Kristin Jenkins Named Director of McNair Scholars Program

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 06 2000

Kristin Jenkins Named Director of McNair Scholars Program

Athens, W.Va. - Kristin P. Jenkins of Blacksburg, Virginia, has been named Director of the McNair Scholars Program at Concord College. She has held the position since January 18.

The McNair Scholars Program at Concord currently serves about 80 students and has been in place at Concord since 1995.

Jenkins said, " I feel that I bring unique qualifications to this position. Although I have been trained as a research scientist and have worked in the biotechnology field, my greatest interest lies in education and working with students. I have a strong scientific background and an ongoing interest in encouraging students to pursue higher education."

Dr. Jenkins received her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona, where she worked on RNA metabolism. Dr. Jenkins has worked in the biotechnology industry at CropTech Corporation in Blacksburg, Virginia, and has taught biology at the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology.

For more information on the McNair Scholars Program, call at 1-304-384-6019.


Concord College Notes: The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program designed to prepare students to participate in doctoral study programs. The program provides enriching experiences to prepare undergraduates for doctoral study including a research internship, seminars and workshops, interactions with faculty and the opportunity to attend and present their research at national meetings. Although the program provides a stipend to allow students to pursue a summer research project, McNair is not a scholarship program. Eligible students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program and either economically disadvantaged, first generation college students or members of a group that is underrepresented in graduate school.

Digital photo of Dr. Kristin Jenkins