Title: McNair launcher
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The Ronald E. McNair Scholars
Program is made possible through
a grant funded by the U.S.
Department of Education. This
grant supports undergraduate
students' scholarly activities
throughout the summer and the
academic year.

McNair Scholars Complete Another Extraordinary Year
by Laurence Alexander, J.D., Ph.D., Director of McNair Scholars Program

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached
in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
-Booker T. Washington

We are extremely proud of our 2007-
2008 McNair Scholars. This year, 22
scholars completed the program and
presented their research at the
University of Florida McNair 13th
Annual Research Presentation Day,
which preceded celebration awards
banquet that evening. Our keynote
speaker for the awards banquet was Dr.
Henry T. Frierson, Associate Vice
President and Dean of the Graduate
School and Professor of Educational
Psychology at the University of Florida.

The success of this special day is
attributed to the Scholars who did
exemplary work in their respective
research studies. We also want to give
special thanks to their Faculty Mentors
who had the opportunity to work with
some of the most ambitious, innovative,
and creative undergraduates at the
University of Florida. We, the McNair
IN THIS ISSUE faculty and staff are proud to have the
Faculty Mentors support guiding
undergraduate juniors and seniors
Scholars Excel at
National McNair 2 through the exciting research process.
National McNair
We want to recognize the 5 peer
Scholars on the Road 3 advisors: Terence Frederick, Cesar
to Success Moreno, Anderson Prewitt, Pierre St
Juste and Desiree Wright. They
Journey of a McNair 4 served not only as peer mentors and
friends, but as excellent role models for
this year's scholars.

Thank you to our summer Professors and all
workshop Facilitators throughout the
academic year. You were a driving force in our
scholars' successful journey.

It is with great pride and pleasure that we
congratulate all McNair graduates for their
successful admissions into graduate school
and those who are currently in Ph.D.
programs. Some of the universities the
scholars will be attending are highlighted in
this issue of the McNair Launcher. We want to
wish all McNair graduates well and invite
them to stay connected to the University of
Florida McNair family.

We look forward to a wonderful and
productive 2008-2009 school year!

Scholars Excel at National McNair Conferences

By Mr. Earl J. Wade, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of McNair Program

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During the fall and spring semesters of the academic 2007-2008 school year, the McNair
Scholars had a very busy-yet exciting-travel schedule. The University of Florida's
McNair Program started their travel season during July 2007. The first event that scholars
attended was McNair Research Conference "Excellence in Scholarship" at the University
of Buffalo. Six scholars attended this conference: Billy Bender, Lewis Curtwright,
Rosalynn Gaffney, Lehua McAllister, Karina McCoy, and Natalie Williams.

In September 2007, Dr. Laurence Alexander and I brought 15 McNair Scholars to the
University of Maryland Baltimore County The scholars who attended were: Angelicia
Alandete, Hananie Albert, Nneka Bennett, Johanna Charles, Shirley Elisbrun, Nelson
Giddins, Sherrelle Harrell, Alyson Lewis, Jeremy Magruder, Alex Marshall, Omar
Martinez, Daphney Pascal, Sherine Presley, Courtney Stephenson, and Jeffery Walker.
Two scholars presented their research at this conference-Nelson Giddins and Omar

In November 2007, three scholars-Leila Adams, Nelson Giddins, and Joanne Michel-
attended the Delevan McNair National Research Conference in Delevan, Wisconsin.
Leila Adams and Nelson Giddins presented their research to their peers. Both of our
scholars did a marvelous job at presenting and made the University of Florida proud to
have them as Gators.

During the early part of February of 2008, Hananie Albert and Karina McCoy attended
the 10th Annual Texas National McNair Scholars' Research Conference. Both ladies did
a splendid job at presenting their research at the conference in Denton, Texas.

In March during our spring break week, Nelson Giddins successfully presented his
research findings at the 9th National McNair Scholars Research Conference held at the
University of Maryland.

Last but not least, in May of 2008, scholar Jeffrey Walker presented his research at the
University of Washington McNair/EIP Conference, making the University of Florida very

We could not be more proud of University of Florida McNair Scholars for challenging
themselves to such rewarding experiences. The six McNair National Research
Conferences provided were the culminations of numerous hours of research.

Scholars on the Road to Success

Leila Adams
University of Kentucky

Vera Brown
American University

David Green
University of Wisconsin

Jacky Lagrace
Master's Degree 08
University of Michigan

Manny Lopez
University of Florida

Lehua McAllister
University of Illinois

Cesar Moreno
University of Florida

Latia Wade
Columbia University

Pedro Alcocer
University of Maryland
College Park

Johanna Charles
Teach for America

Latori Griffin
University of Florida

Alyson Lewis
Florida State University

Alex Marshall
University of Kentucky

Dustin McLarthy
UC Irving-California N(

Daphney Pascal
University of Massachusetts

Amaris White
Master's Degree 08
University of Michigan

Billy Bender
Tufts University

Shirley Elisbrun
University of Florida

Sherrelle Harrell
Teach for America

Stephen Liverpool
Law School
University of Florida

Omar Martinez
Indiana University

Karina McCoy
ova Southeastern University

Pierre St Juste
Master's Degree 07
University of Florida

Desiree Wright
University of Florida


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The Journey of a McNair Scholar
By Pierre St Juste

As I go through my eighth year as a Gator, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to pursue a
Ph.D. at the University of Florida. As a naive, undergraduate freshman back in 2001, I made a
promise to myself to obtain the highest degree in my field, the Doctor of Philosophy. Back then, I
was unaware of the implications of such a decision, but I was determined to take on the unknown.
As the years went by and the courses got tougher, I began doubting my 'childish' dreams of
obtaining the doctorate. Furthermore, there was a real lack of encouragement from my
L surroundings. As a computer engineer, everyone talked about polishing resumes for industrial
Pierre St Juste positions with companies such as IBM, Microsoft, or Intel. People barely talked about the benefits
2004-2005 McNair Scholar of a doctorate in such a field. My aspirations for a PhD almost vanished, but fortunately, a McNair
scholar, Samantha Andrews, told me about McNair Scholars Program.

Learning about the McNair Scholars Program was a life-changing experience because it was the catalyst that rekindled my
desire to pursue a doctoral degree. Hence, in my senior year, I had the opportunity to participate in the research process
with a faculty mentor, Dr. Haniph Latchman. For one year, I did research on Broadband Powerline Networking and its
applications in developing countries. As a student researcher, I saw the potential impact of my research as a contribution to
the world. I then realized that a PhD is not about gaining the highest degree in my field, but it was about doing work that
can potentially impact millions. It is about creating and sharing knowledge with the world; it is about showing how one's
research can solve the real world problems. With this newfound enlightenment, I became certain that the road to a Ph.D is
the path for me.

Now four years after becoming a McNair scholar, I thank the Lord for putting all of the right people in my life to support
me through this journey. I know (believe me, I know) that it is going to be a long and hard journey, but I also know that I
have a strong support system through God, my family, friends, and definitely the McNair Family. So for all who read this,
if you are a current McNair scholar, the journey has just begun, if you are a past McNair cohort like myself, the UF
McNair Program is always there for you, and if you are not yet a McNair scholar, then what are you waiting for. Finally, a
message to all McNair scholars, our success does not only affect our future, but the future of many potential McNair
scholars that will follow in our footsteps.

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