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Appleton Achieves Much in Spring Semester

The Spring Semester of 2020 has been full of surprises. However, in Andrea Appleton’s case, it has been full of awesome news!

Appleton was invited to become a 2020 intern in the Evolution, Ecology, and Environment (E3) REU program at Harvard University this year. The Harvard program is designed to build an inclusive and diverse community of science mentorship so that students benefit from the skills and knowledge of their peers in the program, their PhD mentors, and program faculty. Appleton’s travel, housing , and course related expenses will be covered by the Ivy League School. In addition to that she will also receive a weekly stipend.

Appleton’s Achievements didn’t end there! Andrea has also been named a Goldwater Scholar, the highest national award for undergraduate students in the STEM majors. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduates who show exceptional promise of becoming the nation’s next generation of research leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. You can read more about Andrea and her award here.

Appleton directs the Georgia Southern Herbarium, a collection of 40,000 plant specimens from around the world. Her research passion, and accomplishments set her apart as a student of outstanding merit. Congratulations to her for her accomplishments and achievements acknowledging just that!

Last updated: 9/22/2021

McNair Scholar Published in Peer Reviewed Journal

While most of our Scholars spent the Summer diligently conducting research, Raven Ulieme spent her time outside of the laboratory. Instead Raven spent the Summer working with her mentor, Dr. Eric Gato, to put all of the effort she previously put into he lab down on paper. Her hard work paid off – this September, she was published as the author of an article in a peer reviewed journal.

Raven didn’t expect to get her research published, but when Dr. Gato asked her to spend her summer working towards that goal, she was more than happy to accept. Raven did most of the writing, and said that the biggest challenge in getting published was getting everything approved. “It took a while because (the publisher) would keep sending revisions.” Her hard work paid off with a publication in Toxicology and Industrial Health.

You can find Raven’s publication here!

Last updated: 11/5/2019

Scholar Presents at McNair Scholars Research Conference

Arneshia Henderson traveled to Baylor University in Waco, Texas to present her research, Synthesis of 1,2,3-Triazole Amino Acid Derivatives for Structure Activity Relationship Investigations. Arneshia is a Senior and will be applying for graduate schools this fall.

Last updated: 10/21/2019

McNair Scholars Soar at SAEOPP Conference

The scholars enjoyed an exciting four days in Atlanta where they were given the opportunity to meet a number of different Scholars from around the US, and network with representatives from various graduate schools including Harvard, John Hopkins University, and Vanderbilt University.

Several of our scholars were given the opportunity to present their current research during the SAEOPP Poster Presentation Session. Our very own Alicia Cumberlander won first place! (Pictured; top far right).

Though they were a bit homesick by the last day, the scholars were excited, motivated, and eager to continue their pursuit of a doctoral degree armed with the knowledge they gained through a number of workshops, forums, and keynote speakers.

Last updated: 9/22/2021

McNair Scholar Comes in 1st Place at 2019 SAEOPP Conference


Alicia Cumberlander received 1st place and $500 at the 25th Annual SAEOPP Conference for her poster presentation: A Smile is Worth a Thousand Words; The use of individual and structural factors when explaining visible dental decay. Her research mentor is Dr. Nathan Palmer. Cumberlander is a Sociology major and McNair Scholar, and intends to pursue a doctoral degree upon graduation.

Last updated: 7/2/2019