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St. Norbert College Students Receive McNair Scholarship

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From St. Norbert College, April 7, 2011
by Chelsey Gruetzmacher,, (920) 403-3089

Seven St. Norbert College students have received McNair Program Scholarships. This is the largest cohort of McNair scholars from St. Norbert College to date.
The students, all from Wisconsin, are:

Kathleen (Katy) Coutley, a junior from Waukesha Ashley Erdman, a senior from Green Bay
Amanda Garcia, a sophomore from Green Bay
Steven Garza, a junior from Coon Valley
Kaela Gedda, a senior from De Pere
Devan Scherer, a sophomore from Two Rivers
Lauren Senour, a senior from Brown Deer

The McNair Program is a federally funded United States Department of Education TRIO program designed to encourage students often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue doctoral degrees. The program extends this opportunity to students at St. Norbert College, Ripon College and Lawrence University through a collaborative participation initiative that is coordinated at Ripon College.

McNair scholars have the opportunity to participate in summer research experiences with faculty mentors here at St. Norbert College or under special circumstances at other institutions. Upon completion of the research, McNair scholars present their research to faculty, staff, and peers at the McNair Symposium, and/or other conferences. Additionally, McNair Scholars receive training, mentoring and guidance organized through Ripon College's McNair office that prepare them for the graduate school application process, including GRE preparation and test-taking.

For more information about the St. Norbert College students who have placed in the McNair Scholars Program, contact Anindo Choudhury, associate academic dean and associate professor of biology at St. Norbert College. He can be reached at 920-403-3051 or

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