetti, Chemistry
Holly is determined to go on to graduate school for chemistry, either working in immunology, food science, or becoming a college professor

 

Alyssa Scott

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Wausau, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: December 2017
Research: “The Effect of Technology Use on Children’s Language Acquisition”
Mentor: Dr. Sarah Kucker, Psychology
In September 2018, Alyssa began at Marquette University for her Master of Science in Psychology (Behavior Analysis) where she received a $3,000 tuition stipend. She hopes to then pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

Bonnie Smith

Major: Education (Early Childhood & Special Education)
Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: December 2017
Research: “Learning in a Digital Age: Online Instruction for Student Populations Diagnosed with Emotional Behavioral Disabilities Compared to Other Students Diagnosed with Special Needs and Their Non-Disabled Peers”
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Fischer, Education
Bonnie hopes to pursue a Master of Education degree after gaining a year of classroom teaching experience.

 

Darlene Swenson

Major: Fine Arts (Design)
Hometown: Seldovia, AK
UW Oshkosh Graduation: December 2017
Research: “Liicugtukut Alutiiq: “Learn Alutiiq” Evaluating the Methodologies of Alutiiq Language Revitalization Programs”
Mentor: Dr. Pascale Manning, English Dept.
Darlene hopes to pursue a Master’s degree to write and illustrate children’s books about her Native Alaskan language and culture

 

Aracely Torres

Major: Spanish Literature & French
Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI
UW Oshkosh Graduation: May 2018
Research: “Free Trade v. Protectionist Economic Policies and Social Unrest in Mexico”
Mentor: Dr. Michael Jasinski, Political Science
In September 2018, Aracely began at Marian University to obtain a Master of Education degree in Teaching/Education.

 

Admiral Wieland

Major: Women’s & Gender Studies Minor: African American Studies
Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
UW Oshkosh Graduation: December 2017
Research: “Across State Lines: A Comparative Study of the Committees to Investigate Commercialized Vice in Chicago and Wisconsin”
Mentor: Dr. Susan Rensing, History & Women’s Studies
In September 2018, Admiral began at the University of Indiana – Bloomington as a PhD candidate pursuing History. They received full funding for 5 years! They hope to become a professor.