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Current McNair Scholars

Gillian Bellman

Major: History Minor: Sociology

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Graduation Date: May 2023

Mentor: Michelle Kuhl, Ph.D., History

Gillian is determined to earn a Ph.D. in History, focusing on issues regarding civil rights. Eventually, she would like to pursue a career in teaching history at a university level.

 

Lauren Blume

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Waukesha, WI

Graduation Date: May 2023

Mentor: Brian Wallace, Ph.D., Kinesiology

Lauren hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy. Her hope is to work in pediatrics helping kids learn the skills needed to be independent.

 

Dan Cummings

Major: Sociology Minor: History

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Graduation Date: May 2023

Mentor: Jeremiah Bohr, Ph.D., Sociology

Dan would like to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology. He is interested in social research and class analysis, and he would like to study class relations and class consciousness to gain a better understanding of social inequalities.

 

Brittany Dupree

Major: Biology

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Graduation Date: December 2023

Mentor: Jessica Lucas, Ph.D., Biology

Brittany wishes to pursue a master’s degree in botany. She would like to research drought tolerance in plants and is deciding on a specialty within botany.

 

Yanet Fernandez

Major: Mathematics (Statistics emphasis) Minor: Information Systems Certificates: Computer Programming and Spanish

Hometown: Oshkosh, WI

Graduation Date: December 2023

Mentor: Jeremiah Bohr, Ph.D., Sociology

Yanet Fernandez will be conducting computational sociology research with Prof. Jeremiah Bohr. They will be examining sentiment on immigration from Latin America among the U.S. Congress using text analysis and Big Data from Twitter. Yanet would like to go to graduate school for information systems or data science because she aspires to do research and teach at a university.

 

Ethan Groshens

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Kaukauna, WI

Graduation Date: December 2022

Mentor: Brant Kedrowski, Ph.D., Chemistry

Ethan enjoys the challenges offered by his field of study and looks forward to solving problems with chemistry. He has worked in multiple manufacturing industries, and one of those inspired him to become a chemist.

 

Kaddy Janneh

Major: Biomedical Science

Hometown: Sun Prairie, WI

Graduation Date: May 2023

Mentor: John Chan, Ph.D., Chemistry

Whether it be working in a hospital room treating a patient directly or in a lab researching and collecting data in hopes of finding a new treatment for a disease, Kaddy plans to go into the medical field to play a part in improving the lives of others. While still a little undecided about which pathway is for her, she knows that she wants to go into the field of medicine. She is interested in doing the “behind the scenes” work of medicine such as working in a lab, developing new technologies, or finding different and alternative treatments.

 

Madyson Majewski

Major: Biology

Hometown: De Pere, WI

Graduation Date: May 2023

Mentor: Dana Merriman, Ph.D., Biology

Madyson would like to go to Vet School and pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine with a range of specialties of surgery and critical care. She wants to help all kinds of animals and get experience with zoology.

 

Mahad Osman

Major: Biomedical Science

Hometown: Madison, WI

Graduation Date: December 2022

Mentor: Robert Mitchell, Ph.D., Biology

Mahad is interested in pursuing a degree in Medicine, and his goals are to attend medical school after graduating. He sees himself working as an Anesthesiologist and in medically underserved areas.

 

Elijah Plonsky

Major: English Minor: Creative Writing

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Graduation Date: May 2025

Mentor: Margaret Hostetler, Ph.D., English

Elijah us a secondary education English major, and while that may change to just English, reflecting his desire to seek out and explore other professional work in the field, he hopes to share his expertise as a prospective writer because of the bold story he has yet to tell. He is a recent transfer, and upon successfully making the transition from his local two-year college to Oshkosh after starting out on the Fond du Lac campus, he’s been provided an opportunity not many in his town are ever fortunate enough to have. With his degree, he plans to either hold a licensure to teach in the state through the ACT Program, or through his major itself; aspiring to educate further generations on the importance of the writing process and being able to articulate conscious thought into meaningful expressions of language. He aims to pursue graduate work under his discipline; wanting to do independent research and be granted the opportunity to become a professionally published scholar, and a hopeful professor with a tenure contract.

 

Anise Shipley

Major: Sociology Minor: Women & Gender Studies Certificate: Equity and Diversity

Hometown: Oshkosh, WI

Graduation Date: May 2023

Mentor: Juyeon Son, Ph.D., Sociology

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Anise will continue her education to pursue her graduate degree in Community Development and Nonprofit Organization.

 

Sheiana Taylor

Major: Biomedical Science Minor: Neuroscience

Hometown: St. Thomas, ND

Graduation Date: May 2023

Mentor: Dana Merriman, Ph.D., Biology

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Sheiana plans to continue her education at veterinary school. She plans to become a veterinarian and hopes to specialize in orthopedic surgeries and rehabilitation, however she is eager to see where research opportunities will take her.

 

Moriah Weeks

Major: Environmental Studies and Anthropology

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Graduation Date: May 2023

Mentor: Stephanie Spehar, Ph.D., Anthropology

This summer, Moriah is researching the agriculture plots on campus and wants to understand why sustainable agriculture matters, why people are renting the plots, and what they get out of it. She plants to further her education in graduate school where she plans to go into a program with agricultural education. After graduating, Moriah wants to work at a nature preserve and do education with field trips.