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CU McNair Students Visit Grad Programs

CONTACT: Lisa Karnes, Administrative Assistant, McNair Scholars Program

CU McNair Students Visit Grad Programs

Athens, W.Va. - Concord University McNair Scholars students visited graduate programs at universities in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia:

In October, Holly Damron (Charleston) was one of 22 undergraduates selected to participate in Duke University’s annual pre-application visitation in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Department. During her visit, Ms. Damron mingled with fellow undergraduates from throughout the United States as well as Duke faculty and graduate students. According to Ms. Damron, “The event was a strong reminder of just how competitive the application process truly is at larger research institutions.” She and fellow students from the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford marveled at the many research opportunities available through the Cellular and Molecular Biology Department.

West Virginia University invited four Scholars to attend its biology department graduate recruitment weekend in late October. Shelley Drake (Rosedale, Va.), Jennifer Gills (Beckley), Daniel Puckett (Princeton) and Ashley Williams (Lindside) were four of 20 undergraduates selected to tour the biology department’s research facilities and meet with faculty. Upon returning, two Scholars were quick to report, “I can easily see myself working in one of those labs as a graduate student. Graduate study at West Virginia University is particularly appealing because of the agreement the McNair Program at Concord has with the McNair Program at WVU. The prospect of receiving a renewable tuition waiver at an in-state school is certainly enticing!”

Shelley Drake, Jennifer Gills, and Daniel Puckett were three of seven students chosen to attend a graduate recruitment weekend in early November for Virginia Tech’s Molecular Plant Sciences Program. Scholars explored research opportunities in biochemistry, horticulture, and weed science among others. One item in particular proved to be quite a conversation piece: A million dollar telescope awed Scholars during one of the lab tours. According to Ms. Gills, “Events like this makes me realize how special McNair Scholars are! It’s exciting to know that faculty at Virginia Tech are interested in the research that Scholars conduct at Concord!”