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St. Norbert College Students Receive McNair Scholarship

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From St. Norbert College, April 12, 2012
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

Nine 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 are:
Louis Ayensu-Mensah, junior chemistry major from Racine, Wis.
Samantha Finnigan, sophomore music major from Green Bay, Wis.
Rachel Gintner, sophomore English major from Manitowoc, Wis.
Tara Lovdahl, sophomore English-art double major from Racine, Wis.
Maira Rodriguez, sophomore sociology-Spanish double major from Mundelein, Il.
Crystal Skenandore, sophomore psychology major from De Pere, Wis.
Amanda Garcia, junior international studies-political science double major from Green Bay, Wis.
Devan Scherer, junior psychology major from Two Rivers, Wis.
Steven Garza, junior international studies-political science double major from Coon Valley, Wis.

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 Kevin Quinn, associate academic dean and professor of Economics at St. Norbert College. He can be reached at 920-403-3447 or

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