So excited!

I’m walking around with permanent goosebumps it seems. Every time I turn around, it’s like another scholar is sharing some MAGNIFICENT news. I’m serious. Scholars defending dissertations in May and getting tenure-track faculty positions before they even graduate! Scholars getting graduate school interviews at places like Mayo Clinic and Harvard; not to mention grad school acceptances (yes, already) to doctoral programs at Ohio State, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Indiana and more. Then we’ve got a whole new cohort just getting started working with their faculty research mentors on cool research projects. Still others are grabbing opportunities to do more research this summer at their top-choice grad schools such as Georgia Tech.

Wow. That’s what I have to say about that.

And that I’m honored. And I know that I can say “ditto” on that for all of the wonderful staff + faculty involved in McNair. We are honored to be a part of each scholar’s journey, while they are here at CMU and beyond.

2014 Scholars FUN

now these peeps are going places!

I LOVE this pic of our 2014 gang. They *planned* the coordination with the blue accents too! ;)

Tonight we are hosting our “Scholar Meet + Greet” in which all of our scholar cohorts come together to meet one another and share insights about their experience as McNair scholars – old(er) + new(er)!

So much of McNair comes down to supporting one another and that’s the beauty of it as well. Scholars know they have each other and they know that they have each one of us to listen to their stories, their challenges, their accomplishments, their “considerings” for the future.

So here’s a message direct to all of our McNair scholars right now. Take advantage of this marvelous opportunity because you never know where it might lead you. Reach out and connect with others – just because. Even if you tend to be more on the “quiet side” – be sure to put yourself out there and absorb the great beauty + energy of others.

We love you guys (and gals).