Scholar Achievements

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Accomplishments-To-Date (2003)

The McNair Program alongside the remarkable efforts of Fresno State faculty has historically been very successful in assisting students to gain acceptance to academic doctoral programs nationwide. It is even more remarkable to note the quality of the institutions to which Fresno State McNair students have been admitted in recent years. Doctoral programs include Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Brown, Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, Purdue, and the University of Minnesota. Attesting to the quality of these students' preparation to enter such stellar programs were the full funding level packages that each McNair scholar received.

  • One of only 156 McNair Programs nationwide--exemplary performance throughout its 10-year presence on campus
  • 296 McNair scholars have participated from 1993-2003, an average of 30 per year
  • 196 different CSUF faculty mentors from 1993-2003
  • Provides a mentoring network that is faculty and student centered
  • 30 McNair Scholars currently enrolled in doctoral programs; 12 have earned a doctoral degree; 18 have earned ABD status
  • To date, 98% of eligible McNair scholars have graduated with their baccalaureate degree
  • To date, 87% of eligible McNair scholars have been admitted to graduate school
  • Recent Notable Individual Scholar Accomplishments include the following:
    • Sabina Robinson and Sal Diaz were each awarded a Carnegie Mellon Fellowship–the only students in the California State University system to win a Mellon Fellowship in 2002 and in 2003.
    • Ghia Xiong co-authored a book with Dr. Lilian Faderman. The book is entitled I begin my life all over: the Hmong and the American immigrant experience.
    • Alicia Rivera was invited to author an entry for the Frederick Douglass Encyclopedia project.

Doctoral Program Candidates and Graduates

1994 Cohort

Eloisa Fuentes - University of San Francisco, M.D. Program (graduated Spring 2003)

Jacq Wilson - Hastings College of Law, J.D. Program(graduated Spring 2000)

1995 Cohort

Yury Kostin - California State University, Fresno, Ed.D. (graduated Spring 2003)

Mary Lopez - University of San Francisco, D. Pharm.(graduated Spring 2001)

1996 Cohort

James Cornish - Texas A&M University, Ph.D. in English/Rhetoric (graduated Spring 2004)

Kathryn McKenzie - Oregon College of Naturopathic Medicine(graduated Spring 2001)

Erica Piedra - UC Davis, Ph.D. in French Studies (graduated Fall 2006)

Ezequias Simon - UC Irvine, Ph.D. in Math (graduated Spring 2003)

1997 Cohort

Lou Ann Ali - Louisiana State University, Ph.D. in Plant Science (began Spring 2002)

Hakim Allen - Boston College, J.D./M.A. Philosophy Program(graduated Spring 2001)

Antonio Arreguin - University of Arizona, Ph.D. in Spanish Lit.(graduated Spring 2002)

Juan Casillas - UC Santa Barbara, Ph.D. in Spanish Literature (ABD)

Yaisa Guillory - University of Oklahoma, Ph.D. in English (began Fall 2001-ABD)

Saphon Hok - UC Davis, Ph.D. in Chemistry (graduated Spring 2004)

Derrick Mitchell - Johns Hopkins University, M.D. Program(graduated Spring 2002)

Will Soto - New Mexico State University, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology (began Fall 1999)

Ellen Woo - Washington State University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (graduated Summer 2006)

1998 Cohort

Justin Bain - Syracuse University, Ph.D. in English Composition (graduated Fall 2006)

Richard Huizar - U.C., Santa Barbara, Ph.D. in Political Science (began Fall 1999 - ABD)

Ly Jalao - U.C. Santa Barbara, Ph.D. in English (began Fall 2001-ABD)

Darlene Kretchmer - University of Northern Colorado, Ph.D. in Music (graduated Spring 2002)

Tera Muir - Washington State University, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology (graduated Fall 2004)

Kennard Nears - North Carolina State University, Ph.D. in Psychology (graduated Summer 2007)

1999 Cohort

Andrea Coronado - Virginia Commonwealth University, Ph.D. in Chemistry (graduated Fall 2003)

Carole Dorham - University of Oregon, PhD. in Psychology (graduated Fall 2005)

Jason Federmeyer - Stanford University, Ph.D. in Music Composition (began Fall 2003)

Manuel Momjian - USC, School of Medicine (began Fall 1999 - ABD)

Iris Ruiz- U.C. San Diego, Ph.D. in English (began Fall 2003)

Yacinta Thomas - Purdue University, Ph.D. in Linguistics (began Fall 2000-ABD)

Kuhio Walters - University of New Hampshire, Ph.D. in Rhetoric (began Fall 1999-ABD)

Jean Wong - U.C., Riverside, Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology (graduated Spring 2004)

2000 Cohort

Curtis Eastin - Yale University, Ph.D. in Classics (began Fall 2001-ABD)

Marie Garcia - Temple University, Ph.D. in Criminology (began Fall 2003)

Pa Her - Virginia Tech, Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (began Fall 2004)

Lori Orosco - Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D. in Biology (began Fall 2003)

Tiffany Rice - Arizona State University, Ph.D. in Psychology (graduated Fall 2006)

Linda Torres - University of California, San Diego, Ph.D. in English (began Fall 2000-ABD)

2001 Cohort

Arjelia Lara - U.C. L.A., Ph.D. in Education (began Fall 2005)

Pedro Nava - U.C.L.A., Ph.D. in Education (began Fall 2004)

2002 Cohort

Mitchell Casados - University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. in Psychology (began Fall 2003)

Edward Garcia - SUNY Stonybrook, Ph.D. in English Literature (began Fall 2004)

John Paul Nuno - University of Texas, El Paso, Ph.D. in History (began Fall 2002-ABD)

Brian O'Roak - Yale University, Ph.D. in Biology (began Fall 2003)

Iris Price - University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in Psychology (began Fall 2003)

Valerie Romero - University of Nevada, Reno, Ph.D. in Psychology (began Fall 2003)

2003 Cohort

Rozy Brar - U.C. Berkeley, Ph.D. in Math Education (began Fall 2003)

Matthew Garrett-U.C.S.F., Pharm.D.   (began Fall 2004)

Ryan Gonzalez-University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in Psychology (began Fall 2004)

Alicia Riveria-U.C.S.B., Ph.D. in History (began Fall 2005)

Kristen Spencer- Auburn University, Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (began Fall 2007)

Jason Terry- New Mexico State University, Ph.D. in Computer Science (began Fall 2005)

Nicholas Valdez - U.C. Riverside, Ph.D. in Literature (began Fall 2003)

2004 Cohort

Tonya Atkins, U.C.Davis, Ph.D. in Synthetic Chemistry (began Fall 2005)

Maria Sophia Corona - University of Texas, Austin, Ph.D. in History (began Fall 2006)

Rick Lazaro - U.C. Davis, Ph.D. in Chemistry (began Fall 2005)

Henry Montelongo - U.C.L.A., Ph.D. in History (began Fall 2004)

Maria Sanchez - U.C. Riverside, Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (began Fall 2005)

Joseph Teller - Notre Dame University, Ph.D. in English (began Fall 2005)

Noemi Vega - Fuller Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (began Fall 2005)

Morghan Young - Stanford University, Ph.D. in Education (began Fall 2005)

2005 Cohort

Edward Castillo - U.C. Berkeley, Ph.D. in Slavic Studies (began Fall 2006)

Elijah Freeman - University of Pacific, DPT (began Fall 2006)

Narda Ligotti - University of Nebraska, Ph.D. in Nursing (began Fall 2007)

2006 Cohort

Hilary Casner - University of Arkansas, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (began Fall 2007)

Moises De La Torre - U.C. Davis, Ph.D. in Biology (began Fall 2006)

Kellie Foster - U.C. S. B., Ph.D. in Sociology (began Fall 2007)

Guiseppe Getto - Michigan State University, Ph.D. in English Composition (began Fall 2007)

Enrique Lopez - Stanford University, Ph.D. in Science Education (began Fall 2007)

Gilbert Lopez - Southern Methodist University, Ph.D. in Anthropology (began Fall 2007)

Maribel Moreno - University of Arizona, Ph.D. in Spanish Literature (begins Fall 2008)

Felix Perez - U.C. L.A., Ph.D. in Chemistry (began Fall 2007)

Tona Soto - U.C. Davis/Harvard University, MD/Ph.D. in Health Science (began Fall 2007)

2007 Cohort

Daniel Caeton - U.C. Davis, Ph.D. in Cultural Studies (began Fall 2007)

Mike Oliver - Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D. in Cognitive Science (began Fall 2007)

Janet Saenz - Texas A&M University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (begins Fall 2008)

2008 Cohort

Lucia Rubio - U.C.S.F., Pharm.D. (begins Fall 2008)