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How can you be involved as a mentor?

Faculty participation is at the core of the success of the McNair Program. We invite faculty to apply to become faculty mentors. Mentoring is a great opportunity to guide and support an undergraduate student who has aspirations to pursue a doctoral degree.

As a mentor, you will be paired with one student in your field of study. You will help your mentee develop and complete a research project and prepare the findings for submission to scholarly journals. In addition, you will introduce your students to such scholarly activities as conferences and faculty seminars and symposia ad provide him or her with information about the graduate school experience and application process. Stipends are available during the research phase of program participation.

Advisory Committee

The advisory committee members assist in the matching of students with faculty–mentors and serve as program evaluators. Below is a listing of current members.

Patrick Byrne Chair Professor, Philosophy
John Cawthorne
Associate Dean, Lynch School of Education
Rossanna Contreras-Godfrey Co-Chair Assistant Director, McNair Program
Gaelle Gourgues
Counselor, McNair Program
Donald Hafner
Vice-Provost, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Candace Hetzner Co-Chair Associate Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Sheilah Horton
Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs
Willie Padilla
Professor, Physics
Kwasie Sarkodie-Mensah
Manager, Instructional Services