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McNair Program Staff

 

Jose Ballesteros

Jose M. Ballesteros, Ph.D.
Director, UC Davis McNair Scholars Program

Phone: (530) 754-9777
E-mail: jmballesteros@ucdavis.edu
Office: 2300 Student Community Center

Jose works with the McNair staff and graduate assistants to help McNair Scholars make the transition from inexperienced undergraduates to skilled researchers and intellectual colleagues. His vision as the McNair Program Scholars Director is to cultivate an environment where scholars are given all the necessary tools to excel academically and prepare to pursue a doctorate degree. Jose is a direct product of programs similar to the McNair Scholars Program: the Research Initiative for Scientific Enrichment (RISE) and Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) at San Francisco State University.  As a low-income, first-generation college student raised in South East Stockton, he never envisioned pursuing a Ph.D. in a science related field.  Exposure to faculty mentors, primary research, scientific colloquia, academic support, and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation prepared him to earn a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology from the University of California, Davis.  The ability to return to his alma mater and have the same effect on students is a very humble and gratifying opportunity.

 

Jacques Bowyer, MS

Phone: (530) 754-6531
E-mail: jbowyer@ucdavis.edu
Office: 2300 Student Community Center

Jacques is responsible for coordinating the academic advising of all McNair Scholars students, advising of university support services, and recruitment and retention for the program. He is also involved in diversity recruitment and retention for the office of graduate studies. His mission is to increase the amount of underrepresented students that pursue, apply and complete doctoral degrees. He understands that graduate studies is not always afforded to everyone, and he works hard to make this a reality for all of the McNair Scholars and students he advises.  In 1993, Jacques earned his BS degree in Family and Consumer Resources from the University of Arizona, and in 2001, he earned his MS degree in Educational Counseling from Sacramento State University.

 

Violeta Vid Kovacevic, MES

Phone: (530) 752-7486
E-mail: Vkovacevic@ucdavis.edu 
Office: 2300 Student Community Center

As Program Specialist, Violeta provides technical and administrative support to McNair staff and students. She holds a  B.A. in International Studies from the American University in Washington, DC and a Master of European Studies from the University of Graz, Austria. Before moving to the beautiful city of Davis in 2015, Violeta worked as a contractor for the State Department on the protection and promotion of human rights and democratic governance in Southeastern Europe.